COVID-19 SME Support: Business Brightspot Listing

COVID-19 SME Support: Business Brightspot Listing

Small businesses owners are often wearing so many hats that they don’t have enough time to take on big, strategic thinking.  In the current climate we have seen some incredible transformations done either on-the-go or through a complete pivot.

In this edition of the Business Brighspot blog, we’re covering two South African SMEs that are all about ”the strategy’‘ to see how they have reacted to the changes.  They both offer strategic support to business leaders and have, like most businesses, had to pivot over the last few months.

Yolanda Sing, Chloe Consultant

About your business

Yolanda is a professional coach who inspires people to connect with the latent leadership qualities within themselves.  Her technique involves working with horses.  This approach acts as a catalyst that allows people to learn in the moment and at an emotional level.  The skills they learn through working with horses translate into exceptional results in both boardrooms and families alike.  See testimonials here.

How has your business changed during COVID-19?

CHLOE Consultant had to adapt and a Virtual Equine Program was developed.

Contact details:

Yolanda Sing

Graham McLeod, Inspired.org

About your business

We help organisations to; Achieve strategic business change, transform digitally
and derive more value from Information Technology investment

How has your business changed during COVID-19?

We have developed a Unique COVID readiness model to share.

We are operating remotely for both consulting and training. This has proven both very productive and cost effective. We can use geographically distributed assets to apply to client needs without travel delays, logistics issues and costs.

Contact details:

Graham McLeod

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The Business Brightspot blog is part of our Open for Business campaign. This is an initiative to give South African SMEs the tools and information they need to re-open their businesses during COVID-19.

For on the campaign, read this blog post.

COVID-19 SME Support: Business Brightspot Listing

COVID-19 SME Support: Business Brightspot Listing

Small businesses have inspiring stories to share, even during the most difficult times.

In this edition of the Business Brighspot blog, we’re covering three South African SMEs that moved fast to respond during COVID-19.

Kallie Mamba 

About your business

We manufacture superior quality designer furniture at a small scale along with a range of other interior services including curtaining, headboards, carpets & flooring, blinds, and sofas.

How has your business changed during COVID-19?

Due to the pandemic, we had to take a long hard look at our business model. We estimated that our sales this year will fall by 25% – 30% so we started looking at other avenues for income generation. We are currently busy with building an online shop to sell our bespoke furniture to a wider audience. Another was to use our existing machinery, tools, and skills to expand our services so we have opened a dedicated automotive trim & upholstery department.

Contact details:

Carl Sonntag

  • carl@kalliemamba.com
  • www.kalliemamba.com
  • https://www.facebook.com/Kalliemambadesign/

Jones Consulting

About your business

Jones Consulting (Est. 2008) provides tailored health, safety, environmental, quality and emergency management solutions to organisations of all sizes. Our specialisation is in the international standards of ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018.

How has your business changed during COVID-19?

We have adjusted all of our client risk assessments to include significant details on biological agents and the management of COVID-19 related incidents. We have also moved a number of training programmes online including our COVID-19 awareness programme.

Contact details:

Philip Jones

  • Info@specialisedsafety.co.za
  • www.specialisedsafety.co.za
  • https://www.facebook.com/JonesConsultingcc

Jakkie Cowdrey

About your business

We import and distribute surgical instruments. We also have the Tender for Waterless Alcohol Hand Rub (Sanitiser) for Western Cape Health Department.

How has your business changed during COVID-19?

Import of surgical instruments was a problem before COVID-19 due to lack of funding and our 25% shareholder in Germany not being able to fund us any longer, however, with COVID-19 the hand sanitiser tender suddenly took off in April 2020, which has prevented us from closing. Blog

Contact details:

Jakkie Cowdrey

  • jakkie@xerussurgical.com
  • www.xerussurgical.com

Want to list your business? Submit your story here

The Business Brightspot blog is part of our Open for Business campaign. This is an initiative to give South African SMEs the tools and information they need to re-open their businesses during COVID-19.

