ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Your SME’s credit rating

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Due to economic pressure, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make credit decisions when you’re a business owner. We look at a few factors that may help you to ensure the credit eligibility of your business.

TED Tuesday: The strangeness of scale at Twitter

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Del Harvey, who heads Twitter’s safety team, is tasked with the job of keeping users safe. Although the vast majority of activity on Twitter is unlikely to harm users – the sheer scale of the social network, where millions of Tweets are fired every three hours, means that a 1 in a million chance happens 500 times a day. For Harvey, these odds aren’t good.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Your business and new VAT regulations

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According to Deloitte, the long anticipated VAT amendments on internationally supplied Internet services to SA, will be enforced from 1 June 2014. We examine the details.

TED Tuesday: What we can learn from dirty jobs

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If you are sick of your desk job, today’s TED talk is for you. Television personality Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame talks about the important lessons we can learn from jobs that we’ve come to regard as dirty. Click here for your weekly inspiration!

AFRICA: SA entrepreneurs hesitant

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Countless opportunities for entrepreneurs will present themselves when the economy continues to grow with 2.7% in 2014 and 3.2% in 2015. We look at what the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2013 report had to say about entrepreneurial activity in Africa.

INFOGRAPHIC: Medical marijuana in numbers

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In this edition of Finweek, journalist Glenda Williams looks at the economic potential of legalising medical marijuana. This infographic illustrates the earning potential of marijuana and how legislation can change the economic outlook for many South Africans.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The cannabis business

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In this week’s cover story, jouranlist Glenda Williams investigates the potential economic benefits of legalising medical marijuana. Brendan Kennedy’s Privateer Holdings is cashing in on the medical maijuana industry in the USA and Canada. Is there potential for SA?

Finance for non-financial sorts: In response to marketing matters

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This is a new series prepared by Finweek that aims to unpack financial jargon in an easy-to-understand and accessible format. Instead of making accounting dry and boring, we show readers how to apply it to their businesses and investments.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The secret to a lasting legacy

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The average lifespan of a company shrank from 61 years in 1958 to only 18 years today. If you make it past the already gruelling start-up phase, how do you ensure the longevity of your company? Blair Burmeister investigates.

TED Tuesday: The secret to a motivated workforce

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In this week’s TED Talk, Dan Pink makes a case for rethinking motivation. He looks at why incentivising people with the promise of reward is not working and how intrinsic motivation, as opposed to the classic carrot-and-stick approach, might solve many of the problems in corporations. Pink says autonomy, mastery and purpose should take centre stage for companies who hope to cultivate a motivated workforce.