Financial year-end could be a major “headache” if you are not prepared and organized. Whether you are new in business or have been through many financial year-ends, it will always be very important to know how to read and understand your financial statements. The Trial Balance (TB) is the first step in the preparation of financial year-end…

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Company vehicle usage Usually company vehicles are allocated mainly for business purposes, but reasonable private use is sometimes allowed, depending on the company policy. Normally a set number of kilometers will be granted for private use. It will also be a requirement to keep accurate log of the kilometres driven for business and for private…

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We live in a day and age where consumers are bombarded with advertising, and frankly, today’s consumers are sick of traditional advertising and choose brands that stand out from the rest. Technology is becoming more and more advanced by the day, and the marketing industry is no exception.  Marketers and business owners need to stay…

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Marketing for your business in most people’s eyes has always involved spending money. With the advent of the Internet, it has opened up new opportunities to market yourself and your business to your customers, without cost. How is this possible and does it actually work you ask? The answer is most definitely and it just…

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Besides e-tolls and the Rand-Dollar exchange rate, this is probably the next most contentious subject especially in South Africa. Land claims are a very personal subject and something that most people that have been affected by them, take very seriously. Family and history are fundamentally at the core of South African culture. Many pieces of…

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Everybody that lives and visits in Gauteng now have to contend with the Sanral e-tolls as well as the normal e-tolls on the roads in the province. This has been a very contentious issue since before its inception and continues to be the main topic in many conversations. Unfortunately the systems and procedures that have…

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As the summer heats up, the last few weeks have given us some indication of the temperatures we can expect. Added to that, is the announcement that the entire country is in the grips of the worst drought in 23 years. This drought has been made worse by the fact that El Nino has already…

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Although most people don’t like to admit it – everything in life is a negotiation and even more so in business. In terms of business – poor negotiation skills can take your business from hero to zero very quickly or be the key in you losing key customers. Although negotiation strategies appear to be common…

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Employing a new employee seems to be a pretty straightforward task right? You hire them and then set them off to work, but is it really as easy and simple as that? What happens if shortly into the employment relationship, you discover that the person is not suitable for the post? Many Employers find the…

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