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Understand small business environment - MP

2014-09-19 12:10

There is a need to understand problems in developing cooperatives and SMMEs, says the chair of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development.

The magic marketing mix

2014-09-18 09:51

The marketing mix of product, place, price and promotions is essential for a small business to become sustainable, says a Standard Bank expert.

You could win R150 000 for your tech idea

2014-09-18 08:32

South African developers have an opportunity to show off their skills and earn some cash as a competition to grow start-ups enters its third year.

SA entrepreneurs ready for business

2014-09-17 17:11

South African entrepreneurs are upbeat about their trade and even have the appetite to start a new business, a survey shows.

New technology and today’s entrepreneurs

2014-09-16 05:00

There’s no question that the internet has changed nearly every aspect of our lives and nowhere is this fundamental change more apparent than in business.

Doing business in sub-Saharan Africa

2014-09-15 13:28

Those who are undeterred by the challenge of doing business in sub-Saharan Africa could reap high rewards, says an analyst.

Family-owned businesses battle to fund investments

2014-09-12 16:18

A new KPMG study has shown that nearly 60% of family-owned businesses were struggling to find external finance to fund investment.

Top small businesses honoured by Eskom

2014-09-10 12:08

The Eskom Business Investment Competition Awards honour top businesses in the agriculture, manufacturing and trade and services sector.

Entrepreneur learners win Eskom competition

2014-09-10 11:41

The learners, who participate in the Eskom Simama Ranta Enterprise Education Competition, are showing that small business offers exciting opportunities.

It pays for a business to pay on time

2014-09-01 13:30

Maintaining a business’ professional and financial reputation is one of the most valuable assets of any business, according to a management consulting company.

A new approach to increasing profit

2014-08-28 05:15

If you break the sales variable into five separate components, they can be adapted individually to leverage profits, says Harry Welby-Cooke.

The value of a business mentor

2014-08-20 16:12

Being an entrepreneur can be lonely, especially when you don’t have an associate with whom you can discuss your business and its challenges, says an expert.

How to expand your business

2014-08-20 15:21

Expanding your business requires capital and banks have stringent criteria in place to ensure they are lending the right businesses the appropriate funds, says Standard Bank.

More concern about safe business travel in Africa

2014-08-13 16:42

As business travel in Africa grows, the potential risks of travelling to certain countries in Africa must be considered by businesses, according to an expert.

Taking a business to the next level

2014-08-13 10:51

The reluctance to let go of control can be a barrier to the growth of many businesses, says Standard Bank’s Ravi Govender.

Lending against moveable assets increases

2014-08-11 17:25

While unconventional, the lending against moveable assets can help businesses stay in business longer and pay employees and suppliers, says experts.

Business planning will save you

2014-08-11 05:00

Developing a business plan is a strategic investment in the future and sustainability of your business, says Standard Bank.

Step-by-step business plan guide

2014-08-07 15:13

Craft a realistic, working business plan for your start-up to give you a winning edge. Standard Bank's BizConnect gives you the tools and template.

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.

More ways to secure working capital

2014-06-24 16:12

While cash flow is a universal challenge, entrepreneurs, who are starting and running small businesses in SA, face extra financial strains, says an expert.

Marketing before all else

2014-05-06 07:40

If you can sell tap water, you're ready to start your own business, says small business coach Bertie du Plessis.

Why do entrepreneurs work for free?

2014-05-05 17:40

Small business owners cannot say they're running a proper business if they are subsidising it, warns business consultant Bertie du Plessis.

When your hobby becomes your business

2014-04-24 17:31

Having a creative idea for a business is not enough and failure to plan appropriately upfront may result in increased future tax costs, warns an expert.

Changing careers and starting a business

2014-01-21 14:18

A Fin24 user is tired of working for someone else and wants to know how to change careers and start her own business.

Finding ways to make NPOs sustainable

2014-09-17 12:53

Access to funding is a problem many non-profit organisations face, but this social entrepreneur shows they also need good governance, compliance and marketing.

A Swipe at the big time

2014-09-09 23:24

From barely knowing how to turn on a computer to forming her own tech company, Leo Redelinghuys has been a part of the South Africa tech evolution for almost 15 years.

Entrepreneur goes for gadget insurance gap

2014-09-03 18:11

Richard Neville of SurethingSA loves the challenge of being his own boss and setting himself tasks to accomplish.

Convenience toppling experience

2014-08-21 18:31

Retailers are grappling with re-inventing the wheel as online shopping continues to grow in popularity.

Global recognition for Khayelitsha entrepreneur

2014-08-14 19:17

Luvuyo Rani has been nominated for an award at the Junior Chamber International in Germany, 10 years after he started Silulo Ulutho Technologies from his car boot.

Marketing is Darren's way to make a difference

2014-08-08 17:29

What really counts for Darren Barnes, managing director of Perfect Solutions, is not how much money he makes, but the difference he makes, he says.

