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When lightning strikes a vehicle When lightning strikes a vehicle

What happens when lightning strikes a vehicle? The answer, gleaned from anecdotal observations...

ONE Good Reason to be on the Web ONE Good Reason to be on the Web

These days your presence on the internet is probably your most important tool to market your business - on mobile and desktop ...

Show your staff you care Show your staff you care

How to show your staff that you value them as much as you value your customers...

The education vs experience debate The education vs experience debate

Does experience make up for the lack of a qualification, or does a qualification provide something that experience can't?...

Malls of the future should make shopping cheaper Malls of the future should make shopping cheaper

SHOPPING malls as we know them will in future become redundant as more people move to purchasing goods online, and office ...

Corked or creamy: should you invest in wine? Corked or creamy: should you invest in wine?

If local wines are fetching top prices at auction, does it follow that wine makes a good investment? Sceptics and believers ...

No strings attached: why the wealthy are renting No strings attached: why the wealthy are renting

In this access-and-experience-over-ownership generation, there are more start-ups servicing the rental rather than ownership ...

How PR can help small businesses grow How PR can help small businesses grow

How PR can help small businesses grow. Make use of this cost-effective tool...

Wat Sakeslimmes Reg doen Wat Sakeslimmes Reg doen

Droom jy van 'n eie onderneming of wonder jy hoe om jou onderneming se deure oop te hou in moeilike ekonomiese tye? 'n Paar...

3 Steps to getting it right with Facebook marketing 3 Steps to getting it right with Facebook marketing

When it comes to branding, social media is giving smaller businesses the chance to compete with the big guys...

How to win customers for life How to win customers for life

Winning your customers' attention and staying in touch is key to encourage loyalty...

Play to your strengths in your business Play to your strengths in your business

Ensure that you're doing what you do best, and leave the rest to others...

Ways to generate office happiness Ways to generate office happiness

Research has shown that contented employees are productive employees...

A hunger for E-Commerce A hunger for E-Commerce

South African businesses and consumers alike have a growing appetite for online sales...

The Consumer Protection Act and buying defective products The Consumer Protection Act and buying defective products

When you’ve bought a defective product, it is comforting to know that in terms of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) you as the ...

The Second Machine Age - New book on the future economy The Second Machine Age - New book on the future economy

The Second Machine by Brynjolfsson and McAfee is an optimistic outlook at the economic financial crisis we have found ourselves...

Give them the celeb treatment… And get red carpet rewards in Give them the celeb treatment… And get red carpet rewards in

If Oprah Winfrey walked into your store today would you treat her any differently to your other clients?

How to tighten cash flow management in a difficult economy How to tighten cash flow management in a difficult economy

Here are 10 tips from Donovan Marais, Channel Manager at Sage Pay, about how you can accelerate the flow of money into ...

Spares Warehouse – What is factoring? Spares Warehouse – What is factoring?

Factoring, receivables factoring or debtor financing, is when a company buys a debt or invoice from another company. Factoring...

5 Major mistakes independent retailers should avoid 5 Major mistakes independent retailers should avoid

When your business is small, local and bespoke, you are able to roll with the economic punches. You are agile, flexible and can...

The independent trustee: Why the big fuss? The independent trustee: Why the big fuss?

Some offices of the Master of the High Court (‘the Master’) refuses to register newly created South African trusts if there ...

Partnering for Good Business Partnering for Good Business

Thinking of venturing into a business partnership? Make sure it's the right fit. If you run a small business, forming a strateg...

Taking charge at an early age Taking charge at an early age

Are you ready to lead? Here are some tips for handling the pressure...

Why you can Why you can't ignore YouTube

It's the second largest search engine in the world, so it should definitely be on your radar in 2015…

"Momtrepreneurs" Taking Charge of Their Careers "Momtrepreneurs" Taking Charge of Their Careers

Female entrepreneurs are increasingly reshaping the global entrepreneurial landscape. According to the Women-owned Businesses1 ...

When Family Businesses Spread their Wings When Family Businesses Spread their Wings

Family businesses have an excellent reputation amongst entrepreneurs, and for good reason – they are robust and agile, and can ...

Is pumped storage the answer to electricity woes? Is pumped storage the answer to electricity woes?

STORAGE is the golden fleece of the energy business. If science could find a way to store large amounts of electricity in a ...

THE HEALTH ISSUE: Beyond bags of sugar THE HEALTH ISSUE: Beyond bags of sugar

THE Coca-Cola Company has long been in the firing line of the anti sugar, quinoa crowd. Over the past few years ...

