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Red tape and funding challenge myths debunked

2015-08-25 15:51

Myths that funding and red tape are the two biggest challenges faced by emerging companies and entrepreneurs have been debunked by a report.

R250m boost for women entrepreneurs

2015-08-20 13:37

Business Partners has launched a R250m fund to "make female entrepreneurship huge in South Africa".

New MD for Business Partners

2015-08-19 15:11

Business Partners, a risk finance company for formal SMEs and local entrepreneurs, has announced that Nazeem Martin is retiring as managing director.

Why no work, no pay does not apply to load shedding

2015-08-17 10:05

Businesses need to respond to the challenges of load shedding by reaching an agreement with their employees to ensure a win-win situation.

Tender corruption killing small business - minister

2015-08-14 07:28

Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says small firms need more support in the procurement process, and that tender corruption must be confronted head-on.

JT Foxx: Visa rules throttling small business

2015-08-12 07:58

The new child visa regulations are making it difficult for entrepreneurs to succeed in South Africa, according to wealth coach JT Foxx.

Leader of the pack

2015-08-09 17:10

Daphne Mashile-Nkosi won't stop banging the drum for women's rights, writes Peter De Ionno.

7 questions to help you find the right employee

2015-08-09 17:07

These seven interview questions will help you find an employee who'll be a true team player

Private-sector output, new orders fall

2015-08-05 10:31

Activity in the private sector has declined in July, with output and new orders contracting the most in more than a year, according to a survey.

Tips on managing your business cash flow

2015-08-12 10:58

Cash flow is the heartbeat of any small and medium-sized enterprise and if your business does not have cash to pay vendors, it is unlikely to remain open for long.

Your essential guide to funding

2015-08-02 15:31

Seed Academy has developed The Essential Guide to Funding in South Africa, which is available as a free e-book download.

Expect to be successful

2015-08-02 15:28

We all hope to be successful, but most people don’t expect to reach a level of extraordinary achievement

Client is king as customers become more picky

2015-07-30 15:08

By 2020 customer experience will overtake product and price as the key brand differentiator, according to a report.

Read this if you are in HR

2015-07-19 15:55

Five things HR managers don’t need to know any more.

5 golden priorities for entrepreneurs

2015-07-19 15:38

As an entrepreneur, you’ll be wearing a lot of hats and dealing with a constant barrage of issues. Each day’s tasks and priorities will likely be a jumbled mess that changes as new emergencies and challenges arise.

How to help employees with debt

2015-07-19 15:12

Big companies have played a significant role in reducing the indebtedness of their employees and, by doing so, have improved the quality of life of the country’s citizens, writes Frank Magwegwe

Would you do business with yourself?

2015-07-14 10:40

An important question a business owner or manager should ask himself is whether he would do business with himself and why, explains a performance consultant.

Tips for selecting a lender

2015-07-13 11:24

Too often business owners and property investors in South Africa fall prey to predatory lending, which can swiftly put businesses into debt, warns an expert.

What training do you need to be a beautician?

2015-05-03 16:36

There are no formal training requirements for becoming a beautician in South Africa. But it is highly recommended you complete a course in beauty therapy.

Sales made simple

2014-11-04 12:52

People like dealing with professional sales people who are experts in their field and who can offer good advice before asking for a sale, says an expert.

Looking for seed funding to start a business

2014-09-12 16:18

A Fin24 user is looking for seed capital for his start-up companies and an expert provides some tips.

How to get from zero to hero

2014-10-05 08:00

Life won’t get any easier and responsibilities won’t get any lighter, say Dinesh Patel (CEO) and Heini Booysen (COO) of OrderIn in this informative Q&A.

Grow your business out of your kitchen

2014-10-16 15:00

A business development expert gives tips on how to move an expanding business run from your home into bigger premises.

How to become a pig farmer

2014-08-09 12:43

Prospective entrepreneurs often have good ideas, but don’t have the resources to get started. An expert gives a Fin24 user advice on how to become a pig farmer.

Marriage made in online heaven

2014-08-08 13:12

When e-commerce site Yuppiechef teamed up with League of Beers in 2013, founder Rob Heyns knew his craft beer business's online venture was going to get exciting.

Survival guide for SA startups

2014-07-02 10:38

Fin24 blogger Terence Stoker provides some down-to-earth guidelines for entrepreneurs struggling to survive in a hostile business environment.

