INVESTMENT: Insurance for small businesses

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It’s a known fact that insurance is one of the most neglected small-business responsibilities, and not having insurance can create immense complications with your assets. Moxima Gama gives some reasons why a small business should cover itself.

START-UP: Getting to know Kobus Ehlers


Finweek reporter Kelly Berold spoke with Kobus Ehlers, co-founder of the award winning start-up, SnapScan. Here’s what he had to say about Bitcoin and the future of mobile payments.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Why we need competitors


Most entrepreneurs dream of having a market to themselves, free from the threat of competitors. But competition is actually good for business. Colette Symanowitz gives us seven reasons why.

NEWS: Mercantile Bank opens centre for entrepreneurs

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Mercantile Bank has opened a new business centre to improve the ease of banking for entrepreneurs – a first for the South African banking sector. Finweek takes a look at how the new centre will cater exclusively to business owners.

TED TUESDAY: The happy secret to better work

Shawn Anchor

People often believe that we should work hard to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from psychologist Shawn Achor, he argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

FRANCHISE: Successful franchising


The fact that franchising is based on an existing system does not guarantee its success. Like any other job, owning a franchise requires interest and passion. Finweek takes a look at what it takes to manage a successful franchise.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Outsourcing for small business

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Small business success can often be linked to focussing on delivering the products and services that are core to the business’ sustainability and growth. One way to achieve this is by outsourcing tasks. Here are a few factors to look at when considering outsourcing.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Rely on family and friends for support

Ravi Govender

When starting a new business, entrepreneurs often face several risks and obstacles. Support from family and friends are therefor crucial in order to achieve success. Follow this approach when taking on the responsibility.

FRANCHISE: Planning for a prosperous franchise


Setting growth targets, skills development and marketing geared towards growth will keep your franchise ready to adapt to change, according to Standard Bank’s Simone Cooper.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Pricing is key to competitiveness

Ravi Govender

Clever product pricing can set your business apart from its competitors. So says Ravi Govender, Head of Small Enterprises at Standard Bank. In this post Govender shares his top tips for competitive pricing.