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Updated 20 Nov 2018


Expert Business Management Tools & Advice

Manage your business with expert insights on implementing systems, streamlining operations and improving how your business runs.
They’re your rules, break them

Douglas Kruger, Entrepreneur , 30 June 2018

Could your brand benefit from the surprise factor? If you can package your information into a ‘mystery’, you’ll hold your audience in the palm of your hand.

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Protecting your employees (and business) from social hacking

Brian Timperley , 29 June 2018

Individuals, companies and even government entities increasingly rely on social media platforms. But it’s easy to be hacked on these online forums.

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How to make time for strategic business management

Neil Summers , 28 June 2018

Here are six technologies to streamline your day-to-day business operations. They can help free up your time for business analysis and strategic thinking.

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Micro data centres: The future of data centres packs a punch

Devaksha Maharaj , 27 June 2018

It’s no surprise that the future of data centres (much like everything else) is smaller, quicker and easier to implement all whilst offering the same functionality as its full-sized counterparts.

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How diversity drives board performance

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 27 June 2018

The composition of your board of directors can help you drive your company value and increase shareholder and other stakeholder returns.

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How to get customers to buy from you

Henry Sebata , 26 June 2018

Some businesses have a steady stream of customers at their door. What is the secret of their success and how do you get these ideas to work for you?

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How technology can hurt your business

Henk Olivier , 23 June 2018

Technology is amazing, but if it’s incorporated poorly in a company, it can have a negative impact on the business.

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How AI can enable a dynamic future in the business world

Benji Coetzee , 21 June 2018

The impact of Artificial Intelligence on business operations is said to be vast. So, how do you navigate this expanding area of technology and its impact on your business?

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A quick look at influencer marketing in the digital age

Andrew MacKenzie , 19 June 2018

Influencer marketing opens the door to specific audiences, and the brands that do it well are those who understand their need to deliver authentic content to their followers.

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Supplier agreements: Do you really need one or is a quote enough?

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw , 17 June 2018

We are often faced with the key question as to why Clients should engage a Supplier on written terms. What is more, is that many businesses think that having a signed quotation is good enough.

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Unpacking employee value at work

Adri Dornbrack , 11 June 2018

Employee value (and compensation) can be a sensitive topic for some, especially if you’re the employee. It is often tip-toed around in interviews and complained about amongst friends and family.

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How to ready your business for the Alpha generation

10 June 2018

To effectively prepare your business for the hyper-competitive future, take a good look at whether you’re ready for the next wave of workers who are entering the workplace.

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The curious case of AI and legal liability

Andrew Taylor, Entrepreneur , 09 June 2018

AI is no longer a futuristic ideal from sci-fi movies. It’s here, and it’s affecting the way we do business. Have you considered the legal implications of the fact that the future is now?

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Does investing in fibre infrastructure really make you futureproof?

Jarryd Chatz , 09 June 2018

If ADSL is now considered as outdated as the floppy disk, is it fair to assume that fibre will soon be associated with, say, the CD?

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How to build a cohesive team of co-workers

Chris Ogden , 07 June 2018

Creating a team is one thing, bringing it together to deliver on the ideals of productivity and engagement is another.

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Million rand questions answered by founders of multi-million rand businesses

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 03 June 2018

Don’t waste your time asking job candidates to name their greatest weaknesses (yes, everyone will say they’re a perfectionist). Instead, try these four tips from seven entrepreneurs who offer up their best strategies.

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Will Blockchain redefine SME relationships?

Brian Timperley , 29 May 2018

In a world where trust can make or break companies, the Blockchain can help ensure safe and secure business relationships and transactions. 

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How to build a community around your brand

Greg Tinkler, Entrepreneur , 26 May 2018

There’s a way to build your market without spending a fortune on advertising and marketing — and it’s called community building. Here’s why this should be the cornerstone of your growth strategy.

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How to manage employees and entrench productivity in a business

20 May 2018

Sure, you have to monitor your employees to ensure output. But, did you know that giving them more freedom might actually lead to enhanced engagement and productivity?

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How you can unlock the full value of your CRM

Neil Summers , 15 May 2018

Want to boost your sales, improve marketing, tighten up data management and security, and make use of analytics? Here’s how you can, by making better use of CRM tools.

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How to seal the deal by understanding the 3 phases of the customer buying cycle

Pieter Scholtz, Entrepreneur , 13 May 2018

If you want to close more sales, you need to understand the three phases of the customer buying cycle. 

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The real challenges you face as an SME in SA

Damian Michael , 12 May 2018

The most important thing business owners can learn early on is how to remain calm in the difficult times and how to take control of their finances.

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Invest and save 100% of your tax payable to SARS with the 12J Fund

Entrepreneur , 09 May 2018

Section 12J funds were created in response to the South African Government offering tax incentives for private investors to support funds that support SME growth in South Africa. Three experts unpack the benefits of investing in 12J funds — particularly for high net worth individuals.

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Dylan Kohlstädt of Shift One Marketing weighs in on digital marketing for start-ups

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 03 May 2018

Digital marketing maverick Dylan Kohlstädt unpacks how start-ups can maximise their marketing spend, get noticed and reach customers through savvy and cost-effective digital campaigns. 

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Transforming the start-up with a cohesive team

Chris Ogden , 24 April 2018

It’s another secret to start-up success – the people.

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Why business leaders should pursue improved financial acumen

20 April 2018

Financial literacy is considered one of the key traits that’s needed to succeed in the world of business.

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Relax Spas founder Noli Mini shares her insights on building a business of value

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 19 April 2018

While Relax Spas is all about rest and relaxation, the business itself is the product of hard work. Founder Noli Mini explains how she got her unique business idea off the ground.

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Digital transformation: 3 easy steps to success

Michael Colin , 15 April 2018

You can’t flip a switch and become a digital business. Digital is pervasive, so it needs to be strategised around before you make any digital decisions.

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Drive performance excellence with a human capital approach

Adri Dörnbrack , 14 April 2018

Most companies flaunt the phrase: “Our employees are our biggest assets.” When we put this to the test, however, the results often don’t reflect this sentiment.

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Global speaker John Sanei on 'what’s your moonshot?'

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 13 April 2018

John Sanei is a global speaker, coach, facilitator, trend specialist and author. Entrepreneur spoke to him about his book, What’s Your Moonshot? Here’s what you need to know to drive innovation in your organisation this year.

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The evolution of Phishing

Brian Timperley , 12 April 2018

Phishing, the fraudulent attempt to steal digital information by masquerading as someone else, is on the increase. Today, no business can assume it is safe.

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How to host successful digital meetings

Neil Summers , 10 April 2018

Prepare for digital engagement and master digital meeting protocol.

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Process is procedure for productivity

Bruce Wade , 08 April 2018

Developing clear processes within your business is key to the success and sustainability – no matter its size.

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VP of SAB and AB InBev Doreen Kosi explains what drives success

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 07 April 2018

When SABMiller and AB InBev merged in 2016, two organisations known for exceptional systems, processes and a winning attitude became one. Incredible growth and an enduring long-term vision are proof that the right culture can go a long way. Doreen Kosi unpacks the personal success mindset that drew her to SAB, and reveals what it means to be a part of a winning team.

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Anastellar Brands founders top tips for taking on entrenched competitors

07 April 2018

Launched in August 2016, AnaStellar Brands has seen strong growth over a short period. According to founders Anastasia Dobson-du Toit and Michelle Dateling, success depends on getting the fundamentals right. 

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A self-service legal portal for entrepreneurs

Beata Warnich , 06 April 2018

How to ensure you take the right steps, legally-speaking, when starting your own new business in South Africa.

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How the 2018 budget will affect your investments

26 March 2018

How the money you put towards your retirement annuity, pension, trusts and estate to be affected this year?

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How to manage stress in the workplace

21 March 2018

Is office morale at an all-time low? Stress might have something to do with this. Here’s how you or your managers could help employees get through the tough(er) times in life.

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4 Tips to become a team whisperer (and improve your employee engagement)

Pieter Scholtz, Entrepreneur , 20 March 2018

Engaged employees are motivated, innovative and willing to take on more responsibility.

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The entrepreneurs guide to IT networking

Henk Olivier , 17 March 2018

Building a network for a business today isn’t has hard as it was yesterday and can be futureproofed for tomorrow.

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Key insights on influencer marketing for businesses

Danilo Acquisto , 16 March 2018

Attention spans are getting shorter and algorithms are making it more expensive to reach audiences. So, how do brands go about gaining the customer reach they need?

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How to create the core values that your start-up can thrive by

Chris Ogden , 15 March 2018

The core values that are embedded into your business will determine the story that its people tell, and its long-term success.

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5 Steps to cutting the fraud of a cash-driven society in Africa

Chris Ogden, Entrepreneur , 14 March 2018

African consumers still prefer cash transactions – here’s how to stop this from impacting on your business bottom line.

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How to gauge if your business is ready to raise capital?

Wayne Berger , 14 March 2018

Think your start-up is ready to get into the fundraising game? Here are the three simple steps to capital raising success (and some questions you need to ask yourself).

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How to drive workplace collaboration in your company

Brian Timperley , 12 March 2018

Over the past several years, the idea of collaboration and encouraging diverse minds to work together has become a central theme of the modern workplace. Why? 

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Are you forgetting to think about your business strategy?

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 08 March 2018

If you want to make money, save money and improve your efficiencies in 2018, you need to keep reviewing your strategy.

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How to enable your mobile workforce for the IoT age

Michael Colin , 07 March 2018

With all the benefits you stand to gain, implementing IoT in a company seems like a no-brainer. But, where does one even begin such a process?

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Changes in SEO that you need to know for 2018

Rhyse Crompton , 05 March 2018

As a business owner, you’ve probably been pitched or sold the idea of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Here’s the latest on it.

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How to deal with the removal of a company director

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw , 02 March 2018

Removing a director from office is often a challenging decision, but sometimes a very necessary action. Here’s how to handle the situation.


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Become a life-hacker

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 02 March 2018

Life-hacking is about accomplishing more in less time, with less stress, at a lower cost with the use of simple digital tools.

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SA can avoid a downgrade, but it’s a close call

22 February 2018

While 2018 Budget will weigh on the consumer, some green shoots are appearing for the economy, says Standard Bank.

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Do you speak Budget?

22 February 2018

Budget Speech terms translated into English.

 

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Comair Limited CEO Erik Venter’s 5 key lessons in leadership innovation and remaining competitive

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 21 February 2018

CEO Erik Venter unpacks how a 70-year old business can remain relevant and innovative in a highly competitive and commoditised market.

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The rebirth of the office phone

Michael Colin , 21 February 2018

Has the rise of the Digital Business Age relegated the humble (but reliable) telephone to the antiques heap?

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Why saving cents might not make sense

Rob Green , 20 February 2018

Recruitment capability plays a vital role in business, particularly in our rapidly evolving digital world. But, often companies rely only on their in-house HR personnel when filling senior positions (to save money) and this can be a limiting move.

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Go long, win big: Here’s how

Andrew Mackenzie , 19 February 2018

In today’s fast-paced markets, there’s often great value in reactive marketing. Just look at Nando’s success. Planning campaigns without a longer-term strategy, though, means you sacrifice the potential for longer-term buy-in and consumer commitment.

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17 Most important performance management decisions leaders will need to make

Jason Goldberg, Entrepreneur , 19 February 2018

Is your organisation geared to handle its own growth strategies? Are you sure?

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Sennergi’s David Hounson 4 tools to help weather the (entrepreneurial) storms you will face

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 13 February 2018

David Hounson understands the school of hard knocks. He’s an alumni, having learnt the hard way the emotional toll entrepreneurship can take on you. Here’s how he’s weathered the storm.

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Top tips for engaging with YouTubers

Danilo Acquisto , 13 February 2018

Every year the marketing industry goes through a cycle of buzz words. The most recent being ‘influencer marketing’. Why?

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Do you need a business coach?

Bruce Wade , 12 February 2018

Why would a business owner in today’s market place need a business coach?

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Electronic signatures and the legalities of it

Neil Summers , 09 February 2018

With all the e-meeting technology offerings currently available, some with transactional capability and digital signing functionality, it is important to understand e-signing legality. 

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Daniella Shapiro of Oolala Collection Club’s smart strategies for marketing your online business

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 08 February 2018

Entrepreneur, speaker and marketing expert Daniella Shapiro recently launched a proudly South African skincare, beauty and lifestyle eCommerce platform called the Oolala Collection Club. Here’s her advice for successfully marketing your start-up.

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Why cyber security is now top on the executive agenda

Brian Timperley , 08 February 2018

When it comes to virtual crime, internal education and training has become paramount. 

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Accounting that’s not for accountants

Heinrich van der Vyver , 06 February 2018

Ever feel out of touch with your business’s finances? Here are a few great tips on how to get control of your business accounting. 

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How the customer (marketing) landscape is shifting

Andrew MacKenzie , 02 February 2018

Here how you can unlock the potential of your customers by getting to really know them.

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GetSmarter with Sam Paddock and Rob Paddock

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 02 February 2018

Brothers Sam and Rob Paddock believe there’s a lot of luck involved in building a great business – but you need a clear strategy, great people and strong partnerships as well.

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Insights on mediation processes (without legal representation)

Arinda Truter , 31 January 2018

The aim of mediation is to establish a safe environment where parties and the mediator can critically examine disputes without going the route of litigation. Here’s a few facts on the subject to consider.

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December 2017 Trade Statistics

31 January 2018

Karl Gotte: Head of Commercial Enablement at Standard Bank discusses the December 2017 trade statistics.

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Why you should (seriously) stop hiring people

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 26 January 2018

Employing a whole bunch of people means you have a ‘real’ company, right? Wrong. The best thing you can do for your young company is to hire slowly… very slowly.

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How poor time management can cost your business

24 January 2018

Multitasking is considered the last thing you want your employees to be doing. Here’s how to manage time-wasters that lead to unproductivity and affect your bottom line too.

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Why education lies at the heart of digital business transformation

David Meintjes , 22 January 2018

Internal training is essential in navigating through the digital age. Digital training in particular is essential for agility and business development. 

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To compete with disruptors Lynn Baker advises you to focus first on the customer – Not profit

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 21 January 2018

Exceptional customer experiences are what differentiate the world’s top performing brands from their competitors. Is it at the centre of your growth strategy?

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How to harness Cloud Computing in an always-on world

Brian Timperley , 21 January 2018

The key to any successful Cloud strategy is robust connectivity. Here’s why. 

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Why a start-up without Internet is a ‘no grow’?

Michael Colin , 18 January 2018

I’m just going to come out and say it; if your start-up doesn’t have an Internet connection, it might as well not even exist. It sounds harsh, yet this is a reality in the modern business landscape. 

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Tech that will improve processes in your business

Greg Morris , 16 January 2018

Technology is taking over the world. If you don’t yet recognise AI, ML, VR, CIOs, and the other acronyms used to discuss these new developments, you soon will. 

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How to secure your start-up on a shoestring

Henk Olivier , 14 January 2018

You’ve seen the statistics and heard the horror stories when it comes to a security breach, but how is the SMME supposed to compete with the big guys? 

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What you should know about copyrights for your business

Kyle Torrington, Entrepreneur , 09 January 2018

Your business and how the proposed amendments to copyright laws will affect it.

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Why visual content is a game changer for businesses

Andrew Mackenzie , 06 January 2018

We live in a world where information confronts us at every turn. The human brain simply cannot cope with this amount of information and has developed a subconscious ability to filter out what is, and what isn't important. It’s time you leveraged visual. 

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How to avoid people leaving your company

Joel Stransky, Entrepreneur , 02 January 2018

How can entrepreneurs ensure a better business model to limit the impact of high staff turnover in these environments?

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How Khonology founder finds the best candidates and trains them for best results

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 26 December 2017

Khonology has shown that South Africa might have a skills shortage, but that’s not because of a lack of ability. Give the right people the right opportunities, and they’ll flourish. Moreover, empowering people can make good business sense.

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The year is almost gone – Time to plan for 2018

Bruce Wade , 25 December 2017

This time of the year is normally spent winding down for the holidays. You could use this time to reflect, plan and begin to engage gears to launch into 2018 at a sprint. Use these simple team exercises in your business before everyone goes on leave. 

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The reality of e-meetings in South Africa today

Neil Summers , 23 December 2017

Mobile technologies and Internet engagement platforms such as e-meetings are redefining the fundamentals of client and staff engagement for local professionals and SMMEs. 

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8 Business management books to help you run a better company

22 December 2017

While you take some time to rejuvenate over the festive season, why not give these books on business management a read – or listen to?

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How content marketing adds real value to your customers’ lives

Greg Tinkler, Entrepreneur , 21 December 2017

If you’re marketing on a budget, content marketing is a great way to reach your audience, add real value and gain brand traction – without breaking the bank.

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The ultimate agency checklist

Richard Bensted , 21 December 2017

Do you know who will turn your money into real SEO? 

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Harnessing the power of the digital age in your business

David Meintjies , 19 December 2017

Going digital is the new business imperative, it’s no longer an optional extra or a nice-to-have. 

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When it comes to your board – Trust is earned

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 17 December 2017

If you want a board that functions together in the best interests of the business, trust is a non-negotiable ingredient to success.

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How to spot a security breach before it’s too late

Henk Olivier , 17 December 2017

There are some very simple signs the start-up can look out for when protecting itself from cybercrime. 

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Customer engagement for marketing, sales and service success

Andrew MacKenzie , 12 December 2017

It's time for marketers to look beyond the ‘customer-centric’ marketing model. It's time to start looking at customers as brand ambassadors and lead generators. 

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How to give fair and accurate staff bonuses

Heinrich van der Vyver , 06 December 2017

Do you get a stress headache every December when it’s bonus season? Here are a few tips on how to give fair and accurate staff bonuses this month. 

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Andy Golding of Strive weighs in on the secret to building an awesome employee experience

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 02 December 2017

Andy Golding knows that work should be fun. Why? Well, when it comes to the long-term success of the business, the employee experience is as important as the customer experience.

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Why empower your sales team to deliver good service?

Chris Ogden , 29 November 2017

Good customer service is the lifeblood of any business: it is the vital process within an organisation that brings customers back and sends them away from a meeting, your store or showroom delighted and sharing their positive experience. 

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Is the future of business really in the cloud?

Michael Colin , 27 November 2017

It’s a question I’ve been asked many times before; is the future of business really in the cloud? The short answer is yes, absolutely, but of course, it’s a little more complicated than that. 

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How to talk your way to success with podcasts

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 26 November 2017

Podcasting is taking the world by storm. Not only can it be extremely profitable, but it can be a great way to grow and market your business. 

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How to work with multiple generations in a business

Glenn van Eck , 24 November 2017

At my company, we have a broad spectrum of ages in our team, and the key to working together well is communication. 

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Implementing systems and process in your business to underpin your continued success

22 November 2017

Now that your new business has stabilised and you’ve begun to establish your name in the industry, it’s time to tackle a different set of challenges.

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8 Pieces of sage advice from Ernest Corbett of Tintswalo Safari Lodges

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 21 November 2017

Ernest Corbett has been an entrepreneur for decades. These days, he is the chairman for Tintswalo Safari Lodges. Entrepreneur spoke to him about cultivating a growth mind-set and creating an experience clients keep coming back for. 

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Deciding on a maternity leave policy as a small business

Catherine Black , 19 November 2017

It’s an unfortunate reality that with many South African companies – even in large corporates – maternity leave policies are less than generous. 

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Traditional versus digital media – Is there room for both?

Andrew MacKenzie , 18 November 2017

We live in a digital age but from a marketing perspective, which is better –  traditional or digital marketing? The answer is not as straightforward as many would think. 

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Entrepreneurs need to develop new ways of promoting people

Joel Stransky, Entrepreneur , 17 November 2017

As you are developing your business it is easy to get consumed by servicing customers and driving sales, yet your people strategy is without a doubt one of the most important areas that will ensure the longevity of your business. 

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Stay profitable this quarter: Theory of Constraints in a nutshell

Heinrich van der Vyver , 16 November 2017

Every business has at least one weak link that limits it from getting more of what you want, which is usually profit. If making a profit is your main goal, your primary focus should be to identify where you lose profit. 

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Why websites matter no matter what business you run

Glenn van Eck , 11 November 2017

After reviewing my company’s website, it’s got me thinking about the importance of communicating a business’s brand online, and why we shouldn't neglect this. 

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IP Valuations and what they mean for your business

Derek Momberg , 11 November 2017

The importance of an Intellectual Property (IP) Valuation for any business cannot be underestimated and should play an integral role when considering best business practice.

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How your Internet connection affects your bottom line

Michael Colin , 11 November 2017

Despite how important the Internet is to the operation of your business, it’s easy to take it for granted. That complacency can put your bottom line at risk.

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Listen and learn: Why podcasts aren’t just for start-up founders

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 02 November 2017

Podcasts aren’t just for start-up founders. They’re also a great way for busy company CEOs to brush up on their business knowledge and learn from some of the best businesses in the world. 

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3 Steps to find and keep top talent in your business

Jacques Du Bruyn, Entrepreneur , 31 October 2017

In just ten short years digital solutions have revolutionised the way we do business — but have they changed the way you hire and engage staff? Here’s how you can use online tech to find and retain top employees. 