12 local marketing tips to get the word out 12 local marketing tips to get the word out

Most people are too busy making a living to make really big money. That's why dedicated salary-earners stay wage slaves and why...

Why businesses fail. Hint: The customer isn Why businesses fail. Hint: The customer isn't always right

If Harry Selfridge's 1909 maxim 'the customer is always right' still holds true in your business, you may very well be setting...

Think out of the box to construct your portfolio Think out of the box to construct your portfolio

Just as the sales of clothes are driven by fashions and fads, the performance of assets and asset classes are often driven by ...

FAMILY WEALTH: Beware of pitfalls FAMILY WEALTH: Beware of pitfalls

The belief that wills and trusts are enough to sustain the legacy of wealthy families is misguided: poor family governance ...

Tread carefully when considering a character reference Tread carefully when considering a character reference

The do's and don'ts when giving a character reference of a past employee - what you should and the employee should know!

PRIVATE SCHOOLS: What is the attraction? PRIVATE SCHOOLS: What is the attraction?

IS SA’s middle class rejecting the country’s public school system? Education experts have been pondering this question amid ...

How to get noticed at work How to get noticed at work

Françoise Gallet shares expert advice on how you can finally get recognised at work. Ever felt 'invisible' at work - that your...

Health and Lifestyle: The cost of obesity Health and Lifestyle: The cost of obesity

The rapid rise in lifestyle-related illnesses has become as much a developmental issue as it is a public health scare ...

Great Expectations Great Expectations

You've signed the franchise agreement and paid the upfront fee, and you're probably wondering what's next. Franchise expert ...

Why it Why it's important to CARVE YOUR NICHE in a crowded market

What makes your offering special, better and different from your competition and how do you communicate this to your advantage ...

Money matters for women Money matters for women

Women are taking the world by storm, but struggle to manage our money? BONA looks deeper. Despite the empowerment, we as women ...

Trusts for protection: How to make sure it happens Trusts for protection: How to make sure it happens

Trusts may appear complex, but they can offer a host of benefits ranging from asset protection to estate planning and asset ...

A-Grade ecotourism A-Grade ecotourism

A healthy ecotourism sector is vital if we are to slow the rate of habitat degradation, says Ian Michler - and highlights a ...

How to communicate when times are tough How to communicate when times are tough

Ensure that you communicate constructively to mobilise your entire team during tough times and stand amazed at what you can ...

Losing your spark? Losing your spark?

Don't become complacent – as a leader, you need to stay motivated. Here are a few ways to keep up your passion and your drive...

You can survive and thrive in a tough economy You can survive and thrive in a tough economy

Over the next six issues, we'll take you through the steps to building a successful business and maximising the return on your ...

Don’t overreact in times of political flux Don’t overreact in times of political flux

South Africa is in a state of flux, which will probably continue for another year at least. We need to prepare ourselves for ...

When good days go bad When good days go bad

Recover from a public relations disaster…From the trivial – Michael Jackson's hair exploding into flame during the filming of ...

Debunking common myths about running a business Debunking common myths about running a business

Here are five common misconceptions about running a business, along with some hard-hitting truths...

Cash in ... by developing your accounting acumen. Cash in ... by developing your accounting acumen.

Solid accounting is fundamental to the success of any business. According to Adcorp, over 440 000 small businesses in South ...

Sound the alarm before you start sinking Sound the alarm before you start sinking

If your business is failing, there are still ways to manage your risk and rescue your firm before it hits rock bottom ...

When passion turns into a career When passion turns into a career

These days, it's very common to find young women holding down two jobs or leaving the comfort of a stable job to venture into...

Get the candidate you want Get the candidate you want

A successful appointment is an investment in the present and future prosperity of your organisation; a poor one is a waste of ...

The Legal Stuff The Legal Stuff

Starting a company comes with a lot of red tape and more than a few surprises. Put yourself in the pound seat by understanding ...

CEO at 25 CEO at 25

Boitumelo Mmakou speaks to South Africa's youngest patent holder, Ludwick Marishane (25), who invented the internationally...

Leave a lasting legacy: charitable bequests Leave a lasting legacy: charitable bequests

Charitable bequests are an easy and effective way to leave a lasting legacy etched in the minds and hearts of others ...

Foreign assets and your will Foreign assets and your will

Your foreign assets may be subject to foreign laws with unforeseen consequences for your heirs.

So you think you’re in business. Think again. So you think you’re in business. Think again.

Raizcorp, Africa’s only unfunded for-profit business incubator, experiences this common misconception on a regular basis ...

Afford a dignified funeral Afford a dignified funeral

Funerals, unlike weddings, do not need to be fashionable where the latest decor trends are on display. Focus on the basics ...

