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Key game changers to up customer experience

2016-08-22 16:10

Customer Experience Management has matured rapidly in SA and has become a must-have for any company hoping to get ahead of the pack, says an expert.

Don't trip up your business with these myths

2016-08-19 18:24

There are certain misconceptions about customer experience that businesses in emerging markets should be aware of, cautions an analyst.

UK, US visa programmes offer opportunities

2016-08-19 18:02

Entrepreneurial skills, a financial investment and certain other requirements offer South Africans a chance to move to the UK or US.

Maker Faire heading to Cape Town

2016-08-17 19:24

The 2016 Cape Town Maker Faire will take place at at the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory.

B2B lending could help avoid downgrade - expert

2016-08-17 15:36

Responsible business to business lending - based on reliable information - could go a long way in solving SA's challenge of job creation, says a credit expert.

Fintech fertile ground for young entrepreneurs

2016-08-16 17:09

Africa’s youth need to move from being technologists to techpreneurs and from fintechnologists to fintechpreneurs, says an expert.

BOOK REVIEW: Strange facts about entrepreneurs

2016-08-02 06:57

Surprisingly, it's the risk averse and self-doubters who are more likely to build a business that will last, says Ian Mann.

CT designers and crafters to exhibit at Decorex

2016-08-01 20:12

Ten designers and crafters who produce high quality products will showcase their products at the annual, high profile Decorex at Gallagher Estate.

The internet of things in the workplace

2016-07-25 19:48

South African workplaces will be a notable departure from office developments of today, according to Nadir Jeeva, CEO of Afri-Corp International Properties.

What’s keeping SME owners awake at night?

2016-08-15 19:40

An expert provides tips for entrepreneurs eager to obtain guidance from mentors on how to tackle some of the key business issues that keep them awake at night.

Commercial property: Buy or lease?

2016-07-22 19:24

A number of experts discuss the important question of whether it is better to buy or lease commercial property in the current economic climate.

Acca releases financial guide for entrepreneurs

2016-07-14 17:50

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants addresses the financial literacy skills gap in SA with a new guide for anyone starting their own business.

Dealing with risks related to service delivery protests

2016-07-08 19:30

Protests can turn violent and disruptive, negatively impacting not only the directly affected industries, but also those businesses inadvertently involved.

7 steps to keep your business afloat

2016-06-19 11:01

Business owners face tough times as economic and political crises continue to create a perfect storm fuelled by a weak rand, high labour costs and rising inflation.

How to push SA entrepreneurship

2016-06-10 17:23

Being innovative and staying resilient through tough economic times should be a key focus for all entrepreneurs and business owners, says an innovation expert.

What to do about poor performers

2016-05-26 16:09

Managing poor performance is arguably one of the more difficult tasks faced by managers in the modern workplace, according to an employment expert.

Bookkeeper or accountant? How to decide

2016-04-22 08:30

Not only does it keep you out of trouble with the taxman, but good accounting gives you a picture of how you are doing and allows you to make business decisions.

Securing successful succession

2016-04-19 18:17

In the life of a business, there comes a time when person running it wishes to hand over the reins.

Ex-Rugby star Clyde Rathbone in people-rating startup

2015-10-30 15:56

The former rugby player and his partners in Australia have developed a startup that is described as 'a wiki of open letters and reviews about people'.

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.

SA-raised Ted Talks star Simon Sinek on what makes great leaders – and bad ones

2016-03-01 15:17

SA-raised Ted Talks star Simon Sinek discusses the do's and don'ts of great leadership with Alec Hogg.

Hugo shares his passion for eco-friendly living

2016-01-14 18:10

Hugo la Grange's passion has been to create a sustainable development at the Touwsberg Private Game and Nature Reserve in the Little Karoo.

Making insurance enjoyable in every way

2015-10-26 18:13

Gideon Galloway, CEO of King Price Insurance, wakes up in the morning to try and make a difference in the world - and have fun while doing it.

Advanced driving lessons from Idris Elba’s stunt driver

2015-10-18 15:40

Phillip Kekana was the first black man to win the SA Production Car Championship – now he trains others to be advanced drivers.

Dream now reality among Kalahari sand dunes

2015-09-25 17:12

SJ Koortzen, co-founder and co-developer of the Kgalagadi Lodge in the Kalahari, shares his journey and views on being an entrepreneur in the tourism industry.

The Fruit Cube looks at corporate wellbeing

2015-09-18 18:14

Siblings Andrew and Lesley Scott of The Fruit Cube specialise in delivering top quality fruit directly to the workplace.

Finlayson brothers tackle wealth management together

2015-09-17 16:38

Brothers Paul and Andrew Finlayson bid the world of corporate finance farewell and set up their own niche wealth management company.

The Bidvest story with Brian Joffe

2015-09-07 09:57

Brian Joffe provides a “how-to” guide for the next generation of business leaders as he tells the story of Bidvest from its founding to the R200bn group it has become.

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.

Entrepreneurship:SA youth doing it for themselves

2016-06-15 06:30

We have finally started to build this economy - by taking advantage of one of its key resources - it's youth, says WEF Global Shaper Indira Tsengiwe.

