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10 New Ideas for Making Money on the Side

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There is no better use for spare time than turning it into spare money. Image credit: Hero Images | Getty Images JOHN RAMPTON CONTRIBUTOR Entrepreneur and Connector DECEMBER 23, 2016 Every year we make the same resolutions, like losing weight or to quit smoking. What about making more money? While there...

“How do I find innovative people for my organization?

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“How do I find innovative people for my organization? And how can I become more innovative myself?” These are questions that stump senior executives, who understand that the ability to innovate is the “secret sauce” of business success. Unfortunately, most of us know very little...

Turn your business into a technology company (Part 6)

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Turn your business into a technology company (Part 6) __Applying technology to an old, old idea! In some parts of West Africa, they call it "susu." In South Africa they call it a "stokvel." In Zimbabwe they call it "mukando.” __A group of people who know and...

Turn your business into a technology company (Part 7)

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__ May be it was "esusu," "stokvel," and "mukando" that got me into business after all! In my last post I talked about a traditional savings scheme practiced across Africa. It’s easily the largest savings bank on the African continent, holding billions of dollars with...

Turn your business into a technology company (Part 5)

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Turn your business into a technology company (Part 5) __Use mobile phones and the Internet to change your business. Most of the fastest growing businesses in the world are businesses that have "re-imagined" well established business areas by introducing innovations based on the Internet and mobile...

Turn your business into a technology company (Part 4)

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__Listen before you leap. In a recent interview, a former CEO of Apple Computer, John Sculley, talked about entrepreneurship, innovation and new “disruptive” technologies. He said his Apple business card back then didn’t call him Chief Executive Officer. It said: “Chief Listener” … As you transform...

Turn your business into a “technology company” (Part 3).

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Turn your business into a “technology company” (Part 3). __Harness the future! The other day I was watching a program about a young Chinese entrepreneur who created a restaurant that has no waiters. Everyone orders food using an "App" and simply arrives, collects and sits...

Turn your business into a “technology company” (Part 2).

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING?  I was inspired this week to hear stories from so many of you who are using technology to connect buyers and markets, and, in the process, create income for yourselves. This kind of thinking will really set Africa alight! One post really...

Turn your business into a “technology company” (Part 1)

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The other day I was talking to a friend who runs a fast-moving consumer goods company, or what the experts call an "FMCG" company. He was surprised when I said to him, "I also consider myself to be in the FMCG sector; I discourage...

Pause: __”The time is always right to do what is right.”

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Pause: __"The time is always right to do what is right." By Dr. Strive Masiyiwa I may have shared this story before with some of you: Many years ago, I was giving evidence in a hearing over a dispute with a partner. The hearing was taking place...