March 26, 2018
Twenty Slayteen: The Year of Actualising Business Ambitions
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Twenty-slayteen is the year to make bold moves and go for that #sidehustle.
With the emerging growth of innovation and tech ability that is available, there has been an awakening in people to chase their dreams. The technological era is influencing people to believe in their ideas and to activate them. There is a sense of purpose and urgency to expand yourself and explore the opportunities in business.
More people seem to be taking charge of their lives and careers, some making decisions to follow their business aspirations. The soil is fertile to plant whichever business you decide to invest in at this time.
Are you ready?
We have been exposed adequate entrepreneurial advice and content that can help us restructure our lives. 2018 is the year to actualise these dreams and make success happen.
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Make the Jump
‘Desire without a sense of urgency losses its value.’- Jim Rohn
After meditating on motivation and inspiration for so long now it’s the time to act on your concepts.
To get to this point you will have to eliminate fears such as, how will I survive without an income? Or how long will it take me to build profits with this business? With enough passion and belief in your idea, you can bring value that the world needs and enjoy financial sustenance for the rest of your life.
Believe in your Business Dream
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The next best thing is the wrong thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”– Theodore Roosevelt
You have to believe that this is worth the risk and worth the investment it needs. Before launching your business, it is important to research the market that you want to get into and define what will make your business unique.
You have to be able to envision how you will introduce yourself and plan how to cultivate business growth. In the beginning, you may not have all the fine details of how your business will advance, but you have to have a concept in mind on how you plan to sustain it.
This will help you avoid one of the many tragedies that business enthusiasts face such as start-up failure.
Begin your Side Hustle
‘Change is the new norm and the new way you can break free of a typical 9-5. Hustle on the side till your side hustle replaces your full-time job.’- Ryan Stack
Realistically speaking, not everyone can afford to leave his or her daytime job immediately and build up a business from scratch. However, it is possible to begin investing in your ‘side hustle’ until its strong enough to become the main source of income.
“When I started flirting with the hustle, failure became my ex. Now engaged to the game and married to success.” – Unknown
There are numerous things you need to know about having a side hustle, which can assist you in making the right choices. This will guide on how you can run your business part-time and still keep your daytime job.
The success of your side hustle depends on the value and effort you invest in it until becomes an established trade. When the demand for you to give your side hustle more attention, that is when you can make the resolution to focus on it.
Here are some posts of people who have shared their side hustles on social media
I'm a geologist by day and a cake artist by night. You crave it, I bake it and design it. I'm based in Pretoria and cover surrounding areas as well. #SideHustle @sindivanzyl— Babes wa makhekhe (@Connie_Setladi) January 8, 2018
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Guys My friends opened a beauty Spa in Polokwane. It's called Royal Maidens they offer manicures,pedicures and all types of massages..please RT their next customer might be on your TL #GirlTalkZA #BlackExcellence #Supportlocal #SideHustle pic.twitter.com/QB4d3PPadc— Abuti_Ben (@bennyskhwary) January 5, 2018
#sidehustle Offering cooking lessons, primarily targeting domestic workers, in the comfort of the clients' home. Group classes such as birthday, bridal parties etc available. Certificate of attendance awarded. Results amazing thus far. pic.twitter.com/JNrJNyRJXk— Chef Naledi (@chef_naledi) January 5, 2018
How the Era of Tech-Innovation Heightens Business Prospects
With innovation and technology, more people are likely to learn about what you offer, which increases the chances of you having a successful business. If you have a good product and offering, people will want to know more and buy into it. You can maximise the convenience of digital media to spread the word about what you do so that when people are looking, they can find you.
With digital tools such as SEO, your visibility on search engines makes it easier for consumers to find products and business. With the access to social media, businesses are able to display their services to draw more clients.
There are many beneficial tech tools that enhance your products and services to make it convenient for consumers. The buyer is looking for solutions that are suitable and convenient and with technology, this is possible. Tech ability allows you to develop and enhance your offering which ultimately makes it more appealing to buyers.
Equipping yourself to become a Business Mogul
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Every year there are heaps of events and gatherings for professionals in the business market. These platforms allow entrepreneurs to gain in-depth insight into their sector and gain knowledge about the opportunities. As someone involved in a side hustles or looking to launch your business, you can take the time to attend these seminars.
Attending these seminars is an opportunity to learn, to network with people and market your business. When you meet with like-minded people in similar sectors, it gives you better business prospects. Surrounding yourself with other experts will give you what you need to take your business to the next level.