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Digital solutions to improve operations in your business

Pritesh Ruthun , 24 October 2017

Businesses that don’t embrace digital technology stand to lose more than they will ever gain by remaining analogue. Here’s a few reasons why you need to become digitally-fit. 

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10 Business models of digital disrupters

Nicole Crampton , 23 October 2017

There are numerous business models you could be implementing in your digital business to create, sustain and successful disrupt your or another industry. Here are just a few. 

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The 6 most common questions business owners ask before selling their business

Andrew Bahlmann, Entrepreneur , 17 October 2017

I figured that the most effective way to work through these questions was to write a short article on each one and will start off by listing them.

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Cultivating a minimalist business

Catherine Black , 16 October 2017

Most of us are familiar with the minimalist concept in our personal lives, such as clearing clutter and living with fewer possessions, or curating a minimalist wardrobe – but about minimalism for companies? 

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What is financial risk management?

Nicole Crampton , 10 October 2017

Without appropriate financial risk management strategies, you won’t be prepared for unwanted calamities in the economy that could leave your business vulnerable. 

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The best way to ensure customers will keep coming back

Alon Sachs , 10 October 2017

A pristine, high-end, long-lasting product means customers may not be back in a hurry for the same item, but best be sure they’ll return for something else, and bring family and friends along with them.  But what’s the best way to achieve this? 

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How to get the best from your employees

Harry Welby-Cooke, Entrepreneur , 10 October 2017

There’s a simple formula to managing your staff more effectively. Their potential to perform rests with you.

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Why opposite (employees) attract and perform better as a team

Danilo Acquisto , 10 October 2017

Local and global markets are always affected by macro and micro shifts in economics, and the problems that companies are being presented with are becoming even more novel and complicated. 

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Essential insights on branding your business

Andrew MacKenzie , 06 October 2017

Did you know there are three building blocks to help you define your business brand? 

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Hiring the right person is critical when growing a business

Joel Stransky, Entrepreneur , 05 October 2017

But how do you find the right mix of people?

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How to build a successful sales team for your business

Nicole Crampton , 30 September 2017

A successful sales team will lead to a fruitful business. You can use these tips and tricks to improve your business’ profitability and long-term competitiveness

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How digital transformation will affect your recruitment too

Yvonne Dias , 30 September 2017

Recruitment has always been a tough environment – trying to match skills to values to company culture. Competition for good resources also further complicates matters. As digital transformation continues to disrupt various industries across the globe, recruitment will get tougher. 

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Do you hire or not hire when it comes to senior positions?

Rob Green , 27 September 2017

For the owner of any business, whether to hire or not, in particular to fill senior positions, is a difficult decision that has the potential to elevate your business to greater levels or send it down a slippery slope. 

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How to keep that cash coming in when you’re a start-up

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 25 September 2017

Why cash flow can make or break your business — and how to keep it coming.

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Can your success (really) be measured?

Bruce Wade , 22 September 2017

Measuring the achievements of your business is one of the most fundamental tools for success. But do you know how to do this? 

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7 Factors factors to determine who are your employees (and who aren’t)

Kyle Torrington, Entrepreneur , 17 September 2017

With the rise of the gig and on-demand economies as well as remote workplaces, the question of whether an ‘independent contractor’ is in fact an employee is perhaps more significant than ever.

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4 Reasons your new systems are failing

Nicole Crampton , 16 September 2017

You’ve implement systems, but for some reason they’re just not doing what you’d hoped they would do. Find out where there’s a spanner in the works and how you can prevent it from happening in the future. 

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The givers are the ones that gain

Glenn van Eck , 16 September 2017

Globally, leaders are being mindful of giving back or paying it forward. In South Africa it is more than a nice to have, it’s a necessity. There are numerous reasons to give back to our communities - but all too often we do it as a box-ticking exercise, which defeats the very purpose. 

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5 Strategic ways your sales and marketing teams need to collaborate

Greg Tinkler, Entrepreneur , 09 September 2017

If your sales and marketing teams work together instead of against each other, you’ll not only build a winning brand, you’ll kill the competition.

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Run things like a boss: Tactics for better management of your company

Pritesh Ruthun , 09 September 2017

Approximately half of all employees end up quitting their job because of a bad manager. Are you managing your team like a true (inspirational) leader? 

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5 Great questions to help spring clean your tactics

Heinrich van der Vyver , 09 September 2017

Spring has sprung and it’s a great vantage point to assess how well we’ve done so far, giving enough time to make changes that will ensure we get to where we want to go by financial year-end. 

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Jennifer Da Mata gives top advice on retrenchments

GG Van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 05 September 2017

Q&A Retrenching staff is one of the hardest professional things a business owner will probably ever have to do. Labour specialist Jennifer Da Mata explains why companies decide to retrench, and how the process can be completed in a fair and professional manner.

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Ever wonder why we are all connected – all the time?

David Sand , 30 August 2017

Operating across multiple continents gives businesspeople a unique perspective of a global industry. Serving local, multi-national and global clients also helps develop a unique set of skills and knowledge repository about the inner workings of human nature. The journey is intricately complicated and yet completely simple. 

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Fibre can be the game-changer that your business needs

David Meintjes , 28 August 2017

The digital revolution is transforming business for the better, empowering those who take the leap to be smarter, agile and more productive. But there’s a fundamental requirement before that can happen. 

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What profit really is and how to increase it

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 25 August 2017

Most business owners think they understand profits, margins and how much they’re actually making. The reality is that many don’t. How much is your business really making, and what should you do with it?

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Everything you need to know about cyber crime

Nicole Crampton , 17 August 2017

Consumer cybercrime costs the global economy up to USD 113 billion every year. This is something you need to prepare for, or risk the costly consequences. 

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Be a proactive Director, instead of making excuses for poor performance

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 17 August 2017

Times are tough, but that’s when real leaders put their heads together, get to work, and lead. This is no time for excuses. 

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Facts on the ‘sharing economy’ that affects all companies’ tactics

Pritesh Ruthun , 16 August 2017

Harvard Business Review’s experts say that the sharing economy isn’t about sharing anything – it’s about people accessing more and more things instead. 

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4 Women entrepreneurs’ business management lessons for success

Nicole Crampton , 08 August 2017

Your business needs to have systems and processes in place to allow for scalability. Otherwise, you’ll end up bottle-necking your company. 

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Just because you attended the board meeting doesn’t mean your job is done

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 08 August 2017

One of the myths of a high-performance director is that the time you spend in the boardroom is the beginning and end of your role as a director.

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Sustainability: It’s what keeps businesses in business

Bruce Wade , 08 August 2017

There’s no big secret when it comes to achieving long-term success. You simply need to think about everything you do from a perspective of sustenance. 

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Are you missing opportunities to boost your bottom line?

Petra Laranjo , 05 August 2017

Are you asking your clients for feedback and are you actually implementing your findings? If not, you could be missing opportunities to step up your offerings and boost your bottom line. 

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10 Lessons from Andrew Brand on shaping organisational success

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 05 August 2017

Ten lessons in growth to implement in your business today.

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Unforgettable activations can live on long after the event comes to a close

Lauren Durant , 29 July 2017

The power of live events continues to generate better, deeper relationships between brands and consumers. 

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The brand conversation – Are you having one?

Arjun Khoosal , 27 July 2017

A brand is just a conversation between customer and business to create conversion. 

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25 Money-saving strategies for your small business

Nicole Crampton , 26 July 2017

If you’re trying to tighten your belt, but can’t find the right notch for a snug fit, here are 25 money-saving strategies for your small business to help you reach the next stage of growth. 

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How to convert more website traffic into leads and sales

Dennis Armstrong , 26 July 2017

“They keep coming to the website, but we aren’t able to convert!” If that’s one of your daily battles, here’s a few hints and tips to turn things around. 

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5 Smart cost-effective marketing moves that will build your business in a tight economy

Greg Tinkler, Entrepreneur , 25 July 2017

When everyone is putting their heads down and hiding, it’s the ideal opportunity to get noticed.

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Fresh ideas to consider for incentivising your employees

Belinda Mountain , 20 July 2017

In a fast-evolving world where companies and employers are expected to keep up (just as fast), retaining your top staff and looking out for their best interests is essential. Much has been written about employee benefits – here are a few different ideas. 

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5 Ways to improve your practices’ financial management

Nicole Crampton , 17 July 2017

Financial management skills can make or break a medical practice. But, these 5 tips can help you sustain a healthy and profitable business no matter what your level of business savvy. 

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4 Strategies to build trust – through trusting your team

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 17 July 2017

When you’re building a business, you can’t do it without an exceptional team, and great teams are built on trust. Here’s how to let go so that people can excel at their jobs. 

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Guidelines on conducting safe business in South Africa (part 2)

Mareon Basson , 17 July 2017

In this two-part series, you will earn how to protect your business as you take it from strength to strength. 

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Happiness boosts the bottom line

Nadine Todd , 16 July 2017

An upbeat, happy workforce delivers better results. Tapping into your employees’ happy place isn’t just a nice-to-have – it’s a business imperative. 

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Guidelines on conducting safe business in South Africa (Part 1)

Mareon Basson , 10 July 2017

In this two-part series, you will earn how to protect your business as you take it from strength to strength. 

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7 Innovative apps that give doctors and their patients access to information

Nicole Crampton , 09 July 2017

Digital tools can help you speed up and improve your patients’ experiences during treatment. This can go a long way in improving your chances of repeat (and referred) clients. 

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Creating your tribe: Steps to take to build a better business

Mimi Rupp , 07 July 2017

Successful entrepreneurs and leaders create the outcomes they desire, by surrounding themselves with like-minded people and those working towards the same goal. It’s their ‘tribe’ but how do you create one? 

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You need to ‘put on the suit’ yourself before delegating

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 07 July 2017

It’s vital that you perform a role before you delegate it in your start-up. Here’s why. 

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4 Millennial traits to better understand (and retain) your best talent

Diana Albertyn , 07 July 2017

To ensure you’re not losing your best employees to your competitors, why not get take some time to understand their wants and needs a little better? 

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Craig Plowden launched a business to increase the profitability of returns

GG Van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 05 July 2017

A purely transactional approach to business will never result in customer loyalty. If you want to cultivate loyal customers, you need to care about their long-term happiness. That means thinking about reverse logistics. 

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7 Ways data is restructuring the supply chain

Ralf Rolle , 05 July 2017

A lot of times, companies spend too much time investing and looking into systems to power the supply chain. Here are seven examples of how integrated data can improve your supply chain. 

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Steering towards the future in a post-downgrade world

Pritesh Ruthun , 30 June 2017

Amidst the uncertainties that a ratings downgrade brings, you shouldn’t lose sight of the big picture. Downgrades can be followed by upgrades – if business leaders like you maintain a steady hand on the wheel. 

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Your start-up guide to (better) connect with potential clients online

Rhyse Crompton , 28 June 2017

The start-up culture venerates digital connectivity. These days, a company’s operations are expected to be Cloud based. Are yours? 

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Managing the dilemmas that diversity in business brings

Glenn van Eck , 27 June 2017

Diversity is an interesting word that can immediately spark an emotive response. However, diversity not only refers to differences in race, gender, ethnic group, age, personality, cognitive style, tenure, organisational function, education and background, but also perceptions. 

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How you can avoid the ‘Facebook Effect’

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 24 June 2017

Don’t let perceived realities – of your business or those of your competitors – derail your strategies.

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The fundamentals of improving your website's user experience (UX)

Andrew MacKenzie , 24 June 2017

Your website has the potential to be your most powerful asset and marketing tool. But, evolving technology can outdate your site so a redesign is ideal. Do you have the time and money for this? Here are some tips. 

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5 Mandatories when appointing an incentive service provider

David Sands , 22 June 2017

With the complicated selection and procurement processes so prevalent (with good cause) in the current business environment, it is frequently difficult to pinpoint the exact requirements that’s truly valuable to a company. 

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Office space: In the future, you might not need it

Sibongile Booi , 19 June 2017

Driven by tangible benefits for businesses of all sizes, state-of-the-art virtual offices, shared office space and co-working are rapidly reshaping the concept of office space in the new gig economy. 

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The importance of business reputation and its impact on you

Mimi Rupp , 17 June 2017

The reputation of a business is essential to its survival. But, how do you create a positive reputation in today’s fast-paced world? 

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Forget the 4Ps of selling. It’s time for a new selling strategy

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 17 June 2017

If you’re still using the outdated 4Ps of marketing, you’re in serious danger of losing out to your more progressive competitors.

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4 Tips to maximise your sales in a tight economy

Nadine Todd , 16 June 2017

Your customers might be spending less, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped spending altogether. Make sure you’re top of their list. 

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To contract month-to-month or rather engage them full-time?

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw , 16 June 2017

Many experts say – whether big or small – a business’ staff compliment is where your real value lies. We often speak of “human capital” as a result. 

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Everything you need to know about business strategy

Nicole Crampton , 15 June 2017

Find out how a business strategy works, how you need to implement it and which one is complimentary to your business in this comprehensive resource. 

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The importance of long-term sales lead management

Chris Ogden , 10 June 2017

Companies frequently fail to see the value of long-term sales lead management, and pursue short-term, hot leads that often fail to result in sales. As an entrepreneur, you need to ensure your sales team is approaching their role with foresight. 

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Make your limited marketing budget work for you

Greg Tinkler, Entrepreneur , 07 June 2017

Is your 2017 marketing budget limited and do you need the best possible solution to spread your bucks wisely? Here’s where to start.

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3 Techniques to turn the consumer into your customer

Diana Albertyn , 07 June 2017

Creating and promoting an outstanding product or service isn't always enough. Discerning customers want you to go the extra mile. Here’s why. 

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Organisational behaviour expert Siphiwe Moyo’s insights into keeping your employee’s motivated

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 05 June 2017

Motivating employees to give their best is the cornerstone of high-performance, high-growth organisations. Organisational culture expert Siphiwe Moyo shows you how to boost employee morale.

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Social media: It’s ever-changing, but you can stay on top of it

Andrew MacKenzie , 24 May 2017

Social media is a defining factor when it comes to successful marketing strategies and strong businesses. Advertising updates for social platforms are making life easier than ever for SMEs to make connections, and offer valuable customer service. 

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How to plan, prioritise and get it done now

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 24 May 2017

Here’s my short answer to the question about priorities: Whatever is burning the fastest gets the most attention.

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Your business ransomed: How to avoid becoming a victim of ransomware

Heinrich van der Vyver , 22 May 2017

Find out why ransomware is such a challenge for businesses in South Africa, and what you can do to ensure your company’s transactional data is out of harm’s way. 

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Unlock the power of PR as a key driver to connect you to your market

Vanessa Perumal , 19 May 2017

The South African business environment is uncertain. Political changes, credit rating downgrades, higher inflation costs and diminishing jobs opportunities seem to be the order of the day. But, you can still thrive. 

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The importance of medical aid provision for small businesses

Catherine Black , 18 May 2017

Never mind incentives, bonuses and team-building events. Providing healthcare is more important for smaller companies. 

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Bring your brand to life by creating memorable encounters

Lauren Durant , 17 May 2017

Today’s cash-rich, but time-poor consumers are increasingly screening what media they consume. Are you offering them (good) memorable moments? 

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If you want to win deals by a mile, you need an inside man

Nadine Todd , 17 May 2017

“With a client coach we had a win rate of 50% or more. Without a client coach, our win rate was less than 5%.” 

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Business growth: 5 Ways to hire right and grow your small company

Glenn van Eck , 16 May 2017

Saying you want to grow your business is one thing, making it happen is another. Here is food for thought to grow your business by hiring the right people. 

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If you can measure it, you can grow it

Nadine Todd , 16 May 2017

Don’t be scared of metrics and data in your organisation. Measuring what’s important in your business is your secret weapon to managing for high-impact growth. 

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Everything you need to know about the next generation of employees: Gen Z

Nicole Crampton , 15 May 2017

The next generations of workers are here. It’s time to rethink your company’s strategy otherwise you could find yourself behind the curve when it comes to attracting and retaining new talent. 

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Memorable brand experiences can drive the change you really need

Lauren Durant , 10 May 2017

Expe­ri­en­tial mar­ket­ing con­nects audi­ences with the authen­tic nature of a brand through participation in per­son­ally rel­e­vant, cred­i­ble and mem­o­rable encounters. 

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6 Reasons why influencer marketing really works

Greg Tinkler , 07 May 2017

Stand out. Get noticed. Six reasons why influencer marketing really works.

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Keeping your business youthful with effective mobile marketing

Rhyse Crompton , 06 May 2017

If you grasp the importance of youth, and the beauty of youthful love and optimism, you can develop more impactful marketing tactics. 

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3 Ways you can manage your marketing ROI (more) effectively

Diana Albertyn , 05 May 2017

Even well-established businesses have to revamp their marketing strategies to keep up with technological advancements. Don’t get left behind.

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Victoria Grech's 7 rules to making powerful marketing videos on a budget

Nadine Todd , 05 May 2017

2017 Will be the year of video marketing. Is your business ready?  

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How to successfully manage your company’s cash flow

Glenn van Eck , 26 April 2017

Cash flow is the blood that keeps the heart of your business pumping and is one of, if not the most critical keys to entrepreneurial success.

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The 5 phases of cash flow you’ll experience before becoming a profitable business

Nicole Crampton , 26 April 2017

You will need to help your company navigate through these five phases of cash flow before turning a worthwhile profit. This comprehensive resource can help you plan and thrive during the journey. 

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Improve your (superior) customer service by focusing on the little things

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 24 April 2017

Building big businesses takes a focus on the little things — and great customer service is all about the small details.

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Are ‘guesstimates’ hurting you? 2 steps to calculate an accurate hourly rate

Heinrich van der Vyver , 22 April 2017

Not sure what you should charge for your products or service? Do you worry every month how you will cover your running costs or pay your salaries? Here’s some pointers to help. 

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Essential marketing basics that will help your start-up soar

Yolandi Booysens , 18 April 2017

If you just started a business, you probably have a million things running through your mind at a million miles a second. Here are few marketing insights to help you in midst, and flurry, of starting up. 

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How can you compete without discounting your price?

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 17 April 2017

One of the biggest challenges Decision Inc, which has a turnover of R116 million, has faced on its growth journey is that of price. 

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Don’t let the cheques bounce when it comes to bonuses

Regine le Roux , 16 April 2017

Not having sufficient cash flow can be incredibly stressful, especially when you have to pay annual bonuses. You can still recognise performance and save face without having to fork out a lump sum at the end of each year. Here’s a suggestion how. 

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9 Ways to manage your debtor’s book for faster cash collection

Nicole Crampton , 15 April 2017

Accurate management of your debtor’s book can help boost business growth and ensure financial success – but you must commit to keeping it up to date. 

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Old faithful: How email marketing remains relevant

Rhyse Crompton , 12 April 2017

Did you know that email marketing remains one of the most powerful forms of digital marketing? This is surprising, because email can be considered a little archaic in digital circles. 

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Why data security should be a priority for all businesses

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw , 11 April 2017

In an age where more and more things are being connected to the Internet, cyber breach is becoming a serious challenge for businesses. 

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5 Marketing tips for small businesses

Andrew MacKenzie , 09 April 2017

Most small business owners see the expense of marketing as an unnecessary evil, particularly in a challenging economic climate. In this article, I take a look at five quick wins that won't break the bank. 

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Set your key financial goals (and achieve investment success)

Bruce Fleming , 07 April 2017

Financial planning should start and end with your financial objectives, be they short, medium and/or long-term. You need to be clear as to what these lifestyle goals are before you even think of where and how you should invest your money. 

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Why Donna Rachelson believes the secret to your business success lies with women

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 07 April 2017

Putting more women in leadership positions isn't just an equality issue. It makes good business sense. 

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Why tech-savvy customers have stopped shopping with you

Diana Albertyn , 05 April 2017

You might be losing shoppers because your shop’s in-store payment solutions are outdated and no longer cater to their fast-paced lifestyles. 

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Everything you need to know on King IV and corporate governance in South Africa

05 April 2017

Your comprehensive guide to the King IV report on corporate governance principles and how it can help you shape your business’s systems and process.

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EME and QSE automatic level 1 and 2 recognition – Part 2

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw , 05 April 2017

Following on from part one published last month; as your business becomes BBBEE compliant, the business will grow. As such, once the R50 million turnover threshold is met, it is important for your organisation to have a strategy in place that can be implemented to become fully compliant with all elements. 

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EY’s Azim Omar says your business needs a cause to be successful

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 04 April 2017

What single characteristic unites South Africa's most successful entrepreneurs? They have passion and a purpose - and it's driving their successes to new heights. 

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Shark Tank Romeo Kumalo weighs in on high-impact entrepreneurial businesses

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 24 March 2017

Entrepreneurial businesses often have an edge over their corporate competitors because they’re flexible and agile. But corporates have insights into growth that many entrepreneurs lack. Shark Tank’s Romeo Kumalo shares what the corporate world taught him about building a high-impact entrepreneurial business. 

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Translate brand and strategy into behaviours today

Deidre Elphick-Moore , 22 March 2017

Every year, brands spend millions on communicating their brand message and values to customers. The value of selling this brand promise to consumers has long been understood. But the idea of ‘internal marketing’ – communicating brand values to employees - is something that is a much more recent phenomenon. 

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Does the ASA still have a role to play in trade mark protection?

Juel Barnett , 18 March 2017

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) has seen their former authority to rule on certain issues hampered, which has, in turn, damaged their credibility. Will they no longer be the significant role-player and gate-keeper that it once was? 

