Business Plan Consultant 101 – How to Choose One?

Business Plan Consultants in South Africa range from fly-by-nights that want to make a quick Rand to reputable entities that write Business Plans for a living. Everyone knows the saying that there are only two things of which we are certain in life:   “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”  

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

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 be haphazard and reactive, in stark contrast to those businesses implementing a well thought out business plan. Unfortunately, there are a number of “business

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

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 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

CEO 101 – Exploring the Duties of a CEO

Tune in to any business channel or podcast, whether online or TV and chances are that you’ll see an interview with a CEO. If I mention the word CEO, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For some people, a superhero with incredible creativity and panache (think Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs). For others,