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Growing your business – checklist

Once your business is up and running, it’s important not to rest on your laurels. Successful business owners are always looking at ways they can grow their business and maximize their profits. We’ve put together a guide and checklist that...

What to include in your business plan

A successful business is one that’s built around a solid business plan. It’s the architecture you base your business on, and a tool that’s always in use to make sure you’re on track. A business plan is also something that...

How do I choose the best accounting software for my business?

When you’re deciding what you really need to manage the books in your small business, it’s important to focus on your core business needs. So, there are some questions you need to ask yourself before you go ahead and make...

Calculating start-up costs – how much money do you need?

Before you start a business, you need to know exactly how much money you’ll need, and where it’s coming from. You’re out of business fast if you fall short before you’ve started. Why you need to plan ahead If you...

Decide on your exporting channels

Are you planning on selling to customers in an overseas market? There are export channels galore to choose between – but which ones are right for your business? The direct route or the indirect route Generally, there are two ways...

Identifying your target market

Choosing the best export target(s) for your business is critical because ‘getting it wrong’ can waste time, energy and money. This section provides ideas and information to help you understand the opportunities better and identify the best targets and marketplace....

Gain customer loyalty and keep your regulars for life

Long-standing customers form the backbone of a strong, well-established business. Make it your mission to ensure that the vast majority of your current customers stay with your business for many years to come. Why it’s vital to keep existing customers...

Get better deals from your suppliers

Being on good terms with suppliers could translate into special deals or preferential treatment. Your suppliers may also give you greater leeway in the face of a cash shortage or when you need extra time to pay. Build the relationship...