Building your Business

How not taking action at the right time can lead your business to failure

By Pavlo Phitidis

Your appetite for action, or tendency towards inaction, will save or sink your business. This week, on The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, we delved into how you can change the destiny of your business, and your future as a business owner, when faced with change:

Accelerate your business beyond a tough 2017 with 702 and CapeTalk

Putting 2017 behind us, as business owners it’s time to grow beyond! Beyond politics; beyond climate change, beyond technology, beyond exhaustion, beyond ambivalence, beyond all the excuses and causes of stress that 2017 offered us.

Build Your Business with these 5 Habits

Welcome to 2018! A whole year ahead, to plan, implement, and prosper. I hope you had a great break, and were able to gain a little perspective on your business, while spending time with your family and friends. Looking ahead to the year, it’s time to look at ways you can build your business into a better, stronger, and bigger, machine this year. On this week’s The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, we uncovered 5 key habits that’ll help you build your business in 2018:

Building a business is like sailing a ship

Analogies are very useful to simplify thinking and action. As a #businessowner, building a #business in a challenging environment creates noise and chaos. Gaining clarity, certainty and confidence helps manage the noise and emotion to provide right action and timing in your journey of building your business. A good analogy helps you get this right.

Building a positive frame of mind and action in a negative environment

By Pavlo Phitidis

We live in unstable times, and a brief look at the news headlines is almost always disheartening. Constant exposure to the news, along with a teetering economy, can make you feel deflated, frustrated, and ready to give up as a business owner. Worse still, whenever good news does seem to hit the headlines, it often ends up twisted or tainted. This week, on The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, we discussed what to do when you’re feeling despondent, by examining seven traits of successful business owners.

Building or breaking your brand and company value through reputation

By Pavlo Phitidis

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been shocked by the news, as McKinsey, SAP, KPMG, Bell Pottinger and so many others, have hit the headlines with significant reputation-related crises. It only seems fitting then, that we chatted this week on The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield about building, or breaking, your brand, through reputation. As Warren Buffet’s 2014 memo to Berkshire management said: 

“We can afford to lose money, even a lot of it. But we can’t afford to lose reputation, even a shred of it.

Here are a few actions you can take to both build and avoid hurting your brand.

Business Accelerator 2018

Business accelerator programmes can be great catalysts for your growing business. Getting the right kind of help as a business owner sets you on a path towards growth and expansion. On this week’s The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, Pavlo Phitidis updated us on the Nedbank Business Accelerators with 702 and Cape Talk:

Create more time in your business to focus on growth

By Pavlo Phitidis

Time is our most precious resource, but it seems like we never have enough of it. The second entrepreneur Aurik ever gave guidance to, was a bakery business owned by a 54-year old man, who had initiated the company at 27. It was highly successful, but he’d not been able to focus on its strategic growth because all his time was tied up in operations. Fourteen years after we rebuilt the business with him, it now creates more than a Billion Rands’ worth of business.

Effective goal setting builds relentless growth momentum

By Pavlo Phitidis

Building a business has very little to do with taking over the world. Instead, it has everything to do with adhering to a clear plan that enables you to build towards the future.

Escaping the project revenue trap and why you should do it

Recently, at an Asset of Value event in Johannesburg, South Africa, a room bristling with 58 business owners that collectively generate annual revenues in excess of R3bn, gathered. We spoke about building an Asset of Value in a tough economy including growing in a slow economy, socio-political noise impairing investment and a dearth of skills in the marketplace.

Fighting qualities that build great businesses

By Pavlo Phitidis

For entrepreneurs, adopting the art of fighting is imperative, because building a business is a fight. Recently, I’ve watched as more and more people, and business owners, step up and start fighting for the future they want. Professional fighters know, however, that the act of fighting isn’t a raw spark of rage. To win, fighters must have courage, strategy, tenacity and an insatiable will to succeed. It is the same for entrepreneurs, who need to care about every aspect of their company, be creative at every turn, and remain courageous throughout their business journey. 

On this week’s The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, Ray White stepped in for Bruce, and we dug into the fighting qualities that build a business:

Get with the Aurik programme to ensure company growth

Business owners are bracing themselves for tough economic times with SA’s downgrade to junk status and a gradual economic decline, but what can we do to position ourselves to weather the economic storms ahead? We have a track record of helping businesses weather tough times and we have learnt a few things along the way. From goal-setting to adding new tools and getting to know your customer, we will help you put your business on the road to growth.

How to avoid a horror story when buying software for your business

Technology is both a driver and frustration for every person and business. Every business no matter what business you are in is now a technology business. On a lighter scale, it's about emails and software programs that support your team.

In a competitive environment you need to use tech to give you an advantage and set yourself apart. You cannot avoid the use of technology. Regardless of the type of business environment you work in you must embrace and engage with technology correctly.

How to build a resilient business in a technical recession

Our economy is in the midst of a technical recession and business owners are wondering how to weather this economic storm. What does it take for a business to stay afloat in these trying times? The answer is simple – resilience, curiosity and determination.

How to Build your Business & Capitalise on a Seemingly Negative Business Environment

The reality of a recession is sinking in, and it seems the echo chamber of negativity is overwhelming. South Africa’s business confidence ranking has fallen dramatically over the past 6 months. The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) has also fallen, from 51.5 to 43.5, and the ease of doing business ratio fell from 74 to 82 over the last year. And yet, within this seemingly negative business environment, businesses within the SMME realm are growing. Through our work at Aurik, we’re witnessing consistent growth within businesses that have annual revenues of between R15million to R150million per year. On The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, Ray White and Pavlo Phitidis outlined how to build your business, and reshape it, during a recession:

How to get the right employees to build your business into an Asset of Value

By Pavlo Phitidis

Tough economic times mean that unemployment is rife. But, as a growing business owner, you’ve noticed that it seems near impossible to find the right kind of people for your company. Unfortunately, the most skilled and best people often cling to the safety net of their current jobs. As the owner of a developing business, finding the right people, at the right time, to join your company and help it grow towards being an asset of value, is critical.

This week, on The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, we talked about the right way to hire the right people for your business:

How to get the right headspace to survive and thrive in tech-driven opportunities and change in your business

Increasingly, technology plays a deeper and more pervasive role in business, and in our lives. Importantly, technology that enables business growth is now more accessible than ever before. You’ll leave your business extremely vulnerable to competitors if you don’t capitalise on the opportunities that technology creates, and don’t get the right team on board. On The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, Pavlo Phitidis outlined 8 actions you must take to ensure that technology enables your business growth:

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