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.

Hitting it big with event decor

2014-08-06 19:26

Alosha Lynov of 3D Deco tells how he started his business on 60 toothpicks and a polystyrene ball, borrowing R4 000 for a trailer from his dad.

Top SA chef gets entrepreneur bug

2014-08-06 17:15

Jackie Cameron is very enthusiastic about her plans to open a chef school after spending 10 years as head chef at Hartford House.

Strike fallout impacts white collar workers too

2014-09-18 14:51

The prolonged platinum mining strikes may also have set a new precedent, with many white collar employees now demanding salary increases, says a business owner.

Nature’s guide to business

2014-09-16 10:58

Is there a common thread between vaccines, mosquito nets and lean practices in your business, asks Professor Norman Faull.

The leadership challenge

2014-09-16 07:09

A life-changing experience can teach leadership lessons, says Ian Mann.

Make your business work for you

2014-09-15 17:26

Systems are a significantly misunderstood area of business, but one that is paramount for helping a business to run efficiently, says ActionCOACH’s Pieter Scholtz.

The marvels of meditation

2014-09-09 07:03

Evenness of mind is achievable and will profit all in the workplace, says Ian Mann.

Stop stoning small business

2014-09-03 15:51

In spite of celebrating the well that is small business, SA remains one of the most difficult places in the world to start a business, says Anton Ressel.

Machines and mental power

2014-09-02 07:10

Will digital technology make your job redundant? Ian Mann discusses.

An abundance of opportunity

2014-08-27 11:53

An abundance mentality allows a small business owner to focus on executing on one project well before moving on to the next with confidence, says Allon Raiz.

The perfect office help

2014-08-26 07:38

Online assistance for your business could be a really smart move, says Ian Mann.

Choose the right location for your franchise

2014-08-21 16:32

As a franchise owner, you have a number of factors to consider before you can open the doors to your own franchise, says an expert.

Keep your franchise relevant

2014-08-05 11:44

Franchises need to ensure that their brand remains consistent and relevant so that consumers can still identify the franchise concept, experts say.

How the rate hike will affect your franchise

2014-07-22 10:33

Running lean and efficient operations is key as consumers tighten their belts after the recent interest rate increase, says an expert.

Cashing in on braai-loving SA

2014-06-17 10:10

In just two years the traditional township braai concept has grown into 200 outlets, employing 2 000 people. The brain behind ChesaNYAMA tells the story.

Support leads to business success

2014-05-15 16:08

The winner of two entrepreneurship competitions share his view on what leads to business success.

Is franchising for you? Ask these 10 Qs

2014-05-06 14:01

Ten key questions to ask yourself to see if franchising is really your calling.

Franchises awarded for excellence

2014-04-14 16:45

The Franchise Association of South Africa has awarded its annual excellence awards to a number of achievers in the industry.

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.

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.

Where to for expansion funding?

2014-08-03 17:45

A fast food business owner who started out three years ago, is now looking to expand.

What do I do with my kitchen invention?

2014-08-03 17:03

A Fin24 user asks advice about a machine he has created.

How to motivate youthful entrepreneurs

2014-06-19 16:39

An expert gives advice on how to induce seemingly reluctant or nervous students to start small businesses.

How do we start a pub franchise?

2014-06-20 12:24

A Fin24 user asks advice about starting a pub franchise with her brother.

Teen entrepreneur making fashion waves

2014-09-17 06:00

Bonolo Mataboge has taken the fashion world by storm despite fighting Blount's disease.

Tax filing biggest hurdle for SME owner

2014-09-15 18:43

A small business owner says he does not see how any sole proprietor can legally operate a small business in SA.

GlamHour: Chance for township SMEs to sparkle

2014-08-27 12:49

Khayelitsha entrepreneur Zizipho Dyubeni is slowly making a name for herself in the township as a go-to-person for coordinating events.

Challenges faced by small businesses

2014-08-07 17:03

A Fin24 user explains what he regards as the biggest challenges for small businesses in the country.

World's first commercial fly farm in Cape Town

2014-07-23 07:47

By copying nature, an entrepreneurial team has put the humble fly to work to help resolve a global food problem.

Cashing in on braai-loving SA

2014-06-17 10:10

In just two years the traditional township braai concept has grown into 200 outlets, employing 2 000 people. The brain behind ChesaNYAMA tells the story.

Spotting the gap for African greeting cards

2014-06-12 10:25

Gildah Tshukutswane believes everyone should have the opportunity to celebrate African-inspired messages in African languages through greeting cards.

From surfer to socio-economic expert

2014-06-10 16:01

James Burton of Hero tells of his journey from surfer to full time employee and eventually a specialist in understanding both business and people.

Successfully combining science and art

2014-06-05 15:19

Will Green, CEO of Apurimac Media had the seed of entrepreneurship planted in him from an early age.

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