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How to entice new clients by using your own personal brand

Greg Tinkler, Entrepreneur , 17 March 2017

How to use your personal brand to gain traction for your business and make clients come to you.

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The fundamental importance of building a business that thrives without you

Diana Albertyn , 16 March 2017

Leading a team of dedicated individuals means your company doesn’t need you to be around to maintain its path of success. 

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Why EMEs and GSEs automatically qualify for level 1 and 2 recognition

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw , 16 March 2017

In part one of this series of articles, learn how your business might already qualify for BBBEE level 1 and 2. 

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Are your marketing tactics just a drop in the ocean? Here’s how to find out

Tony Davis , 14 March 2017

Let’s face it, all marketing efforts take time and creativity and most of the time every word you write or advert you post has your heart and soul poured into it with the dream of many leads to come. 

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The three phases of creating a brand with impact

Hilda Lunderstedt , 09 March 2017

Branding is, now more than ever, crucial in the success of a business or individual. 

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6 Tactics and 18 ways to save on your bottom line in 2017

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 08 March 2017

Competition is fierce. The economy is tight. People aren’t buying. Here’s how you can gain a competitive advantage by reducing your costs significantly in 2017. 

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Everything you need to know on King IV and corporate governance in South Africa

06 March 2017

Your comprehensive guide to the King IV report on corporate governance principles and how it can help you shape your business’s systems and process.

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Why you should never compete on price

Nadine Todd , 05 March 2017

If you want to avoid the slippery slope of price commoditisation, you need to change the conversation you’re having with your clients. 

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Busi Skenjana’s two core rules of entrepreneurship

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 03 March 2017

Busi Skenjana has tapped into a lucrative niche market by focusing on what she knows — and linking that to brands who need her knowledge and understanding. 

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Entrepreneurs should be looking for opportunities in the 2017 Budget

27 February 2017

According to Standard Bank experts there are numerous advantages for entrepreneurs within the 2017 Budget.

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How tax-free savings and tax laws can help you save

27 February 2017

Standard Bank experts on learning about government-promoted tax-free savings and letting the tax laws help you build wealth.

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Long-term wealth planning will limit the effects of the new super tax rate

27 February 2017

How implementing long-term wealth planning into your finances will assist you in limiting the impact of the new super tax rate.

 

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This 1 crucial business control will determine your success or failure

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 24 February 2017

One of the main reasons companies fail is a lack of financial controls. If you want to be successful, you need to understand the cash flow of your business. 

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INFOGRAPHIC: Budget at a glance

23 February 2017

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's budget speech in one infographic.

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The 2017 Budget Speech and its implications for you

Nicole Crampton , 23 February 2017

Read-up on what Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan proposed for South Africa’s 2017/2018 financial year and how it could impact your company. 

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3 Law-related facts that every entrepreneur must know

Nicolene Schoeman - Louw , 20 February 2017

Whether you’re starting-up, managing an existing business, or growing to the next level, you need to know these three facts and how it influences your path to success as a businessperson. 

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The Business Exchange share secrets to creating a flexible office

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 17 February 2017

Lots of great businesses had their start in a cramped home office or converted garage. But that can only work for so long. How do you move into an office without spending a fortune? 

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Will Gordhan deliver his toughest Budget Speech yet?

Nicole Crampton , 15 February 2017

With the 2017 Budget Speech on the horizon, business experts share their views on what you can expect to hear from the Minister of Finance. 

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Key takeaways from SONA 2017 and how it (might) affect your business

Nicole Crampton , 10 February 2017

Some of these highlights from the 2017 State of the Nation address could assist you in crafting a successful strategy for your business this year. 

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Make 2017 your year of personal development through financial planning

Bruce Fleming , 08 February 2017

We all wish for financial freedom, but many of us are unsure of what this means. Does it mean earning more money? We all want to earn more money, but if you are a salary earner this can be very difficult without taking on another job. 

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Standard Bank and GE launch Health Accelerator

08 February 2017

Standard Bank and GE partner up to upskill healthcare professionals in business management.

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RocoMama's 7 lessons to remain on top of your game with customers

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 07 February 2017

On the road to business success, RocoMamas founder Brian Altriche learnt some valuable lessons when providing customers with a unique service.

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The critical importance of conducting effective due diligence

Arinda Truter , 07 February 2017

Too often the words ‘due diligence’ are automatically linked to a tedious and irrelevant exercise that is only seen as a hindrance for a business. But, this misconception takes away from the opportunity that a corporate due diligence process actually presents and the risks it can mitigate in the future. 

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Know the true cost of employee disengagement on your business

Nadine Todd , 05 February 2017

Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the USA between USD450 billion to USD550 billion each year in lost productivity. In South Africa, disengagement levels are even higher than in the US. 

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Market leading businesses like Kodak and the typewriter died because of this 1 (crucial) mistake

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 02 February 2017

What do Kodak, Nokia and Smith Corona have in common? They are all large, market leading businesses that weren’t able or willing to adapt to a changing market — and died as a result.

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Breaking the mould: The rise of the new salesperson

David Sand , 02 February 2017

In the contemporary business environment, many organisations do have customer feedback loops in place, but few incentivise salespeople to maintain good relations after the sale has been made. Why are these good relations necessary? 

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Don’t get left behind: Use social media to grow your business

Diana Kekana , 30 January 2017

Apps used by consumers for leisure can maximise your company’s marketing potential and enable you to reach more people; blurring the lines between work and play. 

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To discount or not to discount. What is the answer?

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 24 January 2017

A sale might seem like a good way to get stuff out the door, but what does a discount strategy mean for your business in the long run?

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The truth: Companies evaluate the efficacy of the incentive industry

David Sand , 20 January 2017

To be at the cutting edge of incentive programme design and execution, you must keep a close eye on the incentive industry, thereby ensuring that you can offer the very best in incentive solutions to your employees. 

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Ensure your data does not walk out the door with your employees

Yvonne Dias , 18 January 2017

In an ideal world, your employees will never love and leave you, but will stay in your company until the very end. But, owing to industry competitiveness, scarce skills and the quest to keep climbing the career ladder, you can’t bank on your employees staying. You must then take the steps to secure your data. 

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Why you shouldn’t be sweating the fine print

Andrew Taylor, Entrepreneur , 17 January 2017

Signing a contract is a big deal, and you never want to sign anything you don’t fully understand.

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Why it’s vital to plan your business’ legal needs a year in advance

André Nortjé , 16 January 2017

By getting a head start on legalities you’ll face in business this year, you’ll be able to achieve the goals you set out to. 

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How to cultivate creativity in your business for the year ahead

Andrew MacKenzie , 15 January 2017

Full inboxes, congested social media feeds and incessant push notifications; the noise of modern life can distract marketers from creating their best work. The challenge of nurturing creativity in an ‘always-on’ environment is a focus for all marketing teams. 

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How you can do things a little differently in 2017

Heinrich van der Vyver , 11 January 2017

Nervous to set goals for 2017 because you don't think you can make them stick? Here is a roadmap to ensure your plans for 2017 can be efficiently carried out, and sustained, into 2018. 

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Yellowwood Future Architects are helping their clients understand the new future

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 07 January 2017

The world is changing. And young, digitally-savvy consumers are becoming an increasingly large and powerful segment. So how should your business adapt to the changing face of the consumer landscape? 

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Planning for 2017: Maintaining your path to financial freedom

Bruce Fleming , 06 January 2017

It is never too late or too early to start saving and investing for your financial future. As you enter the new year, take the time to re-evaluate your finances and make sure that you are on track with your 2017 financial goals. 

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Master the art of the B2C sale in 2017

Nadine Todd , 05 January 2017

If your sales were off target in 2016, Vespa SA’s Andy Reid advises how you can improve them for the new year. 

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Benefits you can implement instead of offering a pension fund or medical aid scheme

Almo Lubowski , 05 January 2017

Small business owners find it hard to compete with the employee benefits that bigger companies are able offer. But, here are some tangible, and intangible things you can do for your employees. 

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Is leveraging your resources getting the job done properly?

Harry Welby-Cooke, Entrepreneur , 02 January 2017

Trying to leverage resources without considering the potential repercussions can reduce your company’s efficiency in resource allocation, rather than enhancing it. 

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How to hire the right people for your business

Diana Kekana , 30 December 2016

Delegating is a daunting task, but not if you have employed the right staff. 

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De-stressing: Get out of debt as a matter of urgency

Bruce Fleming , 28 December 2016

Sometimes debt can just be an unintended consequence of too much holiday spending or overspending any time of year. Many people try to get out of debt, but they give up. That doesn’t have to be the case.  

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International DJ Sharm Pillay gives top tips on how to market you – and your brand

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 24 December 2016

Sharm Pillay is an international DJ and recently also launched a social media and WordPress agency called XXpand Online. Here are her tips on marketing your brand, your business and yourself successfully. 

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What happens to your trade mark’s life after you’ve passed on?

Karen Kitchen , 24 December 2016

Death is inevitable, but have you considered what happens to your intellectual property (IP) after your demise? Do you need to include your IP in your Will? Understanding what happens after death will mean more peace of mind for those left behind. 

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Efficiently managing maternity leave in your small business

Belinda Mountain , 22 December 2016

More and more women are choosing to delay having children while they establish their careers first. Considering this trend, small businesses will feel the pressure of one less person at work. 

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21 Ways to reward your employees

Nicole Crampton , 20 December 2016

Incentives are essential in promoting loyalty and retaining talented staff in any business. It’s particularly useful when you aren’t able to offer your team bigger salaries. 

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Swopinfo is harnessing the power of The network effect

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 17 December 2016

A local start-up aims to harness the power of the network effect to create a new platform essential to local business owners, professionals and organisations. 

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Important factors to reflect on as the year draws to a close

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw , 16 December 2016

In the blink of an eye, 2016’s come and gone. So much has happened in the business world, and probably in your life too. Now’s the time to plan a way forward. 

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BBBEE: A business strategy that makes rands and cents

Ricardo Dames , 15 December 2016

Do you believe that BBBEE is a tax? We don't believe that it is. Paying tax cannot be developed into a strategic advantage, but investing in BBBEE can. Let's explore how it can be done. 

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Effective stakeholder management – the answer to success

Betsy Ings , 14 December 2016

Being in business and staying in business means that we have to continuously ask questions of ourselves and our stakeholders. It is important to analyse our stakeholders during the strategic planning process to ensure their support and business success. 

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Top considerations for your bring your own device (BYOD) policies

Yvonne Dias , 12 December 2016

When allowing employees to use their own equipment in the workplace, choose different headings for different platforms according to audience tech knowledge. 

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10 Hacks to hire your next best talent

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 07 December 2016

When scaling up your business, hiring the right people becomes more crucial than ever. But it isn’t easy. Here are ten hacks for recruiting people who can grow with your company. 

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15 Ways to sell more this Christmas with seasonal marketing

Nicole Crampton , 05 December 2016

A comprehensive and engaging seasonal marketing campaign can place your business at the top of consumers’ minds this Christmas, and beyond. 

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The importance of creating a seamless customer experience

Nadine Todd , 05 December 2016

If you want to stand out in the retail environment, you need to give your customers something that your competitors aren’t – and we’re not talking about your products. 

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Strategy, structure, and task-led environments are key to people success

Geoff Prissman , 05 December 2016

Building a structured environment is key to business success even if it means separating your teams. 

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Are you running your business like clockwork (or flying by the seat of your pants)?

Harry Welby-Cooke, Entrepreneur , 02 December 2016

How implementing the right business systems can save you from entrepreneurial martyrdom.

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Key steps to take when it comes to beating your competition

Nadine Todd , 30 November 2016

What do Rocomamas, Sorbet and Soccer Laduma have in common? Extremely loyal customers, thanks to exceptional customer service. 

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What does great customer service actually mean?

Basil O’Hagan, Entrepreneur , 24 November 2016

Sure, it implies an excellent level of service, but it also means showing one’s appreciation for a customer’s business.

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Are you prepared to be ‘The Dealmaker’ in your business?

Louis Germishuys , 22 November 2016

Part of your extensive entrepreneurial portfolio is the need to be your business’ dealmaker. These tips, as to how get this right, can ensure continued business growth. 

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Why accountability for success drives ongoing output improvements

Glenn van Eck , 21 November 2016

Don’t you love that employee who goes beyond expectation? They take responsibility, show initiative and own projects, processes and problems.  They are driven by accountability – owning the good with the bad. 

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The importance of systematically managing your staff’s performance

Deirdre Elphick-Moore , 18 November 2016

Measuring and managing staff performance in a fast-moving and digital world enables you to move away from traditional reviews; towards feedback and reward processes that are relevant. 

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Why you should be breaking all the (recruitment) rules

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 17 November 2016

Kay Vittee advises all business owners and HR managers to read the book First Break All the Rules by Curt Coffman and Marcus Buckingham.

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Clarifying misconceptions: Commission is not an incentive

David Sand , 16 November 2016

Have you been using commission as a tool to motivate your sales team? The reality is, commission isn’t an incentive and it shouldn’t be treated as such. 

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Sealing the deal is about much more than the perfect PowerPoint

Geoff Prissman , 12 November 2016

Introducing your business to a potential client is about so much more than banging some information and pics into a PowerPoint presentation. 

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Your success rests on appointing the best person for the job

Dr. Amanda Hamilton-Attwell , 11 November 2016

Sometimes, in haste, or through good intentions, the wrong person is hired. Depending on the position that this ‘bad-hire’ occupies in your business, it may make the difference between success or failure. 

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Why your human resources influences your business’ credibility

Regine le Roux , 08 November 2016

Employees are an important component when it comes to building and managing your business’ reputation. 

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Personal branding: Benefits for both you and your leaders

Donna Rachelson , 07 November 2016

By training your management teams in building strong personal brands, you can bring out the best in your managers. 

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Out-the-box thinkers Shareen Parker and Silvana Dantu share their partnership secrets

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 07 November 2016

Finding new ways to grow an established services-based business requires out-of-the-box thinking and solid partners. 

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Alternate lenders can help you keep the deals flowing

Gary Palmer , 06 November 2016

Substitute finance is an important part of the credit mix for entrepreneurs in a sluggish economy. 

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5 Essential management tips from Peter Drucker

GG Van Rooyen , 05 November 2016

Management guru Peter Drucker remains one of the best-known and often-quoted business leaders, even though he passed away more than a decade ago. Here are five business tips from Drucker that are as relevant now as ever. 

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Standard Bank launches UCount Rewards for businesses

03 November 2016

If you’re turning over R10 million or less, you can take advantage of several benefits thanks to UCount Rewards from Standard Bank.

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Kay Vittee’s 3 steps to winning the talent war

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 02 November 2016

Hiring is an incredibly expensive process, so you want to get it right. You also need top talent to grow your organisation. Here’s how you win the talent war. 

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10 Tips and tools to turn your team into for high performance sellers

Nadine Todd , 30 October 2016

Winning in sales never happens by chance, it happens by design. If you want to close more deals and grow your revenue, you need to master the art of selling. Here’s how. 

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Standard Bank’s Shyft app ready to take international award

27 October 2016

Standard Bank’s new ‘Shyft’ app – a foreign exchange mobile wallet - ran  with the bulls and was awarded a Bronze international award in the Most Disruptive Innovation category, at the 2016 Efma–Accenture Distribution & Marketing Innovation Awards held in Barcelona last night. 

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Standard Bank’s Shyft app ready to take international award

27 October 2016

After running with the Fintech bulls and admirably holding its own at the 2016 Efma–Accenture Distribution & Marketing Innovation Awards held in Barcelona last night, Standard Bank’s new Shyft app was awarded a bronze international award in the Most Disruptive Innovation category.

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7 Realistic reasons why your best employees are leaving the company

Dennis Armstrong , 26 October 2016

Companies that lose good employees experience direct and indirect cost implications. Remember, in our digitalised and fast-paced world, it is still ‘people’ on which success is built. 

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What should you cut first when times are tough?

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 24 October 2016

Times are tough, sales are down, is marketing the best way to spend scarce cash?

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The dos and don’ts of client management

Bradley Elliott , 24 October 2016

Building and maintaining positive relationships with clients is a skill that few business owners can do without. 

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Smart tips to boost your sales strategies in a challenging economy

Bradley Elliott , 22 October 2016

A sales strategy should incorporate three key elements: your company’s differentiators, marketing those differentiators and securing ongoing work/revenue. Here’s why. 

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Start now: Fixing your budget for the new year

Bruce Fleming , 20 October 2016

A new year is nearly upon us, and with it comes the chance to start fresh and make some changes in our lives. Plotting a budget for 2017 should be your first port of call. 

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13 Best kept secrets for improving your work force

Nicole Crampton , 20 October 2016

Learn from these 13 entrepreneurial business owners, on how they solve their staffing challenges and what they learned the hard way. 

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How you can make those sales when nobody’s buying (yes it’s do-able)

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 17 October 2016

Buyers are scarce and highly selective. How do you get a share of their business?

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Top tips on how to efficiently manage your remote team

Heinrich van der Vyver , 14 October 2016

Virtual offices and remotely located staff are becoming the norm for businesses in South Africa. Keeping the team dynamic, focus and brand values for a remote team, however, can be a challenge. 

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Customers will pay for amazing experiences – If you deliver explains Karabo Sepharatla

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 07 October 2016

Karabo Sepharatla understands that at the end of the day, people will pay you for amazing experiences – you just need to know how to deliver what they want. Here’s how he found a niche and is living his passions because of it.

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The key to goal setting

GG Van Rooyen , 05 October 2016

How do you track goals and keep everyone accountable? In Silicon Valley, everyone’s obsessed with OKRs. 

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Why the old way of doing things won’t create new solutions

Vanessa Perumal , 05 October 2016

To break bad habits and move away from that which hampers progress we need to constantly change the way we do old things to create new solutions. 

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Your approach to finance can determine your business’ success

03 October 2016

According to Standard Bank, business owners should think of their asset finance as ‘access’ finance.

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6 Top money-saving tips

Greg Tinkler, Entrepreneur , 02 October 2016

One of the most important start-up rules is to focus on keeping as much cash in your business as possible.

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How VC Chris Sacca avoids pointless meetings

GG van Rooyen , 30 September 2016

Venture capitalist Chris Sacca doesn’t believe in attending countless meetings that just waste time and don’t accomplish anything. To avoid them, he’s gone to rather extreme lengths.  

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Practical legal insights 101 for selling your business

Shelley Mackay-Davidson , 28 September 2016

You need to be properly prepared and understand what is involved in selling your business: We will be discussing a number of important aspects in a series of articles. 

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Clear the clutter you normally overlook in business

Regine le Roux , 28 September 2016

Make time to clear out the clutter and remember to clean up your databases too. Engaging with the wrong people will waste a lot of your precious time, and we know that time is money. 

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Giraffe sticks its neck out for job seekers

26 September 2016

Finding suitable employees for your business can be tough, particularly if you've exhausted your usual go-to human resources portals. Fortunately, Giraffe's here to help you, and job seekers too. 

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3 Ways for small businesses to improve efficiencies this Spring

Heinrich van der Vyver , 25 September 2016

We’ve entered Q3. Our New Year’s resolutions are long-forgotten and the year-end buzz is still too far off to feel. If you need a plunge into the deep pool of refreshed motivation then get your bathing suits ready, because we’re about to jump in. 

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Successful technology: A millennial's perspective

Dewald Nolte , 24 September 2016

Technology is only successful when embraced by the target market for whom it is intended, and more than ever, this is the millennial generation. 

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7 Business tips from the 3 Way Marketing group founders

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 24 September 2016

Lessons learnt from Tom Goldgamer and Danny Aaron of 3 Way Marketing and Benater Production Group.

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Why leveraging technology equals improved efficiency in your business

Kevin Allen , 22 September 2016

Sticking to analogue practices and processes in your business may be holding your back. You can use these technologies to improve your business efficiency. 

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The importance of spring cleaning your message to market

Louis Germishuys , 20 September 2016

Don’t underestimate the importance of understanding your target audience and your competitors; and how to break through the clutter by defining your market message and where you fit in the market puzzle. 

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Why you need to keep going even in the toughest of times

Petra Laranjo , 18 September 2016

When others around you seem to be flourishing and racing past you, keep going. Developing deep roots and a solid foundation is what will ensure that you finish strong – in business and in life. 

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Cover all your bases when it comes to employment agreements

Kyle Torrington, Entrepreneur , 17 September 2016

Employment agreements are amongst the most important agreements a company will ever enter into. 

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The benefits of cleaning up your systems and focusing on efficiency

Kgomotso Mautloa , 17 September 2016

Businesses aren’t only built on the calibre of its people, businesses are built on processes. 

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How to better manage your money in your business

Nicole Crampton , 15 September 2016

Cash flow can be one of the toughest challenges that small business owners encounter when running their business; but focusing on cash flow management will improve your business sustainability. 

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How to effectively manage disciplinary issues in your business

Su-Mari du Bruyn , 15 September 2016

Disciplinary activities should be aimed at guidance and rehabilitation rather than punishment. It is less expensive to correct than to replace. While it is unfortunately true that correction is not always an option, it will serve you well to adopt a sound disciplinary process aligned with these 10 simple steps. 

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A 6-Point spring cleaning checklist for your business

Dennis Armstrong , 12 September 2016

Every business, like any house, can do with a good spring clean. In this article we look at six of the more pressing issues that require your immediate attention. 

