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5 ways SMEs and startups can optimise their advertising budget
5 ways SMEs and startups can optimise their advertising budgetArticle

If it is true that 50% of small businesses fail within the first five years, and the three common causes are known: lack of cash flow, budget overspends, and failure to work from an effective game plan...

Jon Berkowitz & Elan Band 1 day ago

What does it take for African women to be successful entrepreneurs?
What does it take for African women to be successful entrepreneurs?Article

According to the World Bank, Africa is the only region in the world with more female than male entrepreneurs. One in four African women start or manage a business, many of them in the informal sector...

Melissa Mbazo-Ekpenyong 3 days ago

10 steps to strengthen your business
10 steps to strengthen your businessArticle

Aisha Pandor, co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth, shares inspiring tips on making a business stronger and more stable...

Aisha Pandor 3 May 2021

6 signs your business could use growth capital
6 signs your business could use growth capitalArticle

If your business growth has plateaued, or you've hit a wall with your business plan, then it may be time for you to change things up...

Dov Girnun 22 Apr 2021

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

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...

Allon Raiz 1 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 11: Developing a competitive mindset
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 11: Developing a competitive mindsetArticle

I remember clearly the first day I realised someone hated me - not for my personality (or not that I know of), not for something I had done to them, but simply because I competed with them...

Allon Raiz 17 Mar 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 10: Hiring mistakes
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 10: Hiring mistakesArticle

There are many reasons a hire could be inappropriate for your organisation. The two main reasons, though, are bad performance and lack of alignment...

Allon Raiz 11 Mar 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 9: Getting the size of your premises right
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 9: Getting the size of your premises rightArticle

One of the first paradoxes a startup entrepreneur faces is choosing the size of their first rented - or purchased - business premises along with the duration of the lease...

Allon Raiz 18 Feb 2021

The ultimate app stack for SMEs in SA
The ultimate app stack for SMEs in SAArticle

With the rise in new tech and tools that aim to make running a business easier, it's time to streamline your 2021 app stack...

2 Feb 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 8: Lack of financial discipline
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 8: Lack of financial disciplineArticle

One of the most commonly requested documents throughout your entrepreneurial journey will no doubt be your financials...

Allon Raiz 21 Jan 2021

How SMEs can be leaner and more profitable in 2021
How SMEs can be leaner and more profitable in 2021Article

As 2021 gets into full swing, business owners are doing whatever they can to make this year's profit line tracks upwards...

Anton Oosthuizen 11 Jan 2021

Survival tips from one SMME to another
Survival tips from one SMME to anotherArticle

Without a doubt, small businesses have been the most acutely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are some insights from one SMME to others on its survival strategy...

Khathutshelo Mufamadi 10 Dec 2020

6 mistakes every entrepreneur should avoid
6 mistakes every entrepreneur should avoidArticle

It's common knowledge that a mistake is just an opportunity for growth and learning. Don't let yourself be afraid to fudge up now and then. A minor mistake simply provides a lesson on what not to do...

Eric Porat 10 Dec 2020

13 survival tips for SMEs
13 survival tips for SMEsArticle

Rael Levitt shares 13 tips for helping keep those company doors open...

24 Nov 2020

3 lessons for budding business owners
3 lessons for budding business ownersArticle

With the right type of support, the Covid-19 pandemic may be a catalyst for entrepreneurship when we need it the most...

11 Nov 2020

How small businesses are utilising P2P lending to scale faster
How small businesses are utilising P2P lending to scale fasterArticle

It can be hard for small businesses and startups to get ahead, with fluctuating project cycles, seasonal slumps and late payments causing cash flow strain...

Sadie Williamson 16 Oct 2020

Business advice from serial entrepreneur, Catherine Wijnberg
Business advice from serial entrepreneur, Catherine WijnbergArticle

Many businesses are reverting to pre-lockdown levels of activity, while others still are seeking new entrepreneurial avenues to supplement existing incomes or replace those lost due to the coronavirus crisis...

18 Sep 2020

Don't wait! Start your entrepreneurial journey today
Don't wait! Start your entrepreneurial journey todayArticle

The beginning of 2020 may well have seemed like a good time to quit your day job and strike out on your own entrepreneurial journey. Then Covid-19 hit and the world went into lockdown...

Philani Sangweni 27 Aug 2020

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

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...

Allon Raiz 24 Aug 2020

#StartupStartAgain: There's no shame in starting again
#StartupStartAgain: There's no shame in starting againArticle

Many entrepreneurs will have no option but to close down their businesses. With the ravaging effects Covid-19 has had on the economy, formal employment may not be an alternative for many...

Allon Raiz 5 Aug 2020

7 essential tips for startups
7 essential tips for startupsArticle

Covid-19 has kick-started many of us into thinking about setting up our own businesses. Whether you've been retrenched, taken a salary cut, or have simply realised that life's short and it's time to reach for that long-postponed dream...

2 Jul 2020

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

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

Allon Raiz 18 May 2020

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

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...

Allon Raiz 18 May 2020

A startup's guide to fighting the Covid-19 crisis
A startup's guide to fighting the Covid-19 crisisArticle

Rather than downing tools and waiting out the lockdown, it is critical that small, medium and microsized enterprises work harder now than ever before...

16 Apr 2020

How entrepreneurs can handle the effects of Covid-19
How entrepreneurs can handle the effects of Covid-19Article

Many business owners and entrepreneurs are worried about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and... they should be...

