5 Good reasons to start a business

With a struggling economy, unemployment at an all-time high and the cost of living on the increase, you might be very reluctant to start your own business. Here are five reasons why it might not be such a bad idea: Peace of mind for your job future In a country where more than 25% of South Africans are unemployed, the ability to create employment for oneself has never been more important than now. According to Lullu Krugel, chief economist at KPMG, close to 70% of South Africans are employed in…

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Do these six simple things to grow your business

As business owners we often think that to grow your business, you need more capital, bigger clients, media coverage and a great big break. But the truth is that small changes or habits can bring about major success in the long run. Step out! Firstly, you have to network. You cannot build your multi-million rand empire while sitting in your PJs in the home office all day.  Dress up and get out. If you cannot afford taking people out to lunch, then see them for a quick coffee. Don’t get…

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5 things you can do to save your business thousands

In a brave attempt to increase the bottom line, many business owners pay themselves less and less. There is good reason to try and save as much money as possible, but there are better ways to go about it. Here are some tips that you can immediately start implementing to shave off thousands in expenditure every year. Take a good look at monthly expenses This time of year seems as good as any to review your monthly expenses in the business. Particularly have a hard look at insurance payments. Your…

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Save yourself from the Disaster of Distraction

It doesn’t matter who you are or what your position is at work, we’re all subject to a constant flow of potential distractions while we’re working.  Some may be short, and some we seemingly wake up from and ask, “Where did the day go!”  The problem is we all have a finite amount of time each day to accomplish what really matters.  If you’re a small business owner then your time is precious and the little distractions in your day can end up having a huge impact on your income,…

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Why you should seriously consider business coaching this year

Diederik van Niekerk

Diederik van Niekerk has years of business experience, both in local and international markets. In 2014 he qualified as a Business Coach with ActionCOACH and since then he has had great success stories in the central region. Woman and Business interviewed the coach to find out: What is business coaching all about, and should we consider? Why does every Businesswoman need a business coach? Coaching by definition means to help someone achieve a desired result. Just like any top athlete never stops using a coach, no business owner should be…

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The benefits of learning in business

There is a well-known saying that goes ‘you are never too old to learn’, and that rings nowhere truer than in the business world. The business world is a fast-paced environment where the goal posts are constantly shifted and things can change overnight. Business men and women who are willing to learn and are constantly looking for opportunities to improve their knowledge and hone their business skills, are automatically better equipped to adapt to the changing environments. Of course MBA’s and other tertiary degrees and diplomas are wonderful ways to…

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5 TIPS TO PREVENT A ROBBERY AT YOUR BUSINESS

Bloemsec MD, Stephan Meyer, explains that companies are usually susceptible to robbery at opening and closing times. There is a way to help keep your staff safe and prevent being targeted. He offers the following security advice. 1. Stay alert while opening and closing Many business owners have been robbed or hijacked outside their business properties when opening or locking up for the day. Firstly check that there are no suspicious persons or vehicles waiting near your property before you open. It is best to rather drive past and come…

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