8 Things You Should Never Ever, Ever Say To An Investor

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 your new company, you should avoid certain expressions. They are traps that make you look weak or dig

What Are 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,

Starting a Business? Here’s the 8 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Today, there is no one particular way to become successful. Today’s youth is not begging for jobs, but creating jobs and if you are on a mission to serve the millions, entrepreneurship is your destiny. But destiny needs to be built, one day at a time. So how do you plan to accomplish your goals

Internet Of Things (Industry 4.0): Free Market Research And Industry Insights

We are heading towards a world where everything is connected, not only online, but also in the physical world of wireless and wearable devices linking cars, with offices, with watches, ovens and street lights. When we add to that the tracking of activities from our smart homes by way of automated thermostats, light fixtures, smart

How Social Media Can Boost Your Website Visits

These days, your website can get lost in a jungle of Social Media Influencers and Brand Ambassadors. We see individuals and companies on various social media channels with a hundred thousand followers and wonder, how will my social media efforts ever compare? Gone are the days of cold calling, leaving brochures or company profiles at

10 Tips For Turning Your Ideas Into A Business

Do you have ideas for a new business? For entrepreneurs, it is often easier to come up with a variety of business ideas for new companies and more difficult to implement those concepts. A business concept is a bridge between an idea and a business plan. It focuses one’s thinking so that the entrepreneur can identify

10 Reasons Customers Aren’t Buying From You

Let’s face it. Running a new business is extremely challenging and competitive. You need every opportunity to attract potential customers to your business. But for some unknown reason, customers are just not buying from you. Why? Here are the ten most likely reason potential customer are not buying your products or services: 1. Potential customers

Poultry Industry Focus: Free Market Research To Help Emerging Poultry Farmers

The poultry industry consists of three separate sectors: (1) The day-old chick supply industry (2) The broiler industry, and (3) The egg industry. Overview: Broiler chickens are raised for meat i.e. fresh, frozen or value added (e.g. chicken fingers, saucy steaklets or polony). Egg layers or dual-purpose chickens are used for the production of eggs (they are lighter in weight

Art Industry Focus: Free Market Research To Help New Art Galleries

The ways that buyers access and purchase art have changed significantly over the last 20 years.  In 2016, the most recent year for audited results, global art sales were between US$45 and US$57 billion. Art fairs alone generated US$13.3 billion in sales in 2016, up 5% year-on-year and 57% since 2010, according to the 2017 Art

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

This Is Why Investors Don’t Give A Second Thought To Your Pitch

Not everyone is going to pitch their Business Plan to investors. There are many great businesses to be built without ever raising a Rand from external investors, and many types of businesses shouldn’t pitch to external investors to begin with. With this said, I wanted to present some insight on pitching because I know that:

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