Starting a Business

Starting a Business

Does the South African government award grants to franchisees?

In my experience, unless you as the entrepreneur have some 'skin in the game' and a reason to get up and make the business work every morning, it seldom will.

As a start-up, what are the most important areas I should be looking at?

As a startup business, the most important areas to focus your attention on are time and money.

Is being successful as entrepreneur about sheer good luck or hard work?

Make your own luck by mastering these core entrepreneurial traits.

Are partnership agreements for spouses a requirement?

What you need to know before signing a partnership agreement with your spouse.

What should I consider when entering into a partnership?

50/50 doesn’t always mean everything is split down the middle.

Should I play it safe when choosing my target market?

There’s more opportunity for growth in under-serviced sectors.

What are the most common pitfalls in a start-up business?

You need business skills before you can start a business.

What’s the biggest threat to my start-up?

Lack of business skills can sink your new business venture.

How do I know if my new business is on track?

Your business plan can help you track the progress of your start-up.

How do I get my business idea off the ground?

There are some simple steps you should follow to launch your start-up.

How do I start a small business without a lot of money?

Start small, stick with what you know and build your business slowly.

How do I become an entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs all exhibit some of the same character traits, the good news is most of these can be developed over time.

Can I learn to be an entrepreneur?

There are steps you can follow to get you up and running in your own business.

How can I find a mentor?

Finding a mentor can be easier than you might think, you just need to know where to look.

How do I start a business with no funding?

Creative thinking can go a long way when it comes to funding a start-up.

What sort of information should a partnership contract contain?

It’s important to include all the relevant information in any partnership agreement.

How do I implement my business idea?

Do some research before starting a new venture.

Why should I care about my competition?

Ignore your competition at your peril – and it may not always be who you think.

What questions should I be asking before I sign a lease?

If you’re going to sign a three-year lease, make very sure the space will suit your requirements.

How do I choose a location for my business?

You need to consider your employees too when deciding where your business should be located.

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