Wealth the Warren Buffett way – a short guide to value investing

Value investing is the stock selection strategy famously used by business magnate and third wealthiest person in the world, Warren Buffett, whose total net worth exceeds $91.5 billion. Developed in the 1930s by Columbia University professor and economist, Ben Graham, value investing involves screening securities to find stocks undervalued relative to peers and the market. … Continued

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Lean canvas – a new way to do business planning

Few business owners have extra time to devote to a lengthy business planning process. But every entrepreneur needs a solid blueprint to get their business successfully up and running. The Lean Canvas—designed by Sparks59 CEO and Running Lean author, Ash Maurya—is a simple, effective planning tool that helps entrepreneurs assess and test their ideas before … Continued

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Is a business mentor worthwhile?

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” — John Crosby The opportunity to learn from a mentor can do more for a small business owner than any course, educational program, or degree. Being a mentee means you get the benefit of first-hand experience, without having to … Continued

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Finding good mentors and business advice

Most business owners receive plenty of well-intentioned advice and ‘helpful opinion’ from family and friends. However, good business advice spoken from commercial experience is another matter entirely. That’s not to say it’s hard to find, but finding a reputable source in the Internet age is sometimes less than straightforward – especially if you have specific … Continued

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What is your succession plan?

According to recent research, two thirds of US millionaires are operating their businesses without a succession plan—and even fewer small business owners around the world have a plan for if or when their CEO eventually exits. Recent stats from PWC Global show that family owned businesses have exactly the same problem with: 43% having no … Continued

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Does “mindfulness” have a place in business?

According to Google, which offers employees a course on mindfulness meditation, and Lululemon, a company that keeps a Director of Mindfulness on staff, the answer is a resounding yes. Mindfulness, as American scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn defines it, is simply “paying attention in a sustained and particular way – on purpose, in the present moment and … Continued

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4 ways to make your business easier to sell

Perhaps you’d always planned to build a thriving business to eventually sell for a tidy sum – or maybe for unexpected personal reasons it’s best to let your company go sooner rather than later. No matter what the reason for selling your business, experts agree: it’s best to be prepared well in advance as it … Continued

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The power of cash flow forecasts

At some point in its lifetime, every small business suffers from cash flow problems. The trick is to think ahead and figure out when these problems are going to arise so you don’t have to unexpectedly postpone a purchase or hurriedly seek out additional finance. This is where cash flow forecasts come in. To effectively … Continued

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Developing employee skills

Developing employee skills creates a situation where your company benefits from a more knowledgeable and capable employee, while your employee gains additional skills or qualifications. This can give employees the chance to further their career and possibly increase their earning potential in the long term. Training and skills development can assist underperforming employees and be … Continued

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What is blockchain technology – and how can it help your small business?

If you’re familiar with Bitcoin’s revolutionary cryptocurrency then you’ve already been introduced to an innovative technology known as “blockchain”. A blockchain is a transparent digitized public ledger – in essence, an unhackable record of transactions — maintained by the blockchain’s users, hosted on each user’s computer. A truly transparent system, everyone involved has access to … Continued

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How an accountability group can help your small business succeed

It’s one of those tricky balancing acts most business owners struggle with – how to spend as much time on their business as in their business. An accountability group can help you strategize for future growth and set goals that move your business forward. Most importantly, checking in with other people on a regular basis … Continued

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The importance of business planning

When you are setting out and everything is moving so quickly, it’s easy to deviate from where you intend to be. If you don’t have a business plan, you might compromise growth or miss out on opportunities by sweating the small stuff and not focusing on what matters most. Having a clear business plan from … Continued

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Advertising that works

Advertising should be viewed as an investment that should generate a return, rather than a fixed cost. Many businesses spend money on the same kind of advertising each month without knowing what is working and what isn’t. Effective advertising builds profile, generates new business, and retains your existing customers. Poorly thought out advertising can create … Continued

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