Mike Wills (standing in for regular “The Money Show” presenter Bruce Whitfield) interviewed Pavlo Phitidis, Director and CEO of the Aurik Business Incubator, for the weekly small business feature.
Phitidis discussed the following strategies to survive and outperform South Africa’s economic growth rate, expected to be less than one percent:
Restructuring costs – core and non-core
Building reserves – how much is enough?
Automating – what and where to begin?
- Innovating – what, how and when?
Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.
Look at your business before you look at costs. What is it that you cannot let go?— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
Outsourcing is going to grow as budgets get tighter. It’s a great recession tool that you need to consider.— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
In good times companies move into non-core areas. When times are tough they let them go. Smart entrepreneurs can move into these gaps.— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
If you don’t build reserves you can’t absorb ‘black swan events’.— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
You need to be able to cover your overheads for at least six to nine months. Because the last man standing is going to make a killing.— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
Consider technology that automates some of your processes. Automation is key during tough times.— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
Don’t make decisions when you’re feeling agitated and emotional.— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator