This month we look at seasonality over the holiday period, the importance of taking a break as a business owner, and we meet our latest square pegs Mark Crawford and Frank Manson.
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How to make the most of the months of extremes

December and January tend to be months of extremes for South African business owners. Either business dries up to levels where it is hardly worth staying open, or the work floods in at such quantities that you might come close to drowning.

Both experiences can be very uncomfortable for entrepreneurs and dangerous for their ventures, but at the same time, both sets of entrepreneurs must learn how to handle the silly season in such a way that they capitalize on it, says Gerrie van Biljon, executive director of BUSINESS/PARTNERS.

In the case of retailers and tourist businesses, who see their businesses spike over the December holidays, capitalising on the frenzy seems pretty obvious. The spending public is flush with end-of-year bonuses, and tourist districts are awash with holiday makers.


Stay off the road to burn-out by playing as hard as you work

Entrepreneurs know how to work hard. Almost by definition they are people who get themselves going, start all sorts of projects, and push through with a venture until it succeeds or crashes.

Entrepreneurs clearly have no problem on the working-hard side of the equation. It is on the playing-hard side that they tend to fall short, says Byron Jeacocks, BUSINESS/PARTNERS regional general manager, who argues that the two sides need to balance if the entrepreneur is to sustain her/his momentum and succeed in the long term.

Jeacocks says in order to understand why so many entrepreneurs suffer from an imbalance between work and play, one has to look at the forces that act on the business owner, both from inside and out. Apart from being self-motivated and driven individuals, the pressures from clients, creditors, financiers, competitors and staff tend to keep entrepreneurs working until all hours of the night.

December 2015 / Vol.6.10


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Third generation, and growing stronger than ever

The old adage about the first generation starting a business, the second generation running it and the third generation ruining it might be true for some, but certainly not for the Crawfords, a family of hoteliers based on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast.

Mark Crawford and his wife Carey are the third generation to run Crawford's Beach Lodge, a resort of free-standing cottages set on a stunning stretch of the Wild Coast near the village of Chintsa, some 40km outside East London.

They proved that the fresh perspective of youth, combined with the solid pioneering work done by previous generations, can make a potent entrepreneurial mixture.

Entrepreneurs stepping into the education breach

Arguably the most exciting industry in which to be a South African entrepreneur today is the educational sector. Not only is there an unprecedented willingness among huge numbers of the South African population to pay for a good education for their children, but information technology and progress in the science of learning are opening up great opportunities to improve teaching.

Who better than entrepreneurs to drive such innovation, and Business Partners Ltd (BUSINESS/PARTNERS) finds itself on the forefront of this movement as it embraces increasing numbers of excellent finance proposals for private educational facilities?

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