Remember your first year as an entrepreneur? Or would you rather forget it? That was when you let yourself get wet behind the ears and learnt many lessons, mainly through trial and error. Ouch, some things still hurt!                 Here are some lessons all new entrepreneurs- can benefit from. They […]


The World Cup in Brazil has taken football frenzy to a new high. So what better time to consider what business people can learn from this exciting game? Those 90 minutes could be worth a lifetime of learning. 1. Have a goal – and defend it with your life. Don’t let anyone stop you from achieving the goal […]

Avoid That Culture Shock

In today’s fast-moving and interconnected world, business people are constantly criss-crossing continents. However, it is important to understand that each country has its own customs and rituals and ways of doing business. It’s best to understand the customs of the country you are visiting as well as of the foreign business people visiting you to avoid those ‘culture […]

Shared Office vs Home Office

So, you’ve taken the leap. You have decided to give up working for others and start a business on your own. You have the determination and the drive – and are willing to do what it takes to make a success of your business. At this juncture, it is likely that you will need to take a […]

Is Your Business Kinetic?

Kinetic: relating to or resulting from motion. A question most businesses need to ask themselves today is: how ‘kinetic’ is my business? The key word in the dictionary definition of ‘kinetic’ is ‘motion”. Is your business moving, adapting, constantly changing, to meet the needs of the times? Or is, as is often the case even with so-called modern […]

Checklist For Business Travellers

You’re a business traveler. You know too well that things don’t always go as planned. To avoid hassles, even last-minute panics, here’s a checklist of things to pack, as collated from frequent travelers. Don’t leave home without them!   Your own MiFi hotspot. It’s a credit card-sized package that give you access to 4G networks. Saves a lot […]

Good Conference Rooms – On The Agenda For Success In Business

There is a little-explored idea that can give your business a competitive edge. And that is, making sure you have access to good conference venues.  Meeting for business around a conference table is professional and a great image-booster.  These days a video or Powerpoint presentation is essential to communicate what your business is about and […]

Sharing An Office Makes Good Business Sense

One of the first important decisions a start-up or small business needs to make is – where do we work from?  While a home office may seem like an attractive low – or no – cost option, there are several drawbacks, the main one being that it does not give a professional image. So you […]

How To Master Your Workflow

Working is not just a nine to five thing. It’s what you accomplish in that time that really counts. How can you organize your time for greater productivity? Here are some easy ways  you can master your workflow:   1. Make a to-do list. People at the top use a to-do list every single day. […]

Being Your Own Boss – And Loving It!

How does it feel to give yourself a pay cheque, a bonus, a promotion? When you are self-employed, you are the boss. What a feeling! But also remember what US President Harry Truman said, “The buck stops here.” The other side of self-employment is self-reliance. Being self-employed is primarily a way to earn an income. […]