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Batteries recharged? Now is the time to reflect and planhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/batteries-recharged-now-is-the-time-to-reflect-and-planBatteries recharged? Now is the time to reflect and planBusiness owners who have been lucky enough to pinch a week or two off in December are probably about as rested and fresh as they are going to be for the next twelve months or so. There is no better time for them to take a good look at their business and assess its readiness for the year ahead, says Jeremy Lang, regional general manager at Business Partners Limited.2017-01-26T22:00:00.0000000Z
Your employees are the first impressionhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/your-employees-are-the-first-impressionYour employees are the first impressionA major aspect of doing good business is that all-important "competitive edge". But don't look too far afield for ways to do this. Your biggest selling point could be the face your business presents to the outside world, and most often, that would be your employees.2016-11-30T22:00:00.0000000Z
The positive power of mentorshiphttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/the-positive-power-of-mentorshipThe positive power of mentorshipIn today's challenging economic environment, mentors play a key role in growing businesses, supporting entrepreneurs and enabling SMEs to survive and flourish in tough trading conditions. Business Partners Limited, South Africa's leading risk financier in South Africa, has witnessed businesses on the verge of bankruptcy recover, and be propelled to new levels of success as a result of some guidance from a mentor.2016-10-26T22:00:00.0000000Z
Getting your tourism business off the groundhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/getting-your-tourism-business-off-the-groundGetting your tourism business off the groundEven when other industries are taking a knock, the Tourism sector is still able to thrive, since business and leisure travel continues in good and bad. This does not mean that it's an easy option for someone looking to enter the market, as there are many things you have to take into account before you kick start the process.2016-08-24T22:00:00.0000000Z
Stay off the road to burn-out by playing as hard as you workhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/stay-off-the-road-to-burn-out-by-playing-as-hard-as-you-workStay off the road to burn-out by playing as hard as you workEntrepreneurs know how to work hard. Almost by definition they are people who get themselves going, start all sorts of projects, and push through with a venture until it succeeds or crashes.2015-12-17T22:00:00.0000000Z
Good mentors worth their weight in goldhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/good-mentors-worth-their-weight-in-goldGood mentors worth their weight in goldhere is no shortage of business advice in the world. It comes in the form of consultants, coaches, advisors, professors, management gurus and self-help celebrities. Each has its place, but for Christo Botes, executive director of Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS), there is a special breed of business adviser who are worth their weight in gold: the business mentor.2015-11-23T22:00:00.0000000Z
The five rules of survival in the tourism industryhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/the-five-rules-of-survival-in-the-tourism-industrThe five rules of survival in the tourism industryThe tourism industry, replete with its constant messages and images of laughter, leisure and fun, does a good job of hiding its dark side.2015-09-28T22:00:00.0000000Z
Open communication can turn family into a valuable business assethttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/open-communication-can-turn-family-into-a-valuable-business-assetOpen communication can turn family into a valuable business assetIn a sense, almost all owner-managed businesses are family businesses. The fortunes of even those run by a single entrepreneur without the direct involvement of other family members are heavily influenced by what goes on at home.2015-04-27T22:00:00.0000000Z
Goldmine of business insight available to all SA entrepreneurshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/goldmine-of-business-insight-available-to-all-sa-entrepreneursGoldmine of business insight available to all SA entrepreneursThrough financing small and medium enterprises over more than 34 years, Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS) has built up an immense store of knowledge and expertise invaluable to any business. It has now found a way of giving South Africa's entrepreneurs quick and free access to that gold mine of information and insight.2015-03-18T22:00:00.0000000Z
Five New Year's resolutions for entrepreneurshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/five-new-years-resolutions-for-entrepreneursFive New Year's resolutions for entrepreneursThe number of unused gym contracts and abandoned diets by the first week of February is enough to make anybody cynical about new-year's resolutions, but David Morobe, Business Partners regional manager, urges entrepreneurs to think differently about it.2015-01-28T22:00:00.0000000Z
Entrepreneurs may be born, but can be taught how to thrivehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/entrepreneurs-may-be-born-but-can-be-taught-how-to-thriveEntrepreneurs may be born, but can be taught how to thriveLike so many entrepreneurship experts all over the world, Business Partners regional general manager Byron Jeacocks is unsure to what extent entrepreneurship can be taught, but he is clear about one absolute certainty – South Africa has to get better at it if we are to develop beyond our pressing economic and social problems.2014-12-17T22:00:00.0000000Z