For on the campaign, read this blog post.

COVID-19 SME Support: List Your Small Business for Free Today

COVID-19 SME Support: List Your Small Business for Free Today

These are difficult times for small business owners.

South African SMEs have taken a knock as the COVID-19 pandemic forced entire industries to shut down.

Now, we’ve always been huge supporters of the SME community.

Small business is important for our economy, and access to funding is their biggest hurdle.

That’s why we’ve been breaking down those barriers for the last five years with speed, tech, and a personal user experience.

We’re grateful to have built up a community of small business owners. And we’re all in this together.

Right now, we know business owners need our support now more than ever.

Open for Business

That’s why we’re on mission to getand keepyou Open for Business.

Open for Business is a drive to help South African businesses navigate the re-opening of their SMEs during COVID-19.

As part of our Open for Business campaign, we’ll be

  • Creating tools to help you assess and forecast your business trajectory
  • Developing content and guides to support you to learn new skills
  • Providing you with extra marketing support from our in-house team

Today, we’re launching this campaign with the first in a series of SME listings and stories from business owners across South Africa.

COVID-19 SME support: Business Listing

We’re sharing our platform with SMEs to help them gain exposure to other South Africans who want to support SMEs.

If you a small business owner, our Business Brightspot Blog gives you the ability to:

The Lulalend blog serves hundreds of thousands of page views each month/attracts thousands of visitors each month.

By linking to your site, we hope to help your site rank higher in Google, so your potential customers can find you during their online search.

We’ll be featuring a select few of these on our blog and others on our Lulalend Facebook page.

Register your business to be listed here

Business Brightspot blog stories

For our launch edition of this series, we’re excited to feature Lara Waters of Get Stuff Done and Jenny Classen of Ngaphaya Y2K10 (‘Beyond 2010’).

Get Stuff Done

About your business

It’s the admin help you need when all the filing and organising is getting completely out of hand. It’s the decluttering you need when you just can’t face those cupboards or that spare room on your own. And it’s the lifestyle management you need when your to-do list is just a headache waiting to happen.

It’s extra help, extra hands, and extra motivation, all designed to help you get stuff done in no time. All with a little sprinkle of fairy dust too.

How has your business changed (if at all) due to COVID-19?

Being on level 3, life is slowly getting back to normal once again.

But what is ‘normal’ anymore?

In the midst of all the madness, we’re still here, still sprinkling fairy dust, and still getting stuff done. It’s been a challenge under all the rules we’ve had to follow, but COVID-19 or no COVID-19, you can’t keep a good fairy down! That’s why we’ve been busy getting a whole lot done, like:

  • Virtual admin: Helping our clients remotely with admin needs like bookkeeping, typing, presentations, and more.
  • Decluttering: Packing up, clearing out, and helping our clients make space in their homes and in their lives.
  • Errands and concierge: Taking care of our clients’ personal and business needs, and giving them time for the more important things in life.
  • HR and recruitment: With our recruitment services back in full effect, we’ll be able to find the perfect candidate for any positions you may have vacant.

As you can see, no matter where you need support, either at home, at the office, or just with life in general, we’ll be there to get stuff done (while adhering to strict hygiene regulations and social distancing too, of course).

Want us to wave a magic wand over your life? Then just visit our website and take a look at our specials and packages, and our new video too. Contact us for a quote and then we’ll get to work, sprinkling fairy dust as we go!

Ngaphaya Y2K10

About your business

Ngaphaya Y2K10 is a Level 1 B-BBEE, 100% Female owned procurement and sourcing company. Our Quality Management System is ISO9001:2015 certified. This means all our systems and processes follow international standards for quality and safety.

Our scalable business model, which focuses on the client’s needs and service levels, has enabled us to grow a sustainable business over the past 11 years.

How has your business changed due to COVID-19?

As a result of COVID-19, we had to pivot our business. This meant expanding our product line and reselling products to affiliates.

We’re now offering a selection of COVID-19 Essentials, and we’re updating our website to sell these products online.