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How to help your team appreciate the benefits of your business’ cultural diversity

Deirdre Elphick-Moore , 11 September 2016

As the economy becomes increasingly global, our workforce becomes increasingly diverse. Organisational success and competitiveness depends on the ability to manage diversity in the workplace effectively. Discover how to harness diversity in your organisation for greater success. 

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6 Easy steps to improve your personal finances for a better future

Bruce Fleming , 09 September 2016

While one cannot predict the future, one should certainly be better prepared for it, as all of us have goals to be fulfilled at every stage of life. These goals can only be achieved if you implement a financial plan. So, it’s better to start planning now, as prevention is always better than cure. 

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Keep an eye out for toxic employees

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 07 September 2016

Don’t let negative employees hamper your start-up’s growth. Your people should be a competitive advantage, not a disadvantage.

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Why it’s essential to build an emotional connection with your customers

Andrew Mackenzie , 06 September 2016

A challenging world economic climate, and an even tougher local economic climate, have led to many companies re-assessing their marketing approach. ‘Special Offers’ won’t cut it anymore. Consumers want to ‘feel’ something when they make a purchase. 

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What’s your team’s time worth?

Nadine Todd , 05 September 2016

We are all given 24 precious hours in a day, but it’s what we do with them that really counts. Is your team using its gift of time to maximum benefit?

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Making the team ‘work’

Harry Welby-Cooke, Entrepreneur , 02 September 2016

How do you assemble a team that works well together? Here are four ways you can create an environment that fosters true teamwork.    

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How to build a team of ‘Deal Closers’

Roy Clark , 30 August 2016

Why build a team of deal closers? Strong deal closers tend to reduce the turnaround of a sales process. A faster sales process means faster profits. 

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Why companies love OKRs

GG van Rooyen , 30 August 2016

OKRs – short for Objectives and Key Results – are increasingly being used by leading companies to manage staff. But why is it so popular? 

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When it comes to estate planning, it’s not always about death

Bruce Fleming , 26 August 2016

When it comes to estate planning, it’s a difficult concept for many to handle. Thinking about death isn’t a top priority for many, but as a business owner, your death may affect many more lives than just your family’s. 

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Is your business fundable? Venture capitalist Clive Butkow’s shares his priceless insights

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 24 August 2016

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8 Tips to keep your most important assets (and customers) content

Tara Turkington , 21 August 2016

In today’s increasingly competitive world, the key to running a successful business is customer satisfaction. Servicing customers’ needs is a priority for companies, but, sadly, management often fails to focus on the satisfaction of their employees – the internal customers of the firm.

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Realistic solutions to consider if a shareholder passes away

Almo Lubowski , 20 August 2016

Death, and disability, aren’t pleasant conversations to have, however both factors can affect the sustainability of your business. These hints and tips can prepare you to have that awkward conversation with your business partner. 

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Times are a-changing digitally: Designers, are you ready?

Martin Roberts , 18 August 2016

The digital space is evolving at a rapid rate. It begs the question: what will the role of an advertising agency look like in the future? In case you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect of being an unemployed designer, these self-help points will encourage and motivate you to tackle the changes that are coming. 

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DigiCash believes to have the best and brightest employees you need to create a great place to work

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 17 August 2016

It’s important to hire the right people, but your responsibility doesn’t end there. Even excellent employees require support.

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4 Manners that matter (most) when you’re in business

Regine le Roux , 12 August 2016

‘Please’ and ‘thank you’ are in most people’s vocabulary; yet tend to be the most under used words on a daily basis. Manners, and using them are common decency; not using them may tarnish how you are perceived and ultimately contribute to your reputation (bad or good). 

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The importance of getting your business processes right

Glenn van Eck , 10 August 2016

Business growth, shifts and changes, and faltering economies force entrepreneurs and businesses to adapt or die. To adapt in the most agile way, you need to regularly review your business processes

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Choosing which channel to take a chance on

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 07 August 2016

You face many choices of how best to get your products and services sold, but which channel will achieve the best returns for your business?

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5 Tips to hiring the best employees

Nadine Todd , 05 August 2016

Hiring someone to join your team is often an expensive shot in the dark. Businesses that experience exponential growth have perfected their hiring process and are very good at identifying, hiring and keeping top talent. Here’s how you can follow their lead.

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It takes a village

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 02 August 2016

What does it mean to build a brand? And more importantly, how do you actually create a valued brand? There are no shortcuts. 

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Quit over-complicating everything

GG van Rooyen , 30 July 2016

Managing a business can be hard. Things can quickly become complicated and overwhelming, which is why you sometimes need to consciously dumb things down. Ask yourself: What would this look like if it was easy?

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How to win the “moments that matter” in a mobile world

Dennis Armstrong , 28 July 2016

Statcounter’s 2016 report reveals that Mobile makes up more than 50% of total internet traffic – with South African mobile web traffic accounting for a staggering 75% of local volumes. 

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Standard Bank Saving months infographic

27 July 2016

Saving has always been difficult for South Africans; we have one of the lowest savings rates in the world. Nolene Parboo, Senior Manager: Savings & Investments at Standard Bank, reviews our savings history and suggests that remedying the present situation could rely on looking to our past.

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Target your market for business survival

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 24 July 2016

When you start a business, your main goal is to discover who those people are that not only like your product but are willing to part with their cash to purchase what you’re selling. 

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The true impact of disengaged employees

Petra Laranjo , 18 July 2016

In scaling up, you must hire more people, but, how do you create an engaged workforce; and do you really know how disengaged employees influence your business success? 

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Ashburton shares how you can protect your investment portfolio

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 17 July 2016

Here’s how you can mitigate current risks and still see ROI.

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Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded

Andrew MacKenzie , 17 July 2016

Want to build a better business; through value-added brand building and brand differentiators? Here’s how. 

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Tax 101 for small businesses

Nicole Crampton , 15 July 2016

“Hello, this is SARS, we’d like to pay you a visit.” If you would prefer avoiding an audit call from the South African Revenue Service, learn about your small business tax obligations with this comprehensive guide. 

 

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How to (constructively) engage with your peers

Deirdre Elphick-Moore , 14 July 2016

How do I foster an environment where feedback is freely given; and is well received? By following these handy tips. 

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Fighting with employees? You’re promoting the wrong people

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 08 July 2016

Wondering why employees and management are constantly at loggerheads in your organisation? It may be because you’re promoting the wrong people.

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What’s in a will?

Almo Lubowski , 06 July 2016

One of the most important documents that you will ever have to draw up is a will. Most of what we do everyday is for those we love, but if we do not record what it is that should happen to our assets, including our business, the day we pass on, which can happen at any time, then much of what we have worked for will be in vain. 

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Building your best team begins with the right (hire) base

Nadine Todd , 05 July 2016

Have you ever calculated the cost of a bad hire? If teams build great business, poor employees can tear them down. Here’s how to hire and build a team that lasts. 

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Saving: The way to a secure future

04 July 2016

Saving is simply a habit that you must learn as early as possible.

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The importance of brand

ED Hatton, Entrepreneur , 02 July 2016

The issue of ‘brand’ is often discussed these days, but what does the concept actually mean for the average SME?

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Cupmasters founder says it pays to complete regular stocktakes

Monique Verduyn , 30 June 2016

Stocktaking helped Anne-Marie le Roux find new ways to increase profits and improve her business.

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Take steps now to harness resource sustainable solutions

Karl Götte , 28 June 2016

Businesses that take action now can prevent water and energy shortages in the future.

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Is EQ more important in the business environment?

Karolina Sky Rafalski , 26 June 2016

“IQ gets you hired but EQ gets you promoted”.

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Why digital matters to take your product to market

Vanessa Perumal , 25 June 2016

The opportunity to touch base with your future client is now. Digital and technology used well and with purpose, know-how and with intention is the opportunity that small businesses can influence to engage with potential markets. Building your ecosystem is a click away but only if you know how to use the tools. 

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Contributing in the boardroom

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 24 June 2016

If you want to get the most from your board, you need to know how each person likes to make an individual contribution.

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Exclusive offer from Standard Bank and Giraffe

22 June 2016

Exclusive offer to Standard Bank Business customers: Get up to R1 000 off your first placement with Giraffe’s low cost recruitment service.

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Youth marketing basics: The role of design in reaching the younger consumer

Kgomotso G. Mautloa , 19 June 2016

Different markets need different types of communication. As designers we also need to understand this and how it affects our communication.

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How to market like (Elon) Musk

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 17 June 2016

Why Tesla has never needed to advertise ever.

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The ins and outs of email etiquette

Regine le Roux , 13 June 2016

There is no escaping emails. Don’t let poor email etiquette damage your reputation. Here are a couple of email tips for you to consider before you press the ‘send’ button. 

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What does the future of HR look like?

Roy Clark , 11 June 2016

We explore what an HR practitioner or HR function will look like in 10 years.

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Are you sure your business is profitable?

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 08 June 2016

You’re landing clients. Congratulations, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve found a viable business model. You need to be profitable in the true sense of the term.

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The manners of language in the communication age

MeeA Parkins , 08 June 2016

The quality of your communication will distinguish you from your competition.

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It’s complicated… But should your processes really be?

Su-Mari du Bruyn , 06 June 2016

Are you overcomplicating your systems and processes or is there a better way to be doing it? 

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What you can learn from The Dilbert Principle

GG van Rooyen , 05 June 2016

You are probably familiar with the Dilbert cartoon, but do you know about The Dilbert Principle? Despite being quite tongue-in-cheek, it can teach you an important lesson about management.

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Magna Carta’s digital strategy is one to watch

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 02 June 2016

Thanks to the digital revolution, getting your brand out there is easier than ever. But there’s also an awful lot of noise to contend with, so establishing meaningful engagement can be tricky. The solution? Strive for authenticity. 

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7 Ways to deal with an angry client

Donna Rachelson , 31 May 2016

Nobody enjoys dealing with angry clients, but it’s actually a normal part of running a business. Successful business owners learn that there’s often an opportunity to turn the customer’s negative experience into an opportunity – but only if you manage the situation correctly. 

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Creating a culture that fosters innovation

Deirdre Elphick-Moore , 29 May 2016

How to build a culture where people are always looking for ways to evolve, to do different things or to do things differently.

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It’s all about accountability for sales managers

Jeffrey Fotta, Entrepreneur , 26 May 2016

Leaders who deliver accurate forecasts will rise through the ranks thanks to accountability.

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GAD Consulting outlines why financial controls must be carefully designed

Monique Verduyn , 26 May 2016

The founder of GAD Consulting Services explains why it’s crucial for business owners to have control of their finances, build their knowledge of financial management and set the financial management tone for the business.

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How to work in the Information Age

Scott Picken , 24 May 2016

Keeping abreast in an ever-changing job world.

 

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How you can improve your business with a solid sales process

Roy Clark , 22 May 2016

Systems and processes allow for repeatability and scalability. If you’re selling something, you’ll need more than just a good understanding of your product, your target market and your competitors. Creating a definitive sales process could help you delineate the areas that’s holding you back from closing your deals.

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3 Steps to embedding a culture of continuous improvement in your business

Su-Mari du Bruyn , 20 May 2016

Improvement doesn’t have to mean embarking on a big project of change. Even simple steps can have an impact.

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The secret to managing hidden expenses

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 17 May 2016

How do you go about managing these hidden (and unexpected) costs?

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Does your advertising and marketing material meet legal requirements?

Andrew Papadopoulos , 17 May 2016

Management must ensure that someone has considered the legalities, so the only thing popping up from advertising, is higher revenues.

 

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Sonia Booth wants you to re-invent yourself

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 11 May 2016

Model, businesswoman and author Sonia Booth believes it’s crucial to reinvent yourself on a continual basis and always refine your personal brand.

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Sirdar aims to be great by being unapologetically bad

GG van Rooyen , 09 May 2016

By trying to be great at too many things, Sirdar Group realised that it was losing its competitive edge. Its solution was to cut down on services. 

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How to build a brand that people care about

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 02 May 2016

You need to create a brand that people really care about. 

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Which comes first: Product or planning?

Wouter Fourie , 29 April 2016

The role of independent advisors in taking your products to market.

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8 Quick tips to maximise your networking skills

Regine le Roux , 27 April 2016

Here are some easy tips to maximise your networking endeavours. 

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The secret to managing hidden expenses

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 26 April 2016

How do you go about managing these hidden (and unexpected) costs?

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How BRAW learnt to pay the right salaries

Monique Verduyn , 26 April 2016

Three young entrepreneurs turned their business around by ditching partners who were draining the company coffers.

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4 Ways to manage your reputation in the workplace

Donna Rachelson , 24 April 2016

Before people will buy into the product, service or idea you are selling, they need to buy into you. 

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5 Steps to grow sales

Roy Clark , 21 April 2016

It’s important to continually assess whether any of these five areas are out of sync, and if so what you can do in order to remedy the situation and grow your business further.

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The risks of being underinsured right now

20 April 2016

Beware the consequences of underinsurance in the current economic climate, warns Standard Bank.

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How to generate the right leads

Dr. Amanda Hamilton-Attwell , 19 April 2016

What do you need to grow your business? 

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Surviving the tough times is the real test for small businesses

18 April 2016

Planning and financial discipline that will see your business growing and moving successfully on into more prosperous times.

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How to work smart with technology

Dr. Ricardo Dames , 18 April 2016

Each SME business has unique tech needs, here’s how you can use technology for yours. 

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It’s time to diversify your portfolio

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 17 April 2016

It might be time to send some money offshore, even if the value of the rand is worrying.  

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How to stay ahead in tech security

Schalk Nolte , 17 April 2016

Key strategies for ensuring that your tech and mobile security stays ahead of the curve.

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Your financial adviser: Identifying and avoiding risks along the ‘road of life’

14 April 2016

It is critical to identify and plan for risks and conflicts, which reinforces the need for proper planning and advice, says Errol Meyer, Senior Manager, Advisory Propositions at Standard Bank.

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PrivateProperty’s Justin Clarke on creating a great organisation

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 11 April 2016

PrivateProperty’s Justin Clarke shares how he managed to turn PrivateProperty in the continent-spanning One Africa Media.

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Vincent Magwenya of Magna Carta: How to tell your business story

GG van Rooyen , 07 April 2016

How do you get the media to write about your company? It’s simple, says Vincent Magwenya from PR consultancy Magna Carta: You need to tell your story in an engaging way. 

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Musician Concord Nkabinde on treating music like a business

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 02 April 2016

South African jazz musician Concord Nkabinde is not only a respected bass guitarist, he has also learnt how to successfully navigate the often complex business side of the music industry.

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How Green Office understands the real meaning of customer service

Monique Verduyn , 31 March 2016

Green Office founder Wayne Fyvie says that finding out what customers actually need is key to differentiation and customer delight. That’s what enabled the managed print services provider to save its clients R14,9 million in 2015.

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The secret of long-term investment: Making your money work for you

Wouter Fourie , 29 March 2016

Consumers are facing difficulties when having to make decisions with regards to their financial planning – and without the right advice from a professional it can only lead to much more difficulties in the future.  

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Advertising legend, Ivan Moroke on the 5 questions your marketing strategy absolutely has to answer

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 26 March 2016

The 5 pillars of creating a kick-butt, sales maximising marketing strategy.

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Which should you choose: A broker of a financial planner?

Wouter Fourie , 21 March 2016

Wouter Fourie, CFP® professional and 2015 FPI Financial Planner of the Year, on why entrepreneurs need to choose between a broker and financial planner.

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Blazing a branding trail through Africa

Juliet Pitman, Entrepreneur , 17 March 2016

Thebe Ikalafeng has always marched to the beat of his own drum, chasing the things that excited him most.

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Celebrity Jen Su on building your brand

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 11 March 2016

TV and radio presenter, author and international brand builder, Jen Su has built her profile from the ground up across six countries.

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How Popimedia learned to hire the right people

GG van Rooyen , 09 March 2016

When Popimedia started to grow, the founders quickly hired more staff. It didn’t take them long to realise, however, that they had made a massive mistake. 

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How to interview prospective customers

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 02 March 2016

If you plan on starting your entrepreneurial journey by way of a customer discovery process (and you should always start by way of a customer discovery process), here’s how to go about it.

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Apply innovative water saving strategies now as drought conditions bite

02 March 2016

While some companies have realised the risks of an ongoing drought and are implementing water strategies into their planning, many companies have not yet adopted sufficient strategies, says Standard Bank.

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Don’t freak out because it’s the financial year-end

Regine le Roux , 29 February 2016

It’s that time when all entrepreneurs have to take an honest look at how their business performed in the last twelve month.

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Financial planning when the going gets tough

Hilda Lunderstedt , 28 February 2016

How do you budget and plan, either for personal or business, in these turbulent times? 

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6 Signs that you’re ready to hire

Roy Clark , 27 February 2016

Hiring employees needs to be a strategic goal for your business. If it is in your long-term plans to grow your business extensively you will need to plan accordingly. 

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16-Step blueprint to master your digital marketing in 2016

Jason Parks, Entrepreneur , 26 February 2016

Just as a great novel needs a readership in order to be successful, your business needs a stellar marketing plan.

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Increase your influence today through reciprocity

Axel Rittershaus , 23 February 2016

In this series about the six principles of influence we’ll discuss the principle of reciprocity. 

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Unveiling the secrets of analytics in the incentives arena

David Sand , 22 February 2016

The four key aspects of an incentive programme.

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How to build a business without marketing or PR services

Geoff Prissman , 20 February 2016

Are you trying to do it all yourself? It might be time to bring in some marketing and PR help to grow your business.

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For Aptronics when the customer wins, so does the business

Monique Verduyn , 20 February 2016

Enterprise IT services provider Aptronics is one of South Africa's leading black-empowered IT solutions and services organisations, thanks to its founder’s approach to customer service.

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3 Ways to turn employees into brand ambassadors

Zeynep Ilgaz, Entrepreneur , 17 February 2016

The pinnacle of employee engagement is a team that sincerely advocates for the brand.

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How to motivate your team in 2016

Godfrey Madanhire , 15 February 2016

It’s a new year, which means new goals and objectives for your business and your team. Here’s how you can keep the momentum going through 2016.

 

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Redefining love at work: How to foster a sense of connection

Nadia Goodman, Entrepreneur , 13 February 2016

Why love can make your company more creative and productive, plus four tips to help you lead a more connected workplace.

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Dr John Demartini on hiring the right people

GG van Rooyen , 09 February 2016

US business guru Dr John Demartini believes in hiring people who share the values of your company and will add real value to it. 

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6 Hacks to drive massive referrals

John Ruhlin, Entrepreneur , 02 February 2016

Don't plead. Don't bribe. Don't send chintzy gift cards. Instead, focus on the little things people appreciate.

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How a resource focus can improve performance

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 26 January 2016

Be wary of spreading yourself too thin. Not all leads are worth pursuing. It’s actually often better to narrow your focus.

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5 Ways to build organisational culture in your SME

Kelvin Reynolds , 23 January 2016

Follow these tips to grow an enabling and motivating organisational culture that makes a meaningful impact on the achievement of business objectives. 

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5 Simple ways businesses can grow loyal and engaging customer bases

Kelvin Reynolds , 22 January 2016

Tailor these tips to suit your business’s strategic objectives and build an engaged customer base that’s committed to your products and services.

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How Dlala Nje is encouraging a redefinition of workplace roles

GG van Rooyen , 20 January 2016

Michel ‘Loopy’ Luptak of Dlala Nje believes that companies need to relook the way in which the roles of employees are being defined.

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5 Tips on how to maximise social-media efforts with a small team

Scott Langdon, Entrepreneur , 17 January 2016

Don't get overwhelmed, but don't leave out this crucial tool for building your business.

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How to use YouTube to market your business in South Africa

Nicole Crampton , 15 January 2016

The visual revolution is happening in South Africa, use YouTube to market your business. 

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4 Business management resolutions for smooth sailing

Monique Verduyn , 15 January 2016

It’s the beginning of a new year. What better time to plan for a successful 12 months ahead?

 

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Giving your board a focus

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 11 January 2016

You’ve created a board for your company. Now what? Here’s how to give your newly-founded board some focus and direction.

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GetSmarter’s founders have learnt the secret to highly engaged employees

Nadine Todd , 09 January 2016

GetSmarter’s founders, brothers Sam and Rob Paddock, have found a system that promotes motivated, accountable and productive employees, moving the business forward. 

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7 Obscure facts you should know about Facebook advertising

Entrepreneur , 02 January 2016

Contrary to myth, Facebook's user base is still growing, mostly everywhere but North America.

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What major changes are currently evident in the HR industry?

Lauren Clark , 27 December 2015

While technology is the fastest growing industry both globally and in South Africa, the change in attitude around Human Resources Management is growing even faster. 

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How to hit your sales targets

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 26 December 2015

Your company consistently makes sales target, but only with real effort and ingenuity. You set targets that continually stretch you and your people to greater heights and these targets are almost always met or just exceeded. Congratulations, you are running a near ideal company.

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There’s no time like the present to take on the right staff

Geoff Prissman , 26 December 2015

“Taking the leap of faith to grow your staff complement is a step best made sooner rather than later, if you’re going to grow your business”, says Geoff Prissman, director and co-founder of Slo-Jo, creator of tailor-made taste sensations for South Africa’s leading restaurant chains.

