nFold seeks Entrepreneur – Software Salesperson with Proposal Talent

Sandy Pullinger, founder of NFoldLinked-In Buddy, Do you know someone who fits this description? If so, please ask them to send a CV to jobs@nfold.com.

Software Salesperson with Proposal Talent

You want to sell software, consulting and training. If you are hungry to succeed and you have the following attributes and skills, then please apply for this permanent full-time position with a low basic salary and generous commission structure.

Attributes: The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, enjoys networking, is a good hunter, closes small deals quickly, and is also able to negotiate bigger deals at executive level. You write winning proposals and build lasting relationships with clients, but do not make promises that can’t be kept. You are self-motivated, persistent, diligent, and you have marketing savvy. You are eager to earn, learn, lead, and teach or mentor others. You speak English clearly and fluently and enjoy telephone interaction, client meetings, presentations and demos. We prefer female or affirmative action candidates, although all suitable applications will be considered. Good customer and manager references essential. The successful candidate must have own transport that is reliable and will be appointed on a one-month trial basis.

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Top 10 Mistakes Made In Business Plans

It’s very important for everyone who’s attending my next Internet Cafe workshop to study this list in great detail. Develop a basic business plan as part of your preparations for this unique training we offer at NETucation that combines the best black business and technology expertise in Southern Africa.

Lenders and investors may see hundreds of business plans in a single day. Make your business plan stand out against the rest, and avoid these common mistakes.

  1. Not proving that you have the management expertise to make it happen. The quality of your people will lend credibility to your ideas and even to your financial projections. If your management team is not as strong as it could be, join forces with a great board of advisor’s.
  2. Not demonstrating where your revenue will come from – what customers pay you and why they pay you. Do not be too aggressive in setting revenue projections or you will undermine your credibility.
  3. Not proving that your business model and long term cost structure is good enough to make a real profit. How will your business make money – what is your margin structure, what are your costs?
  4. Not being clear enough in your product description to allow the reader to quickly see the need and the niche for this product. It may seem obvious to you, but not so to the reader not educated in your business.
  5. Not proving that the market opportunity is big enough to get interested in. How big is your market now and what will it look like in 5 years?
  6. Not adequately acknowledging your competition. Investors know that if there is no perceived competition, there may be no market for what you are offering. The better you can describe your competition, the better you understand your market, and the more likely you will dominate it.
  7. Not writing for the target audience. Although the core is the same, the plan should be written for the perspective of banks, equity investors, and others. Go as far as you can to tailor each plan to the audience’s specific interests to show you have done your homework and know to whom you are talking.
  8. Starting with a boring, unenthusiastic executive summary. This is the first section to be read, and if it is not exciting, the rest may never be seen. Make it fun and be enthusiastic. It should stand-alone and generate interest for more. It deserves all the thought you would put into a professionally done promotional piece for your customers.
  9. Poor presentation. If you have typos and grammatical errors in your business plan, the reader will assume the work you do in your business is sloppy too.
  10. Saying too much. Keep the entire plan to a maximum of 30 pages, with an executive summary of three pages or less. If investors are interested, they will ask for any other information they need. Amateurs talk in the business plan about unimportant details because they do not know what they should say and what they should not. Hire a professional editor to reduce the page count and help you emphasize your strengths.

source Jan B King

 

Coping with onine abuse in South Africa

Cyber bullying online abuse South AfricaOnline abuse and cyber bullying is becoming more and more prevalent. The rise of technology and how integral it is becoming part of our lives is indisputable. In South Africa we now have over 5.3 million Internet users and approximately 33 million cellphones users of which over 9 million are mobile Internet users. Think about how many times when you are having a conversation with someone and their phone rings. They will most of the time stop talking to you to answer the phone. And the same goes for SMS messages being sent inside movie theatres or in meetings or in the classroom.

Online harassment is on the increase. There are increasing amounts of cyber-bullying taking place where teenagers purposefully do or say nasty things which is intended to hurt other children. Cyber bullying not only takes place in schools between children, to some extent it is also becoming more commonplace in the workplace. Cyberbullying is also known as cyber harassment between adults.

Here is some resources:

 

Missing Children SA – We need your help…

From Judy Botes @ Missing Children SA

missing children saFor the December holidays 22 children were reported missing to Missing Children SA. Fortunately – together with SAPS – 19 of these children have been recovered. Since official statistics were started in 1994 OVER 900 OF THE CHILDREN REPORTED MISSING IN SOUTH AFRICA, HAVE NOT BEEN RECOVERED. Experts believe that this number will increase this year, especially with the upcoming 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.

Unfortunately the reality is that the recession is taking its toll, not only on corporates, but on charities, like us, as well.

YOU CAN HELP!

