Powerful Execution

Starting a business comes with never ending obstacles on the path. For example, has this ever happened in your business:  You are passionate, ethical and competent. You are working hard. Yet when you meet potential clients, they constantly, doubt you and the business. Despite your best efforts, the potential client carries a lingering doubt about

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ecommerce, selling online, online sales

10X Value

Imagine  You leave a comfortable job to start a business. Your boss discourages you from doing it. You start the business from your garage. Nobody knows your business. You work really hard at building it. You employ staff. You move to bigger premises. You bring investors on board. Over time, the business grows from strength

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emotions, adventure, vacations

Financial freedom

What does financial freedom mean for an entrepreneur? From experience working with entrepreneurs, they often mention having lots and lots of money, never having to work again (unless they want to) and not worrying about money in their life. There is no universal meaning of financial freedom. Rather there are two dominant meanings attached to

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Fixated on funding

We were working with a talented, amazing entrepreneur in the township. He found an opportunity in the local community, started the business in 2015 and grew a loyal customer base over time. By 2021, he had completed several SMME development programmes, garnered media attention and was poised to grow the business further. Yet the business

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coins, currency, investment

Cash future

  Over the years, having trained, mentored and supported entrepreneurs throughout the country, I regularly find they have an all consuming relationship with cash (or the lack of it) in their business.  Cash flow Simplistically, if the cash coming into your business is less than the cash going out, you have a problem. It doesn’t

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Catch me if you can

Con-artist The title of this post was inspired by the movie, Catch Me If You Can,  a biographical film about the life of Frank Abagnale.  He was a con artist, posing as a pilot, doctor and other roles, issuing fake checks for services. The movie follows the FBI agent chasing Frank across the country as

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savings, budget, investment

Late payment to SMME’s

Cash flow is the lifeblood of a business.  Unfortunately SMMEs in South Africa have been on the receiving end for a long time. SMMEs are left waiting payment, month after month, by government and corporates. It strangles their cashflow, reducing their ability to operate and meet their obligations. Waiting for an additional month or two,

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road, coast, cliff

Funders and entrepreneurs

Throughout the life of a business, an entrepreneur experiences the pain of access to finance. From the time they have a business idea, to starting out on the path and later growing the business, securing finance is a struggle. From experience, working with funders and entrepreneurs, there is a massive disconnect between them in practice. In

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road, coast, cliff

Making a difference

We live in a country that is globally seen fairly, having an advanced economy on the continent, and well ahead of our regional neighbors. We live in a country that is blessed with beautiful weather, abundant natural resources and warm hospitality. We live in a country that is increasingly failing to fulfill the promise of

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inequality, poverty, homeless

Unemployment Crisis

Generally, hitting new highs is always great news. Except when it comes to unemployment in South Africa.  We keep reaching new record levels of unemployment, with no end in sight. The reality on the ground is far worse than the official statistics, pointing to an unfolding nightmare for millions of South Africans. With COVID-19, more

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