We started by understanding our clients’ needs. Most were focussed on COVID-19 products, like hand sanitizer, thermometers and, empty bottles.

We sell these products at a discounted rate to re-sellers who in turn can meet their client’s needs. So, in this way, we’re helping more SME owners earn an income and feed their families.

At the moment, we’re waiting for authorisation to sell the SARS-COV-2 Rapid Test. We do have a licence from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). I’m open to speaking with people who’d like to work with us to resell these tests once we have got the go-ahead from SAHPRA.

I’ve also looked at internal processes and how we can make these more efficient. We built our own order management system. And have started shifting this technology to the cloud. We hope to launch the app soon and this will allow us to offer this system to other companies.

We’re happy to work with other small business owners. Please contact me on jenny@ngaphayay2k10.com / 083 4634 538 / 021534 0336 / 021534 0906. Or, try celeste@ngaphayay2k10.com / 083 727 7231

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5 Simple Ways to Generate PR for Your Small Business

5 Simple Ways to Generate PR for Your Small Business

PR is an ideal way to spread the word about your small business.

That’s why we’re giving a R10 000 PR package to the winner of this year’s SANTAM Women of the Future Awards.

We’ve partnered with CN&CO to offer the prize.

Below, CN&CO’s Colin Ford writes about how you can generate PR for your SME.

How to Generate PR for Your Small Business

Public relations is a form of information management that gets public exposure for your brand or product line and/or for yourself as a business owner. PR can help to shape the credibility of your brand and the way people perceive you and your business.

The main purpose of PR is to share your message with the appropriate audience without having to pay for placement. Once you pay, it’s called advertising, and that’s an entirely different topic.

The effective use of PR can benefit your brand enormously and help you to grow relationships with the media and, ultimately, with your customers.

Here are a few tips for doing good PR:

   1.Tell good stories

This might seem obvious – but remember the word “good” is extremely subjective. What you think is interesting or important might not be everybody’s cup of tea. You need to find angles that are newsworthy and tell stories that your consumers want to hear. And remember to keep it simple. The more streamlined and snappy your message is, the more likely it is to be remembered.

  2. Choose the right media for your brand

Find out what media your customers consume and focus your energies there. Many business owners want to be seen on the front page of the Sunday newspaper, or be interviewed on talk radio by the financial guru simply because those are the media they themselves consume. Remember, your customers might not have access to the newspaper, or even listen to talk radio. The right medium could be a local knock-and-drop newspaper or a popular blog. It all depends on what you’re selling, who you’re selling it to and what your message is.

3. Build relationships

PR is a process; you need to work on building relationships both with the media and with your customers. Ultimately you want to become the person journalists call when they need information in your particular field of expertise. These relationships can take years to build. Be patient, be honest, be dependable and always be available.

4. Integrate with your marketing strategy

There’s no point saying one thing in your PR and another on, for example, your social media. Make sure your message is consistent across your advertising and communication platforms so as not to confuse your audience – or yourself!

5. Call in the experts

If you don’t feel comfortable or confident dealing with the media, speak to an experienced PR agency and see what they can do for you. A well-placed article or quote in a respected newspaper, magazine, radio station or blog can do wonders for both your business’s brand and your own.

For more on the Women of the Future awards, read Lulalend’s blog about the competition.

TEDx talks every business owner should take time to listen to

TEDx talks every business owner should take time to listen to

Having an arsenal of advice that you can turn to for inspiration, wisdom, or simply to know that you’re not in this alone, can be a game changer for business owners. Not every day is the same, and some days are harder than others.

We’ve put together a list of TEDx Talks from those that have failed and got back up, those that have learned valuable things along the way, those who know what it takes to build  business success, and those who believe Africa is a hot spot for local businesses to thrive alongside local economies.

 

Magatte Wade,brand creator on why it’s hard to start a business in Africa and how to change that

 

Many African countries are poor for a simple reason, says entrepreneur Magatte Wade: governments have created far too many obstacles to starting and running a business. In this passionate talk, Wade breaks down the challenges of doing business on the continent and offers some solutions of her own — while calling on leaders to do their part, too.

