A love letter to accountants everywhere

Sonke we love money, plus we all understand how important making money is to our sense of value and overall well being (ever heard of “net worth”?). In business especially, our finances essentially define our company’s performance over any given period. “ When it comes to our financials; we shouldn’t be putting out fires. Ideally, our books should help us …

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Running Things

from starting with a purpose to startup success As much as successful businesses focus on how they sound and look to the outside world, they have to make sure their internal systems are always working & moving in the right direction. We joined Sibongile’s latest Knowledge Exchange Session to hear more about some of the things it takes to run …

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Talk that Tint talk!

A Hive Creative Business Spotlight While we’re no stranger to throwing parties, you’re more likely to know The Hive for our “conversation” or “discussion” type events. As a space for creative entrepreneurs, our talks may feature anything from startup-focused topics, to promotional events and the occasional burning topics. With a number of events hosted together, one of our close collaborators …

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Short Cuts w/ Grace Letsoalo

A Hive Creative Entrepreneur Spotlight “2020 was looking so good… but, it is what it is…” – Kgotso Selomah A few days ago, this is what pre-to-post production duo Kombonation had to say about adapting to the lockdown. For this week’s short piece, we had a quick chat with creative stylist, designer and entrepreneur – Grace Makopa Letsoalo – to …

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Breached Terms (2/2)

The first part of this 2-piece series, we covered 3 principles that can help any business begin navigating their legal activities: Begin by clearly stating the purpose of the legal activity. Prepare and share any relevant documents/ communication. Proceed with agreed terms/ Take legal action (if necessary). In this second installment, we look at 3 examples of how that legal …

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Breached Terms (1/2)

While more startups are adopting an independent attitude (as far as business and their processes go), one sector remains taboo to creative entrepreneurs and mortals throughout the African continent. As soon as ‘legal matters’ arise, many of us instinctively scatter towards the nearest attorney or ‘legal assistance’. We joined members of our community and Kevin Smith, from Gani Mayet Attorneys, …

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Disruptive Innovation

Most of us have probably heard how many “small businesses” fail in South Africa. What we don’t hear as much, is how startups are in the best position to change entire markets and overthrow their biggest competitors. read ‘The Kodak Story’ again As much as every entrepreneur should know the rules of their industry, they should also know how quickly …

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Kombonation: An Ode To Us

A Hive Creative Entrepreneur Spotlight A few weeks ago, we spoke to Mpumelelo Zulu about lockdown business, making coffee and some of the things he enjoys with a good cup. This time, we met two creatives who have the interesting challenge, of trying to tell a story everyone thinks they know everything about. Where do we come from? A …

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Marketing & Sales For Startups

While traditional media has amplified the communications of businesses since the 15th century, today’s marketing efforts reach millions of potential customers without the physical and financial constraints of old mediums. Technological advances have increased the size of almost every market and made many industries more accessible to smaller businesses. For creative entrepreneurs, effectively using digital tools and methods is one …

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Business Modeling

A 6-Minute Read: In any industry, the goal of every business is to make a profit. To reach these goals, businesses utilize a number of models, tools and free resources. Since all businesses are interested in profits, The Business Model Canvas is one of the most important business development tools for any venture. A business model looks at the way …

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