ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The perks of business mentors

Ravi Govender

Starting your own business as a new entrepreneur can be very hard work and very lonely. We take a look at business mentors, someone who can provide support and valuable advice when times get tough.

MANAGEMENT: Grow your small business as if you’re raising a child


Many would argue that raising a child is a lot like growing a business. We take a look at the development process of both a child and business in a highly competitive environment.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: James Caan on the entrepreneurial journey – Pt1

James Caan, Lisa Lllingworth

Journalist Lisa Illingworth spoke to James Caan of Dragon’s Den fame about his Step Up 2 a Start Up initiative for the next edition of Finweek. In this article she speaks to Caan about his own entrepreneurial journey and who is really responsible for the development of SMMEs.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: A business plan is not enough

Entrepreneur thinking

Through the years entrepreneurs have come to rely on business plans to plot a trajectory for their small businesses. However, with more and more companies offering business plans on behalf of entrepreneurs, a new approach is needed to ensure that the entrepreneur is ready for the arduous journey to success.

MANAGEMENT: Surviving 2014 as a Small Business


With the Rand/Dollar exchange rate reaching a record high for the first time in five years, economists continue to emphasize that the South African economy is not out of the woods yet. We look at how small enterprises are going to be affected this year.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP IDEA: How to navigate securing finance for your business in 2014


A common issue raised among local entrepreneurs is the ease of access to business finance, which is often criticised due to the difficulties experienced when attempting to secure funding to either establish, or grow, a business. The reality is that there is money available for entrepreneurs with the right idea.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP IDEA: Importance of ‘personal stock taking’ for SA’s SME owners


Over its last few editions, the Finweek team has been warning entrepreneurs and business owners to be careful of burning themselves out and not having an opportunity to recharge their batteries. Here is another view.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP IDEA: Small businesses getting ahead in SA


With the right guidance and support, small businesses in South Africa seemed to have grown significantly over the past decade. We look at a few examples of small companies that have escalated due to great opportunities and explore the underlying factors that make these companies so successful.

YES! This is how South Africa needs to teach entrepreneurship


One of the biggest challenges facing South Africa at the moment is the question of how to foster an entrepreneurial culture amongst the youth. Unfortunately much of the teaching that takes place in schools and support initiatives is very theoretical in nature and doesn’t capture the realities of being an entrepreneur.

Is there still hope in BEE?

Moxima Gama

A few years ago, the sound of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) resonated loudly and was the showcase of ‘many business opportunities’ or ’a rapid move up the corporate ladder’. The excitement after university was irrepressible; just the thought of having the red carpet rolled out because I was ‘previously disadvantaged’ and, therefore, qualified for special treatment, made me ever grateful for being black. Over the years, however, the excitement faded, and I began to question whether I really benefited from all the perks of the BEE policy.