Taking back your life from the clutches of entrepreneurial burnouthttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/taking-back-your-life-from-the-clutches-of-entrepreneurial-burnoutTaking back your life from the clutches of entrepreneurial burnoutIt is well known that few people in the world of work carry so much weight as entrepreneurs. Not only are they ultimately responsible for every single aspect of the business, from finances to quality control, but they must put food on the table for several families by making sure that there is enough money in the bank every month to pay salaries2014-12-17T22:00:00.0000000Z
Riding the high-season wavehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/riding-the-high-season-waveRiding the high-season waveTourism insiders know that their industry is not for the faint-hearted. Every year, almost every tourism business faces a gigantic wave of seasonality which is thrilling to surf, but which can just as easily wipe you out. How do you get ready for the big wave?2014-10-06T22:00:00.0000000Z
Growing your businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/growing-your-businessGrowing your businessIf your business is established, you already know the ins and outs of your business environment. However, with market trends changing as often as they do, it is important to stay abreast with these changes and keep your options open.2014-09-25T22:00:00.0000000Z
Stay relevant to stay in businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/stay-relevant-to-stay-in-businessStay relevant to stay in businessThe way you run your business is often based on what you believe made it a success in the first place. Your plan of action is based on the credence that what worked in the past will work in the future. As long as this philosophy works its fine, but to what extent does is actually work?2014-09-25T22:00:00.0000000Z
Avoiding the pitfalls of an uncertain business worldhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/avoiding-the-pitfalls-of-an-uncertain-business-worldAvoiding the pitfalls of an uncertain business worldAs Youth Month comes and goes every year, the lamentations over South Africa's high youth unemployment reach a crescendo, together with calls on young people to start their own businesses. But somehow not enough is ever said about the serious survival gear needed by anyone venturing into their own business.2014-06-26T22:00:00.0000000Z
Real cost of absenteeism in SA's workplacehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/real-cost-of-absenteeism-in-sas-workplaceReal cost of absenteeism in SA's workplaceAbsenteeism, an employee's intentional or habitual absence from the workplace, is a growing issue for many South African businesses due to the knock-on effect it creates for productivity, staff morale and a company's bottom line.2013-12-04T22:00:00.0000000Z
Business advice forged by the fire of experiencehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/business-advice-forged-by-the-fire-of-experienceBusiness advice forged by the fire of experienceFrances Wright became a business advisor by mistake; or rather, by mistakes – many of them – which she had made when she was running a community radio station in the nineties.2013-10-16T22:00:00.0000000Z
Riding the roller coaster of seasonal fluctuationshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/riding-the-roller-coaster-of-seasonal-fluctuationsRiding the roller coaster of seasonal fluctuationsThe inherent seasonality of some businesses is neatly illustrated by the way accommodation establishments take turns at feast and famine in South Africa. At certain times of the year, a great wave of bed-and-breakfast customers pushes inland as they travel to the economic hub of Gauteng on business while coastal beds stand empty. But come holiday season, the wave rushes outwards and the coastal establishments get to feast while the Gauteng accommodation industry wonders how to survive the lean months.2013-09-17T22:00:00.0000000Z
Build your own support networkhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/build-your-own-support-networkBuild your own support networkThe business support landscape in South Africa for young entrepreneurs is like the business world itself: it is teeming with opportunities, but you will have to seek them out yourself and build your own support network. Nobody is going to hand it to you on a silver platter.2013-06-13T22:00:00.0000000Z
Crisis management: 5 tips for getting through an office picklehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/crisis-management-5-tips-for-getting-through-an-office-pickleCrisis management: 5 tips for getting through an office pickleStarting your own business will bring about some challenges; learning how to manage a crisis situation is a trait you’ll need to master quickly. Here are five tips to get through an office pickle.2012-10-28T22:00:00.0000000Z
The power of a positive attitudehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/the-power-of-a-positive-attitudeThe power of a positive attitudeThe only thing that is truly yours that no one can take away from you is your attitude. If you can take care of that, everything else in life becomes much easier2012-07-22T22:00:00.0000000Z
Keep your employees happyhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/keep-your-employees-happyKeep your employees happyAs the owner of a small business, you may wonder what your employees' emotional or mental health has to do with you. Well, not only does an employee's mental frame of mind impact directly on his or her ability to perform, but also on your organisational productivity and profitability2012-03-21T22:00:00.0000000Z
Mentorship key to preparing the next generation in a family businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/business-wellbeing/mentorship-key-to-preparing-the-next-generation-in-a-family-businessMentorship key to preparing the next generation in a family businessFamily businesses are renowned for their strength and resilience, but even so, it is estimated that only about 3% of family businesses survive after the third generation. Survival or demise hinges more often than not on the extent to which the next generation is trained and prepared for running the business, says Christo Botes, executive director of Business Partners Limited.2011-04-28T22:00:00.0000000Z