8 Startup Funding Mistakes To Avoid As Far As Possible

Startup companies are faced with many challenges, and one of these are securing funding. Securing and managing funding can be one of the most exciting – and nerve wracking – parts of being an entrepreneur. Often, the financial and legal implications may seem overwhelming. But don’t be afraid. You don’t need to be a lawyer

Marketing For The Busy Business Owner

Marketing is an integral part of your small business operations. Is there one magic formula that will take the effort out of marketing and bring you all the clients you need, forever? No! Business owners that search for that elusive marketing unicorn will agree that it is a daunting task. They read articles and books,

Responsive Websites: 5 Reasons Why You Need One As A Start-Up Company

Websites? Everyone has one right? Something we all know but when it comes to the technical jargon and design of a website, most entrepreneurs are novices. More than 10 years ago, when I was on the verge of starting JTB Consulting, one of the key aspects I had to consider was the design of a

Your Business Plan … As Important As Death And Taxes

So… You are ready to start a new business 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 increase in the rate of competition and the high failure rate of

Teaching Entrepreneurial Principles To Children

Teaching entrepreneurship and the principles of starting your own business to kids are vital. Due to cut-throat competition in the conventional professional fields like Engineers, Chartered Accountants and Medical Doctors, teaching entrepreneurship to children has certainly gained tremendous popularity in specially developed nations…an alternative to just merely seeking a professional career after school. Since the

Valuations Of Start-Up Companies (Volume 2)

Valuations of start-up companies, we’ve seen in the previous blog article, is an extremely complex but important aspect of the funding/investment application process. In our previous blog, we focused on the first 5 questions of 25 critical questions to answer that will help you understand what the investor is thinking when it comes to valuing your start-up

Valuing your Start-up Company

Valuing Your Start-Up Company (Volume 1)

Valuing your Start-Up Company is a difficult exercise and not an exact science whatsoever; in fact, if you ask 10 different funders to value the company, each one of them will in all probability come up with a different value. Following is a synopsis of factors to consider when Valuing your Start-Up Company before any Revenue

Planning The Basics Of Your Business (Part 2)

Planning to start a new business may involve hiring individuals that can share and execute your vision. When it comes to your business you must think of the positions you need – just like any other business. You may need positions such as a manager, a bookkeeper, a cleaner, an assistant, a driver, a receptionist,

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