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From training wheels to winning marathons: Why the journey to the cloud is like learning to ride a bike

A guide to getting you started on your cloud journey.

Learning how to ride a bicycle can be an exciting and intimidating process. You start with training wheels and remove them once you find your balance. Sure, you might fall and scrape your knee, but you can always get up, put on a helmet and knee pads, and get back on the bike.

The more you ride, the more confident you become. And before you know it, you’ll be shouting, “Look, ma—no hands!”

In the same way that you don’t just get on a bike and know how to ride, the journey to the cloud is a progressive one and doesn’t happen in a single, sweeping motion. You need to find your balance and grow your confidence before you start doing the cool tricks.

A guide to accessing funds that can help your small business

Article provided by The Tax Shop Accountants

“All company bosses want a policy on corporate social responsibility. The positive effect is hard to quantify, but the negative consequences Of a disaster are enormous” - English economist and academic, Noreena Hertz

Stimulating the SME sector is considered as one of the quicker ways to rejuvenating the economy. According to a 2020 survey by McKinsey & Company, SMEs make up over 98% of South African businesses, and employ between 50% and 60% of the workforce.

However, it takes money to run a business and there is a need for assisting and guiding SME owners to secure more funding, particularly given the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years.

The on-demand economy: an SME guide

The on-demand economy is not a recent phenomenon, but COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of the on-demand economy in various industries and caused disruptions which many businesses are trying to still understand. In this article we will define what is the on-demand economy, what does the workforce look like, and how can small businesses use the on-demand economy to build their business.

Start or grow your e-commerce business with the PayFast Guide to Going Online

Article provided by PayFast

We have launched the PayFast Guide to Going Online to help turn your hobby or idea into a successful online business or side hustle. The 50-page e-commerce toolkit is jam-packed with e-commerce insights, tips, tools and advice based on extensive research and valuable insights from some of our trusted partners like uAfrica.

A number of business owners that have partnered with PayFast as their payment gateway, including CLM Home, Macro Mixes and BROKE, also contributed to the Guide by offering first-hand advice on how to run a successful e-commerce website. 

The SME guide to digital transformation

Useful guidance on how to understand how to introduce digital technology to help your business succeed.

Digital transformation refers to an overall transformation of organizational activities aimed at leveraging opportunities created by digital technologies and data. This requires the company to profoundly transform its business model, infrastructure, processes, and culture, all geared toward finding new sources of customer value .

Small business compliance guide

Being compliant is essential for every business no matter how big or small. Complying with the country’s laws is important and should you fail to follow the laws for a company then you could land up in some hot water or if you want to apply for a tender or loan you may not have the right documentation to do so. Let’s have a look at what you need to be compliant.

How to write a winning business proposal
Have you been asked to write a business proposal? Has your business proposal been unsuccessful in the bidding process? Then these steps may help you to improve your business proposal for the next submission. First, let us look at what is a business proposal? This is a document which is specifically created to offer services which satisfy a need that the client has. Because the document is designed specifically for a client, it is important that you carefully consider whether you want to submit your proposal or not. Before we write a proposal there is some preparation which needs to be done.

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