Who are my competitors? Who are my competitors?

One of the most basic principles in business is that of “Supply and Demand”. Consider “Supply” as the number of businesses ...

TIPS for when the gloves come off TIPS for when the gloves come off

To successfully manage and resolve conflict requires strong leadership. Widely regarded as one of the most challenging and ...

Maintenance obligations: how it affects your Will and estate Maintenance obligations: how it affects your Will and estate

When does the obligation to pay maintenance to children and former spouses end? This is a vital consideration often overlooked ...

12 Things smart leaders know 12 Things smart leaders know

Want to become a better leader? Keith Coats offers insight into those actions, traits and behaviours business owners need to ...

Is it time to fire that client? Is it time to fire that client?

Here are some tips on how to identify 'bad' clients, and reasons why you should turn them away… Are you so busy trying to find ...

It It's a family affair

Going into business with members of your family could either make or break your company. They say you should never mix business...

Exploring 3rd Party, Fire and Theft car insurance Exploring 3rd Party, Fire and Theft car insurance

When parking my car in a crowded parking lot, a habit of mine is to try and find a space next to an old beaten up car rather ...

Your Will could be out of date – find out why Your Will could be out of date – find out why

You recall signing a Will and the original is at your bank for safekeeping where your family can access it should something ...

Why a separate Will for non-SA assets? Why a separate Will for non-SA assets?

Due to the ongoing steady relaxation in exchange controls, you probably already have assets outside SA or are contemplating ...

Deceased estates: what you need to know Deceased estates: what you need to know

Ken Newport says, “A well-structured Will can save stress, taxes and confusion.”

Do nervous investors pay a premium for predictability? Do nervous investors pay a premium for predictability?

One can generally put local shares in two baskets: those that deliver a steady or a predictable profit stream and those that grow

Hook them from the start Hook them from the start

Before making a cold call, find a good reason to speak to the company's decision maker. This will involve researching the bus...

How to Keep Tabs on your Competitors How to Keep Tabs on your Competitors

A competitive business environment can help you to optimise your business to its fullest potential; by innovating and refining ...

Take a step backward… Take a step backward…

To ensure your business keeps moving forward when taking the leap from being self-employed to business ownership...

How to Sell (when you hate selling) How to Sell (when you hate selling)

“I hate selling.” This sentence is heard often, even amongst entrepreneurs, where the essential nature is selling. Selling the ...

Cancelling a loan in your Will Cancelling a loan in your Will

From the beginning of March the cancelling of loans in your will no longer triggers capital gains tax.

Green buildings sprouting in South Africa Green buildings sprouting in South Africa

South Africa’s first commercial green star-rated building has been unveiled. The cutting-edge building – the E block in Upper ...

Building revenue with beneficiation Building revenue with beneficiation

Radebe said Africa was missing an opportunity when it exported minerals to other countries without first creating a finished ...

Don Don't let your success hold you back

It's time to make some marketing resolutions for the year ahead…Your business has been in operation for a while. You're ...

Choosing the right site Choosing the right site

For retailers the choice of location is crucial toward ensuring long-term success. Retailer Tracy Fawell of Laundry Dynamics ...

Solar power to reach its zenith Solar power to reach its zenith

The installation of rooftop photovoltaic panels is on the rise, but South Africa is not as solar-friendly as it could be ...

Getting started in e-commerce Getting started in e-commerce

Are you ready to move online? Here's how to sell more and stand out among your competitors…

The pitfalls of hiring friends & family The pitfalls of hiring friends & family

Should you hire your best friend, mom, dad or Uncle Jo? The pitfalls of hiring friends & family ...

13 Steps to a compelling call to action 13 Steps to a compelling call to action

How do you turn your flyer, advert, website into an actual sale? You've captured your reader's attention by getting them to ...

Small vs Big - How does your business compete? Small vs Big - How does your business compete?

You're intimidated by your bigger competitors' advertising campaigns, and you don't have much of a marketing budget. How can ...

The family way The family way

These business owners have turned their family's unique strengths into a sustainable competitive advantage…

Keeping it in the family can backfire Keeping it in the family can backfire

Is the family management of business sustainable and are investor's interests really protected? Michael Coulson discusses some ...

Starting a business: How can B-BBEE help me? Starting a business: How can B-BBEE help me?

How do I create a scorecard, what about fronting? EconoBee - a B-BBEE advisory firm, comments on the lack of understanding of ...

Starting a new business - this is required reading Starting a new business - this is required reading

Start-ups are not about the technology or product or service. The product is the heart of the company, but the product no more ...