Fear of failure part of entrepreneur's journey

2014-06-26 13:56

The fear of failure is a common occurrence in any entrepreneur’s journey, but by nature entrepreneurs are to a degree risk takers, says an expert.

Building personal power through real estate

2015-07-28 19:03

Neale Petersen of Real Estate Investor Magazine wants to transform people to become successful in building personal wealth through real estate.

5 ways Dolphin Bay beats hard times

2015-06-14 11:52

Dolphin Bay MD Bertus Coetzee shows how to ensure that your company thrives, even during an economic downswing.

A wine woman’s song

2015-06-02 12:09

Raised in a family that did not drink alcohol, Praisy Dlamini only tasted her first glass of wine when she was 19. Now she’s one of the Cape’s first black female wine makers. She speaks to Biénne Huisman.

SizweNtsalubaGobodo: ‘Our purpose is married to Africa’

2015-05-24 15:00

Thirty years ago, SizweNtsalubaGobodo (SNG), what was to become the country’s largest black-owned and black-managed accounting firm, was born. Today, it has huge ambitions to become the advisory firm of choice on the continent.

Designer growing trees into furniture

2015-05-24 08:54

Deep in the English countryside, there's a bizarre sight: rows of trees being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape over years of careful nurturing.

Know about wine and food? Turn your passion into a career

2015-05-17 15:00

Becoming a sommelier requires a knowledge of both wine and food. Janine Walker talks to two young South Africans who have turned their passion into thriving careers

Kung-fu helps Scott break through in business

2015-05-12 16:20

Scott Cundill has 18 years in the internet marketing game, is a published author and public speaker and represents South Africa at Shaolin kung-fu.

Winning women: Charlotte Maponya puts SA’s best foot forward

2015-05-11 11:21

The chairperson of Brand SA, Charlotte ‘Chichi’ Maponya, is charged with putting the country’s best foot forward at a difficult time. But a lifetime of running multiple businesses, including being CEO of the Maponya Group, gives her invaluable experience, writes Sue Grant-Marshall.

Love horses? You could make big money

2015-05-11 11:41

Do you love horses, riding and adventure? Well, a career as a work rider beckons. And there's big money to be made, writes Rehana Loonat

The value of self-confidence

2015-08-28 12:35

Improving self-confidence when it’s lacking is not always an easy task but it can have a positive impact on a business owners’ success, says a business coach.

JT Foxx challenges his critics

2015-08-19 07:18

US entrepreneur JT Foxx says South African critics should find ways to build businesses and should stop lashing out at successful tycoons.

5 ways co-creation ensures long-term success

2015-08-05 09:00

Eugene Jansen gives five reasons why co-creation provides the best blueprint for long-term venture success.

Tools to test your business idea

2015-07-29 09:00

Knowledge about how to run a business is an entrepreneur’s most potent weapon, says a business coach.

BOOK REVIEW: The good jobs strategy

2015-07-21 07:08

This is the best book of the year bar none for business managers, says Ian Mann.

Three steps to customer retention that lasts

2015-07-27 13:19

The cost of gaining a new customer is up to six times more than the cost of retaining an existing customer, says a business coach.

How 10-yr-old boys moved entrepreneur ace Vusi Thembekwayo

2015-07-07 10:59

When Vusi Thembekwayo set a group of children a challenge to move from a mindset of hand-outs to one of entrepreneurship, the result almost moved him to tears.

BOOK REVIEW: The wealthy freelancer

2015-07-07 06:56

Enjoying the lifestyle of your choice is the most important marker of a successfully self-employed professional, says Ian Mann.

Customer satisfaction in the world of social media

2015-06-30 15:33

The adage that there is no second chance to make a good first impression is quite true in business, says Pieter Scholtz.

Attracting and selecting the right franchisee key to success

2015-07-15 12:02

Recruiting quality franchisees is becoming increasingly essential for every franchise business, as the wrong fit can seriously damage the reputation of the franchise.

Why funding failures sink franchises

2015-05-11 11:51

Franchise opportunists who don’t do their homework before venturing into this sector will fall horribly short, according to a Standard Bank executive.

Time to return to the Wimpy family model

2015-01-13 13:15

Franchisees should learn from families who basically lived in their restaurants, spending time with their staff and interacting with customers, an expert says.

World Cup brings this entrepreneur to SA

2014-12-11 16:50

What began as a trip to South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup has resulted in a booming business for Boris and Sandra Leyck.

