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Simplifying The Business Of Being In Business

Here are some things you could do to streamline your IT Systems so that it works for you and not against you.

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Running a business is hard work, as any entrepreneur would attest to. Regardless of your title, in many instances you would need to fulfil multiple roles within your organisation.

With the current economic climate the onus is on Business owners to focus on the right tasks that would progress their organisations… minimised effort for maximised return.

At the heart of some of the frustrations is to keep your basic systems afloat, and dealing with multiple institutions and consultants to keep your IT systems updated and in check.

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Your end goal is to let you IT systems work for you to drive your business growth. One also needs to ensure productivity and collaboration aspects are aligned to your IT Strategy.

1. Find a trusted Partner

Invest time in finding the right partner for your technology needs, in an ideal scenario a single partner would provide you with assurance that that they understand your total solution and business needs, instead of providing you disconnected pieces , that don’t really fit together.

Avoiding a premium retainer of a solutions partner, could be an expensive oversight in the long run as technology plays such an intrinsic role in how your day to day business operates.

In the case of Vodacom, we have an extensive Partner network through which your selected partner and Vodacom are able to assist your business with building a comprehensive ICT Solution that speaks to your business needs.

2. Consolidate & Adapt

Once you have established your partner relationship, work together to create a strategy which would work for your business.

Your Business core service or product functions need to be carefully determined and aligned with the solutions that you have for your ICT services. Review your current systems and decide if they are still relevant, and that you are not paying for services that no longer benefit you.

As your business grows you would need to review these systems to ensure that they are sustainable in the long run, and will scale as you need.

3. Investigate Cloud opportunities for your business

Although Cloud is not a new concept it is not generally clear to all Entrepreneurs on what it actually means in the real world and putting it into practice.

Cloud services should provide you with Scale, agility and easy payment options.

It needs to grow with your business, and it needs to give you peace of mind that someone is looking after your IT while you out in the world growing your company

The trick is to focus on what you want out of it. Consider the following:

  • Do you have preference for capital expenditure vs monthly expenditure?
  • Do you have existing infrastructure that still do what you need it to do, but there are some devices that require a refresh?
  • Do you have capacity onsite to host your services, or are space and power a concern?
  • How do your employees connect to your environment? Do they travel or are they office bound?
  • How crucial is your Data to your businesses day to day operation?

All these factors will determine your Cloud strategy and how you move towards the end state.

Moving to Cloud services should not be an overnight event. It should be gradual considering all factors such as your existing investments.

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Often things like Data backup and continuity are overlooked as they are considered a grudge purchase, but it might save you many hours of work in case of a failure, mitigating financial and operation risk

Managed services through Cloud providers such as Vodacom will provide you with the assurance that all elements are considered, planned and follows stringent processes to ensure uptime for your it systems. At the end of the day you can focus on your business while your Cloud provider supports you to grow.

Vodacom operates in five countries namely South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania. Vodacom's footprint in sub-Saharan Africa is strengthened by its subsidiary Vodacom Business Africa, Africa's largest provider of satellite and terrestrial network infrastructure and interconnection services for African and International telecommunications companies. Vodacom Business Africa's pan African network and on the ground presence in 14 African countries.

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With Hundreds Of Franchise Options Out There, Choose The One You Can Trust

If you’re looking to invest in a business venture that offers you years of experience in the industry, the trust and loyalty of its customers, and franchise support from an expert team – then Hi-Q is the one for you.

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What you’ll become a part of

Since opening their doors in 1999, Hi-Q has gone from strength to strength, growing a humble three store enterprise into an extensive 130-store franchise network with a unique multi-product and multi-services automotive offering.

Hi-Q’s approach to business is centred around being ‘the one you can trust’ to their customers, their suppliers and their franchisees.

“That has always been the key driver in everything we do,” says Sean Harrison, Hi-Q’s Managing Director. “For example, when it comes to our customers, they need to know they can rely on us to put their safety first.

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That we’ll always strive to offer them expert, friendly service and top of the range products, while also keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies and advancements in our field.”

An acclaimed and awarded brand

Hi-Q has again and again proven themselves to be a leader in the industry.

They’ve been voted South Africa’s No.1 tyre retailer for eight consecutive years (2010 – 2017) by consumers in the Ask Africa Icon Brands Survey, the biggest of its kind in Africa – a clear indication that they are respected and trusted by their customers.

Business support

Hi-Q Franchisees all have the support of an expert and knowledgeable team with years of experience in the industry, who are available to guide them on their business venture. This includes areas of business such as marketing/promotional, commercial, organisational structure, tools and equipment, sales and more.

Franchisees also have access to various skills training opportunities for members of their team.
Hi-Q is invested in providing their network with the tools needed to thrive and grow in an ever-challenging market.

Relationship with Goodyear

Hi-Q has the support and backing of international tyre of multinational premium tyre manufacturer, Goodyear, and its full value proposition. This means access to incredible promotional and marketing opportunities in partnership with the brand.

Franchising opportunities

Hi-Q has embarked on an extensive expansion plan and have identified areas of opportunity to extend their Franchise footprint growth countrywide.

