Entrepreneurs don’t read

I read so little that you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m barely literate.  I mostly read snippets of news about business, tech and politics. Harry Truman stated: “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers” So, if I want to be taken seriously as a thought leader in the world of small …

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SMMEs CAN get funding

“How’s business?” I asked.  “Fine” he smiled.  “Is it profitable?”  “I think so: I’ve still got some money at the end of the month.” Some small business owners know where every cent is coming from and going to.  Others just don’t have a clue.  Which means that they have no idea if their business is …

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Should I join an incubator or an ESD programme?

Why are so many SMME owners serial incubates?  Why do so many small business people leave enterprise development (ED) and supplier development (SD) programmes feeling that it wasn’t worth the effort?  These disturbing realities gave rise to the title of this article. Here are some useful pointers: Know your business development programmes Make sure that …

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SA Entrepreneurs are Naïve, Lazy and Self-Centred

What a revelation. Delegates and government officials at the 2018 Southern Africa Business Incubation Conference (SABIC) quibbled over whether our incubators and their skills transfer processes positively impacted our ecosystem sufficiently well enough to get them out of the starting blocks. By contrast, in advanced economies like Sweden’s, where there are over 120 incubators, their …

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It’s not your Fault that you Failed

What a revelation.  After all these years – no – decades; I had thought: maybe I’m stupid.  At school, they told me I was lazy, so I compensated by working like a demon.  That didn’t help enough, so maybe I really wasn’t all that bright; maybe that’s why I battled to succeed. To confuse me …

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The Stupidest Mistake I have ever Made

AND THERE WAS NO excuse for it.  I knew what was happening, but I put my business at risk, and I put my family at risk.  It had nothing to do with taking entrepreneurial chances; it was just reckless thoughtlessness.  It went against all the sensible advice that I give to my small enterprise clients. …

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