12 Places To Find New Product And Service Ideas

Creating great new business ideas is not a very difficult task to overcome, but what if you do not have a creative bone in your body? The next time you are struggling to come up with a new idea, try the following: 1.) Shopping: Next time you go shopping, examine some of the products in

Coffee Industry Focus: Want To Open A Coffee Shop?

For many consumers across South Africa, their morning ritual will not be complete without a cup of coffee: at home, on-the-go or during a business meeting at an upmarket pavement café. Coffee is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water. It is, however, significantly more than just a beverage. In fact, it

Applying For Funding? Your Business Plan Will Be 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 – protecting your idea, figuring out the proper compliance and licensing, getting the right office space, structuring, hiring staff, figuring out how much

Funding Mistakes Made By Entrepreneurs Seeking Startup Capital

Funding a new business is part and parcel of an entrepreneur’s journey. You have a great business venture idea (or at least you’ve been told by family and friends that you have a great idea) and you are now raising startup capital but why, oh why is it that nobody wants to invest in your

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

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 A Sustainable Business

Planning…no wait…thorough planning is the key to success. Opening a business without a business plan is like setting out into the middle of nowhere with no map or supplies and trying to find a specific location you’ve never been to. You have an idea where you want to go but you have no idea of

Business Consultant: How To Become One In SA

Are You A Business Consultant That Have Specialised Skills You Can Use? One of the most important aspects to consider when you want to become a Business Consultant, and in particular, a Consultancy that specialises in offering Company Registration and Related Services to clients is to appreciate the fact that the industry is very competitive.

Failure of Businesses in South Africa is No Joke!

The failure of new and existing South African businesses is a topic that has been discussed and debated for years. According to a study by The Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA: 2007), a subsidiary of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa has one of the highest failure rates of new SMEs in the

Brand Development For SMEs – Volume 2

In continuing our segment on Brand Development and ‘How You Will Be Communicating With Your Customers And Build Your Brand’, we take a look this week at more components (which is free to implement in most cases) that you can include as part of your engagement with potential customers: Read More: Advertising for Small Businesses A Photographic Library of professionally