 

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Incentivise your business out of the end-of-year slump

David Sand , 21 December 2015

Beating the holiday slump is not only possible through the use of well-designed and thoughtful programmes, but could also be a period of immense profit.

 

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How Sorbet’s ‘servant leadership’ model encourages staff longevity

Nadine Todd , 20 December 2015

Ian Fuhr, founder of R500 million franchise group Sorbet, understands that great staff keep companies moving forward. 

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8 Reasons why your marketing sucks

Steve Tobak, Entrepreneur , 17 December 2015

Marketing is an enigma. It's both art and science, creative and analytical, intuitive and logical, amorphous and tangible. That's probably why it mystifies most.

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Is your business moving towards a Gig Economy?

Roy Clark , 17 December 2015

Exploring opportunities outside of the traditional work model. 

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The importance of stakeholder engagement

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 11 December 2015

Stakeholder engagement is a key factor in business today, driven by a desire for ethical leadership and responsible practices. Stakeholder engagement recognises that a company is responsible to all its stakeholders.

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Sage’s Steven Cohen on getting out of your staff’s way

GG van Rooyen , 09 December 2015

Managers are often too disruptive, says Sage’s Steven Cohen. Instead of empowering employees to do their best work, they just get in the way. Successful managing often means letting go. 

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How to save water in your business

Catherine Bristow , 09 December 2015

Have you considered the financial implications on your business if water restriction should be implemented? You might be unable to provide your core products or services, experience a decrease in supply chain productivity or lose out on some serious investors.

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The right questions to ask before buying or leasing an asset

02 December 2015

The buying of new assets is always stressful for business owners who have a watchful eye on their cash flows and the profitability of their enterprises. But, there is always the alternative to lease the asset instead of committing to a purchase. 

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The ins and outs of influencer marketing

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 02 December 2015

Influencer marketing can improve your brand reputation, increase the visibility of your content, support new product releases or drive traffic to your website.

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How to set your business on cruise control over the festive season

Godfrey Madanhire , 29 November 2015

How do you manage your business across various locations, especially during the busiest time of year?

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6 Clever tips for holiday marketing

Donna Rachelson , 28 November 2015

Strategies to help you to increase your sales during the festive season.

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Gear up your small business for the festive season

27 November 2015

Is your business prepared for an increase in sales? Head of Small Enterprise at Standard Bank, Ethel Nyembe gives top tips on how to get your business ready for the holiday boom.

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12 Free marketing tools and tips for your new start-up business

Dr. Thommie Burger , 26 November 2015

Here are 12 free marketing tools and tips you can use for your new start-up business for every month of the year.

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Tapping into potential: Motivating all your salesforce

David Sand , 26 November 2015

How do you inspire all of your salesforce to push the productivity envelope?

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4 Ways to establish a strong culture without sacrificing start-up success

TX Zhuo, Entrepreneur , 26 November 2015

Your culture should help you strike a balance with financial concerns. But it shouldn't be dominant.

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Rich Mulholland’s secrets to pitching like a pro

Nadine Todd , 20 November 2015

If you want to move your business forward, clients need to care about what you’re selling. According to Rich Mulholland of Missing Link, that starts with a killer pitch. 

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Why you should show gratitude to your staff over the hectic holiday season

Su-Mari du Bruyn , 20 November 2015

Although many of our clients are looking forward to their long awaited annual shutdown, many others are preparing for the busy tourism and retail season ahead. But despite the added pressure, now is the time to truly show gratitude to your employees.

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How Koo Govender’s personal brand produced more business

Tracy Lee Nicol, Entrepreneur , 17 November 2015

How a CEO’s personal brand can enhance the company’s brand and lead to more business. 

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How to use Twitter to market your business in South Africa

Nicole Crampton , 13 November 2015

Twitter offers businesses in South Africa an opportunity to reach millions of potential customers. Here’s how you can use twitter to market your business.

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How to use Facebook to market your business in South Africa

Nicole Crampton , 13 November 2015

Looking to expand your audience reach? Facebook is a social media platform that can offer free and paid-for marketing solutions to help you market your business in South Africa.

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6 Keys to employee engagement during times of distraction

Alan Zimmerman, Entrepreneur , 11 November 2015

During times of economic slowdown, which includes the summer months, what you can do to keep your employee morale high and performance at its peak?

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Gil Oved from The Creative Counsel on fostering culture

Nadine Todd , 09 November 2015

Speaking at the recent 2015 ThinkSales Leadership Convention, Gil Oved made the point that culture is crucial when managing a larger company. 

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How safe is your business when the power is off?

Gideon Serfontein , 09 November 2015

Protect your business against risk by understanding the three spheres involved in a risk assessment.

 

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How to reduce business electricity costs

Nicole Crampton , 04 November 2015

Decrease your businesses costs by innovatively reducing your energy consumption.

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Free marketing for business owners

Anneke van Aswegen , 03 November 2015

Marketing your small business doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of free marketing strategies you can implement. Start by putting a few of these marketing ideas into action, and go from there.

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3 Must-haves for your company website

Christopher Hann, Entrepreneur , 02 November 2015

An expert explains the essential elements for any business webpage.

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4 Marketing changes you should make today

Donna Rachelson , 27 October 2015

Marketing does not have to be complex or expensive. 

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Be more strategic than operational in your business

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 26 October 2015

What percentage of your day do you spend operationally, and what percentage do you spend strategically?

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The ultimate test for your company culture

Axel Rittershaus, Entrepreneur , 23 October 2015

How can you grow and sustain your company culture? 

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How 25AM created a sense of urgency to solve clients’ needs

Nadine Todd , 20 October 2015

Finding new solutions for outdated billing models is helping digital media company 25AM move its business forward. 

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Your company’s success depends on your sales skills

Heather Ripley, Entrepreneur , 17 October 2015

Even if you delegate the sales function, these three tips will make you a great salesperson by proxy.

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Lifetime memories that drive profit margins and productivity

David Sand , 16 October 2015

Every business manager would like to see increased profits and increased productivity, and specialist research is unequivocal about the fact that travel incentives act to motivate employees to go above and beyond. 

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5 Tips for effective cash flow management

Dennis Armstrong , 11 October 2015

Your brilliant ideas are no match for poor cash flow management. How to avoid the carnage.

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How to take negative feedback with a spoonful of sugar

Marshall Goldsmith, Entrepreneur , 11 October 2015

Understanding how to solicit feedback in the right way makes what you hear a lot easier to swallow and do something about.

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Antonio Iozzo’s expert advice on empowering your employees

Nadine Todd , 09 October 2015

Antonio Iozzo, founder of Insurance Underwriting Managers believes you should teach employees to take responsibility for their actions, and watch them - and your business – move to greater heights. 

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How Curve Concepts gets customer satisfaction right

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 02 October 2015

Even in a highly competitive industry, customer service can trump cost every time. Here’s how Dave Bondi of Curve Concepts competes on customer satisfaction rather than price.

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7 Tips for cold-calling success

Entrepreneur , 26 September 2015

The cold call can be painful. Here are some tips for getting through it successfully.

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The POPI Act explained

Nicole Crampton , 25 September 2015

Is your business ready for the Personal Information Act? Here is the POPI Act explained.

 

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Left-field business wisdom from great minds

Tracy-Lee Nicol , 20 September 2015

You’ve heard the saying ‘no truer words than the ones said in jest,’ and so here’s a compilation of pearls of wisdom that will make you laugh, then think, then change your business.

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5 Steps to keep your staff engaged

Juliette Attwell , 18 September 2015

An international study completed by Tower Perrin states that: “Organisations that fail to engage their people fail to achieve their full potential”. If your business falls into the non-engaged category, here is some advice to foster a motivated workforce.

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Test and validate your business from both a product and brand perspective

Jim Joseph, Entrepreneur , 17 September 2015

What is it that you want your product or service to do and how do you want your customers to engage with your brand?

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Why you should encourage your team to take even decaf coffee breaks

John Boitnott, Entrepreneur , 11 September 2015

Breaks, with or without coffee, help employees relax, share information and build camaraderie.

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How Giant Leap helps companies manage their ‘workstyle’

Tracy-Lee Nicol , 09 September 2015

Linda Trim and Giant Leap assists companies in developing the necessary workspace and culture for the optimum workstyle. Here is her advice for making a workstyle that’s right for your company culture.

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BBBEE: Complying with the ownership element

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw , 04 September 2015

What are your compliance options?

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To get there, lose what got you here

Lizwe Nkala, Entrepreneur , 02 September 2015

Cell division manifests growth in biological science. Similarly in business, spinning off a division or a product releases it to new growth opportunities with risks. Can you afford not to accept those risks?

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Fight above your business weight with digital marketing

Ethel Nyembe , 28 August 2015

You don’t have to be a big business to benefit from digital marketing. 

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Key metrics business owners should monitor

Dennis Armstrong , 28 August 2015

How to interpret your online data for maximum return. 

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Is your business attracting top business women?

Juliette Attwell , 26 August 2015

Not sure why you’re not attracting the best talent to your business? Here are a few points you can consider. 

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5 Enterprise marketing secrets from ahead-of-the-curve companies like hubspot

TX Zhuo, Entrepreneur , 26 August 2015

Customer evangelism, helpful content and alignment of sales and marketing are just some of their ingredients for success.

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How to motivate your workforce

Godfrey Madanhire , 21 August 2015

How do you inspire your staff to stay motivated and productive? 

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How you should show your customers some loving

Tracy-Lee Nicol , 20 August 2015

What do you do when you operate a business with over 300 line items, but most of your customers only know you for a handful? These Levingers franchisees explain how they’re creating new business through customer service and marketing their lesser known services. 

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6 Ways to make financial forecasts more realistic

John Boitnott, Entrepreneur , 17 August 2015

When starting your business unbounded optimism is essential but keep it in check when making forecasts.

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With the right incentives loyal customers will become brand advocates

Brett Relander, Entrepreneur , 11 August 2015

There is no better marketing strategy today than encouraging your best customers to recommend your brand to their friends.

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 Innovo Networks shares the secrets to working with corporates

Nadine Todd , 09 August 2015

Founder of Innovo Networks, Damian Michael, explains how doing business with corporate clients is all about understanding – and following – the rules of compliance. 

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4 Tips in communication for start-ups

Donna Rachelson , 05 August 2015

Gaining customers and engaging with the market is one of the greatest challenges faced by early stage entrepreneurs. Here’s how to effectively communicate your brand message effectively to your market.

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6 Must-do steps to ensure new employees start on the right foot

Eric Siu, Entrepreneur , 02 August 2015

If you haven't put much thought or effort into your onboarding process in the past, the following tips will ensure that your relationship starts out on solid ground from day one.

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What happens to your business when you are disabled?

Almo Lubowski , 31 July 2015

Have you considered the risks facing your business should something happen to you? We discuss the risks to your business and how to mitigate these.

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How to keep winning talent and maintain engaged staff

David Sand , 28 July 2015

Here are five fundamental ways to keep your workforce engaged.

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Which selling technique will best benefit your business?

George Deeb, Entrepreneur , 26 July 2015

Product selling, solution selling, and insight selling: Do you know the differences?

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Tips for a successful RFP or RFQ process

Su-Marie du Bruyn , 24 July 2015

Make sure you get the best deal every time. 

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Multitasking really is killing your productivity

Nadine Todd , 20 July 2015

Multitasking, interruptions and switching tasks are the death of productivity and efficiency. Here’s how you can make the most of your time, and that of your employees. 

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How to hire the best sales people

Juliette Attwell , 20 July 2015

Do you keep hiring sales people that talk big and sell little? Here’s some advice you can use to minimise this pattern.

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10 Tips to get your unpaid social media marketing right

Donna Rachelson , 17 July 2015

Free marketing is fantastic for your business, but to make unpaid social media marketing really work for your business you still need to understand what you want from it. Here are ten handy tips to help get you started.

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25 Signs you need help marketing

Eric Samson, Entrepreneur , 17 July 2015

The less a person knows about marketing, the easier it is to underestimate it's potential to grow the business

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Credit cards or debit cards? How about keeping both!

16 July 2015

Your debit and credit cards may look the same but do you know what the difference is between them and why you should consider having both.

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Are you measuring up to your board?

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 11 July 2015

The role of a board is to hold senior management, particularly the CEO, accountable for targets, ensuring higher targets are set – and met.

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The Recruitment Specialists: Smart business, flexible business

Tracy Lee Nicol , 09 July 2015

Nicole Stephens, co-founder of The Recruitment Specialists, has a family and responsibilities. So do her employees. Which is why she hasn’t just built a business on flexi-time, it thrives on it like you wouldn’t believe.

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Can creative breaks boost your employees’ productivity?

Anna Johansson, Entrepreneur , 02 July 2015

Yes! Stepping away from the cubicle improves focus and well-being and boosts energy.

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Size matters: Make your business appear smaller when it counts

Dave Thompson, Entrepreneur , 26 June 2015

There's a point where a company becomes large enough to lose sight of customers as individuals.

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New Merchant Online: Peace of mind for business owners

23 June 2015

Standard Bank has launched a new self-service online platform that has been designed to save merchants time and money by giving them total control over their card administration.

 

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Herschel Oppel top advice for big clients and bigger sales

Nadine Todd , 20 June 2015

The days of hard selling are over. Today’s business owners and sales execs need to build relationships and prove their value as a trusted partner. Herschel Oppel, founder of Retail Revolution Group gives his tried-and-tested tips for getting sales right.

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4 Money mistakes made by businesses that are always short on funds

Andrew Cravenho, Entrepeneur , 17 June 2015

Cash-strapped businesses that adopt transparent accounting and disciplined spending often find they have more cash than they realised.

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Standard Bank introduces a first in SA: Smart watch banking

12 June 2015

Standard Bank today announced plans to embrace wearable technology, with the forthcoming release of its Apple Watch banking app.

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A 3-step guide for creating a smooth work flow

Belinda Chan, Entrepreneur , 11 June 2015

Thinking ahead about developing processes might save your startup time and money.

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Alex Fourie of iFix on marketing through word of mouth

Tracy-Lee Nicol, Entrepreneur , 09 June 2015

Alex Fourie, founder of iFix knows that a great customer experience must be at the centre of every part of the business.

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Sindile Xulu's success blueprint: Plan. Process. Precision

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 02 June 2015

Founder of Teacup Projects, Sindile Xulu on how to create excitement and buzz around your new product.

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6 Strategies to bounce back from financial setbacks

Nick Ruiz, Entrepreneur , 26 May 2015

Here are six strategies to implement next time things get tough with money.

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Brand ‘stories’ bring life to wine sales and job creation

21 May 2015

Distinguishing your brand in a saturated market is a challenge. Here’s how you can use your own unique story as its finest selling point.

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Tips on how to get your passion making money from founder of the blog Rave Review

20 May 2015

Mandi Strimling, founder of blog site Rave Review, has used clever marketing tactics to turn her passion into a money spinner. This is how you can too.

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How to choose a funeral policy

19 May 2015

Funeral cover can ease financial burdens during emotionally difficult times; make sure you make the right choices regarding your policy 

 

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Brand Pretorius on leading by serving your people

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 17 May 2015

Serve your people, and they’ll serve your customers. Lessons on becoming an inspirational leader from Brand Pretorius. 

 

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Win customer loyalty with an unexpected experience

Chip Bell, Entrepreneur , 11 May 2015

Here are a few ingredients from the Corley recipe of service with sprinkles.

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Sky-Messaging's advice on how to get multiple sales channels

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 09 May 2015

MD of Sky-Messaging, Thomas Kritzer, explains why multiple sales strategies are necessary in today’s competitive business environment. 

 

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5 Ways to get unstuck in the face of creative burnout

02 May 2015

The following are a few ideas to help you break through your burnout.

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Why keeping promises is the glue holding the digital world together

24 April 2015

Today, we take digital technology for granted. With this knowledge, we look at our trust relationship with our digital companions.

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Vespa SA's Andy Reid on doing it right, right now

Nadine Todd , 20 April 2015

Sales secrets from a consummate salesman, owner of Vespa SA, Andy Reid. 

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Content marketing strategies you can steal

Ann Handley, Entrepreneur , 14 April 2015

The good news is that the least effective content marketers are ambitious: They plan to work on more initiatives in 2015 than their already-competent peers — an average of nine, vs. six.

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Divan Botha: Letting go for greater control

13 April 2015

Presenter of Kyknet’s Winslyn, and entrepreneur Divan Botha, is a firm believer that a healthy business starts with a healthy entrepreneur. This means keeping physically fit, but also building a business that can operate without you so you can focus on being the best you. 

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How to keep your stars happy and your bench inspired

Dave Mattson, Entrepreneur , 10 April 2015

Your staffing decisions have a significant impact on the success of your enterprise.  

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How to calculate the lifetime value of a customer

Brad Sugars, Entrepreneur , 06 April 2015

Some seasoned entrepreneurs may say ‘break even’ or some other number is the most important metric, but I believe ‘lifetime value’ is perhaps the most significant measure to benchmark. 

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Sales tip from the trainer: Like the customer – win the customer

Marc Pillay, Entrepreneur , 02 April 2015

Aspects such as these can be helpful if you want to accept your customer as they are and offer them professional advice.

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How small entrepreneurs are bringing the super computer to all

16 March 2015

Innovative entrepreneurs exploiting niche markets for business success.

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How Starbucks master operations

15 March 2015

Did you know that by giving permission for Starbucks’ baristas to throw out espresso that isn’t good enough and start again resulted in less waste? Here’s how operations can save you loads of money.

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How to turn an underperformer into an ideal employee

Jacqueline Whitmore, Entrepreneur , 14 March 2015

Here are six tips for handling difficult situations with employees:

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Save energy for business energy-efficiency savings tax incentives

11 March 2015

The increase in energy-efficiency savings tax incentives announced in the budget on Wednesday is a step in the right direction that will help chip away at the energy problem in the country.

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The 15 characteristics of people who succeed at sales

John Rampton, Entrepreneur , 10 March 2015

A true salesperson has the following characteristics that they use consistently to succeed in making those important sales.

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3 Social-media mistakes that are killing interest in your company

Ann Tran, Entrepreneur , 06 March 2015

To make your social-media crusade a success, make sure don't do these three things.

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USN's best learnings on what your customers need from you

Nadine Todd , 03 March 2015

Lessons from the founder of sports nutrition giant, USN. 

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Not all money is created equal

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 02 March 2015

Select your funding to suit your business model and entrepreneurial personality.

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8 Free resources for setting up business processes and systems

Catherine Bristow , 25 February 2015

Every organisation needs business processes and business systems to grow and thrive. Here are eight resources to help you implement the core business processes and improve existing systems.

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What kind of sales person are you?

Brett Soutter, Entrepreneur , 23 February 2015

Selling is all about reaching a set target in a specific time frame. How you use the time you are given will set you apart from the rest of the pack. Which kind of sales person are you?

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ActionCOACH SA's actionable advice on how to get others to sell for you

20 February 2015

Imagine the business boom you’d experience if your army of raving customers did the selling for you? It’s not luck, it’s mastering the three systems of referrals. ActionCOACH SA's Harry Welby-Cooke explains how he got it right.

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12 Business financial resources and profit tools

Catherine Bristow , 17 February 2015

These 12 financial resources and financial planning tools will help business owners to better manage their corporate finances and profit planning, and they’re all free.

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There’s more to email than just send/receive

Craig Freer, Entrepreneur , 16 February 2015

Is your email strategy (or lack thereof) putting your company at risk? 

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How to deal with difficult people

Ross McCammon, Entrepreneur , 10 February 2015

Everyone’s got ‘that guy.’ You know, the one you envision punching in the face daily. Here’s how to deal with them without a lawsuit or getting fired. 

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Corporate income tax and small business taxes to know

Catherine Bristow , 09 February 2015

Get to grips with your small business taxes and navigate the different types of business tax that are essential elements of running any organisation, with this easy to follow business tax guide.

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Vusi Thembekwayo's lessons learnt on practising the skill of management

05 February 2015

Entrepreneurship and managing companies is a practice thing. R100 million business owner Vusi Thembekwayo shows you how. 

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The 3 decisions that will change your financial life

Tony Robbins, Entrepreneur , 04 February 2015

It’s not rocket science. If you become aware of the differences in how people approach these three decisions, you’ll have a pathway to help you create a permanent positive change in any area of life. 

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Are restraints of trade enforceable?

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 30 January 2015

Are you adequately protected against the threat posed by employees who leave to join competitors?

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The economics of branding

Gerhard Reinecke, Entrepreneur , 26 January 2015

Positioning for maximum value 

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Analytics: See, hear and then speak to your customers

Dennis Armstrong, Entrepreneur , 24 January 2015

Clear analytics could provide the rudder your business needs to improve profitability, drive new sales and enhance customer loyalty.

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Pay people for commitment, not for time or results

Jurgen Appelo, Entrepreneur , 20 January 2015

We should bury the concept of the 40-hour work week.

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How founder of Totally Kosher maintains his focus

20 January 2015

Richard Pearce of Totally Kosher has learnt the value of focus when starting and growing a niche business.

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The quick and dirty on marketing, advertising and branding

Peter Gasca, Entrepreneur , 16 January 2015

Understanding marketing, advertising and branding is not that difficult. Here is my rough interpretation of Tonia Spier's much more eloquent explanation.

