Editorial

A Time for Consolidation

In trying times, one man's problem is another's profit. If you find a partner, you might well find solutions that profit your business and theirs. When the wind drops and the economy stagnates, says Catherine Wijnberg, Fetola's CEO, there's a way to rise above the situation and get a long view of the horizon.

Your Future

Calling Exceptional Small Business Owners

Do you know a small business owner who is ready to take her business to the next level? Are you a high-potential entrepreneur who yearns to drive his dreams to unimagined places? This amazing opportunity for black-owned SMEs is taking new applicants. Read what current participants have to say about it!

Five Reasons All Start-Ups Need a Virtual Space

What is the collective noun for a group of entrepreneurs? An ambition or an acceleration? A hustle or hive? Whatever! A great deal of good comes about when a whole bunch of them work together in the same space. South African entrepreneur, Sibongile Booi, shares her knowledge of experience owning a virtual office space

Built to Last or Built to Exist?

Everyone knows there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Before you leap on the business funding trolley, Rick Ed asks whether your small business really needs funding to help it grow. The safest bet to grow your SME, is to grow your sales and customer base...

Your Money

Insurance: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Known unknowns and unknown knowns… Who knows what tomorrow will bring? What are the losses against which you can (and should) insure yourself. One thing is for sure: nobody has a crystal ball. Best you don’t let the future take care of itself!

Your People

Friend or Foe? Colleagues on Social Media

Did you get “unfriended” by a work colleague? What does that even mean around the office water cooler? Where do the boundaries between appropriate real life social exchanges and the shifting currents of online banter intersect? Welcome to the age of social media with this thoughtful take on the topic.

Toolbox

Partnerships: Should Your Start-Up Be in One?

What should you consider utterly and absolutely before partnering with another person or business? These four points could help you select an ideal partner for your business and save you a whole lot of heartache.

Mentor Talk

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Video: Anton Ressel Talks Partnership on #EntrepreneurCorner

Don't muddy the waters with a partner if things are going well, but when you need to grow, and you start to scale, you probably need more hands on deck. Fetola senior mentor, Anton Ressel, and Fin24's Liziwe Ndalana recently launched the #EntrepreneurCorner video podcast series. In the latest issue, they discuss factors to consider when taking a partner into your business.

Delving Into the Dark Art of Charity Giving

Did a teary-eyed child just flash across your screen causing a pang of guilt as you deleted a plea for a donation on Mandela Day? Take heart! You're not alone. Fetola CEO, Catherine Wijnberg, unpacks the emotions surrounding donor fatigue and the shifts that free you to choose to give.

Are Incubator Hubs Feasible for Start-Up Entrepreneurs?

What is the collective noun for a group of entrepreneurs? An ambition or acceleration? A hustle or hive? Whatever! A great deal of good comes about when a whole bunch of them work together in the same space. South African writer, David Chislett, shares his of experience working in an entrepreneurial incubator in Amsterdam.

Entrepreneurial Juggling: Money, Sales and Media

The best person to teach entrepreneurship is the person who eats, prays and loves being an entrepreneur. Neo Malefane is one of these extraordinary people! His insights on how to juggle money, sales and marketing will help you focus on the balls you must keep airborne.

Hidden Creativity in the Eastern Cape

Who says you can't be a poet and a fashionista? Who says you can’t combine Afro-centric fashion and design with literature? Businesswoman and bookworm, Bukelwa Nqoqo, is combining the various loves of her life and is making a huge success of it at the East London Airport.

The French Connection

Thinking of applying for an internship? Why settle for cutting your teeth in Bloemfontein when you could go to Berlin or Barcelona? French student, Foucauld Wattecamps, chats about spending five months in South Africa and the valuable international experience he gained in the business development sector.