#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 14: Fear of conflict
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 14: Fear of conflict

In the early years of startups, especially for first-time entrepreneurs, there is a novelty associated with having people work for you for the first time...

By Allon Raiz 3 days ago

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 13: Delegation vs. abdication
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 13: Delegation vs. abdication

Over the past 20 years, I've has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges...

By Allon Raiz 6 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 12: Make time to think
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 12: Make time to think

As entrepreneurs, we need to be making the right decisions for right now to ensure that our businesses and our people's livelihoods do not become another casualty of the virus...

By Allon Raiz 1 Apr 2021

Finding the balance when managing a pitch process effectively
Finding the balance when managing a pitch process effectively

Now more than ever, due to the increasingly complex marketing ecosystem, marketers are seeing the use of intermediaries becoming more important in the daily scope of their operations and what they hope to achieve with their potential agencies during a pitch process...

By Johanna McDowell 2 Feb 2021

Delivering your customer experience at every customer touchpoint
Delivering your customer experience at every customer touchpoint

Customer experience is the driving force behind every business as it gives companies a competitive edge that earns customer loyalty and attracts new customers...

By Paula Sartini 22 Dec 2020

Get connected in 2021, or else...
Get connected in 2021, or else...

Forrester predicts that 2021 will be the year that companies accelerate digital transformation while focusing on customer experiences (CX) and the platforms and technologies designed to enhance them. This is a view shared by many. The world has certainly changed in 2020 and so have customers. But as a business, have you?

By Wynand Smit 21 Dec 2020

Factors that will aid small business recovery over the next year
Factors that will aid small business recovery over the next year

Small and medium enterprises tend to take the hardest knocks in an economic downturn. Nothing illustrates this better than the unravelling impact of Covid-19, which left many SMEs teetering on the edge of collapse...

By Colin Timmis 7 Dec 2020

5 habits of highly resilient businesses
5 habits of highly resilient businesses

Businesses of all sizes need to get resilient - and quickly. But what does resilience look like?

By Lee Naik 11 Nov 2020

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 3: Insufficient financial runway
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 3: Insufficient financial runway

Over the past 20 years, Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp, has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges...

By Allon Raiz 4 Nov 2020

Unchartered waters: Our new normal and adjusting to it
Unchartered waters: Our new normal and adjusting to it

None of us expected what 2020 had in store for us, but we all adapted (or didn't) differently. At the same time, the new normal has meant different things for different people and for different organisations...

By Brian Eagar 28 Oct 2020

Is it time to change your side hustle into your main job?
Is it time to change your side hustle into your main job?

During the national Covid-19 lockdown, many South Africans took up side hustles to help make up for a drop in their income or to make productive use of their extra time at home...

By Selina Bieber 22 Oct 2020

Why your mobile strategy should be top-of-mind
Why your mobile strategy should be top-of-mind

Mobile app usage increased by 40% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020 and in-app spending hit a record high of $27bn...

By Nick Durrant 19 Oct 2020

Kylie Granat, founder of Kojo Creative
#DoBizZA: Kojo Creative, a new boutique IMC agency targeting SMEs

Kojo Creative is a new boutique IMC agency that seeks to enable SMEs by working on a project to project basis...

By Evan-Lee Courie 23 Sep 2020

Customer value matters in the time of Covid-19
Customer value matters in the time of Covid-19

What should customer experience look like in the time of Covid-19? It may all come down to speed and convenience, or perhaps human touch and making a real connection is still key...

By Mark Wilson 9 Sep 2020

4 ways a website can help your small business weather the pandemic
4 ways a website can help your small business weather the pandemic

The 2020 GoDaddy Global Entrepreneurship Survey found that entrepreneurs who had a website were less likely to close their businesses during Covid-19 lockdowns than those without one...

By Selina Bieber 4 Sep 2020

#StartupStartAgain: I have more than last time
#StartupStartAgain: I have more than last time

Over the past 20 years, I have worked with many entrepreneurs who have wanted to give up. They have been at various stages of their journeys - some just a few months in, others several years into the game...

By Allon Raiz 24 Aug 2020

Franchising and the need for agility during a pandemic
Franchising and the need for agility during a pandemic

The ability to quickly reconfigure strategy, structure, processes, people and technology toward value-creating and value-protecting opportunities is key to survival...

By Morne Cronje 17 Aug 2020

Look fear in the eye and start your business
Look fear in the eye and start your business

There is nothing more debilitating than fear. More often than not, the fear that paralyses us is not even real - it's entirely cerebral.

By Jacqueline Raw 23 Jul 2020

What does 5G mean for South African businesses?
What does 5G mean for South African businesses?

5G will provide 100 times more bandwidth than 4G, which means more availability and far greater speeds. It has the potential to revolutionise the world for both consumers and business...

By Vishal Barapatre 22 Jul 2020

#StartupStory: Need legal advice? Get Law
#StartupStory: Need legal advice? Get Law

Ya'eesh Cader together with his brother made use of the nationwide lockdown to enable, rather than disable their online legal platform, Get Law...

By Evan-Lee Courie 15 Jul 2020

The scenario of young entrepreneurs in Africa
The scenario of young entrepreneurs in Africa

A look at the future of young entrepreneurs in Africa...

By Evan-Lee Courie 24 Jun 2020

#LockdownAdvice: Going on the strategic offensive
#LockdownAdvice: Going on the strategic offensive

When the Covid-19 system shock first hit, the initial - and correct - reaction by most entrepreneurs was to become defensive and protect what they had built...

By Allon Raiz 4 Jun 2020

#LockdownAdvice: Rebuilding your new model
#LockdownAdvice: Rebuilding your new model

The common consensus is that there is going to be a "new normal" and that new normal is going to require most, if not all, organisations to recalibrate themselves to the new external context...

By Allon Raiz 3 Jun 2020

7 creative survival tips for your small business
7 creative survival tips for your small business

Some of the lockdown regulations are easing, but for many business owners, survival remains uncertain. Will you make it through intact?

By Douglas Kruger 27 May 2020

The 4 stages of a small business's digital journey
The 4 stages of a small business's digital journey

Many South African business owners, side-hustlers and freelancers know that it's more urgent than ever to accelerate their digital journey, to help stay active during the Covid-19 pandemic...

By Selina Bieber 21 May 2020

#LockdownAdvice: A framework for hard decisions
#LockdownAdvice: A framework for hard decisions

The scale of the national Covid-19 lockdown is unprecedented in living memory and entrepreneurs need to be making the right decisions...

By Allon Raiz 20 May 2020

#LockdownAdvice: Extend ways in which you provide value
#LockdownAdvice: Extend ways in which you provide value

Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp, has been sharing his views and insights on weathering the Covid-19 storm and even thriving after it. This week he takes a look at extending ways in which you can provide value...

By Allon Raiz 18 May 2020

#LockdownAdvice: Cross-functional teams
#LockdownAdvice: Cross-functional teams

In my previous article, Embrace your X, I discussed the importance for the leadership of entrepreneurial businesses to make comprehensive contingency plans...

By Allon Raiz 8 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: 5 minutes with Sandras Phiri, founder of StartupCircles
#LockdownLessons: 5 minutes with Sandras Phiri, founder of StartupCircles

As a business strategist and startup coach, Sandras Phiri is well-known in the startup community. He shares some insight into how his latest project has had to adjust to lockdown life...

By Evan-Lee Courie 6 May 2020

Keep your business going during and after Covid-19
Keep your business going during and after Covid-19

Businesses across the globe have transitioned to a remote workforce and working from home has become the new norm...

By Doros Hadjizenonos 6 May 2020

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