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8 Online marketing terms business owners must know

Stuart Wall, Entrepreneur , 10 January 2015

To help navigate today’s brave new world of digital marketing for small business, as well as outline principles that are critical for your success, we've outlined eight terms that should be in every small-business owner’s vocabulary.

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Top sales leaders share their secrets

05 January 2015

Sales secrets from multi-million (and billion) rand businesses. 

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Why there is an 82% chance you will hire wrong

Tracy-Lee Nicol, Entrepreneur , 30 December 2014

Good managers are incredibly hard to find. And companies worldwide get it wrong 82% of the time

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How to become risk savvy

Steve Strauss, Entrepreneur , 26 December 2014

When analysing a business risk you must consider the upside potential and the worst-case scenario

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5 Ways to hire someone who’s a cultural fit

Jeffrey Fermin, Entrepreneur , 24 December 2014

It is always a good idea to hire someone who will be a good company fit.

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These 3 Hs will always fix a bad customer experience

Julian Diaz, Entrepreneur , 20 December 2014

How we respond as a business in these moments of truth that can turn an unhappy customer into a customer for life.

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Covered on all sides

20 December 2014

Don’t let accidents cost you your business this Christmas.

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Secrets of e-commerce success: How to build a great catalogue

Brendon Williamson, Entrepreneur , 16 December 2014

There are five things every business must know before building a website

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Want to exit the company? Here’s your shareholder exit strategy

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw, Entrepreneur , 10 December 2014

Often when the personal circumstances of the owners or shareholders of a company change drastically, the arrangement(s) in relation to the ownership running of the business/company need to change as well.

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Inspect what you expect

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 05 December 2014

Walking the fine line between too little delegation, and too much

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6 Ways to make your customer service better

Zach Cutler, Entrepreneur , 04 December 2014

Offering great client service not only builds a loyal and happy customer base, but can be the most powerful marketing tool due to word-of-mouth referrals.

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How to redefine marketing campaign innovation through customer centricity

03 December 2014

Independent research has shown that customers who feel that they are the centre of value-added communications are more likely to identify with the brand and utilise its offerings.

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Use your brand positioning as a compass for all aspects of your business

Jim Joseph, Entrepreneur , 30 November 2014

Sometimes old school is still the way to go

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Why you should start living beneath your means

28 November 2014

‘Living beneath your means’ has a serious ring to it, but it’s not about going to extremes to save money. Rather, it is about budgeting and spending sensibly to make sure that your future is financially secure and stress-free.

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4 Ways to diffuse a toxic workplace

Andre Lavoie, Entrepreneur , 26 November 2014

Avoid this unfavourable environment by ensuring policies and rules are the same for everyone, and encourage working together on various projects.

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A CEO's insider secrets for making the sale

Brian Fielkow, Entrepreneur , 24 November 2014

The odds of success are so much higher when the sales pitch is tailored to how the company operates. Here are six tips.

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Devil in the details

20 November 2014

One tiny overlooked detail can destroy your growing business. It’s a detail that Warrick Kernes learnt in the nick of time.

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Balance product development and branding in your budget

Gideon Kimbrell, Entrepreneur , 20 November 2014

Entrepreneurs need to strike a balance between perfecting the image and impression of  a company and developing its infrastructure and product. 

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Enjoy transparency, personal budget control and holistic investment advice

19 November 2014

Standard Trust is advancing a practical, workable strategy that provides beneficiaries with adequate returns and enough liquidity to cater for maintenance, education, medical expenses and general well-being, while preserving capital.

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New Year Resolution #1 – stamp out bad debt for good

19 November 2014

There’s nothing more satisfying than starting off a New Year with a little less financial pressure. Some think it’s impossible, but with wise spending habits, anyone can strive towards having financial freedom. 

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Update your short-term insurance and save some cash

19 November 2014

Just like taking your car to your dealer for a service or visiting your dentist once a year to check that everything is still in order, you might also want to consider revising your investment, banking and insurance portfolios. 

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4 Hiring techniques needed to build a stellar team

Bryan Stolle, Entrepreneur , 16 November 2014

Managing a team takes much less energy and attention when you have people who intrinsically embrace the culture you are trying to build.

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Closing the deal is as easy as smiling

Jesse Torres, Entrepreneur , 10 November 2014

Smiling during a sales call is common sense. At times, however, a personal or professional issue might get the best of an entrepreneur.

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Specialisation for sales maximisation

05 November 2014

The secret to sales starts with the right leads, and that’s all about who you target as a customer. 

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How social media can give you the edge on competitors

Dennis Armstrong, Entrepreneur , 04 November 2014

Changing the way you use social media to reach your clients can give you the edge in business.

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Losing that spring in your step? Try these 3 quick-fixes

Lizwe Nkala, Entrepreneur , 30 October 2014

Juggling sales, marketing, and collections to keep cash flows healthy can take a toll on you, the owner, as well as your team.

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Your daily interactions make or break your brand

Jim Joseph, Entrepreneur , 26 October 2014

Whether you operate as a brand or just a regular ‘ole person, there are a few things you should be mindful of as you progress through any given day, every single day.

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Paying attention to this will generate you more profit

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 24 October 2014

Entrepreneurs drive their sales aggressively and manage operational costs tightly, but seldom pay as much attention to the crucial issue of margin.

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Before you break up with that problem customer, go down this list

Doug and Polly White, Entrepreneur , 20 October 2014

Deciding not to serve a customer is a very serious decision that should not be taken lightly.

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How managers can drive workforce performance

20 October 2014

Buyane Zwane gives key insight into how managers can engage their workforce to develop high performers.

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How to handle social-media criticism

Ann Tran, Entrepreneur , 16 October 2014

Why firing back at criticism is not the way to do it on social media.

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Doubling your instagram followers in 5 minutes per day

Entrepreneur , 10 October 2014

Just like any other social media site, the key to successfully using Instagram is engaging with your followers.

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How mobile payments can boost your business

06 October 2014

The innovative SnapScan from Standard Bank simplifies the business payment process with the snap of a smartphone.

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Seitebatso Rakgokong: Why doing less business made him more money

05 October 2014

Sounds completely counter-intuitive but that’s exactly what Seitebatso Rakgokong, owner of Masedi Electric-Serve did and it’s paid off massively.

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3 Steps to creating an inspiring workplace

Entrepreneur , 04 October 2014

Is your workplace environment lifeless and dreary or engaging and inspiring?

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Why your business should be devoted to promotions

Harry Welby-Cooke, Entrepreneur , 30 September 2014

Attract the right customers by advancing your business with promotions.

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Are you cloud ready? Use this checklist to decide

Dr Mariana Carroll and Stephan Pienaar, Entrepreneur , 26 September 2014

Determining whether an enterprise is ready for cloud services adoption comes down to how they answer these three questions:

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Social marketing overview: What you need to know

Dennis Armstrong, Entrepreneur , 24 September 2014

Social media marketing is, to many, a dark and mysterious art that leaves business owners dazed and confused.

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Why investing in the right skills matters

23 September 2014

Entrepreneurs in South Africa are constantly faced with the challenge of attracting and retaining people with the vital skills and experience required to grow a business. 

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Dr Demartini's top advice on how to achieve financial freedom

20 September 2014

Achieve financial freedom by following these simple principles.

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Saying ‘no’ now could save you from headaches later

Ann Tran, Entrepreneur , 20 September 2014

Here are a few tips on how to say no today, to avoid headaches in the future.

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Why your customers’ cravings are your key to success

Peter S. Cohan, Entrepreneur , 16 September 2014

Most start-ups fail. But if you want your start-up to avoid that fate, one thing you must do is to grow faster than the market into which you are selling your product.

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6 common mistakes of managing personal and business finances

15 September 2014

Avoid these common mistakes when managing your finances - both personal and for your business.

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7 Tips for feeding your website’s need for speed

Brett Relander, Entrepreneur , 10 September 2014

Here are seven tips that will ensure a fast-loading website and a pleasant browsing experience for your visitors.

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Pricing your product correctly is key to competitiveness

09 September 2014

As an entrepreneur your main aim is to make money. Ensure that you product is priced right to boost your profits.

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Use the Eisenhower decision principle and prioritise urgent from important

05 September 2014

What’s the difference between urgent and important? It’s the difference between working in or working on your business.

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8 Creativity lessons from a pixar animator

Leo Babauta, Entrepreneur , 04 September 2014

Sometimes immersing yourself in the creative world of people doing amazing things can bring unexpected results.

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Why you are just as responsible for your debit orders

03 September 2014

Did you authorise that debit order correctly? The responsibility of debit orders not only lies with your service provider, but also with you.

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How to make the ‘Four Ps’ work for your business

01 September 2014

Make your business sustainable by ensuring that your business meet the time-honoured four P’s of the marketing mix.

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Addressing the growing youth unemployment crises

Rob Cooper, Entrepreneur , 30 August 2014

50% of SA’s youth under the age of 25 are unemployed. What can businesses do to change this alarming statistic?

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Why strategic planning is crucial for tough economic conditions

28 August 2014

Businesses that are well prepared for economic challenges will survive and reap the rewards when the economy recovers. 

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Keeping business in the family

28 August 2014

A family run business will eventually have to pay particular attention to succession planning. Here’s how to successfully hand over the business reins.

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6 Ways to improve workplace safety without going broke

Phil La Duke, Entrepreneur , 26 August 2014

A strong demand for safe work practices by senior leadership can mean the difference between success and failure.

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Get your tweet on

Barry Collins, Entrepreneur , 24 August 2014

The thing about Twitter and entrepreneurs is that SMEs were the first to realise the potential of Twitter to promote their businesses. From day one, they’ve been using Twitter to build meaningful relationships with their customers, and the customers they’d like to have, talking to them directly, in real-time, on an open platform.

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Balance business costs with income and prosper even in tough times

21 August 2014

Tough times for consumers usually mean tough times for small businesses. Here’s how you can cut costs and prosper through the hard times.

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Tapping into fresh skills

Katie Cubitt, Entrepreneur , 20 August 2014

Successful CEO finds a wealth of talent in fresh graduates. 

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9 Steps to get your ‘social-selling’ programme off the ground

Dan Newman, Entrepreneur , 20 August 2014

These days small businesses are being bombarded by consultants, pundits and thought leaders telling them they need to get their businesses on social media.

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When should a CEO get involved in day-to-day details?

Ryan Caldbeck, Entrepreneur , 16 August 2014

Every CEO has to find that balance between vision, strategy, execution and day-to-day details. 

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Find smart ways to lift profit margins effortlessly

Andrew Miller, Entrepreneur , 10 August 2014

Do you know what levers you should be pulling to master your profit margins?

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Getting customer love through multi-media marketing

05 August 2014

If you want marketing that works, get out of the silo.

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The 4 digital C's needed for brand ambassadors to thrive

Ann Tran, Entrepreneur , 04 August 2014

It takes all 4 C's to connect and build trust, a tactic that will help drive word-of-mouth buzz for your brand.  

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Defining your market in 7 steps

Entrepreneur , 30 July 2014

You've come up with a great idea for a business but you're not ready to roll yet. Before you go any further, the next step is figuring out who your market is.

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Show genuine interest in the customer

Marc Pillay, Entrepreneur , 26 July 2014

Sales tip from the trainer: Show genuine interest in the customer

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What young people want from work

Catherine Clifford, Entrepreneur , 24 July 2014

Because team dynamics are so important, the findings suggest employers should bring new potential hires to meet the department they could be working with, the survey finds. Those co-workers and friends are also guiding forces in pulling each other towards caring about causes.

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Insider tips on how to put a cap on spiraling legal fees

Yvonne Wakefield, Entrepreneur , 20 July 2014

Since mediation is not about an adjudicator choosing between a winner and a loser, but rather about the parties resolving a dispute for the benefit of both of them, relationships are far more likely to survive a mediation process than litigation.

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10 tips to creating productive teams

20 July 2014

Your employees are the backbone of your business. Here’s how to make sure they’re happy and productive. 

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6 Key shifts in thinking about social media

Donna Moritz, Entrepreneur , 16 July 2014

Always wanted to know what social media platforms are being used by businesses. Look no further.

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Need clients? The 5 best ways to market your consulting business

Entrepreneur , 10 July 2014

Here's a look at some of the conventional methods favoured by consultants to get the word out about your business.

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Harness digital space’s infinite possibilities

05 July 2014

Three points to think about when building your digital space.

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How to use your suppliers as a key competitive advantage

Pavlo Phitidis, Entrepreneur , 04 July 2014

Focusing on suppliers with an entrepreneurial mindset pays dividends. 

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Is a mobile virus coming to get you?

Jon Tullett, Entrepreneur , 28 June 2014

Millions of viruses being released. So how do you protect your phone from being hacked for its personal data and other disturbing activities?

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Barking up the wrong tree

26 June 2014

Effective marketing is based on research, analysing data and tracking performance metrics. But if you’re not aware of the ‘giraffe effect’, you could be driving your business toward disaster.

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Does your price cover all costs

Bertie du Plessis, Entrepreneur , 22 June 2014

The price you ask can’t take into account only the time spent actually executing the task.

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How Entelect achieved maximum growth through top teams

Katie Cubitt, Entrepreneur , 16 June 2014

Founder of Entelect, Charles Pritchard, creating devoted, loyal staff with innovative incentive programmes.

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Counting the cost of too many meetings!

Kevin Bassett, Entrepreneur , 10 June 2014

How much does poor communication cost your organisation over a twelve months period?

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How Stretch Experiential Marketing kept the slaes pipeline flowing

06 June 2014

Working on a campaign-to-campaign basis can give a business owner grey hairs – unless you master how to keep your sales pipeline full. Here's how founder of Stretch Experiential Marketing, Mike Silver did it.

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Cutting energy expenses in your small business

05 June 2014

Improving your energy efficiency can cut costs in your business – but it requires a clear strategy and commitment. Here’s how to get started.

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Peta Broomberg: Convincing people to choose your product

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 04 June 2014

A relatively new discipline called behavioural economics is challenging traditional assumptions about how people evaluate information and make decisions. 

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3 Strategies for dealing With toxic people

Michelle Juergen, Entrepreneur , 28 May 2014

Here's a guide to dealing with difficult people.

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8 Keys to award-winning startup customer service

Martin Zwilling, Entrepreneur , 22 May 2014

How to create award winning customer service strategies.

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How to manage employees when they're on the road

Gwen Moran, Entrepreneur , 16 May 2014

Advice on managing staff who are on the road.

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10 Questions to ask when setting your own salary

Lisa Girard, Entrepreneur , 10 May 2014

When trying to figure out your salary, consider how much your time is worth.

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10 Questions to ask when creating a social-media marketing plan

07 May 2014

Ever heard the saying "Failing to plan is planning to fail?" That old but wise adage often rings true when it comes to social-media marketing. Creating a detailed, goal-oriented social-media strategy is just as important as having a rock solid business plan.

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8 Ways to be more effective on social media

07 May 2014

Small business social media tips.

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9 Mistakes killing the success of your pay-per-click advertising

07 May 2014

How to maximise your current approach PPC advertising.

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Turn your website into a lead-generating machine

07 May 2014

Five tactics to turn browsers into paying customers.

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5 SEO trends every entrepreneur needs to know

07 May 2014

"Is SEO dead?" It's a common question within the online marketing world today.

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Steve Liptz's smart marketing for great returns

05 May 2014

36ONE Asset Management’s co-founder, Steve Liptz, ses innovative marketing tactics to secure great clients in a tough economy. 

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What systems need to be implemented in business?

Anthony Matroos, Entrepreneur , 04 May 2014

What you need to know about implementing a new system in your business.

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Make money on the internet

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 29 April 2014

Just in case you hadn’t heard, the Internet is coming. 

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Want to hire killer salespeople? Follow these steps.

Adam Callinan, Entrepreneur , 26 April 2014

These signs are crucial as hiring the wrong person can have a devastating effect on both your brand and bottom line.

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Get Organised's top tips for being productive by doing less

23 April 2014

Owner of Get Organised, Tracey Foulkes explains how you shouldn't be consumed by the ‘busyness’ of business. You can be doing things better, smarter and faster. 

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How to make a personal connection with customers

Lambeth Hochwald, Entrepreneur , 19 April 2014

Here are seven tips on salesmanship that can help you develop that special rapport with potential customers.

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Top 5 Business Tips for Cash Management Safety over the Holidays

15 April 2014

Standard Bank provides successful cash management solution ahead of Easter holidays.

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3 Annoying online communication habits you need to break

Entrepreneur , 12 April 2014

Today, most communication happens online. 

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Warning: You’re about to become a statistic

11 April 2014

There’s an 82% chance you’ll hire the wrong manager. Here’s how to dodge the statistical bullet.

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Not making enough sales?

Tim Berry, Entrepreneur , 05 April 2014

Four steps that can help get you on your way to enhancing and expanding your client base. 

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Avoid the cash flow crunch

03 April 2014

Manage your cashflow properly and build a sustainable business.

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Blow your own horn

31 March 2014

How to market yourself and your business without looking like ‘that guy who thinks he’s awesome’.

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3 Things you should know about POPI

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw, Entrepreneur , 30 March 2014

The three most important things businesses should know about the Protection of Personal Information Act.

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Smart marketing strategies… on a budget

28 March 2014

Getting creative with your marketing plan can boost sales in unexpected ways. 

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3 Keys to unlocking employee talent

Don Maruska, Entrepreneur , 23 March 2014

With resources limited and budgets tight, using every ounce of your employees’ talent is vital to your business’ success. 

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How to find the pricing sweet spot

Joseph Benoit, Entrepreneur , 16 March 2014

Tune in to customer needs and offer the right product at the right price point. 

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Six ways to track your competition’s marketing strategy

Jim Joseph, Entrepreneur , 09 March 2014

Stay on top of your game by keeping one step ahead of the competition. 

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How the Income Tax Act can help the entrepreneur

Grant Robson, Entrepreneur , 02 March 2014

Small business corporations and the Income Tax Act.

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Digital PJs tell a bedtime story

Jodi Helmer, Entrepreneur , 27 February 2014

Juan Murdoch pioneered a high-tech approach to the classic bedtime story. 

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The interview questions you should be asking

Sharí Alexander, Entrepreneur , 23 February 2014

Two people sit in a quiet conference room. They both know what’s going to happen. It’s a routine that has been followed for decades. 

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9 Sales tips for introverts

Grant Cardone, Entrepreneur , 16 February 2014

Meet me at a party and I won't have a lot to say. Sit next to me on a cross-country flight and I may not say a word to you the entire trip.

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Sweating buckets in the interview hot-seat

14 February 2014

If you’re ready to start hiring staff, ask these five questions to really get to know your candidates.

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Business card dos and don’ts

Jacqueline Whitmore, Entrepreneur , 09 February 2014

We may be in the Digital Age, but there's something about having a physical business card that continues to be useful, particularly when networking and trying to bring on new clients.

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 Harry Welby-Cooke: It takes money to make money

08 February 2014

Make no mistake, if you don’t have healthy cash flow, your business will never prosper ActionCOACH SA's Harry Welby-Cooke explains.

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Grow sales with the KISS pricing strategy

Sipho Moganedi, Entrepreneur , 02 February 2014

How a price is verbalised is directly related to how customers perceive it – and therefore your bottom line.

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7 Steps to hiring the perfect mobile app developer

Rahul Varshneya, Entrepreneur , 29 January 2014

Finding an app developer isn't that tough these days, it's finding just the right one for your business that can be tricky. 

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Three meetings every business should have

Dave Lavinsky, Entrepreneur , 25 January 2014

The most essential meetings you should be having within your company.

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That’s not going to fly

Ivor Jones, Entrepreneur , 18 January 2014

Sales leaders share their wisdom on why a business will not grow without a sales strategy and a value-driven sales process.

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The space between

15 January 2014

How to manage your office space for productivity.

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How to make your YouTube videos compelling

Jason R.Rich, Entrepreneur , 11 January 2014

In this edited excerpt, the author offers a few quick tips for writing a video script that's a perfect fit for your audience.

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The numbers to know

Brad Sugars, Entrepreneur , 04 January 2014

7 simple numbers to grow your business

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Trusted partners build strong sales relationships

01 January 2014

The ‘Trusted Advisor’ approach to sales excellence. 

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Ready to hire?

31 December 2013

Get the right hire first time for business success.

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Get your house in order

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 30 December 2013

Is your marketing strategy in place to deal with POPI’s new regulations, or will your sales prospects be imminently diminished? 

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Recruitment mistakes first-time treps make

Jess Green, Entrepreneur , 23 December 2013

Finding staff for your brand new business.

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How to sell without feeling sleazy

Cristi Young, Entrepreneur , 16 December 2013

The ability to sell - whether it’s an idea, product or service - is crucial to business success, but what can you do when you're not "the selling type"?

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Manage your cash this December

13 December 2013

You need a successful cash management solution for the festive season.

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5 Ways to improve your website

Chris Peters, Entrepreneur , 09 December 2013

Appearances matter in the online world.

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Lessons from game changer Stafford Masie

04 December 2013

CEO of Google Africa, Stafford Masie on why managing a team starts with hiring right. 

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The thin grey line between business and personal expenses

J.D Roth, Entrepreneur , 02 December 2013

Have you made a quick judgment call about the deductibility of an expense, only to end up in a grey area fraught with doubt and the threat of a SARS audit looming over your head. 

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Your business needs a corporate governance policy

Nicolene Schoeman – Louw, Entrepreneur , 28 November 2013

Corporate governance policies provide valuable measures for all businesses.

