How to calculate your business hourly rate

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One of the toughest questions faced by small business owners is, “how much should I charge?” or “What should my hourly rate be?” Whether you’re offering consulting, construction or really any business that renders a service for a fee, this calculator should help you to get started with determining your hourly rate. Thereafter, you will […]

Small Business Marketing – Gumtree, Craigslist & Groupon

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Using online classifieds and coupon programs for small business marketing Small business marketing can be difficult if not impossible when your marketing budget is non-existent. Most often startups use classified websites like Gumtree or Craigslist to market their business. It’s a good way to get started as it’s free which helps when money is tight. These businesses […]

The importance of updating business information

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When the quest for the best local sushi ends in a steakhouse… A lesson in‪ updating your business information. So it’s our anniversary and my wife and I enjoy sushi. After a quick Google search, I find a place with great reviews. No worries , I’ll use my cellphone’s Google maps navigation app. All I have […]

10 startup tips you never hear…

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1) It’s lonely at the top. A business man once told me that entrepreneurship is a lonely life. I didn’t think much of it at the time but as time went on I realised how true that statement was. When you’re an employee, you have collegues. When you’re the business owner, you have employees. You […]

How to manage your business reputation

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The power of social media on your business reputation What do you do when mistakes happen? How do you handle the situation? How can you restore consumer faith in your business when things go wrong? I’m going to try to answer these questions today. You don’t have to be a big corporate and the mistake […]

Marketing your business with Google Adwords

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Google Adwords is a great business marketing tool. I’m going to answer a few frequently asked questions about it and try to avoid technical jargon where possible. What is Adwords? Adwords is an online advertising platform by Google that allows people to advertise their products or services online. How can Google Adwords help my business? […]

What type of business should I start?

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To decide on a type of business, we first have to consider your work experience and your skills. Your work experience refers to what you have gained from your external environment ie past jobs, whereas your skills are internal facets of your personality that makes you inherently better at certain things than others. These skills […]

How to Set Gmail Out of Office on Android

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How many times have you rushed out of the office only to realize that you have forgotten to set your out of office or vacation responder? If you’re using your gmail account to run a personalized domain (e.g or regular gmail (e.g then you can set the auto responder from your cellphone. How […]

How to manage risk with new customers?

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Running a business is risky and having to protect yourself from unscrupulous “clients” can be frustrating. The big question is, how do you know if you can trust a client or not? It can sometimes feel like a roll of the dice. Certain industries carry more risk than others. For example, in industries that deal […]

How to setup your gmail signature on Android

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Living in a connected world results in you always being available. This makes life hectic for all of us but for entrepreneurs it’s especially difficult. The worse part is that most email apps on cell phones include, as a default setting, the manufacturer’s shameless plug… Sent from my Blackberry, iPhone etc. This is a clear indication […]

How to find invoices in FNB Instant Accounting

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Searching for a specific invoice or quote can be very time consuming. The best way to find invoices in FNB Instant Accounting is by using the filter function in Document Explorer. Here’s how to filter the documents in document manager to save time. Step 1: Click on the orange Filter By button. Step 2: The below screen […]

How to access webmail from your hosting service provider

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So you have your email setup with your website hosting service provider and want to access webmail. Most service providers use cPanel as their system interface which has a great webmail platform. Generally people access their email through outlook, thunderbird or some other email application but it’s important to also know how to access your email through webmail […]

How to choose a business name

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Startups with big budgets have the luxury of hiring a naming company to help them choose the ideal name but most of us simply can’t afford that. Naming your business can be a daunting and sometimes frustrating task. My aim with this article is to give you a few tips that will assist in coming […]

How to start selling online

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How to start selling online At some point while running your business, you will consider the option of selling your products online since it’s a growing trend with all businesses. However, before you dive in and spend money on an ecommerce website consider the following. In South Africa, consumers are very wary of giving out […]

How to create an email account in cpanel

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So you want to create an email account and don’t know where to begin in cPanel? No worries, I’ll guide you through the whole process. It’s quite simply and you’ll be up and running in no time. Step 1: In the cPanel main menu, scroll down to the email section and click on Accounts. Your […]

Understanding website costs

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Understanding website costs Every business should have a web presence these days but getting a website can be a daunting task especially when website costs range from free to astronomical proportions. Here’s a quick summary of what costs are involved when setting up a website. I tried to keep this as simple as possible so […]

Logo Design with No Budget

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A cost effective alternative to logo design Most startups are strapped for cash and can’t afford a professional logo design. With branding being a key factor in business success, this puts small businesses at a huge disadvantage. When products started being mass produced during the industrial revolution, manufacturers used pictures to curb the issue of consumers […]

How to add clients in FNB instant accounting

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In this tutorial, I will show you how to add a client or supplier in FNB instant accounting. In the system, clients & suppliers are referred to as a Partner. Once you create the partner profile with all the contact and billing details, it will automatically filter into your quotes, invoices and other documents when this […]