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  • Tips every small business owner should consider [Sponsored]

    Starting your own business is exciting. Designing a product, getting in touch with potential clients, making some moolah and even contributing to job creation is all part of the deal. But as good as it may feel being an entrepreneur, what many small business owners will agree, is that it is definitely not as easy as riding a bike – the road is much bumpier. And you’ll probably end up asking yourself, “am I doing this right?” on more than one occasion. Do not fret though, there are ways to avoid decisions that could ruin your chances. Have a plan of action Planning...

  • Innovation accelerator Startupbootcamp hosts FastTracks to source top startup talent across the globe [Sponsored]

    Startupbootcamp (SBC), a global family of industry-focused accelerators, last year launched its first-ever Africa-based programme. Building on the success of its inaugural 2017 Cape Town tech venture accelerator program, SBC Cape Town now embarks upon its FastTrack tour for 2018 – sourcing top-tier tech startups to join the programme’s second year. The first-ever Cape Town Accelerator was a rollercoaster success with 32 corporate agreements including pilots and proof-of-concepts, signed during the accelerator. “To sign 32 agreements is above average for any Startupbootcamp programme in the network. However, when compared to other first-time programmes, SBC Cape Town is the top performing programme. Even...

  • Understanding the value of reputation management in insurance [Sponsored]

    The digital world is relentless when it comes to a brand's online reputation. Negative reviews can impact how clients interact with your products, can undermine sales, and can halt foot traffic for brick-and- mortar establishments. About 89% of people say that reviews have a direct influence over their purchasing decisions, with the majority noting that they will refuse to interact with a business if they found negative information online. Why is it difficult to manage online reputation? Due to the sheer numbers of people who use social-media platforms, information, even negative information, spreads like wildfire. One negative review can be retweeted to thousands...

  • Wrike – project management software for entrepreneurs [Partner Content]

    The world wide web has enabled people from all over the world to start a business. From the US to Japan, a growing number of entrepreneurs are starting and growing their own ventures, giving themselves more opportunities to realise their dreams. With the increasing popularity of the internet and successful online businesses, entrepreneurs have found that using the right project management solution to manage their daily business operations to be a key decision. There are literally hundreds of project management tools available on the market that claim to be the best project management software for entrepreneurs. Some have more of a rightful...

  • The do’s and don’t’s of mixing business with pleasure [Sponsored]

    The majority of us spend most of our time, sadly enough, in work. And because of this it's easy to see how so many of us find a partner, a fling or a sense of excitement with someone in the work place. The chance encounters in work, the meeting up on a dating website or the years of working with someone you like very often boils down to an office romance that can improve or destroy your working day. Whether you're already seeing someone in work or a love interest has recently become single here are some do's and don'ts to help...

  • What you need to know about commercial vehicle insurance [Sponsored]

    With most businesses thriving on mobility, the numerous dangers that your commercial vehicle is exposed to on South Africa's roads are quite significant. As a business owner of commercial vehicles, it is important for you to understand your business vehicle insurance needs. Commercial vehicle insurance differs in comparison for most insurance companies and therefore standardised packages (along with optional extras) are offered by insurers. It is always best to choose a tailored insurance cover for your business, for example, commercial vehicles that operate within shorter routes do not require the same cover as those that travel long distance. We've put together...

  • Accenture SA awarded level 1 B-BBEE status [Sponsored]

    Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been awarded a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Level 1 status in South Africa under the Government initiative introduced to empower historically disadvantaged groups and boost the economy. Following a successful B-BBEE verification process based on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Codes by Empowerdex, Accenture’s investment on skills development programmes for black employees was cited as a significant contribution to the achievement of Level 1 status. "Accenture’s programmes to identify, recruit and train historically disadvantaged individuals who show potential to develop their skills pre-date government requirements," said William Mzimba, Chief Executive of Accenture in South Africa...

  • Public-private sector collaboration is key to addressing ICT skills shortage [Sponsored]

    Setjhaba Molloyi, Managing Director for Accenture South Africa Delivery Centre, says there is no doubt that we are in the midst of a major technology evolution and organisations across all sectors are going through a significant transformation. To address the skills shortage issue and make a great impact in the economy as well as create more jobs, public-private sector collaboration is key, says Setjhaba Molloyi. "That is why Accenture works very closely with partners across all sectors (including SAP, SETA and various NGOs) to increase the pool of ICT professionals who have the requisite skills," notes Molloyi. Accenture is working with...

  • Platform economy: do SMEs need their own platforms? [Sponsored]

    As weak growth dogs the world economy, there's a tendency to turn to multinational companies to drive a recovery of trade and investment. But the roles of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often overlooked. New digital technologies now make it easier for small businesses to expand and export. And the emergence of digitally-enabled platforms, in particular, offers one of the fastest routes to export-led growth. It may seem counter-intuitive that SMEs can compete alongside the leading platform brands we know so well today: Uber, Airbnb, Tencent, Alibaba and others. These powerhouses have reshaped entire industry sectors. Indeed, some fear...

  • Digital collaboration and open innovation: SA vs. the rest of the world [Sponsored]

    In an increasingly digital and connected world, large enterprises and small entrepreneurs alike are exploring the value that can be created by closer and deeper collaboration with each other. Enterprises gain access to new skills, ideas, talent and markets, while entrepreneurs tap into large companies’ distribution networks and customer bases. In fact, recent Accenture research titled: Harnessing the Power of Entrepreneurs to Open Innovation, found that 82 percent of large companies say they can learn from entrepreneurs about how to become a digital business. And 50 percent believe they need to work with entrepreneurs to be sufficiently innovative. Yet obstacles to effective collaboration remain. Entrepreneurs...