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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
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
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
Pitching your idea to potential fundershttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/pitching-your-idea-to-potential-fundersPitching your idea to potential fundersBefore you approach the bank or other form of financier to fund your start-up or business expansion, you need to be sure that you've done your research and have confidence in your Business Plan.2017-04-02T22:00:00.0000000Z
Ten ways to improve your planning for the year aheadhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/ten-ways-to-improve-your-planning-for-the-year-aheadTen ways to improve your planning for the year aheadEach entrepreneur has his or her own style of planning, but not all of them are equally good at it. Anton Roelofse, regional general manager of Business Partners Limited, believes entrepreneurs can and should constantly try to improve their planning process. Here are ten ways in which to become better at planning for the year ahead:2017-02-23T22:00:00.0000000Z
Ten ways to hone your delegating skillshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/ten-ways-to-hone-your-delegating-skillsTen ways to hone your delegating skillsThe ability to delegate is as crucial to business owners as planning, selling and prioritisation skills. Without it, the business will always remain in the realm of the freelancer – small, stagnant and wholly dependent on one person, says Gugu Mjadu, executive general manager of marketing at Business Partners Limited. She offers ten tips on how business owners can hone their delegation skills2016-12-13T22:00:00.0000000Z
Becoming a mentorhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/becoming-a-mentorBecoming a mentorIf you are a veteran in the SME sector, are running a very successful business or just feel you have something to offer a budding entrepreneur, you may consider becoming a mentor. Let's look at the characteristics of a good business mentor2016-11-15T22:00:00.0000000Z
Ten ways to counter dead-season anxietyhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/ten-ways-to-counter-dead-season-anxietyTen ways to counter dead-season anxietyIt is not surprising that many business owners in seasonal industries such as tourism call the quiet months of the year the dead season. There are many reasons why they often view it with dead revenue dries up, staff whittle away and expensive business assets stand idle.2016-09-26T22:00:00.0000000Z
Tourism associations and organisationshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/tourism-associations-and-organisationsTourism associations and organisationsThere are various organisations and associations that look after the interests of small businesses; helping entrepreneurs get off their feet and providing insight into the industry. These organisations also regulate the tourism industry and how it is operated.2016-09-21T22:00:00.0000000Z
Ten start-up pitfalls, and how young entrepreneurs can avoid themhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/ten-start-up-pitfalls-and-how-young-entrepreneurs-can-avoid-themTen start-up pitfalls, and how young entrepreneurs can avoid themStarting and growing your own business is potentially an immensely enriching career path for a young person to choose, not only financially, but also mentally and socially. While entrepreneurship is an exciting career, entrepreneurs, particularly the youth, also need to be aware that it is a difficult path.2016-06-26T22:00:00.0000000Z
Six ways for businesses to become pillars of the communityhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/six-ways-for-businesses-to-become-pillars-of-the-communitySix ways for businesses to become pillars of the communityMany businesses make a point of giving, from sponsoring sports gear to donating goods to a nearby charity. By helping out in this way, the thinking goes, the business fosters goodwill and loyalty in the community.2016-02-23T22:00:00.0000000Z
What makes entrepreneurs go the distance?https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/what-makes-entrepreneurs-go-the-distanceWhat makes entrepreneurs go the distance?Building your own business is not a sprint, but a marathon, with hills, headwinds, heat and dust. Those who succeed are not necessarily the fastest or the strongest. The successful ones are those who are able to endure.2016-01-28T22:00:00.0000000Z
Ten rules for entrepreneurs to live byhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/ten-rules-for-entrepreneurs-to-live-byTen rules for entrepreneurs to live byThe life of an entrepreneur is different from those that are employed in a 9-to-5 job in many ways – one of which is the extra challenges and stress entrepreneurs experience with managing and being solely responsible for their own business.2015-12-06T22:00:00.0000000Z
Some pointers on getting into businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/some-pointers-on-getting-into-businessSome pointers on getting into businessTwo of the major reasons why businesses are failing are because of the recession or a new competitor entering the market. Unfortunately, in small business success is based how the enterprise is managed, and that means it’s all about the entrepreneur. But, does this mean that when a business fails, the entrepreneur is incompetent? Not necessarily.2015-09-17T22:00:00.0000000Z
#AskBusinessPartners live Q&A session July 2015https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/askbusinesspartners-live-q-a-session-july-2015#AskBusinessPartners live Q&A session July 2015Questions and answers discussed in the live Business Partners Twitterview held on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 Why are SMEs struggling to manage their cash flow effectively?2015-08-10T22:00:00.0000000Z
Ten ways to hook investors onto your big ideahttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/ten-ways-to-hook-investors-onto-your-big-ideaTen ways to hook investors onto your big ideaA great many excellent business ideas never get past the spreadsheet stage and into the real world simply because entrepreneurs fail to connect to the people with enough money and risk appetite to help them implement them.2015-06-29T22:00:00.0000000Z
Ten financial management tips for tough timeshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/ten-financial-management-tips-for-tough-timesTen financial management tips for tough timesBusiness Partners Limited data gathered over years of working with South Africa's business owners tell a fascinating story about business survival2013-02-05T22:00:00.0000000Z
Power of successful networkinghttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/power-of-successful-networkingPower of successful networkingMany entrepreneurs are highly skilled, technically knowledgeable and experienced. But, after dealing with entrepreneurs over many years there are two skills areas that are often lacking when it comes to managing a successful business: financial management and marketing.2012-12-10T22:00:00.0000000Z
Efficiency is everythinghttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/efficiency-is-everythingEfficiency is everythingSuccessful organisations learn from their experiences, be it good or bad. Getting it right the first time is not always the outcome, although it is the ultimate intended outcome.2012-08-05T22:00:00.0000000Z
Rewarded for quality servicehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/rewarded-for-quality-serviceRewarded for quality serviceIf there is one aspect of your business that is solely under your control is the service you provide. It is one thing getting customers or clients walking into your business but another thing to be able to generate revenue which is directly dependent on the quality of your service that you provide.2012-07-29T22:00:00.0000000Z
How do I as entrepreneur grow my business beyond start up?https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/how-do-i-as-entrepreneur-grow-my-business-beyond-start-upHow do I as entrepreneur grow my business beyond start up?During start up, a company tends to be very sales driven – operations are fast paced, highly flexible and often chaotic as people experiment with new ideas, stay close to customers, and do whatever it takes to grab opportunities to increase sales.2012-05-08T22:00:00.0000000Z