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,

A Little Competition Never Hurts Anyone

Although most Entrepreneurs dream of having a market all to themselves, it has been shown that you’re probably better off with having some kind of competition. People usually think that with no competition the entire market for their product or service will be theirs.  If nobody is competing in your space, it’s probably save to

To Be Or Not To Be … In A Business Partnership

Let’s be honest, business partners, like parents and spouses, are rarely perfect and comes with their own set of challenges. Deciding on whether to take on a business partner is a very important decision that you might have to make. If you made the choice that this is the way to go in taking on

Entrepreneurship Should Be Cultivated From An Early Age

Colour inside the lines, use your inside voice, always ask for permission, don’t talk to strangers, don’t talk when the grownups are talking, wait your turn in line. The list goes on and on of what children is told to do while growing up. Unfortunately, children are consistently hearing messages at a young age that can have

Dealing With Difficult Customers As A New Entrepreneur

The importance of knowing how to deal with difficult customers during the infant years of your new start-up company can’t be overstated. Being equipped with this knowledge and interpersonal skills can assist in ensuring your company’s long-term survival. As cited by Dr David Freemantle, “To create a relationship and therefore a likeable connection with a