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Last chance to enter the Entrepreneur of the Year® competitionhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/last-chance-to-enter-the-entrepreneur-of-the-year-competitionLast chance to enter the Entrepreneur of the Year® competitionWith less than a week until entries close for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS on 31 May 2018, South African entrepreneurs are encouraged to enter in order to be recognised and rewarded for the hard work and passion that they put into their business, as well as the vital role they play within the country’s economy.2018-05-30T22:00:00.0000000Z
The amazing story of the first franchisorhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/the-amazing-story-of-the-first-franchisorThe amazing story of the first franchisorAny business owner thinking of turning their business into a franchise system would do well to consider the story of one of the very first franchised businesses, says David Morobe, regional general manager at Business Partners Limited. 2018-05-30T22:00:00.0000000Z
Eleven tips for starting and growing your own property portfoliohttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/property/eleven-tips-for-starting-and-growing-your-own-property-portfolioEleven tips for starting and growing your own property portfolioWhen the worst of a business’s start-up struggles are over, and the venture at last starts producing regular surplus income, many an entrepreneur’s gaze shifts from the shop floor to the wider environment, in search of more passive investment opportunities that can help to diversify their wealth and spread their risks. 2018-03-25T22:00:00.0000000Z
Excellent time to buy a business propertyhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/property/excellent-time-to-buy-a-business-propertyExcellent time to buy a business propertyThe strength of the business property market boils down to one simple fundamental factor - the demand for space, says Byron Jeacocks, regional general manager at Business Partners Limited. 2018-03-25T22:00:00.0000000Z
Nine critical habits of good cash flow managementhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/money-and-finance/nine-critical-habits-of-good-cash-flow-managementNine critical habits of good cash flow managementIf cash is to your business what oxygen is to the body - you die very quickly if it runs out - it also needs to be said that most businesses work in environments where air can indeed run out at any moment. 2018-02-27T22:00:00.0000000Z
Opportunities for SMEs in the 2018 National Budget Speechhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/money-and-finance/opportunities-for-smes-in-the-2018-national-budget-speechOpportunities for SMEs in the 2018 National Budget SpeechSmall business owners should believe the rising tide will lift all the boats, as the South African economy is showing signs of turning the corner after a couple of years of disappointing growth and high volatility. As such, 2018 holds promise of increased opportunities for local small and medium enterprises (SMEs).2018-02-27T22:00:00.0000000Z
New Year resolutions checklist for entrepreneurshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/new-year-resolutions-checklist-for-entrepreneursNew Year resolutions checklist for entrepreneursThe beginning of a year is infamous for all types of aspirational New Year’s resolutions. However, the number of gym routines and diets that are abandoned by the first week of February are enough to make anyone cynical about these resolutions.2018-02-04T22:00:00.0000000Z
Year planning too important to end up in the bottom drawerhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/year-planning-too-important-to-end-up-in-the-bottom-drawerYear planning too important to end up in the bottom drawerIn the current slow-growth economic conditions, business owners are either going to win market share, or have market share taken away from them, says Jeremy Lang, regional general manager at Business Partners Limited.2018-02-04T22:00:00.0000000Z
If you won’t take a holiday for yourself, take one for your businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/if-you-won’t-take-a-holiday-for-yourself-take-one-for-your-businessIf you won’t take a holiday for yourself, take one for your businessOne of the quickest and surest ways for business owners to do a health check on their business is to plan a holiday for themselves, says Kevan Govender, Umhlanga area manager at Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS). “It will show you where the weaknesses are in your operations, even if you just do it as a hypothetical exercise without actually taking the holiday,” says Govender. 2017-12-13T22:00:00.0000000Z
Quiet or busy, the festive season requires careful planning for all businesseshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/quiet-or-busy-the-festive-season-requires-careful-planning-for-all-businessesQuiet or busy, the festive season requires careful planning for all businessesFor most businesses, the festive season is either dead quiet or frantically busy. Even for those businesses whose sales remain as steady as an undertaker’s, just the number of public holidays in December is enough to disrupt the normal flow of things. 2017-12-13T22:00:00.0000000Z
Lots of opportunities for SA property buyers who take the long viewhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/property/lots-of-opportunities-for-sa-property-buyers-who-take-the-long-viewLots of opportunities for SA property buyers who take the long viewAfter years of lower-than-inflation price growth and stagnant sales, the property market in South Africa is not a happy place for real estate agents and sellers, says Shane Padayachee, property investments area manager at Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS). 2017-11-29T22:00:00.0000000Z
Ten-point checklist for prospective property investorshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/property/ten-point-checklist-for-prospective-property-investorsTen-point checklist for prospective property investorsThe current economic environment in South Africa poses both opportunities and dangers for business owners who want to buy investment properties, says Stanton Naidoo, property management COO at Business Partners Limited. 2017-11-29T22:00:00.0000000Z
