Lean Start-ups and Business Plans

[simple-author-box] Lean Start-ups are used for developing products and businesses based on ‘validated learning’, getting customer feedback quickly and often. It was introduced by Eric Ries during 2011 (1) with the objective to eliminate uncertainty in the product development process. Since then, this practice has transformed the way companies are developed (Natasha Hussein, Entrepreneur). Most astonishingly was the … Continue reading Lean Start-ups and Business Plans

Business Plans

A Business Plan to Take Control of Your Own Destiny Then You Need a Business Plan! Business Plans are well-researched and written documents show what businesses are and also explains how they work. They  show the things that will make businesses work. A Business Plan is also handy to have when you want to borrow … Continue reading Business Plans

The value of business plans when you start a business

How many people that want to start their own business have a business plan in mind as one of the first things they must do before opening their doors? Not many… Recent research reported by the “Start Up Donut” showed that more than 1.5 million UK SMEs (about one third) don’t have business plans.

How to Write your First Business Blog Post

So, you’ve decided that your business needs a website. After all, you’d spend a lot of time choosing your domain name, and sign up with a reputable ISP host. Even more, you’d followed the advice of your ISP host and chose WordPress.org as a CRM platform. But now you need to write your fist business … Continue reading How to Write your First Business Blog Post

Add your Business Online and so Defeat the Virus

What should you do to add your business online? For one thing, you should add the online channel urgently to your business model. Why? Because, we’re now for months in the devastating grip of the CORVID-19 lock down, and with little relief in sight. As a result, your customers are staying at their homes for … Continue reading Add your Business Online and so Defeat the Virus

Organic Search and Search Engines give your Website Sustainability over the Long-Term

Organic search and search engines are critical to sustain your website over the long-term. In fact, if you can get these two working together, the user traffic to your website will increase markedly. As a result, there will be more clicks on your website, and, even better, more conversions. So, what does a good result … Continue reading Organic Search and Search Engines give your Website Sustainability over the Long-Term

The Challenge of Doing Business in South Africa

[simple-author-box] Doing business in South Africa is not for the fainthearted. In fact, South Africa dropped from 34th place out of 181 countries on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking in 2009 to 82nd out of 192 countries last year, leaving the country trailing its African peers, including Mauritius (20), Rwanda (29) and … Continue reading The Challenge of Doing Business in South Africa

How easy is it for SMEs to get Business Loans from Commercial Banks?

Commercial banks hate giving business loans to small businesses. Indeed, it’s almost impossible for a start-ups and micro businesses to get funded by commercial banks. That’s because banks avoid giving money to what they perceive as ‘risky’ business… How so? Dr. Paul Smith, Lead Researcher of the “Inaugural South African SMME Access to Finance Report … Continue reading How easy is it for SMEs to get Business Loans from Commercial Banks?

Good Store Atmospherics Helps Getting More Customers to your Retail Store

Store atmospherics that is prepared correctly and for your customers to enjoy will help to keep your store’s door open. Indeed, it may give you a competitive advantage over your nearest rivals. Furthermore, a customer that enjoyed a great experience while visiting your shop may return, and tell her friends about you. After all, businesses … Continue reading Good Store Atmospherics Helps Getting More Customers to your Retail Store