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How to manage your business’s cash flow

How to manage your business’s cash flow

By Vaughan David, CEO of Business Cash Investments at FNB Failure to optimise cash flow is one of the key reasons that could lead start-ups to shut their doors within their first two years of operation. In order to increase your chances of...

Married or single: how to thrive as a female entrepreneur

Married or single: how to thrive as a female entrepreneur

Recent research suggests that married women are more likely to be successful entrepreneurs than single women. The assumption is that, because married women – or women with partners – have more financial support and help with family and household...

Tax tips for freelancers or sole traders

Tax tips for freelancers or sole traders

We’re one month into tax filing season, and millions of South Africans are planning to file their annual returns within the given time frame. For many people who have left corporate employment to start a home-based business or join the gig economy,...

Raising capital via crowdfunding

Raising capital via crowdfunding

Siyabonga writes: I have a modern African restaurant and bar concept that I started researching five years ago. This is a start-up business, for which I have a comprehensive business plan and associated documentation. Over the years I have been...

The ins and outs of a buy and sell agreement

The ins and outs of a buy and sell agreement

Tanya Lochner of Glacier Fiduciary Services discusses a buy and sell agreement as an exit strategy where there are two or more partners in a business. A business needs to prepare for the event of one or more of the partners dying or becoming...

South African guide to fundraising for entrepreneurs

South African guide to fundraising for entrepreneurs

Seed Academy has developed a free ebook to help South African entrepreneurs navigate the fundraising landscape. Donna Rachelson, chief catalyst at Seed Academy says that based on surveys and their training of hundreds of entrepreneurs, raising...

Entrepreneurship is key to job creation

Entrepreneurship is key to job creation

Andrew Lester, Chief Marketing officer of Different Life, offers a solution to the problem of unemployment in South Africa “Small business creates jobs” or so the saying goes. The corollary to this statement is that it is big business’s mandate to...

How best to structure the sale of a business

How best to structure the sale of a business

Chris Norris, an Audit and Assurance Partner at BDO South Africa, provides some insight into the finer financial realities of selling a business or company. Quite often, the net proceeds receivable by the owner from the sale of a business are...

The fine art of franchising

The fine art of franchising

You want to be your own boss and becoming a franchisee seems like the perfect way to do it. Before you go racing off to make your fortune, though, there are a few things you need to bear in mind. Zanele Mvelase was on the executive fast track in...

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The genius of crowdfunding

Imagine a small-business funding model which allowed you to raise capital without going into debt or giving away equity, and which also test-drove your product idea before you even launched it. Crowdfunding has taken the world by storm and could within the next ten...

The five highest expenses businesses face in the first five years

This article was provided by hippo.co.za There are a number of factors to be taken in consideration with the start-up of any business, and inadequate planning may lead to your company’s demise. One thing your business insurance does not cover is insufficient planning....

Surviving 2014 as a small business

South Africa’s economic outlook for year 2014 remains the subject of a national discussion and economists continue to emphasise that the country is not out of the woods yet. Early in 2014, consumers were greeted by yet another petrol price increase when the Department...

Five tips for selling your story to a venture capitalist

Erika van der Merwe, CEO of the South African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA), has some tips for entrepreneurs who are looking for funding from a venture capitalist. It’s all about people The venture capitalist will do thorough background...

Small Business Academy helps small entrepreneur to think big

When starting your own business you don’t always need to be the expert, but you need to know how to run a business. When Bulelwa Tengwa decided to open her first hair salon she knew very little about how to style hair but what she did know was that there was a gap in...

The small business banking challenge

It is very difficult for a small business owner to try and compare banking products and understand which bank’s products best meet his needs. So we gave the banks a real example to see who could offer this entrepreneur the best banking package. Nathan Calitz, owner of...

Lessons from an entrepreneur

Creating a successful business requires two important elements: identifying a gap in the market and managing your finances, which includes keeping debt to a minimum. After working as a sports commentator during the 2010 World Cup, which enabled him to travel the...

Knowing your break-even point

A small business owner learns the importance of knowing his break-even point Nico Jano runs a waste management business in Pofadder in the Northern Cape which in his words is “making some money”. He is now in a position where he needs to start managing his finances in...

Crowd investing: The power of the crowd

If you have a business idea that all your friends say they would invest in, or you have identified a business you want to put your money in, crowd funding could be your platform. Crowdfunding is a growing trend that allows entrepreneurs to connect online with the...

A financial plan is all about focusing on income

As a young person studying while working on becoming an entrepreneur, Shaun needs some advice on how to juggle his finances. Focusing on income and avoiding debt are the golden rules of success. Shaun is 21 years old and is studying a BComm in accounting science at...

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