 

Leticia Gasca, author and entrepreneur on not failing fast, but failing mindfully

 

We celebrate bold entrepreneurs whose ingenuity led them to success, but what happens to those who fail? Far too often, they bury their stories out of shame or humiliation — and miss out on a valuable opportunity for growth, says author and entrepreneur Leticia Gasca. In this thoughtful talk, Gasca calls for business owners to open up about their failures and makes the case for replacing the idea of “failing fast” with a new mantra: fail mindfully.

 

 

Martin Reeves, Strategist on how to build a business that lasts 100 years

 

If you want to build a business that lasts, there may be no better place to look for inspiration than your own immune system. Join strategist Martin Reeves as he shares startling statistics about shrinking corporate life spans and explains how executives can apply six principles from living organisms to build resilient businesses that flourish in the face of change.

 

 

Knut Haanaes, Strategist on two reasons companies fail – and how to avoid them

 

Is it possible to run a company and reinvent it at the same time? For business strategist Knut Haanaes, the ability to innovate after becoming successful is the mark of a great organization. He shares insights on how to strike a balance between perfecting what we already know and exploring totally new ideas — and lays out how to avoid two major strategy traps.

 

 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Economist on Want to help Africa? Do business here

 

We know the negative images of Africa — famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there’s another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity.

 

 

Let Lulalend be a part of your businesses’ success by increasing your financial tolerancesupporting with your  financial needs. For business funding on the go turn to Lulalend for your free quote today. Take a few minutes to complete our online application form today and get your free quote today.

Get access to our credit facility and have access to finance whenever you need it.  Only pay for what you use when you use it.

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Don’t let these business cycles control you

Don’t let these business cycles control you

Seasonality and business cycles are a certainty, but at least you can plan for them because they are predictable. For some, this is a bumper time for their business but for others, it may feel like the annual graveyard shift. Everything from holiday’s, winter months, tax season, and paydays are part of a business cycle.

If you haven’t got a clear plan for these ups and downs we have some tips below to help you prepare well and confidently enter those business periods.

Identify the cycles that will affect your business

 

If you don’t know, you can’t plan. Even if you haven’t been in business very long you know your industry and whether certain times of the year are slower or more profitable than others. This gives you several advantages. You can put extra finances aside for these months by adjusting your forecast accordingly, offer specials, or find ways to reduce overheads.

Build alternative income streams

 

This can involve partnerships that allow for shared campaign costs and reduce overheads for both parties. Alternatively, consider referral campaigns that get rewarded, highlight new products, and stay in touch with existing customers to communicate special offerings. There are many creative solutions so brainstorm ideas that suit your business and support your brand.

Put extra budget aside for marketing

 

Looking at the previous years’ finances can help you assess seasonality and trends to give you a good indication of when your business has quiet seasons. This can help you plan for marketing campaigns and budget. Plan accordingly so that you can put aside extra budget for campaigns, online marketing efforts, events, or special offers that require more stock at these times. But make sure you have a strategy that is relevant to your customers, you don’t want to waste these funds on ineffective marketing. If you aren’t sure how to best market your business, consider spending that budget to hire a marketing agency that can assist you.

Plan invoicing strategies

 

These cycles can have an effect on your cash flow as customers are slow to pay or debit order dates change. Plan for months like February that are shorter. Months like this, as well as public holidays, effect payday and debit orders. Business days are also limited while targets stay the same, in comparison to months with more working days this can put a strain on cash flow.

Know where to find quick access to funding

 

Sometimes you simply don’t have the budget to put aside at these times of year and you need to look for alternative funding. The banks can take a long time and seasonality just doesn’t allow for waiting around. Business lenders like Lulalend bridge this divide by offering immediate funding or a credit facility that you can drawdown from at any time to use as and when needed.

 

 Click here to apply online