Business Expansion

Assessing your company's financial position

You may think that because you have good bookkeeping and accounting processes in place and your cash flow is under control, you can sit back and relax. Unfortunately, you'd be wrong. This is the perfect time to do an in-depth analysis of where your business stands financially. If you're not so clued up about the accounting and financial side of your business, you may not realise how an in-depth financial analysis can benefit your company. Learn how to get the most out of your financial information.

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Broaden your client base

Clients are and remain the treasure of every business. This article will try to answer the following question: “Who is the ideal client for my business?”
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Business Fitness Analysis

The Business Fitness Analysis (BFA) culminating in the Business Fitness Report (BFR), assists the SME owner identify their own high level business needs. The BFA is a questionnaire (created and provided by Sanlam) that requires mainly YES/NO answers and takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. It does not seek any private or business financial information, and covers financing/finances, business continuity, business management, wealth creation, employee benefits.

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Business valuation methods

There are a number of instances when you may need to determine the market value of a business. Certainly, buying and selling a business is the most common reason. Estate planning, reorganization, or verification of your worth for lenders or investors are other reasons. Valuing a company is hardly a precise science and can vary depending on the type of business and the reason for coming up with a valuation. This article looks at some of the common methods used to determine the value of a business.

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Create a business plan – download this book now!

This Business Plan e-book is widely regarded as one of the best preparatory publications on writing a business plan. It deals extensively with the all-important background information required for a business plan – everything that potential financiers may require before considering a business loan. More than just a business-plan writing aid, the Business Plan Book constructively helps the would-be business owner or existing business owner wanting to expand his/her business to identify and deal with potential problems before they arise.

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Finding financing: terms and definitions

When you approach a potential financier to provide a loan for starting or expanding your business, it's best to be aware of some of the terminology that may be used and what they mean. This article provides you with a list of terms related to financing and finance that it would be helpful for you to know. While this list isn't the complete financing lexicon, it does point you in the right direction.

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Government Incentives for small businesses

The South African government is well aware of the importance of developing the economy, creating employment and attracting foreign investment. To make these goals a reality, there are grants and assistance programmes available from the government and associated organisations that can get your business off the ground and expanding. Unlike a loan, a grant is an award of money that is non-repayable. While the government is one of the best sources of grants, its selection criteria is strict and paperwork intensive, and the receiving business is obligated to spend the funds in a manner specified by the provider.

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How to get funding to upgrade your small business

A small business needs business loans to cover cash flow gaps, add to the working capital or to grow the business. There are many ways that you can finance an upgrade for your business by applying for a small business loan. Knowing how to get finance is important for small business owners. Here are a few helpful tips on how you can receive funding for your business.

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How to grow your business through good content marketing

Marketing is one of the aspects of business that managers and entrepreneurs often struggle with the most. From determining the appropriate marketing budget to developing an effective marketing campaign or strategy, this business operation can be a source of a lot of stress. Especially when marketing efforts don't have the intended effect. This article shows how effective content marketing can grow your business.

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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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Is your business ready to grow?

Generally, small businesses set out to grow. You want your business to thrive and make a name for itself. Most of all, you want to increase your profitability. So, you build your customer/client base, hire more staff and invest your time and energy to make your business a success. But how do you know it’s time for your business to grow? How can you be sure you’re up for the challenge? Here are some questions to ask yourself before growing your business.

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Prepare for growth

A look at how one can plan for the expansion of your business.
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Steps to follow when buying a company car

As your company expands, there are business assets that you will need. For starters, you might need to purchase an additional vehicle for your business. Having an extra company car can make it easier for your employees to run their business errands without causing delays for anyone else in the business. However, buying a car without financing can leave a dent in your business cash flow. Luckily, with vehicle and asset finance your business should afford a car of your choice. Here are a few helpful tips on financing a business vehicle.

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The do’s and don'ts of business expansion

Every business goes through a growth spurt and, whether a multi-national corporation or an entrepreneurial venture, expansion is a tough process to navigate. The real danger for any expanding business is that it does so too quickly or in an uncontrolled way. The trick is therefore to manage the growth process so you reap the benefits in the medium- and long-term. Here are some important things to bear in mind and some pitfalls to avoid so that everything goes smoothly.

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When success can ruin your business

All businesses strive for success. However, growth needs to be managed. If you don’t have the right structure in place, rapid growth can actually undermine all
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Your complete plan on just one page

By the time you have completed your business plan it may already be out-of-date. That’s why, in the rapid-changing world of today, we need to plan for the next step towards our goals without always knowing the full path of getting to the desired destination. This is pretty scary, since we must acknowledge that we will never know for certain exactly how things will pan out, even after completing our business plan. Use this one-page to go beyond traditional ways of planning for your business.

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