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Eight-step planning exercise for the business year ahead planning exercise for the business year aheadGiven the event-filled election year facing South Africans, many business owners who are not disposed to careful planning at the best times may be tempted to give up on it altogether. 2019/02/20 10:00:00 PM
Leadership under fire 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.2017/09/26 10:00:00 PM
When family businesses spread their wings family businesses spread their wingsFamily businesses have an excellent reputation in the world of entrepreneurs, and for good reason. They are robust and can achieve near miracles of rising from kitchens and back yards into high streets and central business districts, but they also face particular challenges on their growth path.2015/04/27 10:00:00 PM
The easy way to lose your business – Part 2–-part-2The easy way to lose your business – Part 2Not listening. Entrepreneurs normally have strong personalities with specific viewpoints and stick to what they believe in. That is good, but it is also wise to step back and listen.2014/09/25 10:00:00 PM
Do you need a mentor? you need a mentor?What exactly is a mentor?2014/09/25 10:00:00 PM
The easy way to lose your business – Part 1–-part-1The easy way to lose your business – Part 1The minute you take your eye off the ball you risk your business. Many entrepreneurs work very hard to establish and build a business and after a while they feel confident that they have it all under control. They have built up the expertise necessary to manage the business and it becomes second nature, but eventually they fall into a "comfort zone", which is the start of the demise.2014/09/25 10:00:00 PM
10 things you need to know when you buy a franchise things you need to know when you buy a franchiseThe South African franchise industry presents a mind-boggling array of franchises, and every month more are added to this fast-growing sector. Wonderful choice, but the bling generated by each franchise's aggressive marketing can be blinding to someone looking for a solid business opportunity.2013/04/17 10:00:00 PM
Running a business from home a business from homeThere are a number of factors that make this the age of entrepreneurial thinking, not least of which is a turbulent economic climate that is forcing many school leavers, and an increasing number of unemployed South Africans, to test the SMME waters.2012/08/05 10:00:00 PM
Refine your leadership skills your leadership skillsAs a business owner, it's important that you are a confident and effective leader. This will establish your credibility in the eyes of your employees, the people you do business with and in the SME industry on the whole.2012/07/22 10:00:00 PM
Tough times never last, tough people always do times never last, tough people always doLean times, mean times, down turn, recession, tighten your belts… The messages are not so good. Tell you what, how about looking at some of the great sayings we all know, and maybe some we don't know, and turning our faces to the sun – there's plenty of that in our country.2012/03/21 10:00:00 PM