AFRICA: SMEs still reluctant to operate on the continent

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While many reports highlight growth opportunities and investment potential across the African continent, a recent report found that SMEs are still reluctant to tap into this vast market.

SME: How systems can change the way you do business


Introducing effective systems can radically transform your small business, says ActionCOACH’s Pieter Scholtz. If you find your time and energy swallowed whole by your entrepreneurship, this is a must-read.

FRANCHISE: Match your business to your personality

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Franchising might be the ideal business opportunity, but deciding which franchise to invest in requires a little thought. Here are a few tips to find the franchise to match your personality.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: 3 marketing tips for beginners


Not all entrepreneurs are natural marketers. Here Donna Rachelson on Branding & Marketing You shares three easy tips to get you started.

SMEs: Automation key to SME growth and job creation

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“The call for small business in South Africa should be ‘automate and build the future’, rather than ‘stay as you are and avoid the future.’ There is no reason why building a business and building employment shouldn’t be simultaneously achieved,” writes Standard Bank’s Ravi Govender.

ENTREPRENEUR: Basic accounting knowledge leads to sound decisions

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Not all entrepreneurs are natural bean counters, but a basic understanding of accounting could be the difference between poor decisions made out of desperation and good decisions based on facts.

OPINION: Youth troubles may be solved through entrepreneurship

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Have you ever thought of an effective solution to youth crimes in under privileged areas? Abram Molelemane from Fetola seem to think entrepreneurship is the answer to keeping young people out of trouble. He talks about tips on how to create youth entrepreneurship.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Is all the hype creating the wrong pressure?

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Entrepreneurship tends to be epitomised in the form of individuals who successfully harness it and attain extraordinary personal wealth and social advancement. This has had the effect of making heroes out of the people or personalities who have succeeded rather than of the process of becoming an entrepreneur. Nyasha Mugadza from BDO Innovation explains.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Limited government support leads to lacklustre exports


Low confidence and limited government support hold back would-be exporters, says South African entrepreneur Jolene Leeuwener-Maritz. She adds that many under-capitalised entrepreneurs fail to see the opportunity or lack the confidence to pursue it.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Don’t ignore your personal brand

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Do you pay as much attention to your brand as you do to your company’s? In this article Finweek looks at how your own unique personal brand in your business can guarantee consistent business and career growth.