01 Entrepreneurship
02 Attitude
03 Think differently, work differently
also see: 22 Change = Opportunities (in disguise)
  • Innovative thinking
  • Creative problem solving
  • Making big decisions
  • Reinvent yourself, reinvent your business
  • Work smarter – exploit technology
04 Make mistakes, fail better
05 People
  • Your people are your biggest asset, not expense
  • Consultation and getting buy-in
  • Networking
06 Your product or service
  • What are you selling?
07 Work better – Systems and Processes
08 Marketing your product, and yourself
09 Communication
  • Getting your message across
10 Research and facts
  • Value of ‘research’ and reflection
  • Track trends
11 Technology
12 You
13 Meaning and purpose
  • Dignity of work
  • Meaning of life, purpose in life
  • Ethics, sustainability, philanthropy
14 Knowledge and skills
  • Do you need an MBA to be successful?
  • Education and training
15 Your Business
16 Management and Leadership
17 Money
18 Tax
19 Legislation and red tape – the right balance
20 Unconventional wisdom
  • Coopertition: Helping your competitors
  • Philanthropy
21 Don’t just survive, Succeed!
  • Surviving and recovering from disasters
22 Change = Opportunities (in disguise)
also see: 03 Think differently, innovate
23 Growing your business
  • Stay relevant
24 Help and support (incl resources)
25 Business toolkit
26 Words of wisdom – Clichés and quotes
27 Inspiring people
  • Learning from others
  • Be inspired by others
  • Successful people who made mistakes
28 What does that mean?  Jargon and TLAs (three letter acronyms)

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How to kill your business

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2015-01-12

The F-words your business needs most

In the 2014 SME Survey, South African entrepreneurs said that the thing that kept most of them awake at night was managing finances.  CNBC Africa reported that a major challenge experienced by small businesses was difficulty in accessing funding.  Neither of these are the F-words that I am referring to here.  They can frequently be resolved through two other F-words: friends and family.
2014-12-19

Choosing an SMME-friendly bank

A BankSETA brochure states that “Some researchers have estimated the total economic output of SMEs in South Africa to be 50% of GDP and it is also estimated that they provide employment to about 60% of the labour force.
2014-12-19

Confessions of an ADHD entrepreneur

Do any of these characteristics look like you? You can get distracted or daydream, but sometimes you concentrate on a job for hours on end, You manage do several tasks at the same time, but sometimes you neglect an important task, You get on well with people and they like you, but you prefer to do things your own way, You take (calculated) risks and often succeed where some other people wouldn’t even try, You see solutions where others see […]
2014-12-19

Some people have all the luck

Some people always fall with their bum in the butter.  Why are some people luckier than others?
2014-12-19

1,000 sales killed each day

At a recent National Small Business Chamber Sales Indaba, business guru, Gavin Sharples asked the delegates: “Who of you are salesmen?” Only about a quarter put up their hands. “If you run a small business, you have to be a salesman. Your product or service won’t sell unless you sell it.” Your product or service won’t sell unless you sell it.
2014-07-12

Business Tools and Information

Help & Support (incl Resources) Start-up Advice, Support Small Business Develop-ment Learning & Events Funding & Finance Incuba-tors, Hubs & Mentors Business Tools & Infor-mation Businesses bizshift √ Business Partners: IFC SME Toolkit √ DoBetter.Business: Entrepreneur dev through innovation √ √ √ √ Fundi: Smartphone app for small businesses √ MTN Business: SME ProPack √ Nedbank Small-Business Index √ SBP: Business environment specialists √ Standard Bank: BizConnect √ √ √ √ √ ValuationUp: Online financial analysis tool √ NGOs & […]
2014-07-12

Incubators, Hubs and Mentors

Help & Support (incl Resources) Start-up Advice, Support Small Business Develop-ment Learning & Events Funding & Finance Incuba-tors, Hubs & Mentors Business Tools & Infor-mation Businesses Allan Gray Orbis Foundation: Investing in Entrepreneurs √ Aurik: Entrepreneurial & business incubator  √ √ DaddyO: Shared services and co-working space √ √ √ √ Raizcorp: Business incubator  √ √ MEDO: Enterprise Incubator & Development √ √ Nedbank Small-Business Incubator Fund √ √ √ Riversands SMME Incubation Hub √ √ The Seed (& desk) […]
2014-07-12

Funding and Finance

  Help & Support (incl Resources) Start-up Advice, Support Small Business Develop-ment Learning & Events Funding & Finance Incuba-tors, Hubs & Mentors Business Tools & Infor-mation Businesses Angel Investment Hub  √ Angel Investment Network √ Aurik: Entrepreneurial & business incubator  √ √ Business Partners: Investing in Entrepreneurs √ √ DaddyO: Shared services and co-working space √ √ √ √ GroFin: African SME & development finance √ JustR1: Crowdfunding for creatives √ Raizcorp: Business incubator  √ √ MICROmega: enabling investment opportunities […]