Small Business

Many of us have a hundred ideas for business that we somehow never end up starting or executing. For whatever reason, we get up close to the proverbial window of our dreams and feel overwhelmed and unable to proceed.

Business owners of today are operating in a world of constantly changing trends and obsessions in the short period of a few months (if they’re lucky). With the advancement of technology and where it is today, there are seemingly endless ways of doing almost everything in a business and there is hardly a norm for most business models anymore.

Budding entrepreneurs have a lot on their plates when starting a new company. Between looking for funding, setting up the business, and looking for staff members, there’s a lot going on.

This article is a fourth draft. The first version was not good enough; neither were the second and third versions! Only, as a result of honest feedback and hard work, did it finally get its stamp of approval.

Launching your own business is a brave and exciting venture – and it has the best chance of success if you start out with a thorough approach to money planning and saving.

If you’re thinking of working from home, or your current home office needs an upgrade, there are certain things you need to keep in mind to ensure maximum productivity and efficiency during your working hours.

More people are considering the idea of starting their own business. But what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

The qualities necessary to run a major business are well known. Leadership competencies are described in countless articles and business school texts. But it is becoming increasingly apparent the component parts of business leadership in an emerging market are somewhat different.

The future of how working individuals do business and where they work from is changing. More and more people start their own businesses and companies are more lenient to let their staff work from home or remotely.



Whether or not you have a business there are certain traits that identify you as entrepreneurial.

South Africa has been well known for its entrepreneurial spirit. The incredible successes of businesses like Discovery, Black Like Me, Nandos and most recently, Get Smarter, have encouraged many South Africans to see starting their own businesses as a desirable and achievable goal. But it’s not enough.

Are you passionate about education and bringing it to the masses? While government has its role to play in educating society, ordinary citizens are seeking ways to make a difference.

Following a highly successful 2015 and 2016 Roadshow season, the SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 is ready to roll again.

Techstars describes a demo day as “an opportunity for startups to sell their story to investors and potential partners, with the aim of raising money or gaining traction through partnerships and relationships”.

Sipelele Msindwana (37), a small business owner of a construction company in Lusikisiki, plans to grow his career and take his business to new heights through the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR).

Following the Finance Minister’s February Budget Speech, SMEs are optimistic that 2017 will be a better year for them than 2016, but technical and financial support alone is not enough to ensure sustainable success, argues a branding expert from the UCT Graduate School of Business.

The Deloitte Global Outsourcing Survey 2016 found that outsourcing will continue to grow, providing customers with innovative services and solutions that help them cut costs while remaining competitive and on track.

Moving from your home office into a proper, professional workspace is an enormous decision. It sounds like an obvious progression but actually going ahead with trying to find something can cause you stress.

Forbes’ list of 2016’s most sustainable companies has highlighted the fact that sustainability still matters. The reality is that, while we live, work, and rely on planet earth, we need to look after the limited resources that remain.

In a local business ecosystem that is fraught with both political and economic uncertainty, companies are under pressure to innovate and expand with few resources.

Nicholas Xhonxa, co-owner of the 100% black owned SSA Ads which started in Gugulethu and now operates from Bothasig, was named as the ABSA Top Small Business Owner Student with the highest mark overall after completing the sponsored nine-month Development Programme offered by the Small Business Academy.

What you think it takes to succeed may be all wrong. There are many stories out there about the common traits of an entrepreneur.

The journey from employee to employer does not happen over night. Whether you’re climbing the ladder from employee to CEO in the same company through promotions or starting your own business from scratch, this journey requires deliberate entrepreneurial growth and professional development.

Leon Smalberger shares the truth about starting a business and looks at the good, the bad and the ugly.

In business there are two obvious routes to the top: the corporate ladder to the C-suite and the entrepreneurial path to IPO celebrity.


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