Pop-up stores here to stay Pop-up stores here to stay

With the ever-increasing popularity of pop-up stores many young entrepreneurs are using the concept to test the market and ...

Marital regimes - who inherits Marital regimes - who inherits

If you are in a life partnership, consult your Fiduciary Specialist to ensure your partner does inherit and your wishes are ...

Why Women Make Better Entrepreneurs Why Women Make Better Entrepreneurs

Creative Path to Growth founder Sherry Collier reckons that women were born for business.

Run your personal finances like your business Run your personal finances like your business

Do you ever stop to re-evaluate and update your personal financial goals and priorities?

Starting a Pet Business in SA Starting a Pet Business in SA

Starting a pet business holds great appeal for many animal lovers and can be very rewarding as it provides a way to earn an income

15 Ways to Slash IT Costs 15 Ways to Slash IT Costs

Business and in particular start-ups are managing costs like never before. Its time to move towards the principle that unless ...

Plan for Business as if it were battle! Plan for Business as if it were battle!

So you have downloaded a business plan template and you have sharpened your pencils and got out your calculator. If you go ahead

Avoid tax surprises when emigrating Avoid tax surprises when emigrating

Many South African taxpayers are unaware of the tax consequences of emigration. Here’s what you need to know.

The importance of a will The importance of a will

Did you know that approximately 86% of South Africans haven't made plans for their death? For some reason setting up our will ...

What type of finance do you need? What type of finance do you need?

The first step in finding small business funding is knowing what kind of finance you need…

Do you have what it takes to start a business? Do you have what it takes to start a business?

Before you give it all up to follow your dream of becoming an entrepreneur, take off those rose-tinted glasses to see if you’re ..

Savings for small business Savings for small business

Adopting a prudent outlook can boost your bottom-line more than you'd think possible...

Why businesses fail - what you should know Why businesses fail - what you should know

Businesses are at their most vulnerable during their first five years of operation. We examine the most common reasons for ...

As a small business, what insurance do you need? As a small business, what insurance do you need?

Sleepless nights aren't uncommon when starting up a small enterprise. Alleviate some of the anxiety by knowing that your ...

Sales is a team sport Sales is a team sport

No function in a selling organisation is outside the sales process...

Pitching for funding Pitching for funding

Entrepreneur Tobie van Zyl started trying to raise finance for his free online personal finance-management platform moneysmart ...

Marketing Tips for Small Retailers Marketing Tips for Small Retailers

Brand thinker and marketing strategist Adrian Fuller offers some advice for small retailers looking to grow their businesses…

Lessons Learnt - from yard start-up to entrepreneur Lessons Learnt - from yard start-up to entrepreneur

How Dr John Demartini went from yard start-up to entrepreneur on the world stage...

Make sure you get it all when you buy your franchise… - Make sure you get it all when you buy your franchise… -

Take the guesswork out of finding the perfect franchise package ....

10 Bad Spending Habits to Break (and the Good Ones to Make) 10 Bad Spending Habits to Break (and the Good Ones to Make)

We've all had to tighten our belts, but as interest rates come down and the economy improves it's easy to slip back into...

The Investment Value of Corporate Art The Investment Value of Corporate Art

Many corporate collections begin by buying young artists and as their value grows, their collections become impressive.

Tips for writing great website content Tips for writing great website content

How to grab their attention and keep them reading…

The office space race The office space race

Here's how to find a successful location for your business…

Re-invigorate your business Re-invigorate your business

Is now the time to breathe some new life into your business?

Secrets of a Great Salesperson Secrets of a Great Salesperson

Hunger, sincerity and confidence matter…One of the questions I get asked often is: what makes a top sales professional? During ...

Mozzie candle creates buzz Mozzie candle creates buzz

SA technology has created a recipe for success in an insect-repelling candle that is proven to surpass other similar products.

Cape Women Sew Up Success - Taunina Toys Cape Women Sew Up Success - Taunina Toys

Tracey Chiappini-Young and Karen Jansen, founders of the soft toy maker Taunina, are on a mission to promote job creation in SA ..

9 Tips for a Strong Start to a new business 9 Tips for a Strong Start to a new business

Expect little sleep, difficult employment decisions, and to make mistakes. Here's how Steven Cohen survived and thrived when ...

The do The do's and don'ts of online marketing

In a world where word-of-mouth is fast changing to word-of-click, here are some tips to compete in this space…

Buying a franchise? Buying a franchise?

When buying a franchise, make sure you ask all the right questions first ...

MPC December 2011 Newsletter -  Know the law! MPC December 2011 Newsletter - Know the law!

This monthly legal newsletter is brought to you by Mosdell, Pama & Cox Attorneys...