Small Business Focus

Small business owner? A gargantuan guide to ease your pain and help you grow...

We pulled together every bit of content we have around small businesses in one, mega-resource for entrepreneurs.

Whether you need a lot of help in a variety of categories or something more specific – this article is your starting point.

Systematically work your way from start to finish, or delve in and out at the points pertaining to you.

May your business live long and prosper!

Marketing and sales

Marketing is about informing clients or consumers about the value of a product or service (or brand) in order to promote or sell that product or service.

  • Are you struggling with marketing and/or selling?

  • Do you find it hard to differentiate your business?

  • Not sure how to build your brand?

  • Are you struggling to segment you customers? Not even sure what that means?

  • Are you considering franchising? Don’t know where to start?

  • Do you have a bright idea, but struggle to turn it into something real that you can sell?

Click here to learn more about marketing so you can rev up your sales.

Operations and supply chain

Supply chain management pertains to the flow of goods and services your business needs to run its operations.

Through your business operation you create the products and services you sell.

  • Struggling with a supplier, landlord or service provider?

You’re sure to find the answers here.

People matters

Your people (including yourself) are your business’ greatest asset. They can, however, also be your largest liability.

  • Are things very uncertain in your business?

  • Are you intimidated by all the bad news?

  • Don’t have enough time for everything on your to-do-list?

Get everything to do with people and your business here.

Money matters

It goes without saying that money is utterly important.

  • Struggling to find finance?

  • Not sure how valuable your business is?

  • Got a growing business, yet profits are staying put?

If you’ve got money problems; this is where to go.

Deal making

Deal making refers to the activity of coming to an agreement with another entity.

Deal making involves negotiation.

  • Do you struggle with negotiating?

  • Do you often get rejected?

Knowing how to close a favourable deal can make – or break – your business.

Find all you need about deal making here.

Strategy and tactics

Strategy is the means by which a business sets out to achieve its desired ends or objectives.

In other words; it’s all about long-term planning.

  • Are you struggling to take on larger competitors? Not sure how to leverage the advantage of being small?

  • Do you wonder how other small businesses strategise?

  • Are you struggling due to the tepid economy?

  • “Stuff happens” - do you have a plan for when crisis (inevitably) strikes?

This is the place where you’ll find some tactics to help your business grow.


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Trends that’ll dominate the business environment in 2018

Trends that’ll dominate the business environment in 2018

It’s time to start thinking about how to keep your business relevant next year, says small business guru Pavlo Phitidis.

How to use your anger and frustration (and exhaustion!) to profit in 2018

How to use your anger and frustration (and exhaustion!) to profit in 2018

Corporate and government corruption… It’s been a tough year. Bruce Whitfield talks to Aurik Business Accelerator’s Pavlo Phitidis.

How to draw up a business plan (and how to adapt it over time)

How to draw up a business plan (and how to adapt it over time)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Aurik Business Accelerator founder Pavlo Phitidis.

Succession planning 101 (or how transfer power from one generation to the next)

Succession planning 101 (or how transfer power from one generation to the next)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Aurik Business Accelerator founder Pavlo Phitidis.

How to start a career (or business) with no experience, money or support

How to start a career (or business) with no experience, money or support

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Aurik Business Accelerator founder Pavlo Phitidis.

How to build a resilient business and mind-set

How to build a resilient business and mind-set

Learning to recover quickly from inevitable difficulties. Bruce Whitfield interviews Aurik Business Accelerator's Pavlo Phitidis.

Popular articles
Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Ndlozi explains the significance of the the first chapter of his thesis: 'Trauma in the archives'.

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Steinhoff International Chairperson Christo Wiese.

Happy 50th birthday, Pick n Pay (congrats on growing your bottom line by 18%)!

Happy 50th birthday, Pick n Pay (congrats on growing your bottom line by 18%)!

50 years ago the retailer started out when Raymond Ackerman bought three tiny stores from Click founder Jack Goldin.

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Urologist Dr Shingai Mutambirwa says penile curvature is only a concern if it impedes a man's ability to have penetrative sex.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Bruce Whitfield interviews the remarkable Wiese (net worth R100 billion!) about how it all began and where it’s going.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?