Mentor brings tools, experience and empathyhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs growth centre/Useful-articles/Pages/Mentor-brings-tools-experience-and-empathy.aspxMentor brings tools, experience and empathyWhen Roy Lailvaux started mentoring Bajith and Joshna Panday he immediately recognised the enormous stress they were under. 2017-10-30T22:00:00.0000000Z
Mentor brings tools, experience and empathyhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/mentor-brings-tools-experience-and-empathyMentor brings tools, experience and empathyWhen Roy Lailvaux started mentoring Bajith and Joshna Panday he immediately recognised the enormous stress they were under. 2017-10-30T22:00:00.0000000Z
Nine tips for boosting your business with the right mentorhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/nine-tips-for-boosting-your-business-with-the-right-mentorNine tips for boosting your business with the right mentorGrowing a business is such a wide-ranging undertaking that no single entrepreneur can possibly be good at all aspects of it. Your weaknesses and blind spots will always manifest in the business you build, and entrepreneurship can become a very fraught and lonely experience if there is no-one to advise, counsel and guide you to overcome them. 2017-10-30T22:00:00.0000000Z
Tourism sparkles in the SA economic gloomhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/tourism-sparkles-in-the-sa-economic-gloomTourism sparkles in the SA economic gloomThrough the storm clouds of a distressed economy, the South African tourism industry stands out as a ray of sunshine, says Anton Roelofse, regional general manager of Business Partners Limited, who points to a 12% year-on-year growth of overseas visitors in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period the year before. 2017-09-28T22:00:00.0000000Z
Nine tips for handling the seasonality of your business cyclehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/nine-tips-for-handling-the-seasonality-of-your-business-cycleNine tips for handling the seasonality of your business cycleVery few industries are immune to the ups and downs of annual fluctuations, and most entrepreneurs have experienced the dread of a silent telephone or empty inbox as the lean season kicks in.2017-09-28T22:00:00.0000000Z
Leadership under firehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/management/leadership-under-fireLeadership under fireOwning and running a small business is challenging, even at the best of times. But with the economy under serious pressure, the small business owner's skills as a leader are being tested like never before.2017-09-26T22:00:00.0000000Z
Ten tips for increasing diversity in your workplacehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/ten-tips-for-increasing-diversity-in-your-workplaceTen tips for increasing diversity in your workplaceWhen businesses start up, they are often small, tightly-knit groups of pioneers that come from the same background, even from the same family. This works very well in the early survival stages of a venture, but as soon as the business reaches a more stable post-survival growth phase, the founders have the opportunity to look around a bit more widely, and to diversify their workforce. 2017-08-29T22:00:00.0000000Z
Ten tips for managing the lifeblood of your businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/money-and-finance/ten-tips-for-managing-the-lifeblood-of-your-businessTen tips for managing the lifeblood of your businessNothing is as important to the financial health of a growing small business as the constant, predictable flow of cash, because if the cash dries up, the business will die.2017-07-30T22:00:00.0000000Z
Debt is good for your business as long as it is well managedhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/money-and-finance/debt-is-good-for-your-business-as-long-as-it-is-well-managedDebt is good for your business as long as it is well managedThe word “debt” often has negative connotations as something to be avoided. This is because it can be perceived to spell out financial trouble, but Siphethe Dumeko, chief financial officer of Business Partners Limited, believes that debt is more often than not, a vital, nourishing resource that allows a business to grow.2017-07-30T22:00:00.0000000Z
Entrepreneurship as a career - no longer a choicehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/entrepreneurship-as-a-career-no-longer-a-choiceEntrepreneurship as a career - no longer a choiceFor years, the debate around South Africa's stubborn unemployment figures has always contained the argument that we need to raise awareness about entrepreneurship – that is, starting your own business – as an alternative career choice for school leavers.2017-06-29T22:00:00.0000000Z
Fifteen essential tips for starting your own businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/fifteen-essential-tips-for-starting-your-own-businessFifteen essential tips for starting your own businessPetro Bothma has seen many start-ups come and go during her three decades at Business Partners Limited, most recently as head of enterprise development and non-financial support. She compiled the following essential tips for anyone thinking about starting their own business:2017-06-29T22:00:00.0000000Z
When renting a premises makes sensehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/property/when-renting-a-premises-makes-senseWhen renting a premises makes senseThere is a certain allure to owning your own business premises that tends to skew the decision of whether to buy or to rent in favour of ownership – security of tenure, the freedom to chop and change the structure, the growth of the value of the property, and, often, the stature that property ownership seems to add to business achievement.2017-05-29T22:00:00.0000000Z
Seven things to consider before signing a lease for business premiseshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/property/seven-things-to-consider-before-signing-a-lease-for-business-premisesSeven things to consider before signing a lease for business premisesFor many entrepreneurs, signing a lease for their first business premises marks a seminal moment in the growth of their ventures. After months or years in the home or garage, it can seem like the first real step into the business world. It is often also one of their more substantial deals which, if they get it wrong, can cost them many tens of thousands of rands.2017-05-29T22:00:00.0000000Z