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Business tip of the day There is no success without preceding failures. Welcome the failures; learn from them and know they are bringing you closer

“The job market in South Africa is tough; if you’ve got security and a reasonable income you better be thankful and stick it out.” If

Business tip of the day Focus is an entrepreneur's middle name! Identify your market niche and focus on delivering great value for money and great

Business tip of the day The self-discipline you used to create your enterprise is the same self-discipline you need now to say "no" to abusive

A portfolio of six mixed-use buildings in the Joburg CBD, a staff compliment of close to 100 people, a management book of 90 properties,

Business tip of the day Thoughts are the fertiliser of an entrepreneur's business. Find quiet time each day where you can think and develop those

Business tip of the day As an Entrepreneur you must always have the big picture in mind. Know your competitive advantage and grow it while

Business tip of the day Quality relationships are vital for an entrepreneur. Build your network and keep good records of each person, ask for their

Business tip of the day Innovate and invent continually. But innovate to make your product and service the best it can be. And invent new

Business tip of the day You are guaranteed to be making at least one big business blunder a month. Make it a learning experience and

Business tip of the day Be flexible to the market's changing needs. There is no point in being the best buggy whip maker when they

  Business tip of the day Customer and client referrals, especially by word of mouth, are your best and cheapest form of marketing. Give amazing value

Business tip of the day The Chinese have a saying: "To open a shop and to keep it open you must always smile."

For many years, direct selling has had a bad reputation. Perceptions haven’t shifted much from an image of a man in a hat on

Business tip of the day Prioritise your work in terms of improving your cash flow today. Do what is needed to get cash in the

Business tip of the day Research your market continually. Visit and shop at your competitors. Ask your customers as well as your competitors’ customers what

Business tip of the day Self-management, self-discipline and even self-mastery are essential before you start managing others. Employees will never have your commitment to your

A perfect storm is brewing for entrepreneurs: A slow economy, negative national average property price inflation, consumers’ high debt-to-disposable-income ratio, banks’ strict mortgage lending

Business tip of the day Entrepreneurship is about sorting out issues as you go. Don't tinker around trying to perfect something. Launch your offering into

Business tip of the day Keep perspective; always have a reminder of an early winner and an early loser on your work station. When things

Business tip of the day Learn to say "No”. You cannot have every dish at the buffet table. You cannot have every deal in town.

Business tip of the day Perception is what you make it. If you don't control it then you allow someone else to determine it for

Last weekend I downloaded the smartphone application Video Call Santa. The app allows you to set it up so Father Christmas phones when your

Business tip of the day An entrepreneur never stops learning. Focus your learning on relevant issues to your business; remember to be the Master not

Business tip of the day Ever tried to catch two rabbits at once? Both escape every time. Focus on your unique service proposition and stick

Business tip of the day If you want to know what your customers are really thinking, don't ask them. Simply watch them, their expressions, their

Business tip of the day Build your customer base locally with people whose background, likes and dislikes are known to you. Venturing into unknown pastures

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Business tip of the day The magic words in business are "Order confirmed!" but this is the beginning of the journey and not the end.

Business tip of the day Karoshi - or death by overwork - as identified by the Japanese needs to be guarded against at all costs.

Business tip of the day Develop a client or customer list with their contact details by phone, email, social media contact details and, if possible,

Business tip of the day Analyse your existing customer or client base regularly. Find out who they are, their age groups, gender, where they live,

Business tip of the day Stay far away from naysayers and prophets of doom. Give negative people the boot. Usually it’s their own fears of

Business tip of the day Make written task-related systems and processes for the day-to-day activities and have your employees "work shadow" you for a day

Business tip of the day "Don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish. You are the Rainmaker in your business and capable of earning "The Big Bucks" per

Business tip of the day Pareto's Law states that 80% of your time is used for generating 20% of your income and conversely 20% of

Business tip of the day Before you make a phone call, send an email or attend a meeting, first smile to yourself and then carry

Business tip of the day “How can I serve you better?” Focus on service and providing value for money and your own earnings will take

Business tip of the day When you are with your loved ones, don't allow your business commitments to become more important than these precious moments

Business tip of the day A Business Plan is a strategic document as well as an on-going action plan. However, an eraser should always be

Business tip of the day If you are not making enough mistakes you are not getting outside your comfort zone. Remember, you will get run

Business tip of the day Find out what you are passionate about and do that, providing you can make a living out of it. Passionate

Brand strength, business support and core company values are key things to consider before buying into a real estate franchise. Then, of course, there

Business tip of the day Surround yourself with enthusiastic, supportive and realistic people. Don’t be afraid to give them permission to advise and guide you

Tyson Properties started as a single office in the Durban suburb of Morningside just more than 10 years ago. Agent Chris Tyson and his

Business tip of the day You will have a constant companion in your business. Its name is Fear. Let it be your friend to caution

As a consulting town planner, I am often confronted by homeowners demanding why they cannot conduct a business from their home or, for that

Business tip of the day If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of your business.