Papa and Hetty Boachie-Yiadom 2 Apr 2020

How entrepreneurs can stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic
How entrepreneurs can stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemicArticle

It is often said that the elderly and those with impaired immune systems are most at risk due to Covid-19, but small businesses are just as vulnerable...

27 Mar 2020

How can SMEs mitigate the impact of Covid-19?
How can SMEs mitigate the impact of Covid-19?Article

As SMEs are vital for keeping the lights on in South Africa, it is time for business owners to take note of the impact that Covid-19 can have on...

Erin Louw 18 Mar 2020

3 mistakes startups make
3 mistakes startups makeArticle

Building a company from an idea or concept is no easy feat. The failure rate of startups is high...

12 Mar 2020

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 2: Is there really a market?
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 2: Is there really a market?Article

In this series of articles, Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp, shares 20 of some of the most important lessons he has learned using a sequence that mirrors the typical stages of any entrepreneurial journey...

Allon Raiz 10 Mar 2020

Learn to surf the economic wave
Learn to surf the economic waveArticle

The economic tide has had local entrepreneurs bobbing up and down since 2008...

Kumaran Padayachee 21 Feb 2020

Want to start a business? Start now!
Want to start a business? Start now!Article

Every day, across the country, men and women dream about starting their own businesses...

Lisa Illingworth 11 Feb 2020

How to supercharge your e-commerce sales
How to supercharge your e-commerce salesArticle

E-commerce offers its practitioners a lot of advantages over traditional brick-and-mortar stores...

Tanja Lategan 24 Jan 2020

7 lessons for new entrepreneurs in 2020
7 lessons for new entrepreneurs in 2020Article

Dr John Demartini unpacks some important lessons that new entrepreneurs would be wise to take into the new year...

Dr John Demartini 23 Jan 2020

5 steps to set up your business in 2020
5 steps to set up your business in 2020Article

Many South Africans would have decided to make 2020 the year that they start their own business...

8 Jan 2020

How to wrap up the year if you are an entrepreneur
How to wrap up the year if you are an entrepreneurArticle

Many entrepreneurs find it difficult to take their foot off the gas at the end of the year, so to speak...

4 Dec 2019

Financial literacy and its power to change the SA's economic landscape
Financial literacy and its power to change the SA's economic landscapeArticle

"There are people who have money, and there are people who are rich." ...

Henry Sebata 15 Nov 2019

Why business owners avoid help in times of need
Why business owners avoid help in times of needArticle

Entrepreneurs share very similar characteristics; they are determined, confident, self-driven and many demonstrate a strong appetite for risk...

Christian Harbeck 30 Oct 2019

Do you believe the "failing to plan is planning to fail" myth?
Do you believe the "failing to plan is planning to fail" myth?Article

You probably heard the advice for entrepreneurs that "failing to plan is planning to fail." That phrase is a misleading myth at best...

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky 23 Oct 2019

5 Tips to hiring your first employee
5 Tips to hiring your first employeeArticle

You are a proud entrepreneur with your company registered, up and running. The next step must be to pick your first team members, right?

Jenny Retief 21 Oct 2019

It's your business - own it!
It's your business - own it!Article

In 2016, automotive and energy company Tesla paid $11m to purchase the domain name Tesla.com. Originally registered as TeslaMotors.com, the company spent over a decade trying to acquire Tesla.com...

18 Oct 2019

How data helps small businesses grow
How data helps small businesses growArticle

With the digital revolution in full swing, data is to business what oxygen is to mankind. It is a crucial resource...

7 Oct 2019

Tips for building a reliable e-commerce store
Tips for building a reliable e-commerce storeArticle

It's essential that you select the correct building blocks when developing an online store to give it maximum visibility and seamless performance...

7 Oct 2019

3 questions to determine whether a startup can disrupt
3 questions to determine whether a startup can disruptArticle

Over the past few years, digital-native companies like Uber, Amazon, and Airbnb have redefined the rules of competition in their industries...

Ernest North 3 Oct 2019

"We regret to inform you"
"We regret to inform you"Article

"We regret to inform you." Don't you hate those words?

Justin Cohen 10 Sep 2019

Does your SME owe SARS money?
Does your SME owe SARS money?Article

Many entrepreneurs and business owners live in fear of the South African Revenue Services (SARS)...

Jessica Hubbard 10 Sep 2019

8 Steps to choosing a co-founder for your new venture
8 Steps to choosing a co-founder for your new ventureArticle

Businesses founded by partners have a better chance of succeeding than new ventures where everything is dependent on one person...

Jenny Retief 9 Sep 2019

Finding ideas for a unicorn startup
Finding ideas for a unicorn startupArticle

The tech giants that now inspire founders from around the world once started out as unicorn startups...

Maksym Babych 4 Sep 2019

5 tips for female entrepreneurs
5 tips for female entrepreneursArticle

The number of women starting their own businesses has risen dramatically in recent years, with women of all ages taking the leap and launching their own enterprises...

30 Aug 2019

Look to overseas markets to grow your business
Look to overseas markets to grow your businessArticle

André de Beer, began his entrepreneurial career in 2005 when his family bought Megamaster, then a regional supplier of grills and fireplaces in the northern part of South Africa...

20 Aug 2019

Create a MVP that will interest customers
Create a MVP that will interest customersArticle

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a development technique in which a new product or website is developed with sufficient features to satisfy early adopters...

19 Aug 2019

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