Your donation – no matter how small – will assist us in continuing our efforts to find missing children. HELP US BRING OUR MISSING CHILDREN BACK HOME!

Bank: Standard Bank
Cheque Account: 272471216
Branch: Tyger Manor (050410)

For International Transfers you need:

SWIFT Number: SBZAZAJJ

Address: 9th Floor, Standard Bank Centre, 5 Simmonds Street, Johannesburg 2001

P O Box 7725, Johannesburg 2000

 

Joburg Tweet-Up Name Tags and Event Tweets

Received this email from the eminent Ryan A. Gibson, organiser of Joburg Tweet-ups

This is our second tweet-up (#JHBtweetup) and it is looking great for attendance. I want to welcome the new members as you have helped this group double in size.

Please send your twitter name to me so that I can prepare your name tags for the event. You can email it to ryan@publishknowledge.com or DM me @ryanagibson.

Also, for the sake of helping market the event I would appreciate a tweet either letting people know about the tweet-up which people can register or letting people know you are going. If your friends know your going, then you might have more friends go as well. Its nice to see familiar faces, and if you invited them… they come there to meet you. So its a nice thing to remember to do, just let your followers know your coming. If you registered No for the event and can’t make it, a tweet would still be appreciated. Hopefully you can manage to find a way out of that other party… this one will be better 🙂

Sincerely,

@RyanAGibson

It is a tweet-up, I will ask MLM people to leave…if you prospect. If I hear one independently wealthy working towards being a millionaire… Kidding, but be respectful if you are. Thanks. It is for twitter users… not MLM.

 

Miss Tukkies Rag Queen Childrens Charity Drive

Hello Ramon,

I got this email from one of the Tukkies Finalists on Monday. I do believe that time is running out on this project. I will copy and paste her email to me and I will attach 2 photos, one of her ( quite a looker) and another group photo. It’s a charity drive for the poor the girls are doing and I believe it’s a kind of competition. If you or someone you know can help, feel free to contact me or her at an time… soon thanks,

Reuel Leach

Tukkies Jool Finaliste (Die mooi meisies met ander woorde)het n groot taak onlangs gekry om geld in te samel vir minderbevooregtes! Enige donasies gaan werk!

Die finalis is Sonita-Lee Etchells. Jy is welkom om fotos van hulle te vra, dis beskikbaar. Hierdie is n laaste minuut poging mense asseblief voor of op Woensdag 20ste.

Om dit nou opwindend te maak het die meisies n kompetisie tussen hulle om te sien wie die meeste geld gaan insamel. Een meisie het al R56,000 in gebring. As jy of iemand wie jy ken kan help. Sal julle asseblief nie net daar sit nie maar spring! En iets doen dankie baie by voorbaat!

stuur emails sonita.lee@gmail.com

 

Internet cafe business 2010 workshops schedule

Ramon Thomas teaching Internet Cafe workshops in JohannesburgThis announcement is two years overdue. So I apologise to my loyal readers who have persisted in asking me about past Internet Cafe workshops. This is what you have been waiting for!

NETucation is South Africa’s leading experts on the Internet Cafe industry, and we are the only organisation to conduct training on how to set-up the Internet Cafe from scratch. These workshops are conducted only twice per annum because it is a very specialised course an curriculim we follow that is updated on annual basis to take all Internet and broadband trends into consideration.

Cybercafe workshops are design to help entrepreneurs with no knowledge of the Internet or small business enter this sector of the Internet industry.

We are proud to announce the 2010 workshop schedule in association with:

Yusuf Mahomedy regularly writes for The Star Workplace and HR Future on employment and jobs. He will teach all the basics of moving from employment to self-employed and running a business that employs people. He also co-presented the previous workshop with us in 2008. And we have also recruited Thuto Moshile, the owner of the largest network of Internet Cafes in the Vaal Triangle. While we focus on the Internet business strategies, computer hardware, networking equipment and software for time management, billing and point of sale solutions.

There will be an interactive Q&A section for all delegates irrespective of your background, skills or experience in this industry. So feel free to post comments below with all your questions before hand and we will answer them in detail. Also bring along any documentation like business plans or application forms for government funding.

What is this training worth to you? This workshops covers the following and more:

  • Small business basics
  • Bookkeeping, Tax, UIF, hiring employees
  • Government funding vs loans
  • Internet Cafe location planning
  • Computer Hardware renting or buying, technical support, becoming a reseller
  • Internet Cafe software, Point of Sales (POS), CRM sales software to track clients
  • Direct marketing strategies with flyer’s, SMS, etc
  • Staff training
  • Billing & Time management strategies
  • VOIP set-up and packages
  • Wireless hotspots
  • Additional revenue streams
  • Business plan basics
  • Q&A about your situation, your location
  • Google, Websites, Online marketing

You save hundreds of hours of research because we have done that already for you. You receive my recommendations on all hardware and other equipment from preferred suppliers; and what we go into detail on what Internet Service Providers to use because we have evaluated the options to gain the best price/performance ratios. Translated this could save you tends of thousands of Rand, which can be better spent on your own training and marketing. You can get going much quicker after this workshop, and you will have more confidence in the success of your new small business venture. We are here to help you have more freedom, more flexibility, more cash flow and create jobs while uplifting your communities, increasing Internet literacy in your region, and giving the people cheaper, faster and quicker access to the world through the Web, email, VOIP and online social networking.