It is also vital to train yourself with educational knowledge, as this will prepare you to run your business efficiently. Studying a programme will equip you with expertise that you need to advance your business.
And when you persist in being an excellent business owner, you become a force to be reckoned with. In the end, this is a rewarding decision that allows you to follow your passion and become a prosperous business owner.
March 08, 2018
Making a Success of the Family Business through Education
By Ashmika Chottu
Traditionally in many cultures, the family business is a family heirloom. A valued property that has been handed down from one generation to another. From conventional businesses such as farming to supermarket trading, it is not common that the inherited generation may be knowledgeable about it.
With the rise of the technological era and spike in job opportunities out there, many find themselves wanting to clear their own path and follow a career they know that may best suit their skills. No one sees the need to upskill in a field they may perceive to be an ‘old fashioned’ or ‘out-dated’ method of income, which who knows how long, may last and be profitable.
This assumption however poses a serious threat to the hard work and dedication that has been fostered into these family businesses that have been operational for several decades. These are life making and breaking decisions that people have to make in order to progress and achieve success.
More often than not, the lack of education in the specific field is what drives the inheritor of the business away from the operations. Some decide to pack-up and leave the business behind them while chasing their dreams, or some decide to invest in the business while they follow their dreams. But should the lack of education, shift one away from running their family business?
Certainly not and especially not in this day and age. There are thousands of educational providers that support the upskilling of individuals whilst they are equally invested in the day-to-day operations of their business.
Institutions such as Damelin Correspondence College (DCC), allows the student the opportunity to develop the skills required to run a business on a part-time basis.
In any family business, learning the principle skills of running a business is so important to its success. Programmes such as Bookkeeping, Marketing Management, Business Management and Financial Management, at Damelin Correspondence College, will provide the inheritor with basic skills to feel confident enough to manage a business.
Gaining the opportunity to run a family business is seen as a huge accomplishment, which some people strive to have since childhood. Never let the ‘lack-of-education’ stifle you as education is powerful and available. It only needs the person to take the right steps towards attaining it.
DCC has a strong legacy in the education market, and the know-how to nurture and enhance talent and passion in a student. The correspondence programmes are therefore best-suited for students with busy lifestyles who are able to earn an income by working while they upskill themselves to run their family business better.
If you find yourself in a similar situation and one that is eager to take on a family business but lacks the basic skills, visit www.dcc.edu.za for more information on their part-time programmes.
March 02, 2018
Studying Has No Age Limit
By Ashmika Chottu
"For me, the meaning of life is to constantly challenge and improve myself,”- a quote from an 81-year-old Chinese grandmother who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in e-commerce. Ms Xue Minxiu of Beijing is one of millions around the world who have been defying the odds and becoming their own ‘never-too-old-to-learn’ legend.
Learning is crucial to the human existence. From learning how to take ones first steps as a baby, reciting the alphabets as a toddler, applying addition and subtraction as a child and eventually passing matric as a teenager. The human mind is constantly expanding, looking for new information to process and make sense off.
But how do we know when is the right time to take it further? Well the answer is that there’s never a ‘right time’. As much as we as humans may plan our life according to societal beliefs that there are stages for everything, there is no ‘right’ age to start taking your knowledge to the next level.
Growing and developing are key elements that help people live a happier and healthy life. No one wants to feel unaccomplished or unskilled. Therefore, taking charge of your learning and improvement is important.
According to research conducted by BBC News, the dynamic of students are changing. Recent statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency have found that at least 25 students starting full-time undergraduate degrees were over the age of 70. A surprising statistic that may cause disbelief, but it is true.
Studying can help one during any course or stage in their life. Further education helps people grow in their current positions or helps them identify a passion for something completely different, even if it is twenty years of working experience later. Bookkeepers can become accountants; sales assistants can become sales managers or even a receptionist can upskill and find the right fit in any position within an organisation.
There are many institutions that support people that are willing and dedicated to upskill. One such institution is Damelin Correspondence College (DCC). DCC is a private educational organisation that provides a support system to the working class student. DCC promotes learning at any age and encourages potential students that it is never too late to study.
Take up a short course in Risk Management or Customer Care, complete a certificate in Human Resource Management or Business Administration or register for a National Diploma in any desired field. With Correspondence education, the working class student can learn while they earn and income. Ensuring that they take care of their monetary responsibilities while being true to themselves and exploring their passion for further education.
Do not let age or the stage you are in your life dictate the time to study. Grow, develop and you will succeed.
There is no better feeling than that of the fulfilment of an education, no matter the age. For more information on DCC’s programmes, visit www.dcc.edu.za