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What should you and Richard Branson have in common?

Make 2017 the year when you really observe what your clients and prospects do and say, writes Shirley Anthony

The last 4 things you need to do this year

Enter 2017 in the right frame of mind

What is the role of entrepreneurs in helping to avoid a downgrade next year?

The ability of SMEs to persevere in difficult economic times will contribute positively to economic growth and job creation, writes Trudi Makhaya

Why 2017 is the year to finally build a strong innovation culture in your business

‘Own’ innovation and build it into the organisational culture, writes Annelize van Rensburg

The entrepreneurs' formula for building wealth

Meet those BIG targets by running a growth-focused business, writes Shirley Anthony

Entrepreneurs don't wait

Create your own fate, writes Rick Ed

Speak to your customer, not just the season AND other festive season lessons

At the end of a busy year the last thing they want is to be bombarded with more pushy adverts, writes Dov Girnun

Maximise your festive profits with hands-on leadership and well-trained staff

"When superior performance over a critical period is vital, wishy-washy statements from the boss’s office probably won’t cut it," writes Aki Kalliatakis

Going beyond the pitch

Help investors, your clients and team to realise your business' true value, writes Gizelle Meyer

What business owners can learn from 2016 and the trends ahead

Economic and fiscal outlook by Trudi Makhaya

7 things you can do today to boost your team's performance

Build a team that shares your passion, and has the skills you need, writes Dov Girnun

Are you a small business owner or an entrepreneur?

The ability to spot opportunities where there are challenges is the key difference between the two, writes Rick Ed

Key themes for entrepreneurs to look out for in the medium term budget

From tax proposals to funding allocations for entrepreneurs - these are the issues that should be on your radar

Is there still hope for the 'intrapreneur'?

Michelle Moss on mixing the inner entrepreneur with the corporate go-getter

The importance of trust in a digital world

Your customers deserve no less than total honesty, writes Aki Kalliatakis

Taking a community-orientated approach to networking

Support and promote those around you to create a healthy, thriving entrepreneurial community, writes Dov Girnun

Use these 6 strategies to create a solid marketing plan

How your market, competitors and sales data can help you determine who you should be selling to

'To the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebel and the troublemakers'

What we can learn from those that break the rules, writes Rick Ed

You have heard of the millennial - now meet the Afrillennial

The new way of recruiting young people into your business, writes Andy Coe

The big questions you have to be able to answer to get that funding

It comes down to team, market and profit, writes Rick Ed

Women too deserve to have their cake and eat it

Gender diversity is not only a social issue, but also a pressing business challenge, writes Kay Vittee

Why constant reinvention is the secret to keeping your business in the game

It's when business is going well that you should undertake new challenges, writes Shirley Anthony

This is how your SME can capitalise on seasonal fluctuations

The 4 areas of your business that are most affected by seasonality trends and how to prepare for them

What fears are holding you back as an entrepreneur?

Turn your personal weaknesses into opportunities, writes Rick Ed

5 strategies to survive a zero growth economy

Pursue smart, value-preserving cost-cutting measures and avoid destructive or short-sighted cost-cutting, and other ideas to implement, writes Trudi Makhaya

Why small businesses lose employees in tough economic times

Your top performers matter the most when the chips are down, writes Kay Vittee

Accountability and transparency in business- why they matter

Business owners - know your basic legal duties and responsibilities, writes Monisha Prem

How good companies use difficult times to become great

'It is the thoughts that break us down – not the business', writes Karabo Songo

Think your business is unique? It might not be unique enough

Be relentless when differentiating your business, and make this a target that you continually strive for, writes Allon Raiz

Can success rub off?

Expose yourself to other entrepreneurs to increase your chances of success, writes Rick Ed

We answer all your big social media policy questions

Frequently asked questions about employee rights and responsibilities online

What Brexit could mean for the African continent

South Africa's already bad economy may be the worst affected by Brexit, writes Dipolelo Moime

You are a leader

Every decision you make and act on – in business or in life – is you being a leader, writes Rick Ed

How money remittance has leapfrogged Africa’s financial industry

Africa is open to fintech solutions that work to solve their everyday challenges, writes Dipolelo Moime

Maybe your business shouldn't be on social media

It's better to not have a presence online than to be visible with no derived 'value', writes Lebogang Mokubela

The unstoppable rise of African fintech

How the success stories are getting it right, writes Dominique Collett

The investment risk that all property entrepreneurs should know about

Know and understand the disadvantages of renting out your property, writes Lesiba Mooka

Why the 'customer is king' mantra is not enough

Want your franchise to succeed, show your customers that you genuinely care, writes Aki Kalliatakis

Why so few entrepreneurs?