JOHANNESBURG WORKSHOPS INFORMATION

 

George Carlin's Words of wisdom

This is a master piece… If you have not read it take the time to read it now… If you have read it take time to read it again… If you have read it again… Then, please consider!!!

George Carlin American stand-up comedian RIPIsn’t it amazing that George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent…and so very appropriate

A Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Free-ways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgement, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete….

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

 

South Africa's Internet growth accelerates

Arthur Goldstuck researcher World Wide WorxThe number of South African Internet users has passed the 5-million mark for the first time, finally breaking through the 10% mark in Internet penetration for the country.

This is the key finding of the Internet Access in South Africa 2010 study, conducted by World Wide Worx and jointly sponsored by Cisco. The headline data, released today, shows that the Internet user base grew by 15% last year, from 4,6-million to 5,3-million, and is expected to grow at a similar rate in 2010.

“The good news is that we will continue to see strong growth in 2010, and we should reach the 6-million mark by the end of the year,” says Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx.

“A sustained growth in Internet penetration is a key factor that will positively influence the economy of South Africa”, says Reshaad Sha, Senior Manager for Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group. “The varied range of application services and social networking platforms used by local consumers has fuelled the uptake that we see today.”

Growth in the number of Internet users in South Africa was relatively stagnant from 2002 to 2007
, when it never rose above 7%. However, this rate almost doubled in 2008, and continued accelerating in 2009.

World Wide Worx found that the landing of a new undersea cable on the South African coast was only one of a range of factors behind the growth. Of greater significance was the granting of Electronic Communications Network Service licenses to more than 400 organisations. This meant that service providers that were previously required to buy their network access from one of the major providers, could now build their own networks or choose where they wanted to buy their access.

The result was that a market previously characterised by a limited range of providers and services suddenly exploded as small providers were able to repackage the services provided by the large telecommunications corporations in any way they wished. The large providers, in turn, began to offer far more competitive packages to both customers and resellers.

World Wide Worx found that a second key factor in growth over the past two years has been the continued uptake of broadband connectivity by small and medium enterprises migrating from dial-up connectivity. Each company moving from dial-up to ADSL, for example, extended Internet access to general office staff. This process was found to add an additional one to 20 new users to the Internet user base for every small business installing ADSL.

While the headline findings examine the general numbers of users, the final Internet Access in SA 2010 report, due to be released in March, will highlight the extent of new fibre-optic networks laid down across South African cities and between the cities. It will also examine the impact of the range of new undersea cables that will be in place by the end of 2011, and which is expected to enhance competitiveness even further.

“In the coming year, operators will begin to leverage the combination of new undersea cable capacity and new fibre-optic networks to supply corporate clients and resellers with bigger, faster and more flexible capacity,” says Goldstuck. “Almost every large player in the communications industry has realigned its business to take advantage of this relentless change.”

“South African consumers and businesses are demanding access to online applications and services that can only be experienced via high speed connectivity, such as fibre-optic networks. The year ahead will see the proliferation of high speed connectivity materialising more widely than ever before”, concludes Sha.

 

FNB CEO Michael Jordaan’s open letter published in Beeld

This seems to have been a good idea in principal. It’s a pity Michael Jordaan does not have the spine to resist the pressure from trade union Solidarity or white staff. My own experience with FNB since the age of 5 years old has been mostly good. That was until I started my own business in 2004 and that’s when the shocking truth of how banks see entrepreneurs in South Africa began to emerge. They are all part of a global cabal who has nothing better to do that charge high interest, ridiculously high banking fees for even depositing cash into your bank account. No wonder black people mostly withdraw the full amount of cash after they get paid to avoid paying bank fees on this or that 🙁

FNB CEO Michael JordaanFNB CEO Michael Jordaan’s open letter published in Beeld today on the issue of FNB’s equal access to educational assistance:

Eerste Nasionale Bank het die afgelope week of twee onder kwaai kritiek deurgeloop oor ’n beursskema wat vanjaar vir die eerste keer beurse gaan uitbetaal aan die kinders van die bank se swart werknemers wat ingevolge die voorwaardes van die skema vir die beurse kwalifiseer.

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