We live in an age of technology and with it comes greater connectivity. This is something that has undoubtedly fueled the idea of flexible working hours more than ever – gone are the days of people having to stick rigidly to the constraints of a nine-to-five job. Flexi-hours are fast becoming a more viable reality for businesses around the world, one which is allowing employees to have more freedom and control of their working hours than ever before. As with many concepts though, there are both advantages and disadvantages that come with the flexi-hour system for employers and employees alike – read on to discover just what some of these are.
Our world is built of the product of people successfully cooperating. Life, as we know it, is only possible through unspoken convention, and that which surrounds us – houses, roads, technology, and any other artefact – is there only because humans were able to coordinate their actions towards a common end. But people are individuals as well as social beings, and the pull of selfish motives and personal goals can distract, wreck, and ruin endeavours in which their labours are an essential element.
The internet age has brought about some fundamental transformations in the way that freelancers operate. For many, possessing a laptop and access to a reliable internet connection is all that they need to get their work done. The extraordinary advances in the ways that we can operate have brought new freedom to many – it’s easier to be truly independent. But, for some, this independence can come at a cost.
Starting your own business involves coming face-to-face with the prospect of failure. This possibility, and its attendant consequences – financial strain, pressure on personal relationships, blows to drive and confidence – can be enough to warn most people off beginning their own enterprise. But the benefits of starting your own business can trump the risks that are involved.
1. Have you got the experience?
You may be freshly qualified as an accountant, with a strong independent streak coursing through your veins, and eager to break into the working life as your own boss. But this may be an error. It is recommended to accrue a good deal of varied experience as an accountant if your dream is to start your own practice.
Retrenchments are an agonising process for any business. They can cause upheaval in the lives of all involved, with those who lose their jobs being most seriously affected.
Can you support yourself?
There are many practicalities that may inhibit your ability to start your own business. If you’re planning making your endeavour a full-time job from the get-go, you will need to have enough savings to cover your living expenses.
Almost a decade on from the start of the global financial crisis, South African businesses are still facing a number of challenges. Here are some astounding figures about the state of South African small and medium businesses.
If you know of a small business that manages to rise above the rest, a provider of an outstanding service or wonderful product, now is the time to nominate them as a potential recipient of the 702/CapeTalk Small Business Awards with Sage One.
Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the process of enhancing an online offering’s presence on search engines like Google or Bing to drive more traffic to a web page. SEO is directed at ‘organic’ searches – people looking for something using a search engine receive results based on the search engine’s determination of the most relevant pages. So how do you make your business’s website rank better? How can you ensure you’re SEO friendly?
One of the great advantages of being an accountant specialising in small business is the close contact that you can have with your clients. Your influence can be instrumental in pushing your client’s business to new heights.
You’re setting out on your own, business plan honed, brimming with ideas, and ready to conquer the market. Starting a new business is one the greatest adventures you’ll have, but excitement can quickly turn to disappointment. Here’s some advice to keep in mind as you contemplate a new venture.
When you start a small business, you are faced with several challenges. In fact, these challenges start long before the business even opens its doors. All of the planning, sourcing and accounting considerations that need to be made can take months, if not years, to craft and finalise.
Following on from our interview earlier this year with head of Sage One, Steven Cohen, we’ve decided to get to know another one of the many faces behind the company’s success: introducing administrator extraordinaire and sales guru, Juan Stander.
At Sage One, we believe in giving small business owners the support they need to manage and run a successful enterprise more easily. With a range of software products available, you’re guaranteed to find the one that works for you and your payroll and accounting needs, which means that you’ll be able to spend less time balancing the books, and more time focusing on growing your company.
South Africans are many things, but with the number of start-ups that have been launched in recent years, it’s easy to see how “enterprising” is fast becoming an accurate way of describing them. More and more aspiring entrepreneurs are attempting to make their mark in South Africa’s burgeoning entrepreneurial market, many of who are driven by their need to make a difference in society and help their fellow brethren – and Lumkani is one such start-up.
In South Africa, small businesses are responsible for creating a large portion of the GDP. From small curio shops to independent convenience stores, the country is home to thousands of independently-owned businesses that have helped the economy along. However, maintaining any business, regardless of its size, can prove to be very challenging
All too often, entrepreneurs will find themselves sitting on a truly innovative idea, but without the cash to turn it into reality. A lack of adequate finances should not be the reason for aspiring business owners not being able to realise their vision, yet with so many unsuccessfully securing a business loan, this is sadly the case in some instances.
702, CapeTalk and Sage One are recognising and rewarding SA’s best small businesses. The 702/CapeTalk Small Business Awards with Sage One are underway, with more than R1 million in prizes up for grabs for the winners and runners-up in the Western Cape and Gauteng. The annual Awards seek out small businesses with big dreams and enormous potential, recognising their achievements and providing them with the support they need to grow.
Former President Nelson Mandela spent 67 years fighting for a better world. In light of this, his birthday (18 July), has been declared International Nelson Mandela Day by the United Nations. For everyone all over the world, but especially for South Africans, this day holds a special place in our hearts. The Mandela Day initiative calls on everyone from all walks of life to devote just 67 minutes of their time to helping improve the lives of others.
Everything has a beginning – even the largest and most successful companies had to start somewhere. What began as a small venture into the business software industry, soon grew into one of South Africa’s leading developer of accounting, payroll and business management software. Here’s a brief look at how Sage One Accounting came to be [
In a previous post we took a look at the reasons why your small business needs Sage One Payroll software, so in this post we’ll be showing you how Sage One accounting software can help you run your business more smoothly. Here at Sage One, we value the hard work, effort and commitment that goes into getting a new business off the ground and operating smoothly and efficiently.
Sometimes in business, you get thrown a curveball and when you least expect it, things can get shaken up – and that’s just what we’ve decided to do with our exciting Sage One competition. Have we got your attention? Good. Read on to find out exactly what you have to do to stand a chance of walking away with some incredible prizes valued at over R10 000.
When it comes to finding ways to run your small business effectively and more smoothly, business owners are the first to admit that this is something close to the top of their list of priorities. Sage One is committed to helping you grow your business and providing you with the tools you need to manage
Getting to know the people behind a large, established company can help to remind consumers of the human element behind all the success. At the end of the day, without people, a brand wouldn’t exist, and without customers, it wouldn’t flourish. We caught up with the Head of Sage One in the AAMEA region, Mr. Steven Cohen, to find out a little more not only about the exciting world of online accounting software, but also more about the man behind the title.
When it comes to the matter of data security, it’s something that should be very high on the list of priorities for businesses that handle sensitive and personal information on a daily basis. This is especially true for companies that use the Cloud as a means of storing such information, which in this technological age, is almost every one – with Sage One being no exception.
This month saw the release of a range of updated mobile applications by Sage One as its mission continues to try and take customers’ business connectivity to the next level. In a world of ever-changing technology, Sage One knows the importance of staying up-to-date and providing business leaders with the relevant tools they require to run their businesses more efficiently and easily.
“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” — Lao Tzu Being seen as a leader is an ideal that many strive for and one that can often seem indistinct. But what exactly makes up a leader?
The Talk Radio 702/ 567 Cape Talk Small Business Awards with Sage One, powered by Sage Pastel and VIP, have started and the annual search for small businesses with big dreams, great passion and enormous potential has begun. The Awards give Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk listeners the opportunity to nominate small businesses that have impressed them over the past 12 months.
Entrepreneurship and the further development of small businesses are essential in ensuring South Africa’s economic growth and future success. Sage South Africa has always been passionate about assisting small businesses to be successful and operate efficiently, by providing software solutions to help businesses do just that.