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5 Tech Trends To Make Your Business Flourish

Don’t let technology scare you. If implemented correctly, it can help you take your business to the next level.

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Technology continues to grow at a pace many of us find difficult to keep up with, but there’s no denying the need to embrace tech in order to maximise efficiency and improve various systems within your business. Fortunately, you don’t have to be the most tech-savvy entrepreneur out there in order to implement fresh, new ideas in the workplace.

Epson South Africa, global innovators in cutting-edge printing technology, shows you how to use the latest tech to cut unnecessary expenditure, gain the edge over competitors and keep staff satisfied at work.

1Migrate to the cloud

Using the internet to store important information will not only save you the hassle of worrying about sudden malfunctions with back-up drives, but also means you and your employees do not have to be in the office in order to get work done.

Cloud-computing allows authorised personnel to access information from wherever they are, securely and conveniently. Employees are also able to collaborate on projects as a team.

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2Time-management and tracking

You can use Microsoft Outlook or even Google Calendar to set and share tasks, appointments and updates with co-workers to ensure everyone in the office is on the same page.

There are also time-tracking applications employees can use to log working hours and daily activities, enhancing productivity and simultaneously allowing management to monitor how company time is spent.

3Web conferencing

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There’s just no substitute for a face-to-face conversation, particularly when it comes to meeting a prospective client or discussing important matters with a business partner.

Web conferencing is a great way to avoid the stress (and cost) of meeting at an expensive restaurant or indeed booking a flight to meet clients based abroad.

With data speeds on the rise in South Africa, the clarity of video calls has improved drastically over the years – and, if you don’t have the fastest internet connection, you can always use the audio function on its own to produce high-quality voice calls.

4Efficient office equipment

If you find yourself spending far too much time and money on repairing old office equipment or replacing consumables, it might be time to invest in new computers, printers and scanners that employ the latest technology to save money on maintenance costs in the long run and save energy to reduce your business’s carbon footprint.

Epson’s innovative Ink Tank System (ITS) printers, for instance, use cutting-edge print-head and ink top-up technology, available on models like the L655 and M200, which allows you to print up to 6 000 full-colour or monochrome pages before needing to refill the ink tank. Models like the Epson L1300 also come with a three-year warranty.

Related: 7 Tools To Increase Productivity And Efficiency

5Social media as a motivational tool

A happy workforce increases productivity, which in turn has a positive impact on your bottom line. Offering praise and recognition to employees on a public platform, like Facebook or LinkedIn, helps boost morale and shows staff that their contributions are valued.

This is also a great way to encourage employees to engage with the company’s social media pages organically, which does wonders for a business’s image in the public domain.

Work on implementing some of these tech trends in your business to encourage productivity, boost morale and optimise business systems and processes, helping you run a more efficient business.

Purchase a selected Ink Tank System printer before 31 March 2017 and receive up to R1600 back in cash. Visit www.epson.co.za/itscashback for more details on this promotion.  For more top tech tips to improve your business, home or classroom environment, as well as the latest printer technology available, visit www.epson.co.za

Epson has always been ahead of its time. Quite literally. Founded in 1942 as a small watchmaking factory – Daiwa Kogyo Ltd. (later Seiko) – the company went on to become the official timekeeper for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, recording and printing athletes’ results. This process inspired our printers, the first of which was launched in 1968 as the electronic printer (EP). The EP was quickly followed by the EP-101 (our first commercial printer, the world’s smallest, and the EP’s “son”). Epson was born.

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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

Related: We Want To Invite You To Join Us On The Hi-Q Journey And Become A Franchisee

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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.

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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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