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Safe in the cloud

Make your business ransomware-proof Ransomware is no longer something that happens in movies by cyber villains – it is a real and present threat for South African businesses. What is ransomware? Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to a computer system or server until a sum of money is paid. This usually comes packaged…

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Become your own boss

Want to become your own boss? Here are five things to consider: 1. Know your ‘Why’. Being a business owner is not for everyone; the reality of being your own boss is the lack of certainty, the financial challenges – usually affecting your personal finances – and the inordinate work load. No matter what anyone says,…

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How to have a happy, productive workforce – without spending a cent

By Heinrich van der Vyver There comes a tipping point in every business’s lifecycle where the challenges that keep the business owner awake at night move from new client acquisition and product delivery, and become focused on staff productivity and motivation. Aside from the fact that you want to protect your investments of time, training…

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How to Determine Your Hourly Rate

Author: Heinrich van der Vyver As seen in Entrepreneur Magazine We’ve all been there. Maybe you’re there right now. You charge out your work at a certain hourly rate, but you’re suspicious that you’re either a) being ripped off or b) hitting above your weight. It’s more than likely that the only way you judge…

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Unearthing the leadership style that will work best for you part 1

by Heinrich van der Vyver Source: BizConnect Think back to the best boss and the worst boss you ever had. Deciding on the leadership style you implement this year could be as simple as replicating or avoiding what they did. But, unfortunately, it’s not that simple. 1. Are you a leader or manager or both?…

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Clean Up Your Business and Improve Potential Profit in 2017

By Heinrich van der Vyver   As a business owner of a software company in South Africa for over 18 years, I know what it’s like to hit a brick wall. That ‘S-curve’ graph that tracks your business growth, starting at the initial growth spurt, then levelling out, and then the big slump where you’re…

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5 Trusted Ways to Keep Small Business Accounting Simple

By Heinrich van der Vyver As a business owner for the last 18 years I know how challenging it can be to manage your own accounting if you’re not an actual accountant yourself. For most small business owners the thought of business accounting is both intimidating and depressing. How are you supposed to find the…

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Confessions of an Ex-Entrepreneur

I started a manufacturing business a few years ago. I worked hard, hired staff and invested in equipment. So what on earth do I have to confess? The business did well. I enjoyed a great lifestyle for many years, thanks to my company. So why did I close my business 8 months ago? Why did…

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Top tips on how to efficiently manage your remote team

As a business owner in South Africa for over 18 years, I know what it’s like to manage a large team in different locations. I am often out of the country on business, and my team is spread across South Africa and is steadily growing. I’ve advocated remote working for years, with the simple understanding…

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Stay Ahead of the Pack: 3 Powerful Steps to Strengthen Your Weakest Link

We’ve all heard the age-old adage “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” and it is probably more true now than it was the day it was first penned. If making a profit in business is our main goal, identifying where we are losing profit should be our primary focus.   However,…

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