Debonairs, Shoprite seal deal in Angola

2014-12-05 05:15

Debonairs Pizza will open its first restaurant in Angola in an innovative tie-up with Shoprite Angola, which will become the master franchisee.

Let the pizza wars begin

2014-10-14 10:39

Following the arrival of Pizza Hut and Domino's Pizza in South Africa, Debonairs Pizza has declared itself ready to take on the competition.

Growing the franchise industry

2014-10-09 18:00

FNB will be hosting the third annual FNB Franchise Leadership Summit in Johannesburg on October 15 and Cape Town on November 19.

Plan well to grow franchises

2014-10-08 17:41

Keeping a franchise growing through a period of constant change means all franchisees need to build planning and goal setting skills, says an expert.

Sell your invoice to grow your business

2014-09-29 11:35

Businesses aiming to grow can get instant cash from selling their invoices at a discount, enabling faster growth and less risk, according to an invoice discounting expert.

Wannabe farmers battle for funds

2015-01-27 13:42

While the farming sector has a lot of appeal for entrepreneurs, getting off the ground is daunting, but with collaboration and government funding, there is a glimmer of hope.

Battle to find affordable payment system

2014-10-16 20:13

Technology has opened the doors to new ways of POS payments, giving entrepreneurs more options when running a business.

Go and sweat the research stuff, expert says

2014-10-16 19:49

The quickest way to learn is to put yourself in the position of the client, a leading business advisor tells a hopeful business owner.

Grow your business out of your kitchen

2014-10-16 15:00

A business development expert gives tips on how to move an expanding business run from your home into bigger premises.

How to get from zero to hero

2014-10-05 08:00

Life won’t get any easier and responsibilities won’t get any lighter, say Dinesh Patel (CEO) and Heini Booysen (COO) of OrderIn in this informative Q&A.

Looking for seed funding to start a business

2014-09-12 16:18

A Fin24 user is looking for seed capital for his start-up companies and an expert provides some tips.

In need of a BEE certificate?

2014-09-03 05:00

If your annual turnover is R5m or less, then there is no need to have a BEE certificate, says an expert, but that should not stop you from a BEE code of conduct.

My home loan is hurting my CC

2014-08-22 14:36

A business owner has been very confused with his bank’s stance that he can’t do a substitution of debtors on his home loan. A Fin24 expert gives his response.

Thembekwayo's advice for a wannabe egg farmer

2014-08-12 12:35

Are entrepreneurs born or made? A Fin24 user gets advice on how to become an egg farmer from Vusi Thembekwayo.

Bamboo watch maker has no time for 'no'

2015-08-27 15:22

Amy de Castro's entrepreneurial journey began when she refused to take no for an answer and has since learned that challenging the status quo pays off.

21-yr-old family business built on passion

2015-08-17 17:08

Husband and wife entrepreneur team Pam and George Douglas started their business with no business know-how - 21 years later they're still going strong.

Herman Mashaba on his disillusionment with post-Mandela politics

2015-08-17 15:27

Mr 'Black Like Me' talks about his business, his disillusionment with the post-Mandela political landscape, and his hopes for a better future for South Africa.

Are you selling your business? Here are 6 tips

2015-08-10 13:58

Selling a business is as tough as selling your house. A top broker shares some worthy information about the sale of a business.

Hairdressing becoming popular career choice in SA

2015-08-09 15:43

Hairdressing is fast gaining popularity as a profession, but it is important for an inspiring hairstylist to love hair and people.

Winning Women: Passing on rich values

2015-08-02 15:09

Yvonne Muthien, chairperson of the Rhodes Food Group, the Thebe Resource Incubator and the Sasol Inzalo Foundation, learnt her rich sense of values and community from Nelson Mandela. Now she is passing on these, and a lifetime of management skills, writes Sue Grant-Marshall.

Heading for a poor sandwich generation

2015-08-02 15:04

The dependency cycle is worsening, putting further pressure on those who have an income, writes Maya Fisher-French.

Adapting to changes key for Fashion House

2015-07-08 18:32

Adapting to market changes and seizing opportunities when they have presented themselves have been key to the success of a 76-year old family business.

Breaking down the barrier of the boys' club

2015-07-07 11:59

Trailblazing entrepreneur Siyasanga Ngcongca has found inner strength to succeed after entering the male-dominated construction industry, following her father’s death.

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