START-UPS: In the mind of Sylvia Gruber


Sylvia Gruber is the Austrian-born entrepreneur that launched Rubybox in South Africa. Kelly Berold spoke to Gruber about e-commerce and pitching to investors.

FRANCHISING: Ignoring staff needs could harm your business

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Managing people is an important part of managing any business. Buying a franchise, complete with staff, can prove difficult if not approached with care. In this article we offer a few tips on managing staff in your new franchise.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Don’t ask your customers for ideas

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While focus groups can sometimes be reasonably successful for coming up with ideas to improve existing products, they are useless for coming up with completely new product ideas. Gavin Symanowitz explains why it’s not always smart to get ideas from your customers.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Sorbet founder on passionate service

Ian Muhr - Sorbet CEO

Not many business owners would allow customers not to pay if they weren’t happy with their experience or refund products that were bought somewhere else, but Sorbet’s visionary founder did, with great success. In this article, Ian Fuhr explains what he was thinking and how it paid off.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Workspaces to suit start-ups

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Any start-up owner will tell you that finding a workplace in the ideal location comes at a steep price. Shared and virtual office spaces are currently trending in South Africa offering cost saving benefits. Blair Burmeister investigates.

ENTREPRENEURS: Eight traits successful entrepreneurs share


Becoming a successful entrepreneur requires a lot of discipline and hard work. Standard Bank’s Ravi Govender works with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country. In this article he shares eight traits successful entrepreneurs have in common and offers advice on how to cultivate these behaviours in your own life.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Is your start-up making these marketing mistakes?

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You may find that start-up entrepreneurs don’t always know how to approach marketing effectively. Donna Racheslon gives a few tips on how to avoid certain mistakes in order to enjoy long-term business growth.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Four ways to raise entrepreneurs

Lisa Illingworth

Many people debate that raising a child in an entrepreneurial environment or culture will guide them onto the path of becoming entrepreneurs themselves. Lisa Illingworth talks about a few tips on how to develop an environment like this.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Invest in an existing business

Ravi Govender

Are you desperate to have your own company, but don’t want to go through the motions of starting from scratch? Maybe consider investing in an existing enterprise, but before making a decision, consider these tips on doing the research.

NEWS: Tourism as part of community development


As part of the Tourism and Community development theme on World Tourism Day (27 September 2014), much attention is being shifted towards local community development and the ability of tourism to empower individuals within these communities. Finweek investigates.