Small Business

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.

A positive attitude, a solid education, and the wisdom to collaborate widely are some of the characteristics identified by a panel at a recent discussion at Christel House School in Ottery as vital for success in business.

More businesses are seeing the importance of having a well-designed and informative website. Business owners see the benefits of having quality content which is often updated.

A new online portal that instantly compares finance options for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will help address the number one challenge that SMEs in South Africa face – access to finance.

Ever wondered what sets successful entrepreneurial or business people apart from the average workforce? Why are some people proud to be dubbed “Business Man or Woman”?

The educational sector is booming, with a range of innovative new education-related business opportunities emerging to support childhood learning, say participants in the upcoming #BuyaBusiness and Small Business Expo in Johannesburg.

DataProphet’s Daniel Schwartzkopff shares his insights into some local and international barriers to success.

Here are the top 10 things you can’t ignore if you want to start your own beauty therapy business.

Yuppiechef South Africa’s most loved online kitchen and homeware brand, is celebrating its 10th birthday.


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