Business Management

Your business is your economy

In business, it is important to focus on the things you can control rather than what is out of your hands. This article outlines the aspects that, as a business owners, you have control over and should therefore focus on, as well as the aspects you have no control over and should not disrupt your day-to-day business.

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3 top tips for SME managers

This article explores how to ensure that your employees stay on top of their game. In doing so, it looks at three tips for success as an SME manager, namely giving feedback, motivating your team, and remembering your employees are individuals first.

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7 ways to be a better business person this year

No matter how good you are at running your business, you can do better. As a small business owner, you have to be pretty hands-on when it comes to the day-to-day handling of the company, which means you always need to be at the top of your game. This is the year you’re going to do that.

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A loadshedding survival guide for your business

One thing which is uniting a diverse South Africa is our mutual disdain for loadshedding. The situation is annoying enough for individuals, but for your business it can be more than just an inconvenience. This article discusses how to make sure your business is not disrupted or that you have a contingency plan.

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All business owners need better writing skills

Bad writing can have numerous negative effects on your business. Every piece of communication you send out says something about you; it speaks to your professionalism and the amount of effort which you put into everything you do. This article therefore explores the impact of and how to improve your business writing.

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Business evaluation can lead to business optimisation

There is something to be said for making the time to investigate, evaluate and think about some critical elements impacting on the success of our businesses. These elements include service experience, business premises, staff, and the business image, which are discussed in this article.

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Business tips: Efficiency is everything

Successful organisations learn from their experiences, be it good or bad. Getting it right the first time is not always the outcome, although it is the ultimate intended outcome. This article touches on how to run your small business efficiently.

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Business tips: Fresh start

As a business owner, the start of a new year is often an exciting time. Hopefully you have had the opportunity to reflect on the successes and learnings of the year gone by and feel re-energised to make the current year your best year yet. This article provides tips on how to make a success of this financial year.

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Do you know where to allocate business resources?

When starting and running a business, planning for the future (and multiple eventualities) is necessary to ensure the initial and continued success of your business. Continuous business planning therefore is advisable and widely-considered to be non-negotiable. This article focuses on navigating resource allocation in particular.

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Financial resolutions for the coming year

As the end of the financial or business year approaches, it is a good idea and the ideal time to reflect on your business' finances and see what worked and what could have been done differently. This reflection will allow you to create resolutions for your business, to get it ready for the new year.

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Get more customers than you can serve

A good flow of customers is essential in any business, but this is often one of the aspects of your business you struggle with most. It sometimes seems that you never have enough customers, notwithstanding all your efforts to increase sales. This article looks at how to grow your customer base.

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Highlights From the National Budget Speech 2018 - South Africa

The article looks briefly at the key highlights of the 2018 National Budget speech, and provides links to the full speech, tax guide, and a comprehensive summary of the budget speech highlights.

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How automation can save you time

As an entrepreneur, small business owner, or manager, time is something you rarely have in great supply. Your time is taken up by all sorts of tasks on your to-do list, ranging from admin, to employee management, to business operations, to seemingly endless meetings, and there are still fires needing to be put out regularly. Days often go by in a blur without you getting everything on your list done. Clearly, you need more time, and automating mundane tasks in your business can make this possible.

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How digital workplaces better your employees and improve your business

Without employees, a business will not succeed. As a business owner, one of the most critical aspects of your role is, therefore, is to ensure your employees not only have what the need to do their jobs well, but are also sufficiently motivated to do and find satisfaction in the work that they do. Employee management is a multi-faceted and on-going task. This article explores one of those facets by looking at how introducing digital technology (and creating a digital workplace) leads to more motivated and satisfied employees.

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How to grow your business while saving money

There will inevitably come a time (or many) in your entrepreneurial journey when you begin to consider or actively try to grow your business. This time often occurs at a point where you may not have the financial resources to grow your business according to the plan you identified. However, that should not stop you from doing it anyway. These 8 tips will help you achieve business growth at a fraction of the cost.

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Township Entrepreneurs: What You Need to Know About Never Missing a Sale Again

Township Entrepreneurship offers an invaluable opportunity and avenue of entry into a sector that has historically been largely inaccessible to historically-marginalised people. This article explores how to never miss an opportunity to close a sale as a township entrepreneur.

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