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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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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“Man Loves Coffee”

A Hive Creative Entrepreneur Spotlight Although we’re serious about putting on and showcasing our member businesses, the growing (physical) space between us has called for a special kind of closeness. We reached out to our community to find out how their personal and entrepreneurial selves were doing. Mpumelelo Zulu is a Barista and the go-to-guy at Hive Member Business, Cafe’naited …

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Operating Systems: The Method Behind Your Business

An operating system is a business’ game plan for achieving strategic goals. While a strategy outlines a business’ value promise and informs their choices, an operating system defines how their employees, operations, design choices and other resources will all align to bring this strategy to life. Operating systems cover every facet of a business’ activities, including all external and internal …

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With Great Power: The importance of responsible business

A 4-minute Read: With the wealth of business knowledge available on the internet and the libraries of the world, one of the most overlooked topics is business ethics. Particularly in the stages when small businesses are eager to grow, doing good business is usually a priority that will be handled ‘as it comes’. If someone says, “Here is 5 million.” …

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In Good Times & Bad Times

A 6-minute read ☕☕… Back from a journey of learning and growth, our director’s first order of business was sharing this knowledge with our community. This article contains the experiences and topics that our members discussed in our inaugural (video) gathering since the beginning of the national lockdown. Guess who’s back? Our first talk was about the art of strategy …

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COFFEE

// Joe, Java, Brew We take a look at some of the functional and aesthetic benefits that have helped coffee stand the test of time. And talk to two creative entrepreneurs who use some of these benefits as major parts of their businesses. Enjoy ☕☕☕ Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Since the 11th century, people around the world have …

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What The Podcast

Podcasting: The Future of Content? And what you should know to make it work for your business. 3 minute read About 16 million South Africans actively listen to podcasts while commuting, working, exercising, or doing almost any imaginable activity. Podcasts are essentially talk-radio shows (like current affairs, drama or niche topics such as personal development and startups) that people can …

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