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What really motivates your sales team?

27 November 2013

Sales not where they should be? Is your team properly motivated to succeed? 

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Are you ready for wearable tech?

Jason Fell, Entrepreneur , 23 November 2013

The technology you've come to expect in computers and smartphones will increasingly be found in devices worn on your wrist or on your head. Or on your back or even on your feet. 

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Productivity police

17 November 2013

How to run a productive office without becoming a police state.

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The dangers of letting first sales go bad

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 16 November 2013

Early sales are vital for start-ups, but early bad sales are dangerous. 

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Create content that grows your business

Dylan Kohlstädt, Entrepreneur , 09 November 2013

Every small business has one goal in mind: sell. 

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7 Simple numbers that will grow your business

Brad Sugars, Entrepreneur , 02 November 2013

One of my main business mantras is "Know Your Numbers," and because numbers are the language of business, it is numbers that will ultimately determine your success.

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Operating NATIVE across two cities

31 October 2013

Operating a business across two cities can be tricky, but if you keep your eye on the ball, the rewards are excellent, that’s according to ason Xenopoulos, CEO of NATIVE VML

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Being in business means being available 24/7

Derek Hershaw, Entrepreneur , 30 October 2013

In today’s competitive world, you can’t afford not to be contactable. Here’s how to do it.

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Three ways to coach – not criticise – employees

Victor Cheng, Entrepreneur , 26 October 2013

Most entrepreneurs hate giving their employees feedback on how they’re doing. As a result, they do this once a year in the form of employee performance reviews or, at worst, they avoid the process.

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4 Selling essentials every start-up should know

Gregg Schwartz, Entrepreneur , 19 October 2013

One of the core truths about sales that start-ups need to understand is the act of selling is not really about pushing products on people but more about solving a problem.

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4 Ways to market your start-up for free

Ryan Currie, Entrepreneur , 12 October 2013

Marketing your start-up without a lot of cash.

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Sleeping on the job

08 October 2013

Could letting your staff takes naps improve your business?

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Create financial statements… properly

Steven Delport, Entrepreneur , 05 October 2013

Being able to create accurate balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements could be the difference between business success and failure.

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4 ways to sidestep cash flow hazards

01 October 2013

Avoiding cash flow hazards helps build a successful business.

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Protection of Personal Information Act – Everything you need to know about POPI

Entrepreneur , 29 September 2013

Not complying with the Protection of Personal Information Act – POPI – could cost you R10m.

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Five lessons from a global giant

27 September 2013

There are business lessons for everyone in fried chicken.

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Keep employees engaged

Joe Robinson, Entrepreneur , 23 September 2013

How do you ensure your best employees don’t leave you in search of greener pastures?

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The one word that will help you close more sales

Grant Cardone, Entrepreneur , 16 September 2013

There's a very simple one-word question missed by almost all sales people: "Why?"

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5 Signs that you need a new logo

Stephanie Vozza, Entrepreneur , 09 September 2013

The hype around Yahoo's month-long roll out of its new logo may have you wondering if your company is ready for a new design, too.

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The prospects of POPI

Nadine Todd , 08 September 2013

Will your sales prospects be affected by POPI, or is your house in order? 

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Bringing investors onboard

Adrian Dommisse, Entrepreneur , 02 September 2013

Post-investment: be prepared for growing pains. 

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To audit or not…

Nicolene Schoeman, Entrepreneur , 29 August 2013

The audit versus the independent review in terms of The Companies Act 71 of 2008. 

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To let

Michelle Dickens, founder and MD of the Tenant Profile Network , 26 August 2013

Letting premises is a rite of passage for some business owners. Make sure it’s the right move.

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Blue, green, gold?

Andrea Huspeni, Entrepreneur , 24 August 2013

How to manage employees (and yourself) by ‘colour’ temperament. 

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Search vs social media - finding customers

Ross Kimbarovsky, Entrepreneur , 17 August 2013

Social media has been an albatross for most companies.

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Tax is a fact of life

15 August 2013

Tax needs to be efficiently administered to keep a business growing.

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Matsi Modise on having clear visions and clearer goals

12 August 2013

Despite being a self-confessed ‘militant’ leader, Matsi Modise also believes in choosing the right people who can just get on with their jobs.

0 comments


Cashing out

Steven Delport, Entrepreneur , 10 August 2013

Where does cash flow fit into profitability?

0 comments


Balance of payments reporting

07 August 2013

0 comments


What is driving the cloud?

Andre Joubert, Entrepreneur , 03 August 2013

SA businesses are turning to the Cloud, and reaping the benefits on their bottom-lines.

0 comments


Why twitter might be your best recruiting tool

Stephanie Vozza, Entrepreneur , 30 July 2013

You know social media is a good way to market to your customers, but did you know it can also help you find your next employee?

0 comments


Goof off and become more creative and productive

Gwen Moran, Entrepreneur , 26 July 2013

Graffiti artist, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Erik Wahl teaches some of the world's largest companies how to goof off in the office.

0 comments


The journey to financial freedom

24 July 2013

Financially distressed employees can affect your bottom line.

0 comments


Raise your prices for better business

Grant Cardone, Entrepreneur , 20 July 2013

As you continue to expand your company and improve your services, you’ll one day face the challenge of raising your prices.

0 comments


Staring down failure

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 13 July 2013

Failure in business drops your self - confidence for the future.

0 comments


Hey you, successaholic… Switch off already!

12 July 2013

Constant availability and distraction are killing your productivity.

0 comments


The buck stops with you

Ivan Zartz, Entrepreneur , 06 July 2013

Responsibility and accountability new watchwords for business under the Consumer Protection Act.

0 comments


How your attitude can win you sales

Grant Cardone, Entrepreneur , 30 June 2013

While great products can attract business, your attitude determines whether customers buy from you or not.

0 comments


Happy staff work well together

29 June 2013

A clear business vision creates the framework for effective employee performance.

0 comments


How OffCentre Des!gn grew great teams through outsourcing

29 June 2013

Entrepreneurs and founders, Joanne Hutchinson and Natalie Baty of OffCentre Des!gn, extend their client offerings through partnering with other entrepreneurs.

0 comments


Get more done with colour

28 June 2013

How using colour in the workspace can improve your employees mood and productivity.

0 comments


Stop making tax mistakes

Le Roux van der Walt, Entrepreneur , 23 June 2013

SMEs tend to all make the same tax-related mistakes. Here’s what they are, and how you can change them.

0 comments


Plan your marketing wisely

17 June 2013

Marketing is an investment in the future of your business.

0 comments


Sit-ups for start-ups

Gary Epstein, Entrepreneur , 16 June 2013

Keep your business financially fit.

0 comments


The legal side of debts

Nicolene Schoeman, Entrepreneur , 09 June 2013

The concept of prescription and how it relates to cash flow: Some practical tips for business owners.

0 comments


Get up in the cloud

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 03 June 2013

Thinking of moving your payroll to the cloud? Here’s how to do it and why you should.

0 comments


Cash is king – so keep it in your business

29 May 2013

Many SMEs fail because they don’t know what’s coming in and what’s going out of the business. Don’t be another cash flow casualty.

0 comments


Significant legal changes affecting your business

Nicolene Schoeman, Entrepreneur , 29 May 2013

The effects of the Memorandum of Association (MOI) on third parties.

0 comments


All ADSL services are not equal

Andre Joubert, Entrepreneur , 25 May 2013

All broadband ADSL offerings are created equal. Right? Wrong.

0 comments


Too stressed to think? Meditate

23 May 2013

How meditation can help you manage your business better.

0 comments


5 Secrets to winning more sales

Grant Cardone, Entrepreneur , 18 May 2013

Sales is king in the new economy.

0 comments


5 Pay-per-click mistakes that can cost you money

Entrepreneur , 11 May 2013

One of the fastest ways to draw more potential customers to your website is pay-per-click (PPC) advertising.

0 comments


Fight for your due

Ivan Zartz, Entrepreneur , 04 May 2013

Apply tough debt collection measures in today’s uncertain economic climate.

0 comments


Five insurance tips for commercial properties

30 April 2013

Insure your commercial facilities correctly and avoid potential major losses resulting from injuries and damage to premises.

0 comments


Top teams tip the scales

30 April 2013

Truly great businesses are built by A-players supported by a visionary leader. Can that be you?

0 comments


5 Online marketing strategies for a tight budget

Lewis Howes, Entrepreneur , 30 April 2013

In a world where attention is currency, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to attract the eyes and ears of your target market.

0 comments


Jump start your start-up

Alex de Coning, Entrepreneur , 26 April 2013

New life for your start-up through better networking.

0 comments


Happy employees help keep a business growing

23 April 2013

Happy employees work harder. What can you do to keep your staff content?

0 comments


Raise your prices without playing the blame game

Grant Cardone, Entrepreneur , 19 April 2013

As you continue to expand your company and improve your services, you’ll one day face the challenge of raising your prices.

0 comments


Moving on up

15 April 2013

Improving morale, productivity and longevity through promotions.

0 comments


The secrets of what makes a product go viral

Nadia Goodman, Entrepreneur , 12 April 2013

Ten years ago, had you ever heard of the hand sanitiser Purell?

0 comments


Document your way to success

09 April 2013

Good administration and documentation set a firm foundation for a sustainable business.

0 comments


Death by probation

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 05 April 2013

Do small business owners understand what rights they have when dealing with errant employees within their probationary period?

0 comments


Why King Price believe success is down to your staff

30 March 2013

King Price has rocked the insurance world, but founder Gideon Galloway believes he has his people to thank as much as the business’s unique business model.

0 comments


Don’t be hacked – Yes, we mean YOU

David Ribeiro, Entrepreneur , 30 March 2013

Don’t be a statistic. Top 7 SME information protection predictions for 2013.

0 comments


Reach millions of consumers

Gerhard Jacobs, Entrepreneur , 23 March 2013

Grow your mobile date base: why opting for Shortcode marketing pays off.

0 comments


Understanding your ‘unique selling proposition’

Entrepreneur , 16 March 2013

Before you can begin to sell your product or service to anyone else, you have to sell yourself on it.

0 comments


Richard Branson: Never too big for appearances

10 March 2013

No matter the size and success of your business, showing face and being approachable is essential to your brand.

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Richard Branson on the importance of design

Richard Branson, Entrepreneur , 09 March 2013

No matter what industry you’re working in, if your business sells services, your ultimate goal is making your customers happy.

1 comments


Say what?

Su-Mari Du Bruyn, Entrepreneur , 02 March 2013

Avoid communication pitfalls and getting your wires crossed. Choose the right medium for your message.

0 comments


Panarottis: The art of managing consistency

28 February 2013

CEO of Panarottis, Tyrone Herdman-Grant knows that keeping things the same doesn’t mean you’re consistent. Living up to your values does.

0 comments


Sophisticated security threats target SMEs

David Ribeiro, Entrepreneur , 27 February 2013

Up to 50% of targeted IT attacks are aimed at SMEs.

0 comments


Bringing BA Baracus to the boardroom

Linda Trim, Entrepreneur , 23 February 2013

How to encourage ‘A-team’ players in your office.

0 comments


3 Golden rules of negotiating

Grant Cardone, Entrepreneur , 16 February 2013

The art of negotiating escapes most of us, even good salespeople, because few take the time to correctly understand the word and follow the golden rules of negotiating.

0 comments


How much will you pay for a customer?

16 February 2013

Customers are like any other investment – what you put in is what you get out.

0 comments


How much did that new customer cost you?

Lon Safko, Entrepreneur , 09 February 2013

In his book, The Fusion Marketing Bible, author Lon Safko focuses on ways to analyse your marketing efforts and leverage synergies across platforms to produce the best results.

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How to manage debt efficiently

Janice Damian, Entrepreneur , 02 February 2013

Don’t let 2012’s debts put a damper on 2013’s success.

0 comments


How to reduce your taxable income

Andrew Padoa, Entrepreneur , 27 January 2013

Save more by understanding where – and how – you pay taxes.

0 comments


Win the war for talent

Vinton Ntuli, Entrepreneur , 25 January 2013

Attract and retain exceptional talent.

0 comments


How to promote your business events on Facebook

Amy Porterfield, Entrepreneur , 18 January 2013

Creating events on Facebook can be an effective, low-cost way to market your business event.

0 comments


Are you a control freak?

17 January 2013

Why being a control freak is bad for business, and how to transition.

0 comments


Maximise summer sales

Grant Cardone, Entrepreneur , 11 January 2013

Five sales tips to recharge during the lazy days of summer.

0 comments


Make advertising work for you

Faeron Wheeler, Entrepreneur , 03 January 2013

Above or below the line? A unified brand voice makes advertising across all platforms simpler.

1 comments


Protect your SME against the unexpected

02 January 2013

Insuring against the unexpected can mean the difference between staying in business or closing your doors.

0 comments


Seven secrets to cold calling success

Jane Porter, Entrepreneur , 30 December 2012

Cold calling doesn’t have to be a difficult task.

0 comments


Certified service levels

29 December 2012

Good customer service is something all SMEs should aspire to; certifying it is a sure-fire way to keep your customers happy.

0 comments


Skills development defined

Deirdre Elphick-Moore, Entrepreneur , 28 December 2012

What does skills development mean to your organisation, and are you getting the most from your employees?

0 comments


Richard Branson: Delegate control of your finances

Richard Branson, Entrepreneur , 24 December 2012

As the head of a company you’ll find that there are many areas that need your consideration.

0 comments


5 PR tips from Bond, James Bond

Michael Sebastian, Entrepreneur , 16 December 2012

The latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, has hit theatres, setting box office records among the films in the franchise.

0 comments


One size doesn’t fit all on social media

14 December 2012

Social media marketing needs to be tailored to suit the medium AND the intended target audience in order to be successful.

0 comments


How to find your money zen

Catherine Clifford, Entrepreneur , 02 December 2012

Become more efficient at managing your finances.

0 comments


Controlling costs

26 November 2012

Is your business haemorrhaging cash and you don’t even know it?

0 comments


How personal branding builds self awareness

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 22 November 2012

There needs to be a high awareness of personal resources, capabilities and competencies, as well as comfort around your personal brand.

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7 Credit-card blunders that could hurt your business

Odysseas Papadimitriou, Entrepreneur , 18 November 2012

There are many ways to increase your company’s survival odds, but one of the easiest is to control your use of credit-card debt.

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Safeguarding creations of the mind

14 November 2012

Protecting your intellectual property is no longer sufficient – you also need to know how to manage it properly.

0 comments


Outsource HR?

Entrepreneur , 12 November 2012

Should you be outsourcing or bringing on board?

0 comments


Getting your website to google’s No.1

Grant Clark, Entrepreneur , 08 November 2012

Why SEO is so important to your business.

0 comments


Four ways to control SME operating costs

David Ribeiro, Entrepreneur , 01 November 2012

Feeling the pinch? These days, all of us are looking for ways to trim budgets and our operating expenses.

0 comments


What you can learn from celebrities about social media

Scott Levy, Entrepreneur , 30 October 2012

In the time it takes to say “verified,” a celebrity can get millions of followers on social media without putting in much effort.

0 comments


The duties of all important role players in a business

Nicolene Schoeman, Entrepreneur , 25 October 2012

Practical guidelines on drafting and executing a Memorandum of Incorporation in terms of the Companies Act of 2008.

0 comments


Modern sales strategies for the digital consumer

23 October 2012

The rules of sales have changed, how is your business coping

0 comments


A small business guide to the CPA

Dale Warburton, Entrepreneur , 18 October 2012

General rules to bear in mind when considering the Consumer Protection Act.

0 comments


7 Ways LinkedIn can drive more traffic to your website

Lewis Howes, Entrepreneur , 12 October 2012

For online marketers, success usually boils down to two simple things: traffic and conversions.

0 comments


Bookkeeping: Start right save tears

09 October 2012

It can be a hassle, but it can save your business.

0 comments


Richard Branson: Connect with your customers

Richard Branson, Entrepreneur , 05 October 2012

Social media is changing how we interact with customers…

0 comments


Resolving office conflict

30 September 2012

There’s nothing worse than spending your working day avoiding a difficult colleague or listening to two conflicting colleagues bicker their way through meeting after meeting.

0 comments


The cost of doing nothing

28 September 2012

The recent Woolworths debacle demonstrates just how quickly things can go wrong when companies are slow to respond to negative publicity.

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Don’t cross that T or dot that I just yet!

28 September 2012

Tempted to draw up your own contract admitting a new partner into your business? Do yourself a favour and consult a lawyer beforehand, rather than being forced to retain one at a later stage.

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The business guide to cloud computing in South Africa

Rick Parry, Entrepreneur , 28 September 2012

What it is, why you should use it, and how to get ready.

0 comments


The value of space

Linda Trim, Entrepreneur , 25 September 2012

Transform your office space into a tool for positive change.

0 comments


Can you build your team’s EQ?

18 September 2012

Today’s workplace is a tough environment in which to survive, the good news is that companies can help their staff cope by developing their emotional intelligence.

0 comments


Save a sale

Jane Porter, Entrepreneur , 14 September 2012

Five signs you’re losing a sale – and how to save it.

0 comments


Mentoring and coaching vital to job creation

13 September 2012

What came first: lack of employment opportunities or decreased access to skilled labour? Whichever, the solution lies in the workplace.

0 comments


Fifty shades of grey for business

Axel Rittershaus, Entrepreneur , 10 September 2012

Three key marketing lessons for entrepreneurs.

0 comments


Social media isn’t just for socialising

Faeron Wheeler, Entrepreneur , 04 September 2012

Use social media to have real conversations with your customers.

0 comments


Financial statements simplified

Steven Delport, Entrepreneur , 28 August 2012

Up your financial IQ for better business success.

1 comments


Legal compliance for entrepreneurs

27 August 2012

It’s a myth that SMEs are governed by different laws to big business, one you could entertain at your peril.

0 comments


Eish-Commerce

25 August 2012

Are your online payment options turning away customers?

0 comments


Create value online

Tanja Lategan, Entrepreneur , 23 August 2012

Use online strategies to talk — and listen — to your customers.

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 Author Jill Konrath's top tips on selling to the ‘crazy busy’ exec

Nadine von Moltke, Entrepreneur , 23 August 2012

How do you access the executive who’s so busy they have no time for you? Author of SNAP Selling and Selling to Big Companies gives you best advice.

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Create a winning sales presentation

Lisa Girard, Entrepreneur , 19 August 2012

Avoid glazed eyes and lack of attention — the right presentation can win over prospects and seal the deal.

0 comments


Optimise your work space

Kerry Tangney, Entrepreneur , 14 August 2012

Keep your costs down and get the most from your office space with these hot tips.

0 comments


Three tips for successful marketing

Leigh-Ann Fowle, Entrepreneur , 08 August 2012

Improve your marketing efforts by focusing on the basics.

0 comments


Cash management solutions

06 August 2012

New solutions for account management, payments, collections and liquidity.

0 comments


Inventory tracking crash-course

06 August 2012

Tying money up in inventory can severely damage a company's cash flow. Tighter controls and effective tracking hold the key.

0 comments


Make your spare cash work harder

01 August 2012

If you’re clear about your cash flow requirements and you have some money to spare, consider investing it to make it grow.

0 comments


Give consumers the option to opt out

Warren Moss, Entrepreneur , 27 July 2012

Establishing an equal playing field between brand and consumer.

0 comments


Cashing in on cash flow

25 July 2012

A healthy business depends on optimising cash flow.

0 comments


Smart ideas to save in tough times

25 July 2012

The secret to start-up survival in a difficult economy is some serious belt tightening.

0 comments


When everybody’s an expert

Lorna Powe, Entrepreneur , 24 July 2012

Secrets to choosing a great sales coach.

0 comments


Accurate cash flow forecasting

23 July 2012

Because cash is the life-blood of any business, an effective cash flow forecast can mean the difference between success and failure.

0 comments


Set money aside for unforeseen events

20 July 2012

Prepare for unexpected challenges by stashing away some cash.

0 comments


Optimise your work space

Kerry Tangney, Entrepreneur , 19 July 2012

Keep your costs down and get the most from your office space with these hot tips.

0 comments


How to get paid faster

18 July 2012

Ensuring that your customers pay on time is one of the biggest headaches for entrepreneurs. Here are some tips for getting paid faster.

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Profit share for increased performance

Pieter Scholtz, Entrepreneur , 17 July 2012

Employee targets can result in more productive staff – and a growing business.

0 comments


The credit insurance safeguard

16 July 2012

Credit insurance safeguards your business against clients who don’t pay, protecting your balance sheet against bad debt losses, and securing your working capital and cash flow.

0 comments


Ditch the annual budget

13 July 2012

The traditional annual budget process is not only outdated, but also a bad business practice in a volatile environment. Here’s why the rolling forecast is essential to business success today.

0 comments


Think before you share

Amos Khumalo, Entrepreneur , 13 July 2012

Understand your rights before you share your IP.

0 comments


How to vet creditors

11 July 2012

To protect you business from debtors who don’t pay up, it’s essential to vet each and every client.

0 comments


Common cash flow mistakes

09 July 2012

Avoid making some of the most common cash flow management mistakes and keep your business running smoothly.

0 comments


Common accounting killers

06 July 2012

Avoid the five common mistakes that many entrepreneurs make when it comes to managing money.

