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Now is the time to adopt the principle of lean

Article by Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO)

As 2024 is closing in on us, now is the perfect time to ‘sharpen the pencil’. If your business is not doing what it should be doing and is spiralling out of control with debt, expenses, poor sales, it is now time to adopt the principle of lean and do things differently.

I like to call it “the washing machine effect” – Stick your business into the washing machine and clean it thoroughly; your strategic plan, forecasts, systems, sales, staff etc. Start a new business with the one you have, before it’s too late.

Get rid of everything you don’t need, large offices, expensive cars, poor performing or unwanted staff. Be brutal on the money. This exercise alone will bring relief and a refreshing approach.

Everything you do should be subject to scrutiny and revision, including your vision, business and marketing plans, budget, sales and expense expectations and more. It’s now all about creating a brighter, less stressful view of the road ahead.

Here are a few suggestions for giving your business a profit makeover:

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Have the courage to follow your heart

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found what you love to do, keep searching – deep, long, and hard. Don’t ever accept less than you deserve.

Explore your likes and dislikes. Understand the things that you are good at. Then start exploring ideas and opportunities around these factors. What would you really like to do and what you are really good at doing? This is a great way to start.

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How to live the life you have always wished for

Without courage and self-belief, it becomes extremely difficult to succeed. You must trust yourself and have confidence in your ability to triumph. Self-belief is an act of faith. Never allow anyone or anything to dispel that belief. It is knowing beforehand that you can do what you want to do and that you will succeed. It is an internal force which turns on the engine that allows you to manifest your abilities externally.

If you want to reach the top of the game – believe in yourself! Rise to the occasion with self-assurance and take your rightful place in society. Go into everything you do with supreme confidence. Never let defeat or negative thoughts enter your mind. See yourself as successful before it happens.

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Never Surrender: What does it take to achieve greatness?

Over the next few weeks, I will be publishing the key chapters from the 2023 release of ‘Never Surrender – The secret to achieving greatness’. The release of this latest publication will coincide with my opening talks on both days at The Business Show :: Africa in September this year.

I hope the messages within the publication will make a positive difference in your life, the way they have for me. There are hundreds of success factors, but I have focused on the most prominent ones that have been dominant in my own journey, as well as those of life’s most successful people who I have had the privilege of meeting over the years.

My research shows that a lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. The secret is painful, demanding practice and hard work.

Are you willing to go after success? Do you have a clear vision? Do you have a burning desire? Are you willing to fail? If so, you are well on your way to realising your vision.

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How to double your sales in 48 hours

Article by Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO)

Building up to The Business Show :: Africa in September, let’s not forget that this presents the most powerful B2B networking opportunity. It’s no secret to say that the best networkers double and treble sales quickly on a shoestring budget.

To be a world-class networker is quick and easy, so let’s see how and then go for it.

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How to double your sales without spending money

Article by Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO)

Building up to The Business Show :: Africa in September, let’s not forget that this presents the most powerful B2B networking opportunity. It’s no secret to say that the best networkers double and treble sales quickly without spending any money.

To be a world-class networker is quick and easy, so let’s see how and then go for it.

There is little doubt that one of the key success ingredients is to grow your business by building relationships through networking. Networking must be a key part of your marketing strategy. Business networking can provide the ultimate platform to meet like-minded individuals, build relationships and get to know other businesses.

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This is how to take your business to the next level!

We hope you're as excited as us for the return of The Business Show, to be hosted at Sandton Convention Centre, Jo'burg, 06 & 07 September 2023.

There is no other time like this, where you can hear from experts from some of the biggest companies in the world. This is a rare opportunity to engage with the biggest successes and get first-hand advice from the mercurial entrepreneurs who have gone from zero to hero. 

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How to give your startup a fighting chance

Article written by Mike Anderson NSBC Founder & CEO

Imagine putting everything you have - your hopes, dreams and finances into starting your own business, only to watch it crash and burn. The fear of failure is at the very top - above anything else.

On the upside, starting out and succeeding as an entrepreneur has to be one of the greatest rewards in life. So get to know why startups fail and what is needed to avoid failing. Then start your journey to achieve your dreams.

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It’s a New Year. Do this to rewrite your life-story now


Article written by Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO)

If you are not 100% happy with where you are and you feel you are going nowhere slowly, then the time is now to change. It’s a new year, a new beginning so rewrite your plot today.

Always remember, if you keep doing what you have always been doing you will only ever have what you have right now and your path of mediocrity or worse will continue.

By modelling the success traits of the zero-to-hero mega-entrepreneurs, there is no doubt that we will experience fewer difficulties and less failures, and that our road to entrepreneurial success will be shorter and enhanced.

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