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Market access vital for SME growth

2015-05-27 17:47

Limited access to market is one of the fundamental barriers to SA’s attempts to boost small and medium enterprises, says an expert.

SME owners ‘optimistic in the face of strong adversity’

2015-05-24 21:00

SMALL and medium-sized (SME) business owners have become more confident about their trading prospects. The Business Partners Limited SME Index, which measured attitudes and confidence among SME owners in the first quarter, reported record average ...

WATCH: Red tape cutter will be Zulu’s weapon of choice

2015-05-22 11:08

If Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has it her way, a lot of red tape will be cut in her second year on the job.

WATCH: We will hold government to account if they don't pay SMMEs - Zulu

2015-05-22 10:34

Systems were being put in place to ensure government departments are held to account when they don’t pay SMMEs, says small business minister Lindiwe Zulu.

WATCH: In the chamber, politics has to play - Minister Zulu

2015-05-22 10:27

Political parties are working together constructively in the portfolio committee to find solutions for entrepreneurs, says Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

Time to stop talking and cut the red tape for small business

2015-05-20 21:15

MPs and the minister have called for red tape to be cut during the Ministry of Small Business Development budget debate.

Zulu's maiden budget speech on small business

2015-05-20 18:18

Lindiwe Zulu says her ministry’s “hawkish eyes will search and grab every opportunity presenting itself in support of growth and sustainability of SMMEs and cooperatives”.

New approach on entrepreneur funding

2015-05-19 13:15

The Ministry of Small Business Development says it is overhauling its approach to funding to help entrepreneurs gain better access to financing and markets.

How Zulu will learn from foreign nationals

2015-05-18 15:33

Provincial task teams should be set up to engage with foreign national entrepreneurs operating spaza shops to learn from their experiences, says Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Get help from outside

2015-05-05 09:11

Six professional women in the Midlands have established a co-operative, the Business Skills Alliance, to offer business skills, support and training to small and medium enterprises.

CALCULATOR: See how many SMEs SA needs to create 11m jobs

2015-05-04 14:31

Use the Endeavor jobs calculator to see what impact SMEs can have in meeting the National Development Plan target of creating 11 million jobs by 2030.

Data analytics help with collections

2015-04-21 17:11

Data analytics can enhance collections and companies should start taking advantage of it, says Blake Group’s global head of sales Tracey Swart.

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.

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.

Cape Town's strelitzia man

2015-04-24 11:06

Every day between 15:00 and 19:00, at the traffic lights on the corner of Buitengracht Street and Buitensingel in the Cape Town city centre, you’re likely to see a man with a bunch of orange strelitzia flowers.

A woman in a tech world

2015-04-21 19:01

Lynette Hundermark, managing director of Useful & Beautiful is often asked how she managed to cope as a woman in the tech world.

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.

BOOK REVIEW: The money ingredient

2015-05-26 06:30

You need to develop a financial plan for yourself – not for your money, says Ian Mann.

Real life lessons on teamwork from fictional heroes

2015-05-24 15:00

The same power superheroes have had over generations can be harnessed by entrepreneurs who are building and cultivating their own winning teams in the real world.

Friends & Friction: Build a fire of knowledge that burns eternal

2015-05-24 15:00

Sometimes the sun sets at dawn. The promise of a great life remains unfulfilled because there were just not enough hours in a day, or enough days in a life.

BOOK REVIEW: Understanding your clients

2015-05-19 07:26

To be a CEO today requires taking a global perspective with an understanding of the cultures of others, 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.

Help! I’m married to a workaholic

2015-05-25 11:46

Workaholics think that business is all about busyness and that there isn’t anything they can do to reduce their working hours, says business mentor Harry Welby-Cooke.

12 characteristics of an entrepreneur

2015-05-19 07:53

Not all independent business people are true entrepreneurs, and not all entrepreneurs are created equal, says a business coach.

Woolies and Mr Price boosting the breadwinners

2015-05-14 07:48

Taking unwanted garments from excess to entrepreneur, a local non-profit organisation is expanding with the help of two competitors, says industry expert Tina Retief.

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 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.

Failing to stick to a budget can kill your business

2015-01-06 20:11

A Fin24 user shares a major pitfall he encountered on his journey to building a successful business and gives some advice to start-ups.

Road to my own business – an entrepreneur's story

2014-12-19 16:11

Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. But everyone has to either take its ride, or ride with one. Life is too short not to..

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