BUSINESS: Potential growth the basis for financing SMEs

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Potential growth, rather than achievements, should be the basis for financing SMEs in future. This indicates a shift away from traditional criteria for assessing creditworthines

BUSINESS: eCommerce opportunities for local entrepreneurs

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Technological advancements have changed business leading to many opportunities for local entrepreneurs to take in the eCommerce environment.

BUSINESS: Eight reasons why franchises fail

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Buying a franchise doesn’t automatically guarantee success; commitment to developing the skills needed to manage a business is key, says Ethel Nyembe of Standard Bank.

BUSINESS: Knowing your customer is crucial for success

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Knowing your type of customer cements the success of your business. Unhappy customers share bad word-of-mouth of their experience. Moxima Gama gives tips on how you can keep your customers happy so that they can spread positive word-of-mouth instead.

INVESTMENT: Angel Investing could answer your entrepreneurial prayers

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Getting the capital you need is difficult as an entrepreneur. Banks are wary of giving loans to start-ups. Angel investing is an option you should consider.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: 3 marketing tips for beginners

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

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: How to shave 10 hours off your work week

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It’s essential for entrepreneurs and business owners to master the use of their precious and irreplaceable time. Pieter Scholtz from ActionCOACH gives a few tips on how to effectively take 10 hours off your work week without sacrificing income.

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.

NEWS: Tourism as part of community development

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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.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Entrepreneurs can win

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With the high unemployment rate in South Africa, it can be wise to consider starting your own business. Finweek considers a few factors any entrepreneur should think about when starting a new company.