What is REALLY holding SA's entrepreneurship levels back, asks Rick Ed

What you need to know about contracting online

A legal guide to electronic contracts for business owners, writes Monisha Prem

The Joburg vs Cape Town customer: Here’s why shouldn’t believe the hype

Get out there and talk to your customers before someone else does, writes Matt Fisher

Want people to remember your name? Give them an unforgettable experience

Every business owner needs to understand (and respect) the power of a name, writes Joseph Neusu

What investors need to know about property flipping

While this trend has great potential to yield good stable returns - this is how to get it right, writes Lesiba Mooka

Legal requirements for product packaging and labeling

Important advice for getting this important advertising and information device right

Yes - small businesses can still attract top talent

Find out what Employee Value Proposition is - and how you can use it to get your hiring right

Your customers want to know you stand with them in tough times

Aki Kalliatakis on why smart businesses are committing to their customers NOW

Everything property entrepreneurs should know this year

While the local economy might be going through a rough patch, there are still reasons to be optimistic about the property sector, writes Lesiba Mooka

How teaching entrepreneurship too late is holding SA back

Entrepreneurship should be encouraged and fostered from a high school level, writes Jessica Cilliers

How women can utilise tech to break the glass ceiling

There continues to be a lack of clear incentives for ensuring inclusive advancement of women into leadership positions, writes Tavonga Musingarabwi

8 ways capable CEOs lead in tough times

With South African businesses under increasing pressure, this is how leaders should respond, writes Annelize van Rensburg

A legal guideline for naming your business

Monisha Prem breaks down what is required and what is prohibited

Traditional and digital marketing are not mutually exclusive in Africa

The full potential of digital marketing on the continent has not been tapped into, writes Joseph Neusu

Entrepreneurial passion disease

What role does the media play in giving us a skewed understanding and personal expectation of the concept of "passion"? asks Allon Raiz

Preparing for the unthinkable as an entrepreneur

Can your business survive if you can’t be there to run it day-to-day for several weeks? asks Rick Ed

How to come up with a billion-dollar app idea in Africa

To find success, don't forget the continent you are operating in, writes Tavonga Musingarabwi

Is there room for Snapchat in the African market?

Taking on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube is still a tall order for the $15 billion messaging new kid on the block says digital strategist Tavonga Musingarabwi

The business, economic and political trends that will affect every business owner this year

Expect macroeconomic challenges, a vocal civil society and the rise of the black industrialists, writes Trudi Makhaya

The important conversation you should be having with potential customers

Too busy mopping the floor to turn off the tap? AND other deadly startup mistakes - writes Rick Ed

What our thought leaders want you to know moving into 2016

Leadership advice from our favourite columns this year

Customer service hacks for the festive season

Here is how to design the ultimate shopping experience, writes Aki Kalliatakis

How do you keep the excitement going?

Try these ideas for enhancing a customer-focused culture in your business, writes Aki Kalliatakis

What the upcoming generation of consumers means for your business

How retailers can appeal to the group of thinkers, doers and spenders

5 ways to avoid the end-of-year productivity decline

Ideas to keep yourself and your team motivated, writes Kay Vittee

The top 12 scale up lessons venture capitalists want to share with SA entrepreneurs

This is what funders want you to do BEFORE you approach them, writes Amina Patterson

The 5 biggest mistakes SA entrepreneurs make when applying lean startup

Why applying the method incorrectly is holding you back from startup success, writes Paul Smith

The advantages of involving your employees in decision making

SME owners risk losing BIG by not engaging with their employees, writes Kay Vittee

The 5 things effective entrepreneurs do everyday

If you are keen to make a success of your entrepreneurial venture, it takes focus each day on activities that yield results writes Donna Rachelson

Using the property clock as a guide to successful investing in property

Assessing the market conditions at a particular period can help investors make an informed investment decision, writes Lesiba Mooka

Is the Employment Tax Incentive working?

