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Ah No! Not More Startup Advice…

Startup advice seems to be everywhere! Over the past several months, we’ve all noticed companies closing down due to the COVID-19 Lockdown. And today, 5 months after the national lockdown was instated, more and more companies are closing their doors for good. We can all debate the legitimacy and the attack on our constitutional rights.

Your Best Business Plan will be Rejected

Best Business Plan? Then Why Don’t You Get Funding?

The Best Business Plan is in your hands. You applied for capital funding. Then why is your Business Plan rejected? Despite having a great idea for a new product or cutting-edge service, many aspiring business owners find themselves asking, “Am I ready?” Considering just how much there is to accomplish when launching any business –

Boring Pitch Decks to Investors

Pitch Decks – Why Investors Give Your Pitch No Attention

Pitch Decks are not that easy to design, especially if you are presenting to investors that see hundreds of Pitch Decks every year! Not everyone is going to pitch their Business Plan to investors. There are many great businesses that start without ever raising a Rand from external investors, and many types of businesses shouldn’t

Business Planning and Arguments For and Against

Business Planning – Arguments For and Against

Business Planning is an integral part of the business world. One of the hallmarks of a proper Business Plan prepared by a world-class Business Plan Company is being open to strategic recommendations and critique. Any reputable Business Plan Consultant will provide you with factual and informed recommendations on the hypotheses you made on your new

Business Plan Writer and Your Guide to Finding One

Business Plan Writer – Your Guide to Finding One

Business Plan Writer… To use one or not… Therein lies the question. Writing a business plan is time-consuming, but it’s essential if you want to have a successful business that’s going to survive the startup phase. If your business doesn’t have one, maybe it’s time to start writing it. The process of writing a business

Copycats

Copycats and How to Deal with Them?

Business Plan Copycats have been around since we started JTB Consulting in 2006. In a world full of fake news, half-truths, scam artists, snake oil salesmen, the question that I often get is “How do you deal with people who copy your work?” How do you deal with people who steal your idea? How do you

Investor Pitch

Your Investor Pitch and 8 Things You Should Never Say

Your Investor Pitch can be one of the most daunting things you have to endure as an entrepreneur. Investors are much better at negotiations than you are; after all, this is what they do, and they do it daily. You on the other hand, rarely do it. When you approach potential investors to invest in

Business Plan Expert or Con-Artist?

Do you have a Professionally Written Business Plan? Congratulations, you are in a small minority. And if you have a Professional Business Plan, do you actually use it? And have you looked at it in the last few months? If the answer to this question is yes to these questions, then you need to read

Business Plan Relevance Today

Business Plans and its Relevance Today

Entrepreneurs who are starting a new business often wonder, “Do I really need a business plan? Is writing business plans really the best use of my time?” The answer to these questions is almost always, Yes! A business plan is an integral part of starting a new business. A business plan is a very important

Your Business Case (Plan) is as Important as Death and Taxes

Your Business Case (Plan), Death and Taxes

Your Business Case (Plan) is as Important as Death and Taxes. So… You are ready to start a new venture but are contemplating whether you need a Business Plan. Perhaps one of your friends advised you to write one but you are wondering whether it will just be a waste of valuable time? With the

Entrepreneurs feel that they Suck Sometimes

Entrepreneurs: Do You Feel Like You Suck? Me Too…

Entrepreneurs… Do You Feel Like You Suck Sometimes? Me Too… Where are the days where you would walk into a coffee shop and in passing, the discussions you would overhear are about business ideas, the next big thing, etc.?  The past few weeks can in some circles only be characterised as the world possibly racing

Business Plan Template – Beware of SA’s Cookie-Cutters

A Business Plan Template will not help you on your business journey. In fact, a Business Plan Template can do more harm than good. Having a new business idea is great! But, without a business plan, or using a generic cookie-cutter business plan template a business is essentially rudderless, and day-to-day activities are likely to