Life-long artist and Cape Town jewellery designer, Jenny Woolf of Jenny Woolf Jewellery is noted for her sterling silver and imported leather African collection.

Business tip of the day Make yourself unavailable when you absolutely have to get something done.  Put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door,

Business tip of the day Entrepreneurs must learn to sharpen the blade and not keep sawing with an ever blunting blade. Take time to rest,

Need some inspiration? Read co-founder of worldwide online payments system, PayPal, Peter Thiel’s commencement speech to Hamilton College graduates.   "Thank you for the kind

Business tip of the day People will pay a premium to do business with someone who is capable, efficient, trustworthy, and friendly. Business is all

Amanda Cuba’s love for and interest in real estate was fostered from the age of 12, studying the newspapers’ various property pages. She quickly

Five out of seven business start-ups in South Africa fail in their first year according to Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry. Globally,

Business tip of the day Trust is your most important asset.  If you say you are going to do something by a certain date make

As more and more sectional title schemes are developed, more and more managing agents will be needed. Community scheme management is, however, becoming ever-more complex

At least 10% of South Africa’s working adults are now self-employed, with many unable to afford office space, a shop or manufacturing space; their

An email spat between a Johannesburg-based removals company and an unsatisfied customer brings two lessons to the fore: customers need to understand that no

Forty-one year old Michelle Dickens, MD of TPN, is a household name. She launched her registered credit bureau in 2000, specialising in understanding tenant

Setting up a new business just got a lot easier, thanks to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission’s (CIPC) partnership with Nedbank. Both clients and

Some 1% of the population are either willing or able to open their own business: this 1% are the entrepreneurs, the risk takers. Franchising is

At the age of 27 Wikus Lategan joined Calgro M3, to become the youngest financial director of a JSE-listed company. At the time, in

What if we told you the solution to the 25% national unemployment statistic (36% youth unemployment) and the million-plus housing backlog was already in

Five out of seven business start-ups in South Africa fail in their first year according to Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry. Globally,

What makes entrepreneurs tick? How do they overcome the odds? We put these questions to Stallion Security CEO, Clive Zulberg, who founded his company

There are many potential billion rand markets in townships around South Africa. In this extract from GG Alcock’s book, KASINOMICS - African Informal Economies and the

Business tip of the day Social media seduces your efficient business time and a minute lost is time you will never get back.  If it’s

Business tip of the day Avoid the trap of going through your emails and thinking that you are working. Have a business-only email address and

  Becoming a home inspector will soon become the career of choice for many South Africans. Bryan Chaplog, CEO of the Estate Agency Affairs Board

Five out of seven business start-ups in South Africa fail in their first year according to Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry. Globally,

Business tip of the day Every person wants to feel important. Make sure that you give full attention to whomever you are communicating with. Wherever

It may not be prudent to rush to turn your home into a guest house, what with hotel occupancy rates in the country running

Business tip of the day Feedback is the fuel of entrepreneurship. Analyse what you have done, identify what could have been done better and have

Five out of seven business start-ups in South Africa fail in their first year according to Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry. Globally,

Five out of seven business start-ups in South Africa fail in their first year according to Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry. Globally,

Business owners who steered their enterprises through the financial crash that started in 2008 may experience a familiar dread when they look at the

Five out of seven business start-ups in South Africa fail in their first year according to Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry. Globally,

Five out of seven business start-ups in South Africa fail in their first year according to Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry. Globally,

  Business tip of the day Take the first 30 minutes of the day to plan your day. Schedule what is important for you and for

Five out of seven business start-ups in South Africa fail in their first year according to Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry. Globally,

Business tip of the day Understand the difference between urgent and important. Urgent is what someone else needs you to do and important is what

Business tip of the day Before you make a deliberate phone call, send an email or have a meeting, take a few minutes to clear

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