0 comments


Best advice for your balance sheet

04 July 2012

A balance sheet is a snapshot of a business’s financial state at a specific moment in time, usually at the close of an accounting period.

0 comments


31 Days to financial suss

02 July 2012

Apply one of these top financial tips each day and watch your bottom line grow.

0 comments


Hate making collection calls? How to do them right

Michelle Dunn, Entrepreneur , 02 July 2012

Let's face it: No one likes making collection calls. So it makes sense to try to get the most out of each call.

0 comments


Case study: USP in action

25 June 2012

Read about how an aircon buisness ramped up results by clearly defining their unique selling proposition.

0 comments


10 Ways a Facebook fan page helps your business

Mikal Belicove, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Even if members have no intention of buying anything, the community you build can benefit your business.

0 comments


A primer on FourSquare for small business

Jonathan Blum, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Location-based social marketing site Foursquare is all the rage right now in the US. Here’s what you need to know as the to prepare as the platform gains traction in South Africa.

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Common e-mailer mistakes to avoid

Gail Goodman, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Ignore the basics of good practice, and your marketing won’t succeed.

0 comments


Crafting outstanding e-mailers

Gail Goodman, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

The difference between a good email marketer and a great one.

0 comments


Five ways to find leads from Facebook

Ann Handley, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

It may not always be easy, but it is possible – here’s how.

0 comments


Five ways to use Twitter for marketing

Starr Hall, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

With a little strategy, Twitter can boost your connections and website traffic.

0 comments


How to get great online reviews

Nadine von Moltke & Tracy Nicol, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Online references drive sales, so make sure you’re on top of what your consumers are saying about you.

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How to get your content shared more on Pinterest

AJ Kumar, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

You signed up for Pinterest, the popular online bulletin board, thinking it'll be the next great social networking platform for your business. You've already pinned a few pictures that relate to your company. But now what?

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How to handle negative online reviews of your business

Mikal E.Belicove, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

As an entrepreneur or merchant, you should become a vigilant watchdog about what's being written or said about your brand or product online.

0 comments


How to make Facebook ads work for you

Amy Porterfield, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Facebook marketing – made easy.

0 comments


How to take advantage of Twitter

Rachel Meranus, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

How to leverage the this social media platform to benefit your business.

0 comments


How to write the perfect e-mailer

Gail Goodman, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

The art of writing email marketing messages is a valuable one; so why haven’t you mastered it yet?

0 comments


Improve your Twitter results

Jason Fell, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Haven’t quite got a handle on Twitter? Try these effective types of tweets for better twitter results.

0 comments


Is Facebook advertising for you

Perry Marshall and Thomas Meloche, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Answer the follow questions to find out if Facebook ads can be a significant source of leads for your business.

0 comments


Mind your manners when it comes to blogging

Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

To take advantage of free buzz from bloggers, make sure to follow the code of conduct.

0 comments


Pinterest – The next big thing in social media

Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Move over Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Another social media site is stepping up as a valuable marketing tool for businesses.

0 comments


The do's and don'ts for marketing with Pinterest

Susan Gunelius, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Brands are piling into Pinterest, the wildly popular visual bookmarking tool. And plenty are making mistakes along the way as they try to figure out how to use the site for their marketing.

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Use blogging to get your company name out there

Nicholas Hoferichter, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

In today’s consumer-driven society you need to find a way to stand out from the competition. Blogs are one key way to create a loyal customer following.

0 comments


Use Mxit to get your message out

Tracy Nicol, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Use instant messaging application Mxit to your business advantage and get noticed by 50 million people.

0 comments


Why you should encourage online product reviews

Melissa Campanelli, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Online reviews by your customers can turn browsers into buyers.

0 comments


Facebook and business - perfect together

Mikal Belicove, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Facebook told marketers that its new Timeline interface would improve consumer interaction with brands. Timeline is living up to that promise, according to a new study.

0 comments


Five tips for getting the most from Linkedin

Ivan Misner, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

Networking guru, Ivan Misner, explores LinkedIn’s benefits for business owners.

0 comments


Your link to better leads

Ann Handley, Entrepreneur , 25 June 2012

LinkedIn is where business gets done. Do you know how to use it?

1 comments


Why customers stop buying?

25 June 2012

There are five reasons customers stop buying from you – are you vulnerable to any of them?

0 comments


How to settle disputes the humane way

Khanya Motshabi, Entrepreneur , 24 June 2012

The ins and outs of mediation for your business.

0 comments


Keeping data safe

Entrepreneur Magazine , 07 June 2012

Global trends impact South Africa’s risk management landscape.

0 comments


Get your prospecting back on track

Barry Farber, Entrepreneur , 05 June 2012

Don’t let fear or complacency get in the way of prospecting for new customers.

0 comments


Why incentivise?

Entrepreneur Magazine , 04 June 2012

Recognising the value of personal relationships in business.

0 comments


Hire the right people

Nadine von Moltke, Entrepreneur , 30 May 2012

Tired of hiring the wrong staff with the consequence of high employee turnover rates? Hiring the right people for the right positions will save time and money.

0 comments


Stop making tax mistakes

Le Roux van der Walt, Entrepreneur , 25 May 2012

SMEs tend to all make the same tax-related mistakes. Here’s what they are, and how you can change them.

0 comments


Is your business ready for the unexpected?

David Ribeiro, Entrepreneur , 23 May 2012

Being prepared for any disaster – natural or otherwise.

0 comments


Social is about sharing, not shouting

Shane Oosthuizen, Entrepreneur , 16 May 2012

Don’t think simply being on a social platform is enough – you need a social strategy as well.

0 comments


Tried and tested

Entrepreneur Magazine, Gail Goodman , 10 May 2012

Hot tips for creating simple tests that improve e-mail marketing results.

0 comments


Become a legal eagle

27 April 2012

It is important to stay on the right side of the law when running a business – especially when it comes to labour. Ignorance could cost you everything you have. Here’s what you need to know to toe the legal line.

0 comments


Getting the basics right

23 April 2012

From start-up to success requires good financial management and a strong focus on cash flow.

0 comments


Attracting web browsers with AdWords

20 April 2012

How a local retailer attracts 11 500 unique visitors per month using Google AdWords.

0 comments


Customer service made easy

19 April 2012

Everybody likes to feel special. Here's how to keep your customers coming back.

0 comments


Sell yourself to prospects

Entrepreneur Magazine , 17 April 2012

Is your introduction ready? Learn how to sell yourself to prospects in six simple steps.

0 comments


9 Marketing campaign tips

16 April 2012

You need more than creative ideas to put a marketing campaign together.

0 comments


How to get your press releases printed

09 April 2012

We all like to think our company's events and achievements are big news. Unfortunately, you compete for media space against wars, crime, scandal and Richard Branson's billions. Don't despair: there are ways to get your press releases printed.

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Leading successful teams

Entrepreneur Magazine , 04 April 2012

Making a manager: what it takes to lead a succesful team.

0 comments


7 tips to get more out of your budget

02 April 2012

Managing your budget, however small, is central to the success of your business. After all, it is the penny-pinching in some areas that pays for the big ticket items in others. Here's how to manage your budget better.

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Budgeting is not as scary as you think

02 April 2012

It's probably not your favourite part of running a business, but creating a simple, realistic budget is right up there at the top of the list, next to having a great idea and start-up finance. Without it you won’t get very far.

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Get the low-down on e-Filing

02 April 2012

Still not enjoying the benefits of e-filing? Then it’s time to find out more …

0 comments


Quick tips for improving cash flow

02 April 2012

One of the challenges of running a small business is dealing with its feast-or-famine nature. It is not just about the flow of business, but also the flow of cash.

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Tax tips for small businesses

02 April 2012

It sometimes feels as though SARS lurks around every corner of your business, demanding its pound of flesh. It is, therefore, good to know that there ways to alleviate your tax burden while staying on the right side of the law.

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VAT need not be taxing

02 April 2012

VAT is a 14% tax levied on the supply of goods and services. Here are some simple rules to remember when managing your business finances.

0 comments


Be more visible at business events

02 April 2012

Standard Bank and BizConnect have joined forces with Mobius TV to give business owners at selected events the opportunity to promote their business in real time.

0 comments


Brochures that bring home the bacon

02 April 2012

A well-put together marketing brochure is a tangible leave-behind that can sometimes persuade prospective customers to buy your product before they have even seen it.

0 comments


Build your business brand

02 April 2012

No matter how small your business is, it needs to stand out from the competition.

0 comments


How to be remarkable

02 April 2012

Marketing is about magic - not mediocrity. And if that sounds like a tall order, it's because it is.

0 comments


Know who your audience is

02 April 2012

Successful marketing is about identifying the different segments within your target audience and tailoring your campaigns so that they have the right kind of influence in the right place, at the right time.

0 comments


Quick tips to make your e-newsletter tops

02 April 2012

Email inboxes are awash with e-newsletters these days. Want to know how to make yours stand out from the crowd? Just follow these tips.

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Why hard copy still wins

02 April 2012

Online communication offers new (and generally very affordable) ways to reach new customers, but does it always hit the right spot? Don't underestimate the value of good old-fashioned print.

0 comments


7 tips to bump up your sales

02 April 2012

Ensuring customer satisfaction is the key to increased sales and profitability.

0 comments


6 Tips to turn buyers into customers

02 April 2012

Having people buy your products or services is good. Having them come back for more is better.

0 comments


10 Tips for top online service

02 April 2012

An online presence is an essential aspect of doing business these days.

0 comments


How to start a customer referral programme

02 April 2012

International doughnut giant, Krispy Kreme, has never spent a cent on advertising.

0 comments


Keep your customers smiling

02 April 2012

Customers are the lifeblood of your business. Look after them well and the bumpy road to business success will be considerably smoother. Here’s how to do it.

0 comments


Sales is a contact sport

Entrepreneur Magazine, Lorna Powe , 02 April 2012

If you do not know who you are contacting and why, don’t try to sell.

0 comments


Converting leads into sales

Entrepreneur Magazine, Harry Welby-Cooke , 02 April 2012

Taking leads and turning them into sales.

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Perfecting interview techniques

Entrepreneur Magazine , 02 April 2012

Assessments a vital cog in interview success.

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Laws governing labour

02 April 2012

Many business owners are unaware of the laws that govern conditions of employment in South Africa. This could easily open up your business to employee unhappiness and even legal action. Protect yourself.

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Hiring: the when, where and how

02 April 2012

The prospect of hiring staff strikes fear in even the strongest entrepreneur's heart. What if I hire the wrong person? What if I can't afford their salaries? Read here for some practical guidelines to smooth the hiring path.

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10 Tips for a good interview

02 April 2012

Hiring the right people strengthens your staff complement and enables your business to grow.

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Should you outsource or employ?

02 April 2012

Particular areas of business, such as labour law and people management skills, are generally not an entrepreneur's key strengths. That is why outsourcing seems like the pill that will take all these problems away. But is it?

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8 Tips for successful training

02 April 2012

Improving the quality of your employees through training and education is key to long-term profitability. However, it is also expensive, so you must make sure that it really adds value to your business.

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How to handle office relationships

02 April 2012

We spend more than a third of our lives at work and it is therefore a likely place for employees to meet a partner who shares similar life goals and attitudes. But dating in the workplace can pose problems.

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What staff want

02 April 2012

Bosses the world over tend to agree that the answer to this question is money. Leaders, on the other hand, understand that people need to feel valued. Here is how to do just that (and then give them the money).

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Get a handle on human resources

02 April 2012

Staff are a bit like customers: doing business sometimes seems so much simpler without them. The truth is that building your team is a very exciting part of growing your business. Follow these guidelines to ensure your people become what they should be - your most important assets.

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Tips to make teams work

02 April 2012

Why do some teams perform well while others struggle? How can you assess how effectively your team works, and identify methods to improve? Use these tips to get your team into top gear.

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The outsourcing option

02 April 2012

Hiring staff is not the only way to increase your capacity to deliver.

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Don't let the good ones go

02 April 2012

The days of employees, especially professionals, building a whole career with one company seem to be a relic of the past. That does not mean, however, that the workplace should be viewed as a market for mercenaries. Follow these guidelines if you would prefer to not get a dog when you want loyalty.

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Make your skill development programme work

02 April 2012

Training is a perennial bone of contention in business. Employees and managers agree on the need, but question marks remain as far as effectiveness is concerned. Here’s how to make the most of your training time and budget.

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How to keep your suppliers close

02 April 2012

Suppliers are often seen as being at the bottom of the food chain. After all, you pay them, so if you say "jump", they should be doing cartwheels, right? Wrong.

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Get in on the ECT Act

02 April 2012

Here's what it means for your business.

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Is your software legal?

02 April 2012

If the price of that new software package looks too good to be true then the software probably isn't.

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Legitimate online suppliers

Entrepreneur Magazine, Thommie Burger , 02 April 2012

How to confirm the legitimacy of an online supplier you are dealing with.

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10 Tips to protect your information

02 April 2012

You can have the best firewalls and electronic monitoring systems, but human error remains the biggest risk to information security.

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5 Tips for your techno strategy

02 April 2012

Technology is an unavoidable cost of doing business.

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Avoid costly IT purchasing mistakes

02 April 2012

Almost 60% of SMEs spend less than 1% of their turnover each year on IT.

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Business mobility loses its shackles

02 April 2012

While the concept of the mobile office has been around for many years, it is only recently that true mobility - the ability to do more than stay in contact or send and receive emails from almost any location - has become a reality at an affordable price.

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Why cloud computing could work for you

02 April 2012

Hosted software or "cloud computing" is becoming more and more appealing because it enables small and medium business to do what they need to: focus their resources on innovation, instead of infrastructure. Andre Joubert, general manager of MWEB Business, explains.

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The wonderful world of websites

02 April 2012

A website provides essential contact details and helps to build up your business network. But, like any other networking tool, it is only effective if you use it properly. It has to be more than window dressing.

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Turning website visitors into buyers in South Africa

02 April 2012

Expanding your business online is a great way to grow, but how do you get customers to fill those shopping carts?

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Quick tips for a WOW! website

02 April 2012

Why do some websites success while so many others fail? The reasons are often more obvious than you think. Try these seven tips to ensure that your website has a head start.

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5 Tips for brilliant blogging

02 April 2012

Web logs, or "blogs" are online journals that business owners can use to share their news. They are a valuable way of engaging with potential customers and help you reach your business objectives. Here's how.

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In the firing line

01 April 2012

When firing staff make sure you follow the correct procedure – or it could cost you more than just a few sleepless nights.

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Creating a star performer

01 April 2012

On paper you have a great team, but some people just are not giving your their best. So, how do you improve their performance? Start by finding out what their issues are and what makes them tick.

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Brace yourself: it is performance appraisal time

01 April 2012

It is debatable who dreads performance appraisals more - employees or managers. But approached correctly, they can be relaxed, productive and valuable tools that benefit both parties.

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Case study: The little company that could

18 July 2011

With a budget of just R30 per day, here’s how one small South African business used Google AdWords to help grow its turnover 20-fold.

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What’s in a word?

12 July 2011

When it comes to finding something – or being found – virtually everyone who is online has heard of Google. But have you heard of Google AdWords? Find out what it is and how it can grow your business.

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Doing good business better

30 April 2011

The Consumer Protection Act, which came into effect on 1 April 2011, impacts on almost every business in the country. The following article offers a high-level overview of some of the key points covered in the Act.

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Case study: This business is going places!

11 April 2011

Local car hire company, Africa-car-hire.com, increased its sales by 200% with the help of Google AdWords. Here's how.

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Designing and promoting your blog

07 April 2011

When it comes to design, whether for a website or a blog, usability is the most important factor.

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Why it might not work

26 August 2010

Here are five reasons why many online communities never materialise, and suggestions for overcoming them.

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How to start a listening programme

12 July 2010

Read this before deploying a social media strategy in your business.

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Software for small businesses

20 April 2010

Think of software as a set of tools designed to take the "slog" work out of running your operation.

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Technology and your budget

14 April 2010

It is hard to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change – and even harder to finance it. But you have to if you want to maintain your competitive edge.

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7 Hardware buying tips

14 April 2010

Stepping into a computer store and finding your way through thousands of pieces of hardware is not everybody's idea of a fun outing.

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Basic tips for buying a server

14 April 2010

Even in small business employees need to network - not around the water cooler, but electronically. However, buying a server is expensive and should not be a hasty decision. These tips will guide you in the process.

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How to make your website work harder

06 April 2010

Doing business online is much the same as doing business in a physical shop - you want visitors to buy, not just browse. Therefore, your website should be doing all the things that you would normally do to clinch a sale once someone walks through your shop door.

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Your top 5 security threats

05 April 2010

A staggering 70% of SME's worldwide fell victim to spyware and virus infections in 2007.

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What to pay for search engine optimisation

05 April 2010

You have a good-looking website and a great product, but you're just not making it into the top results of the search engine listings. What to do? And more importantly, what's it going to cost you?

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Tips for being found online

05 April 2010

Around 90% of all Internet users access at least one of the major search engines to find websites of interest. Here's how to guarantee that your website grabs a place in the top few search results.

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Case study: Big Blue finds its "Makhulu Polane"

09 March 2010

How does a small local business that sells quirky fashion items get itself noticed on a thinner-than-shoestring marketing budget? By harnessing the power of social media, of course.

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Case study: Picture perfect!

16 February 2010

A look at how Pretoria-based business Pixel Pro Photography accelerated it's online presence.

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Getting the word out

28 October 2009

How to best leverage word of mouth marketing to promote your tourism business.

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Just do it better

06 October 2009

Large travel agencies and hotel groups are generally able to offer lower prices due to economies of scale. SMEs can, and should, play the customer service card. Follow these tips to give your customers the royal treatment.

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Domain name disputes

07 September 2009

It is possible in South Africa to resolve co.za domain name disputes without going to court, and with the help of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).

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The 'Swartland' wine case

Lauren Frizelle & Megan Reimers , 07 September 2009

In a recent decision by the Western Cape High Court, a wine producer was restrained from making, selling or exporting wine that incorporates the SWARTLAND trade mark. Megan Reimers, provides an overview of the case.

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Wine should not be judged by the glass

Candice Kloes & Megan Reimers , 04 September 2009

Waterford Wine in Stellenbosch – a relatively small, but award-winning wine estate - has successfully defended its European Community trade mark application, which was opposed by Waterford Wedgwood, producer of the well-known WATERFORD glassware and Royal Doulton porcelain. Megan Reimers, explains.

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Outsourcing: The how, why and when

11 August 2009

Using technology is one thing, but maintaining and managing it is another. So who do you call for help, and how do you ensure that you do not get a raw deal?

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Key person insurance and why you need it

14 April 2009

One of the biggest risks in small business is the fact that a company's operations generally revolve around one or two key people, without whom the business cannot continue.

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ASA upholds Aunt Caroline's image

13 April 2009

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa has ruled that the image of “Aunt Caroline” on Tiger Brands' Aunt Caroline rice product is worthy of protection.

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Find the best leasing option for you

06 April 2009

There are various way of financing assets, such as vehicles and office equipment. Look through these options and make the best choice depending on your cash flow and tax situation.

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Manage your money

06 April 2009

As a small business owner, you are also a financial manager. You need to know exactly how your business is doing and how successful you want it to be. To achieve this, good organisation is a must.

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10 Online security tips

06 April 2009

Cyberspace is not a warm and fuzzy place. In fact, it is home to fairly nasty characters whose sole purpose in life is to wreak havoc. Follow these tips to stay out of their clutches.

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How to be safe in cyberspace

06 April 2009

The cost of poor security is estimated at almost $60 billion per year in the US alone. How good are your business’s defences?

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It's not all bad news

Jim Pinto , 01 March 2009

For well-managed companies, this downturn offers the chance to re-examine fundamental value propositions and develop new strategies. Stay focused on opportunity, and you can create it. In this article Jim Pinto explains how to ride out shaky economic times and emerge a stronger, better company.

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Record-keeping: What to keep, and for how long

27 February 2009

Entrepreneurs are notoriously bad at business admin. To turn your brilliant ideas into a successful business, you need proper systems. Use the following checklists to order your thoughts.

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Marketing in a nutshell

18 February 2009

Marketing is often mentioned in the same breath as sales. The two, however, are not the same. Marketing is the groundwork that makes sales possible. Here's a detailed overview to get your marketing programme started.

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Tips to warm up your cold calls

13 January 2009

Convincing a complete stranger to give your product or service a chance is no mean feat. When done effectively, a cold call can be the start of a warm business relationship. Try these tips to improve your technique.

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Business doesn't have to be risky

12 January 2009

Insurance, or risk cover, is one of a business owner's least favourite expenses. It is also one of the most important. But risk management is about more than just policies and monthly premiums.

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Record keeping: use it, don't lose it

18 December 2008

Good record-keeping helps you to make informed decisions and comply with legal, business and tax requirements.

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Back to basics

17 December 2008

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies to all employers and workers and regulates employment conditions such as leave, working hours, employment contracts, employee records, deductions, pay slips, overtime and termination.

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Get in on the ECT Act

17 December 2008

Find out how the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECT) may affect your business.

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Tips to find your competitive edge

The success of any business depends on it being able to provide something better, faster, cheaper or more conveniently than the competition.

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How a microwave turned Hirsch’s from nobody to a major player

Margaret Hirsch talks sales and how lateral thinking got their foot in the door to sustained growth.

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