You’ll find more information on our website www.hiq.co.za We’d like to invite those who are interested to become part of our team to contact 011 663 2431 or bernie_andrews@goodyear.co.za

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Get The Edge This Winter

Five short courses from WITS kicking off in July will give you the competitive edge.

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From Gauteng’s most trusted provider of the best learning experiences, come five WITS-curated courses starting in July 2019. Use the longer, colder days to curl up with a “good book” and emerge from winter with a new edge.

There are three online short courses offered via the WITS Digital Campus, starting 15 July.

Managing Labour Relations

This 10 week course will equip you with sound knowledge of South Africa’s complex labour landscape and an understanding of your legal rights as an employee or employer.

You will also learn skills for navigating employer / employee relationships successfully, and get tools for managing disputes effectively. There are eight modules, covered in online lectures over eight weeks, requiring a commitment of five to seven hours per week. The exam is in week 10.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Practice

This 10 week course is packed with practical and theoretical information to help retail managers, supply chain supervisors, stock controllers and even CEOs drive efficiencies in the value chain.

It covers everything from improving exporting transportation, warehousing, order processing and procurement to financial management and managing waste. There are eight modules, covered in online lectures over eight weeks, requiring a commitment of five to seven hours per week. The exam is in week 10.

Applied Digital Marketing

We operate in an increasingly digital world and traditional marketing must include digital aspects and channels to be relevant.

This 10 week course will teach you to think digital, talk digital and deliver effective digital campaigns to elevate marketing and brand-building initiatives. You will learn to conceptualise and implement successful digital marketing strategies that drive customer acquisition, optimise your digital footprint and deliver business results.

There are eight modules, covered in online lectures over eight weeks, requiring a commitment of five to seven hours per week. The exam is in week 10.

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Comprehensive onsite courses in July include:

Real Estate Investment Analysis

This intensive five day course is for people who have been introduced to the real estate discipline at NQF 4 and NQF 5 levels. It is designed to provide higher level, more focused training as well as tools for analysing different types of real estate investments at the individual asset level, and measuring investment performance.

The course will benefit property practitioners who do not have property degrees; past graduates of SAPOA programmes in different aspects of the real estate business and people from different disciplinary backgrounds considering entering the profession.  The course takes place over five days from 1 to 5 July 2019.

Advanced Performance Management

Presented by the School of Accountancy together with Wits Enterprise, this course is designed to prepare students for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Professional level exams.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use strategic planning and control models to plan and monitor organisational performance
  • Assess and identify key external influences on organisational performance
  • Apply strategic performance measurement techniques in evaluating and improving organisational performance
  • Advise on business performance evaluation as well as recognize vulnerability to corporate failure

The course will run from 15 July to 22 October 2019.

For more information on registering for any of these courses, criteria for registering, and costs, visit.

Related: The Importance of Outsourcing Your Payroll

This article was originally posted on Entrepreneur.com/sa.

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The Importance of Outsourcing Your Payroll

One of an organisation’s biggest overheads is that of salaries and wages. And yet, if these are not processed on time, it can negatively impact staff morale and create the impression that the company is not financially stable.

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For a small business, payroll is normally the responsibility of an accountant or bookkeeper, but even administrators can sometimes be roped in to do the job, even though they have no expertise in the matter. This is where the value of outsourcing your payroll comes in.

When should you outsource?

  • If you want to grow your business but are not aware of ongoing legislative changes that could pose a risk to your company, then it is better to get professionals to assist.
  • Accountants and bookkeepers are not specialists and do not keep up with the compliance environment. If you outsource your payroll, you enable them to focus their core duties and not get bogged down by legislative complexities.

How to choose an outsourced service provider

Understandably, payroll is a sensitive subject dealing with highly confidential information.

This is often the last thing a small business owner wants to outsource. It is therefore vital that the company does its homework and researches the potential outsourcing partner thoroughly.

Instead of going with the first available service provider or the cheapest one, here are some questions to ask:

  • Is the service provider a one-man band and, if so, what backup resources are available?
  • Is the service provider a recognised payroll provider belonging to a professional body?
  • Do they have the necessary training and skills on payroll?
  • What does the service provider do to ensure it stays up to date with legislation?
  • How secure is the payroll data and can the service provider take on historic data?
  • How easy is it to recover your payroll data in the event of a disaster?
  • What value-adds can the service provider offer? These can include anything from leave management and third-party payments, to employee self-service, time and attendance management, and any other related human resource service.
  • Can they process salaries and/or wages hourly, weekly, fortnightly, or monthly?
  • Can the service provider accommodate your growth requirements if you open new branches?
  • Is the service provider able to assist with payrolls in other African countries, manage their currencies, and deal with their regulatory environments?
  • What processes are in place to ensure the timeous processing of payrolls?

The advantages of outsourcing your payroll

One of the most obvious benefits of going the outsourcing route is freeing up your resources to focus on your core strategic objectives. This ensures you provide quality of service and control costs while an experienced partner takes care of your payroll.

Here are a few other benefits:

  • Reduce operating costs.
  • Statutory compliance and consistent service delivery.
  • Access to the latest technology, as well as skilled and dedicated payroll resources.
  • Access to a secure, risk-free and confidential payroll environment.
  • Increased flexibility and responsiveness.
  • Streamlined internal processes and procedures.

This article was originally posted on Entrepreneur.com/sa.

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