business confidence

Boost your confidence

I’m always amazed at just how many business owners struggle with confidence issues. And self-confidence can be a game changer; the difference between mediocrity and success. Think of a business icon you admire, they no doubt exude confidence in their...
Wayne Zwiers, CEO Basalt

Riding the wave: Business resilience in times of crisis

Wayne Zwiers is the CEO and founder of Basalt Technology, an award-winning company that solves complex business problems through the rapid implementation of profitable, disruptive technology solutions. Wayne has garnered several industry accolades, including...

Pitching tips: working the room

The ENGEN Pitch & Polish workshop and competition programme which is sponsored by Engen, Nedbank and Raizcorp, is now entering its tenth year. As part of the celebrations, the creator of the project and...
Inspiration entrepreneur

Wrapping up the year…

Tips on how to wrap up 2019 so that entrepreneurs can start off 2020 with clear goals and renewed focus. Many entrepreneurs find it difficult to take their foot off the gas at the end...
recession business

Beat the recession, and emerge even stronger

Tips and advice for small businesses on how to beat the recession, and emerge even stronger from the downturn. With South Africa officially entering a technical recession in the fourth quarter of 2019, it’s tough out...
Three things fast-growing businesses do well

Three things fast-growing businesses do well – dealing with growth-challenges

Growing pains are an actual thing – ask any toddler or teenager. In business, ‘growing pain’ describes the temporary challenges companies face when they enter a phase of rapid growth. They’re a normal part of...

Ten great entrepreneurial lessons from Steve Jobs

  Apple was born in a garage in 1976 as a modest entrepreneurial venture started by Steve Jobs. The road that Steve had travelled from those humble beginnings to...
productivity

7 Tips to maximise your productivity

Who doesn't want (or need) to be more productive? But, how do you actually do it? Read on for a few tips on how to maximise your productivity: 1. Identify key performance areas Are you working...
Brand story

What’s your story?

Brand storytelling is no longer a nice to have. It is a need to have, and what will ultimately maximize your business's visibility, profit, and impact. Tell your story with LOVE, treat it as...

Grow through networking

Just how important is networking, and how can one maximize on events like so many others have successfully done? Here’s a nifty definition of networking: Creating a group of acquaintances and associates and keeping it...

Managing People: Happy people, more profit!

I have never come across a business that has succeeded without people, yet it can be complicated to manage people - even when you have hired the best.
behaviours of successful entrepreneurs

Behaviours of successful entrepreneurs

There are no rules in entrepreneurship. People often wax lyrical around following certain formulae for success and globally, millions of books are sold on the promise of riches. Sure, we can all learn from...

Living to your full potential

Business owner, entrepreneur, mentor, mother and wife, BUSI RAPHEKWANE offers inspiration and her lessons learnt on following your calling, empowering others and reaching your full potential. Originally from a township called Temba in Hammanskraal, Busi...
burnout

Tips to avoid entrepreneurial burnout

The modern workforce is tired and worn out. Advancements made in technology have resulted in the ability to always be online, always check mail, and to always be available for meetings. In many cases, we...

3 Things social entrepreneurs do differently

According to the Gordon Institute of Business, social entrepreneurship in South Africa can be defined as “a blend of the for-profit and not-for-profit approaches, which balances the value and trust of social organisations with...