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WATCH: SA expats are losing out on their greatest asset

2015-07-06 15:58

South African entrepreneurs who leave for greener First World pastures are giving up their greatest asset, according to an international businessman based in SA.

Three SMEs win for bridging gap with big business

2015-07-06 13:23

Three small and medium enterprises have been given a boost to grow their businesses, after winning a challenging competition with 31 other entrepreneurs.

Get the best from your staff

2015-07-05 15:13

Entrepreneurs want their employees to perform with passion and be as productive as possible. But sometimes, entrepreneurs trip themselves up. Here’s how to avoid the pitfalls:

Entrepreneur duo give SA men fashion platform

2015-07-02 07:45

SA entrepreneur duo Ryan Beswick and Simon Deiner believe men's fashion weeks create a chance for designers to leverage their collective buying power.

Business must step up to plate as dti dithers on BEE

2015-06-29 10:40

While the Department of Trade and Industry dithers on empowerment codes, the onus remains on big business to transform its supply chains, says an expert.

Micro-business lifeblood of CT economy - councillor

2015-06-26 07:00

The City of Cape Town says it is serious in developing micro-enterprises and the informal sector as it is the lifeblood of its economy and the greatest job creator.

Ignite engagement with millennial generation

2015-06-24 19:07

Millennial employees need more guidance than those who have been with an organisation for many years, says a director at Dale Carnegie Training in Gauteng.

Solar powered classrooms in focus

2015-06-23 19:35

The South African technology company Ambit’s solar powered classroom is poised to provide “off-grid” electricity and connectivity to rural classrooms.

Maimane outlines plan to save SA

2015-06-22 15:23

Instead of the government creating five million new jobs, South Africa needs one million new entrepreneurs, according to DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

Learn how to be a good entrepreneur - expert

2015-06-25 20:15

An expert shares his views and tips on the debate whether an entrepreneur is born or if a person can learn to become one.

How businesses can reduce eco footprint

2015-06-25 19:47

Businesses have an important role in preserving the environment and pursuing opportunities doesn’t mean neglecting environmental responsibilities.

Crowdfunding a new source of income for CFOs

2015-05-15 18:10

Crowdfunding is not only for SMEs, but also for CFOs who do not have the budget to finance all the projects that employees desire to engage in, shows a report.

Getting to grips with employment contracts

2015-05-15 12:25

An effective, flexible and understandable employment contract is the basis of a good employee-employer relationship, says an expert.

Learning tough job of success

2015-05-13 17:37

Emerging businesses must show a progressive spirit and must have a sound business plan, says the head of an incubator for small businesses.

A skills plan is only as good as the insight used in the audit

2015-05-25 11:28

Where does a company go to find the best possible solution for its training needs? Continuing Education at University of Pretoria says planning is the key.

Rapid growth in B2B e-commerce

2015-05-12 15:52

Companies should not ignore the rapid growth in business-to-business e-commerce, says an expert.

How to become a lasting entrepreneur

2015-06-01 06:47

There is nothing wrong with being altruistic, as long as you structure your business so that it still makes a profit, says Dr John Demartini.

7 ways to go from boss to leader

2015-05-10 16:43

Many people view the words ‘boss’ and ‘leader’ as interchangeable – but they are vastly different.

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.

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

Nailing it: Here's how a successful entrepreneur clawed her way to the top

2015-05-05 11:22

Goodness Ndiweni of Goodness Gracious Nails, really made the best of a bad job and now has a very successful nail salon. She has big dreams and wants to obtain her matric this year, at the age of 32, and expand her thriving business.

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.

BOOK REVIEW: Why you need to innovate

2015-06-30 07:44

There are many ways you can innovate to boost your business profits, says Ian Mann.

How to prioritise to maximise profits

2015-06-29 10:32

Human behaviourist Dr John Demartini explains why it’s important to pay yourself first, and provides other methods you can use to maximise your profits.

BOOK REVIEW: Meditation in the workplace

2015-06-09 07:43

Mindfulness meditation means responding from a place of clarity and compassion rather than fear, insecurity or greed, says Ian Mann.

Jannie Mouton: 20 lessons from building PSG

2015-05-18 15:20

To celebrate the second decade of the R44bn PSG Group, founder Jannie Mouton shared 20 lessons he learnt in building this incredible business success story.

BOOK REVIEW: Army leadership lessons

2015-06-02 07:11

Would you go into harm’s way purely on your manager's instructions, asks Ian Mann.

Financials are useless for entrepreneurs

2015-05-27 07:43

Whenever Vusi Thembekwayo walks into a business in need of help, he confronts the same reality: they have poor numbers etiquette.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Entrepreneur slams SARS for sitting on working capital

2015-06-11 07:51

A Fin24 user says SARS is sitting on on the working capital of his business while it delays paying out funds he overpaid to comply with new rules.

Breaking down walls in coffee culture

2015-05-04 11:59

The Department of Coffee in Khayelitsha plans to open another coffee shop, surprising naysayers, writes Maya Fisher-French

BUSINESS BOOKS BREAKFAST: Find out why money's not the answer

2015-04-28 11:04

Most business problems could be solved by having the right people, in the right place, at the right time. And then keeping them there!

Small businesses lament postal service collapse

2015-04-12 12:29

The disruption of operations at the SA Post Office is having wide-ranging impacts on small businesses, many of whom are in the start-up phase of their enterprise.

Money will follow passion - young entrepreneur

2015-04-05 14:03

Zimkhitha Mqutheni saw a gap in the market for a fully black-owned PR agency and took the plunge.

Erosion of business foundations

2015-01-28 17:33

For many organisations, even when best business practices are employed, one cannot be comfortable in the front seat, according to an expert.

Red tape causes failure to launch business

2015-01-23 12:29

A start-up owner says his business has failed to get off the ground due to the stranglehold of bureaucratic and regulatory requirements.

The long walk to entrepreneurial freedom

2015-01-21 16:07

If you are not selling anything, then your start-up is just a hobby and not a business, says Vuyisa Qabaka, director of the South African Black Entrepreneurship Forum.

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