We all dream of becoming happier and more successful – that’s human nature. The desire to progress in life and reach new heights in both your business and personal life is a strong motivator, but many people struggle to make these dreams a reality – the solution to this common problem is effective goal-setting. Continue reading
In April, South Africans will go the polls in our country’s fifth democratic election since the end of Apartheid – and the election campaigns are already in full swing.
With a slowing economy, well-publicised incidents of government corruption, and the recent passing of former President Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s politics are highly charged this year – but how do you make sense of the political noise and keep a cool head while the politicians seem to be going crazy?
Here are some ideas to calm your mind and keep your focus in the coming months.
SA politics – is it worth following the news stories?
People are all different, and although some of us may not even be interested in politics the fact remains that decisions taken by politicians affect our lives every day. For this reason, it’s important to separate propaganda and campaign promises from reality – here are some points to keep in mind:
- Politicians make a lot of promises. No matter who you vote for, you’re likely to hear a lot of grand-sounding promises and plans from your candidate – take them with a pinch of salt and you won’t end up disappointed.
- Focus on legislation, not propaganda. No matter what a politician says during campaign time, the biggest impact on your life and business comes from new laws that are planned – keep track of new legislation that might affect your business. For more information on this, watch the business press or contact your chamber of commerce for a detailed update.
- Voting is never a waste of time. Take the time to go out and vote, no matter which party you support. Beside the fact that voting day is a public holiday, you’ll be doing your duty as a citizen and helping to make South Africa a better place – as a young democracy, our country needs citizens who are motivated and involved in public life.
Are the national elections the most important event of the year?
As a businessperson, you may think the elections will drastically change things – but is this really the case? Unless there is a huge change of government, things are likely to carry on more or less the same as they were for the time being. Sometimes what happens at local level – such as your city or municipal government – has a bigger impact on your business, and local government elections only take place in 2016.
The New Year is a great opportunity to assess your company’s performance over the past twelve months and make changes that will boost your revenue and profits in 2014 – the best way to do this effectively is to use a New Year’s business plan. Continue reading
In our previous blog post we looked at the main reasons why New Year’s resolutions tend to fail so often. One of the main problems with many resolutions is that they are unrealistic, based more on dreams and long-term goals than on reality and what can be achieved here and now – or in the coming year.
If you’ve made New Year’s resolutions that seem a little too ambitious, you can always revise them and come up with a list of goals that you feel are achievable by the end of 2014. Continue reading
Every year, millions (if not billions) of people around the world make exciting, life-changing new year’s resolutions – but as the months wear on, these resolutions are often forgotten or just don’t work out.
What is it about New Year’s resolutions that make them fail so often, and what can we do to avoid the same thing happening in 2014? Continue reading
For self-employed people, especially consultants, the choice between working from home and hiring premises is sometimes a difficult one. By weighing up the pros and cons of each option, you’ll be able to take a decision that will benefit your business in the long run – here are some ideas that will help you decide. Continue reading
If you own a business, you’ve probably been faced with the option of hiring friends or family members in the past – mixing your business and personal lives has its pros and cons, and the decision shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some things to bear in mind when you consider a friend or relative for a job in your company. Continue reading
The Northwood team recently took the decision to move premises, and fortunately for our clients the new office won’t be hard to find – we have relocated from number 1 to number 5 in the same office block. Continue reading
As the end of the year approaches, you might find yourself swamped with requests and orders from clients which must be completed by December or sooner. This time of year can be rushed and a little chaotic for some businesses, but with careful planning and organisation you can stay ahead of the game – here are some effective strategies for dealing with the year-end rush. Continue reading
Setting and achieving goals is often what makes the difference between success and failure in business, but which goals are the most important?
Many entrepreneurs are faced with a choice between different goals – increasing sales, approaching investors for financing, and developing new products and services that will lead to growth and profitability in the future. All of these goals are important, and by ensuring that you meet them successfully you’ll put your business on the right track. Here are some of the most important goals any business owner should achieve: Continue reading