Travelling into Africa as a Small Business owner

TRAVELLING INTO AFRICA AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER FOR THE FIRST TIME? CEO of SMEasy, Darlene Menzies, shares her top travel tips! As a small business owner, travelling for work doesn’t often hold the perks of first-class flying, a PA to book you into a five-star hotel or a luxury car service waiting to pick… Read More »

Five of the biggest threats faced by start-ups and small businesses

TOP TIPS FOR COMBATING CHALLENGES Among the greatest achievements for entrepreneurs who have had the courage to start their own business is the ability to maintain and grow it. In South Africa, 86% of start-ups fail in year one and only 7% survive to celebrate their third birthday. While business owners face many challenges, there… Read More »

SARS and Your Small Business

Darlene Menzies and Kantha Naicker address the elephant in the room and give some tips on dealing with SARS Perhaps one of the biggest challenges faced by South African small businesses is understanding and dealing with SARS. The key, regardless of what type of business you are running, is knowledge. Knowledge of SARS’ practices and… Read More »

Motivation: What Keeps You Running… Your Own Business?

CEO of SMEasy, Darlene Menzies, says it’s not unlike running a full marathon Starting and growing a business is a long road, with many uphill climbs along the way. While you may enjoy many aspects of being your own boss and building your own business it can also be lonely, tiring and at times even… Read More »

Choosing the Right Office Space for Your Small Business

CHOOSING THE RIGHT OFFICE SPACE FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS The right office space can make or break a business. It’s not easy to find the balance between affordability and the perfect premises but it’s important to take the time and do the research to do so. Darlene Menzies, CEO of SMEasy – SA’s most effective… Read More »

How Important is Your Team When Starting a Business?

What is your most valuable business asset? Many would say it’s the office building or machinery owned by the business or maybe the product they are developing. The reality is that the most valuable asset in your business is not found on your balance sheet but are rather are found on your pay roll; your… Read More »

Factors to Consider Before Starting a Business

When setting ideas in motion and deciding to start a business, most entrepreneurs don’t really know where to start. Every year, hundreds of thousands of South Africans take a leap of faith and start their own business. This path requires a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment and unfortunately many end up failing. But… Read More »

Is Entrepreneurship Dying In SA?

No, says Darlene Menzies – but we have some lessons to learn It is critical for any economy to maintain a positive level of growth. A key factor in this growth are the efforts made by entrepreneurs who are willing to take the plunge and risk investing their time, money and skills in starting small… Read More »

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

You’ve heard the term ‘cloud-based’ many times and have also heard people talk about ‘cloud-based’ products but you’re not really sure what this means and if these products are better than traditional software products. Let’s explore these terms a little. A trip down memory lane Do you remember setting off to the local IT retail… Read More »

5 Hacks That Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur

Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”  Lincoln’s productivity secret was good preparation and using an effective tool for the task.  It’s the same for entrepreneurs, adequate preparation and effective tools are key to business success. CEO of SMEasy and established entrepreneur, Darlene… Read More »