Planning The Basics Of Your New Business (Part 1)

Planning to start a new business will involve spending money. Sometimes a lot of it. Now you’re planning to spend money. You’re planning all the material goods you may possibly need – from a pencil to your premises – and everything in between. This is the time to be conservative…and smart! Start-up expenses for a

Is Your Business Idea Feasible?

Feasible or not! Feasibility; an important component that so many new entrepreneurs fail to consider. Before you get to the stage of starting your own business, and opening your doors for the first time, there are two vital aspects that most individuals find very difficult; firstly, getting a new business idea and determining whether this new

Brand Development For SMEs – Volume 1

One of the most important aspects to consider when you start a new business is ‘How You Will Be Communicating With Your Customers’ and build your brand. This week we take a look at twelve (12) components (which is free to implement in most cases) that you can include as part of your engagement with potential customers.

Calling All Graduates, School Leavers And Youngsters

Where do Graduates go from here? So, you’ve completed another exam period and are now eagerly awaiting the results of your efforts. Will you pass Matric or perhaps complete that degree? Whatever your personal circumstances, chances are you will join a group of young South African Graduates and School Leavers that are all faced with

Entrepreneur: A Whole New Look At This Unique Breed

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneur. Entrepreneurial. Unknown words to some. Dreams of becoming one to others. With 2016 upon us and many ‘would be’ entrepreneurs contemplating entering the unknown world of entrepreneurship, it is perhaps a good idea to take a different look at What Makes An Entrepreneur. Sure

Service Businesses Can Be Innovative Too

As a small business, you have dreams of taking the world by storm. But, without stating the obvious, not all companies will become the next Facebook, Apple or Naspers. Product companies like Apple are super cool; they keep their loyal supporters on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the next new, innovative product. Service

Top Business Models For Your New Start-Up

“The best start-ups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” Michael Arrington, TechCrunch Founder and Co-editor   Whenever meeting new or existing entrepreneurs, you are bound to hear the term ‘Business Model’ somewhere in the conversation. But just what is a business model? Which ones work best and why? How do you know

Being A Lone Wolf – A Solopreneur: When Is Enough Really Enough?

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.  Franklin D. Roosevelt Trying to do too much by yourself can be detrimental to your business. Being a one-man band or solo entrepreneur (‘solopreneur’) has tremendous advantages: you can set your own schedule, and

Start-Up Businesses: Wrong Fiscal Assumptions

Forecasting is the art of saying what will happen, and then explaining why it didn’t. Anonymous (communicated by Balaji Rajagopalan) The South African landscape lends itself to the fact that many individuals have limited education and training on basic financial literacy skills. These individuals form part of the pool of prospective entrepreneurs. Without basic financial literacy and

Top 5 Reasons Why You Need A Business Plan

Anybody beginning or extending a venture that will consume significant resources of money, energy or time and that’s expected to return a profit should take the time to draft some kind of business plan. But there are many reasons to write a business plan, including the following five: 1. You want to start a business. The

Who Is Just in Time Business (JTB) Consulting?

Okay. So you have a great idea for a new business. Maybe you’ve even invented something that’s extremely mind-blowing and life-changing! Now it’s time to make sure you have all your bases covered so you can get started attracting customers and making money!  Logo Designed – Check! Website Built – Check! Social Media Pages Up and Running – Check!

Reputation … This Can Make Or Break Your Business

REP-U-TA-TION: The estimation in which a person or thing is held; especially by the community or the general public; repute: a man of good reputation. “A man (woman) of good reputation”. If you are like me then that is definitely how I want to hear people talk about me and how I conduct business. Reputation is everything in the Business World. Whether you’re an online company or a multi-billion dollar corporation,