Guest contributor, Rob Cooper, takes a look how effective this legislation has been in tackling youth unemployment

Who influences your thinking?

Time is a limited resource, spend it on things that inspire greatness in you, writes Garth Jemmett

What nobody tells you about being your own boss

This is what every would-be entrepreneur should know, writes Martina Laurie

What are you doing to future-proof your business?

Whether we like it or not, our world is also changing drastically, learn to adapt, writes Rick Ed

Why mentorship shouldn't be confused with friendship

Good mentors successfully share the benefits of their experience, writes Gizelle McIntyre

The value of building deeper relationships in business

If you don't make an impression you'll never stand out from your competitors, and you'll always be judged on price only, writes Garth Jemmett

5 websites that entrepreneurs can use to learn how to code

If you are building a digital business or want to be able to create your own website and apps, here are the best resources to help you, writes Tsitsi Mkonto

4 things you can start doing today to save on interest charges on your mortgage

With the recent interest rate hike, here is how property owners and investors can save thousands of Rands, writes Lesiba Mooka

What the richest woman in Africa taught me

The business principles that Nigeria's Folorunsho Alakija lives by

Do these 12 things to keep your customers forever

Aki Kalliatakis writes on how entrepreneurs can build customer loyalty

How SMEs can handle shareholder disputes

Strategic planning and knowledge of the law can effectively prevent and resolve shareholder disagreements, writes Monisha Prem

Why you should work smarter, not harder

Strategically planning your day keeps your productivity and energy levels where they should be, writes Garth Jemmett

What you need to know about mental illness in the workplace

Small businesses should send a clear signal to staff that their mental health matters, writes Kay Vittee

How to take advantage of being young and inexperienced

While starting your own business is not an option to be taken lightly, it’s definitely a route worth exploring, writes Shaun Govender

Enterprise development should be a catalyst for economic transformation

ED is a patriotic initiative, writes Treasurer of the Enterprise Development Council of South Africa, Vuyo Ncwaiba

The BIG reason why startups with business support do better than those without

Support for entrepreneurs is an imperative especially with SA's low success rates, writes Seapei Mafoyane

Xenophobia and your business

Foreign nationals have similar employment rights to South Africans, writes Kay Vittee

Are you making sales?

Without money coming in, your business is just a hobby, writes Stephen Read

The ultimate multitasking solution for the busy entrepreneur

More entrepreneurs need to take advantage of clever task list management systems, writes Lorraine Steyn

Everything you need to know about tax on rental income

Do you rent out your property? This is how to stay on the right side of the tax man, writes Lesiba Mooka

Talking creativity and entrepreneurship with Loeries CEO, Andrew Human

How questioning everything is the secret to innovation

Procurement opportunities and prompt payment for SMEs key for driving economic growth

Sivu Maqungo, CEO of Open Tenders, a B2B social networking platform, comments on the Minister of Small Business Development’s maiden budget speech

How to keep your business up and running during load shedding

A business continuity plan can mitigate the impact of load shedding and power cuts, writes guest contributor, Heino Gevers

Why the entrepreneurship game is about wins and loses

The more you do, the luckier you get, writes Stephen Read

The DNA of a startup versus a SME

It's important to understand the vision and future goals of your enterprise whatever your business, writes Selebogo Molefe

Depression: The dark side of entrepreneurship

Fear of failure, high stress levels and financial worry are some of the biggest challenges to entrepreneurs' mental health, writes Rick Ed

What you need to know about LinkedIn's recent acquisition

These are the changes the platform's 350 million users can expect, writes Tsitsi Mkonto

What you need to know about property investment clubs

Interested in property as an investment? Joining a club of investors could show you returns faster, writes Lesiba Mooka

Have a business idea in an unlikely industry? This tech startup proves you can still find success

Think your idea is impossible? Get inspired by the story of Partpic, writes Tsitsi Mkonto

How ethical is your business?

Use these 5 steps for a good working environment, writes Kay Vittee

Customer experience management in the time of social media

Give customers good reasons to stay with your brand, writes Yaron Assabi

Valuable lessons SA entrepreneurs can learn from Israel

We need to start building businesses for the world market, writes Karabo Songo
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