Entrepreneur

Tue
30
May

Getting it right

Getting it right

Many an entrepreneur has started out starry-eyed and full of dreams, not only to make money for themselves, but also with the altruistic desire of employing others. Here are some helpful hints to getting it right…

Be realistic

A few small businesses make big bucks quite soon, but experienced business owners will remind you that success that comes overnight often lasts only briefly. Normally, the first three years (sometimes even more) are years of long days, late nights and much sacrifice. Every day is a learning experience though, so no effort is ever wasted.

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Wed
01
Jul

Employer or Employee - who are you meant to be?

Employer or Employee | SA Men

The relationship between employers and employees has seen a massive power-shift over the last fifteen years, with employees enjoying more influence over their work environment. Employers have had to keep with the times in order to ensure good staff retention by providing telecommuting, flexi hour options, positive supervisor relations, tuition assistance and mentoring programs. Employees have realised how important a good family-work balance is and employers are starting to oblige in order to ensure a happy workforce.

Being an employer pro’s & con’s

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Wed
22
Apr

Mistakes to avoid when starting your own business

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Starting your own business is a risk, but what worthwhile reward in life doesn’t come with some form of risk? It’s hard work, and essentially you have to learn as you go along. You may have a special skill which you will leverage on to get your business going, but at the end of the day you’ll learn that you need to become a master of a number of different skills. We take a look at 7 lessons you may want to think about when starting up your own business.

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Wed
14
Jan

Social media in your business

Social media and your business

It is widely accepted that social media is there to channel people towards your website. Consequently, your website should sell your service or product. But in this fast-moving, big-data, tech-driven online world things change quicker than a toddler’s mind in a toy store. As a matter of fact, by the time I have finished writing this, half of it would probably be lies and the other half skew or outdated. So I’ll type fast.

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Wed
29
Oct

Business Photography

DIY Business Photography

In a recent article on businessinsider.com, they tracked the eye movement of people in all types of scenarios. It was found that when it comes to websites, people mostly focused on pictures and special text boxes. This, yet again, brings to the fore the utter importance of having great photographs to speak the 1000 words for your business. Conglomerates can afford a professional photographer on the payroll, but small businesses can’t afford to hire a photographer at R10,000 a pop every time there’s a new product/completed project/cocktail party or website update.

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Thu
16
Oct

What to look out for when buying a business

Consider this when buying a business | SA Men

Honestly, generally people don’t sell businesses that are doing well. If a business is really profitable, it would be silly to sell it. Rather have a manager look after the operations or something. Of course, occasionally people do have good reasons to sell their businesses, like retirement without an heir, emigration, death and chance whack-jobs who are just plain unthankful. So, generally, if you are looking into buying a business, be weary, be very weary.

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Thu
09
Oct

The 3 Biggest Business Secrets

3 Biggest Business Secrets | SA Men

It is a truth that should be acknowledged universally that an entrepreneur in possession of a good business must be in want of a fortune. Working with hundreds of entrepreneurs on a daily basis, it becomes clearer and clearer to me that there are a mere three principles to be adhered to for a business to be successful. This is the holy grail, but if by chance it doesn’t work out for you like that, let me say that there are always exceptions to the rule. But the rule is there to indicate a certain likelihood.

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Fri
12
Sep

What’s your Business’s Personality?

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A longstanding method to evaluate your business is to scrutinise its personality. That is, to see your business as a person – a real, live, walking, talking person. Let’s put the SA Post Office to the test.  If it was a person, who would it be?

Quickly answer the following questions about the South African Post Office:

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Thu
24
Jul

How to Make your Business Stronger

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From the cutish Goth material girl to a whimsical La Isla Bonita. Then to a sultry sex bomb and onward to a stately Eva Peron.  And when sex and song was no longer special, she embraced an unexpected religion.  Madonna, the poster girl for reinvention and a fitting role model for many entrepreneurs.  The question you should ask yourself is how can you stay ahead of the pack by differentiating your business as the competition closes the gap. Behold some suggestions:

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Mon
12
May

Tax Trickery

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Death and taxes may be certain, but living and paying as little tax as possible is much less macabre.  One’s inclination to pay tax dwindles somewhat when one thinks of the extravagance and exuberance displayed by our number one citizen in what they often call his “homestead”.  Perhaps rather a small city or a harem hotel, but I digress.

Tax!  It would be imprudent not to tell you to register your business, apply for a tax number and pay tax, but it would be nice if we could restrict the fire pool at Nkandla to a 25 metre rather than an Olympic-sized fire pool.

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