Management

Competitive Advantage – how to gain it !

Competitive Advantage – how to gain it !

The key factor in maintaining long-term viability for any business is having a competitive advantage. Probably the best book written on the subject is ‘Competitive Advantage – Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance’ by Michael Porter in 1985. Essentially it boils down to 2 factors – in summary you win by…

Early warning signs of business failure

Early warning signs of business failure

Entrepreneurs and managers need to have their finger on the pulse of the business and the sure sign of impending disaster is running out of cash! Running out of cash is always a symptom of bigger problems within the business, which have to be put right. There are early warning…

ROI and when to use it – return on investment

ROI and when to use it – return on investment

What is it? Return on investment or ROI is the most commonly used financial term in many conversations about spending large sums of money. Simply put, it measures the profits or benefits arising out of money invested to achieve those benefits. It should not be confused with ROCE – return…

3 Key Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

3 Key Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

I have been fortunate to meet several entrepreneurs in my career. However meeting three successful ones recently and discussing how they developed their respective businesses, made me conclude that they have similar traits that make them successful. Here are my conclusions on the 3 key traits it takes to be a…

Making your Business tax efficient

Making your Business tax efficient

One of the first things entrepreneurs get advised is to make their business tax efficient. It is a minefield for businesses and hiring a good tax adviser or accountant is paramount but here are some tips that help in ensuring that your business is tax efficient. 1.  Difference between tax avoidance…

How to deal with failure in Business – 5 Key Tips

How to deal with failure in Business – 5 Key Tips

We all make mistakes. It’s a fact of life. The key to success is how we deal with failure and overcome the negatives. Whether it’s a business startup or your business hitting a recession, failure can be painful. In business, failure can be even more difficult to deal with. Or…

Celebrating Success – why it’s important in your Business

Celebrating Success – why it’s important in your Business

How many times have you celebrated achieving goals in your business with your team? Once a year, once in two years? Or is it more? If you celebrate success more than once a year, you’re probably on the right track. We all get sucked into the daily grind and pay…

How to Startup a Business – 5 Practical Tips for Success

Advice on how to start up a business has been written about almost every day and the advice follows the usual steps. 1. Come up with the business idea 2. Research the market for the product or service 3. Write your business plan along with your forecasts for the numbers…

4 Top Tips for Negotiating in Business

Every entrepreneur and business manager has to learn the skill of negotiating at an early stage. Not everyone is an expert from the start and it takes time and a few hard lessons to get there. Here I will stick to my experience of business deal negotiations. The easy way…

How to calculate returns on a project – using Net Present Values (NPV)

How to calculate returns on a project – using Net Present Values (NPV)

Businesses have to make investment decisions all the time. Deciding on whether to proceed with a project can be tricky if you are faced with multiple projects with differing profits and timelines. The most useful tool to use in such situations is net present values (NPVs). In an earlier blog,…