Strategic management: What it is and why you need it

2016-07-13 09:52

Every business owner wants to make the right decisions for their growing companies, but most are at a loss of where to begin, says business coach Pieter Scholtz.

Winds of change blowing through the PPE sector

2016-05-04 17:11

The Personal Protective Equipment sector has seen a number of changes, particularly in SA, with its unique labour landscape and challenges of slow and a flagging currency.

BOOK REVIEW: Of course you can run a successful business

2016-01-19 07:08

Every entrepreneur faces the challenge of holding on to a long-term view while at the same coping with day-to-day responsibilities, says Ian Mann.

6 ways to make a closed door sale work for you

2015-10-22 12:14

There are many established retailers that have successfully used closed door sales for their customers: A business coach provides a guide on guaranteed success.

Tips for buying a franchise

2015-10-27 06:30

There are pros and cons to starting a franchise, says a business coach.

Doing good business with the youth

2015-10-13 17:13

Indira Tsengiwe, founder of Youngpreneur Media, shares her views on youth and entrepreneurship in Africa.

Five steps to increase profit margins

2015-10-12 10:33

Overcoming the mental hurdle of a price increase is often more challenging for business owners than for their customers, advises a business coach.

Simple ways to complete more sales

2015-10-13 06:26

Businesses can’t improve what they’re doing until they measure what they’re doing, says a business coach.

10 key questions to ask when buying a franchise

2016-06-14 12:58

Franchising continues to be an attractive investment for entrepreneurs that want to play it safe and go with a tried and tested concept.

The Franchise Co: The benefits of owning a franchise

2016-05-31 12:18

SPONSORED: The Franchise Co is a franchise management specialist company – owning and managing a diverse range of popular South African brand franchises.

INFOGRAPHIC: Growth in restaurant franchising

2016-04-26 17:54

Franchising in the restaurant industry has seen healthy growth as demonstrated by an infographic.

Pave way to franchise success - McDonald's CEO

2016-04-19 17:38

Successful franchising needs a solid relationship between franchisor and franchisee, says McDonald's SA CEO Greg Solomon.

Franchising offers chance to be your own boss

2016-04-11 14:28

Despite the economic downturn, the franchise sector continues to grow and outpaces growth in other business sectors.

Six challenges facing the franchising sector

2016-02-14 17:07

Franchising is one of the sectors that has shown resilience and continues to grow in this tough economic environment.

Understanding different franchise models

2016-01-31 17:45

There are a number of things to understand and consider about franchising before beginning, advises a business coach.

Franchisees optimistic about SA's future

2016-01-25 16:50

A survey by the Franchise Association of South Africa has found the majority of franchisees have an optimistic outlook about the future.

Franchise industry shows resilience

2015-09-08 17:39

Despite hard trading times over the past seven years, franchising has held its own, according to the Franchise Association of South Africa.

Advice for starting own Vodka brand

2016-05-02 15:50

Many young South Africans are taking it upon themselves to start their own businesses amid an imminent jobs crisis, but they face one big hurdle: funding.

Funding advice for a mouthwash entrepreneur

2015-11-26 09:06

Having a business idea is one thing, but implementing that idea can be a huge headache, one exacerbated by a lack of funding.

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.

Failure leads to online success for Mitchell's Plain trio

2016-08-18 14:23

The failure of an online directory has inspired three young men from Mitchell's Plain to launch the first successful Cape Flats online store.

How field guides contribute to tourism

2016-07-28 16:06

In the lodge industry one role stands head and shoulders above the rest - a role that has the ability to make or break a guest’s stay, says a former field guide.

Domestic workers clean on their own terms

2016-07-01 18:52

There are more than 1.2-million registered cleaners in South Africa, with roughly one in five women in the country currently working as domestics.

Venture capital boost for artisan chocolate maker

2016-06-13 18:01

DV Artisan Chocolate of Paarl in the Western Cape is the latest food producer to partner with Invenfin, the venture capital arm of Remgro.

WATCH: From teetotaler to wine label owner

2016-06-21 15:00

When Rosemary Mosia moved to Cape Town in 2001, she didn't know anything about wine and didn't even drink it. A journey along the Cape wine route changed all that.

NYU graduates seek $11bn of gold among Blyvoor ruins

2016-04-06 15:25

New York University graduates Bastiat Viljoen and his brother Dane want to revive ailing Blyvooruitzicht mine, which they say may contain gold worth almost $11bn.

StokFella to awaken multi billion-rand sleeping beast

2016-04-28 11:53

The stokvel industry is a sleeping billion-dollar phoenix that just needs the right match to ignite its fire, says Soweto-born entrepreneur Tshepo Moloi, founder of StokFella.

Hendri Pelser: Try your luck at the business of chance

2016-03-18 16:28

Starting a business is not an easy task, but then again, what is, says a former business journalist and editor who turned his craft into woodwork.

Xhosa-inspired creations shine on world's catwalks

2016-03-15 06:30

Laduma Ngxokolo had his first clients when he was only 16 years old. Today his top fashion designs are shown on catwalks around the world.

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