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5 Great Questions to help Spring Clean your Tactics

As seen in BizConnect Spring has sprung and it’s a great vantage point to assess how well we’ve done so far, giving enough time to make changes to our business tactics, that will ensure we get to where we want to go by financial year-end. I like the word ‘tactic’ because it implies action, doing,…

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What Leader Will You Be in 2017 Part 2

So we know what leadership is not. To be honest, there are probably as many leadership styles as there are personalities. Add to that the fact that each business has its own culture and approach to doing business. Belows list of leadership trends is by no means finite. It is, however, a useful list of…

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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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Head in the Cloud: 9 Compelling Reasons Why Using the Cloud for Business Should Be Your Next Move

Whether you know it, or not, chances are you are probably already using cloud computing for your everyday transactions: Checking email on your phone, updating your Facebook status, doing internet banking while out and about; all of these are based on the internet – and that is, quite simply, cloud computing.   Cloud hosting is…

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Real or Virtual – 3 Surefire Ways to Know if Your Business Should Pay a Salary or if a Software Subscription is Enough

Entrepreneurs start out by being ‘all things to all men’ – wearing almost every hat in the business and often feeling stretched beyond capacity. Understanding that you could be putting a ceiling on your business’s growth if it is solely reliant on you, opens your horizons to ways of growing your business, through technology and…

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SA’s Desperate Need for Skilled Estimators

There’s an urgent need for the dying breed of skilled work-force known across all industries as estimators. Government agencies are trying desperately to train people fast enough to fill the employment gap, but the fact of the matter is that the need is growing faster than the demand can be met. The continued growth in…

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Three Ways for the Packaging Industry to Be Ready for the 2017 Boom

The packaging industry in South Africa has a long-standing reputation for excellence and innovation, both locally and beyond our shores. With South Africa once again being crowned Africa’s largest economy in dollar terms, and financial forecasters predicting an economic boost in 2017 once the new electricity capacity comes into play, South African businesses will need…

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Three Absolute Musts for Signage Companies in RSA to Succeed

The state of South Africa’s economy is a favourite topic of discussion around household dinner tables and parliament boardroom tables alike. This is even more so for entrepreneurs and business owners who are trying to create wealth and employment opportunities on their own steam. Optimistically, marginal growth is expected in the near future, with the…

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Printing Companies: 4 Innovative Ways to Not Become Extinct

The traditional printing industry in South Africa is under strain. Digital is taking more and more market share of what was traditionally print media, and South Africa is seeing one printing company close after another, as well as leading newspapers and magazines closing over the past decade. People are turning to the internet for news…

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Local is Lekker: The Advantages of Buying Local vs. International

“Think globally, act locally.” At least, that’s how the saying goes. Long have governments implored their people to favour all things local over the international, and not much has changed. The idea of a “home grown” product continues to drive local political and economic arenas, and, with the current state of the Rand, more and…

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Are Your Staff Members Costing Your Business?

How to Optimise Your Team’s Work Day By Candace van Zyl “Productivity and growth of productivity must be the first economic consideration at all times, not the last. That is the source of technological innovation, jobs and wealth.” – William E. Simon The longer I’ve operated my own business, the more I see that business…

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How to Cut Costs and Grow Your Business in our Current Economic Climate

If you’re one to keep track of the current financial landscape, South Africa’s economic projections for 2016 are looking pretty bleak. As a nation we are facing slower economic growth than ever before and political instability has resulted in the worsening of the Rand. A recent economic report done by Focus Economics painted quite a dim picture for…

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3 Ways to Ensure You Work on Your Business, Not in Your Business, in 2016

As a business owner myself, I know the struggle is real. There’s a real temptation to be involved in every granular detail of your business, from production to petty cash, from staff interviews to stationery purchases. More than that, while we’re being honest here, you’ll agree that we business owners get a bit of a…

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Manufacturers: 4 Ways to Survive the Pre-Christmas Chaos

South African manufacturers and suppliers are full-swing into the pre-Christmas production madness, and there is probably only one thought that scares business owners more than no Christmas at all – and that is the thought of empty shelves ahead of Christmas. Manufacturers across all industries are beefing up production in order to get stock onto…

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How Your Manufacturing Business can Survive the Pre-Christmas Chaos

Are you preparing for the pre-Christmas order rush with a sense of trepidation? Anton Oosthuizen, a consultant at QuickEasy Software, answers manufacturer’s questions around how to survive the silly season without dropping any balls along the way. Q: During the build-up to Christmas my business struggles to keep track of costs and orders. How can…

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Business Owner: No time to Go Away this Holiday?

5 Fatal Mistakes You Might Be Making, and How to Fix Them   When you started your own business I’m sure it was for a few good reasons – challenges in the economy, realising your passion and dreams, or perhaps the opportunity came and you grabbed it. Whatever the reason, I’m sure that right up…

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