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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Displaying items by tag: cape town
    rest is easy You can also engage with us on Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn Read more Entrepreneurship A very lonely road When walking down the road of establishing a business you will often find yourself asking who can truly help you You can talk to your life partner and family accountant and lawyer It is always important to obtain professional advice in business matters But where do you turn when you are feeling a bit lost or even despondent When you get conflicting advice which happens more often than one would think which advice do you follow I am often amazed to hear entrepreneurs seeking advice from friends that never have been in business It is surprising how keen and willing everyone is so willing to give business advice We at Caban believe that only entrepreneurs can effectively assist other entrepreneurs Only those that have walked down the entrepreneurship road can truly understand the pitfalls I remember before I had kids I started a bit later than most at the age of 35 I used to ask my friends what it was like to be a father The answer was always the same it cannot be described and one has to go through the experience I am now the father of three wonderful children and the experience is truly magical beyond explanation Entrepreneurship is the same you have to experience it to be able to advice properly I am a great believer in the right MBA programmes In fact I am embarking once again on this route My previous attempts were unsuccessful Not because the material was hard it was the fact that the professors teaching about business had never been in business themselves I started my business when I was 25 I started my MBA when I was 29 I already had four years business experience My argument with the lectures used to be the fact that the examples that were given were taken from the assumption that most things went right The reality is that most things go wrong Furthermore the lecturers were academics with no business experience I would pose questions to them such as what do they suggest one does when the debtors are slow in payment your bank facilities are maxed you have no cash flow and you need materials from your suppliers to produce The answer was usually let me look it up and I will come back to you Through experience one knows that in this kind of a situation more often than not if you speak to your suppliers frankly honestly and come up with a plan that is acceptable your suppliers will assist After all they want to keep you as a client This comes through experience No text book will tell you what to do under the above circumstances Having said that there are MBA programmes that add a lot of value Do research on the lectures before choosing one You will only learn from the failures It is pointless

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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Entrepreneurship: A very lonely road
    is so willing to give business advice We at Caban believe that only entrepreneurs can effectively assist other entrepreneurs Only those that have walked down the entrepreneurship road can truly understand the pitfalls I remember before I had kids I started a bit later than most at the age of 35 I used to ask my friends what it was like to be a father The answer was always the same it cannot be described and one has to go through the experience I am now the father of three wonderful children and the experience is truly magical beyond explanation Entrepreneurship is the same you have to experience it to be able to advice properly I am a great believer in the right MBA programmes In fact I am embarking once again on this route My previous attempts were unsuccessful Not because the material was hard it was the fact that the professors teaching about business had never been in business themselves I started my business when I was 25 I started my MBA when I was 29 I already had four years business experience My argument with the lectures used to be the fact that the examples that were given were taken from the assumption that most things went right The reality is that most things go wrong Furthermore the lecturers were academics with no business experience I would pose questions to them such as what do they suggest one does when the debtors are slow in payment your bank facilities are maxed you have no cash flow and you need materials from your suppliers to produce The answer was usually let me look it up and I will come back to you Through experience one knows that in this kind of a situation more often than not if you speak to your suppliers frankly honestly and come up with a plan that is acceptable your suppliers will assist After all they want to keep you as a client This comes through experience No text book will tell you what to do under the above circumstances Having said that there are MBA programmes that add a lot of value Do research on the lectures before choosing one You will only learn from the failures It is pointless to focus on the success Why did a company go wrong and what did they do to fix it You learn more from that exercise as opposed to learning how Apple became successful Don t get me wrong that is also important But what happens when things don t go according to plan when you try to emulate a successful story You get frustrated and despondent It s more inspiring to study a problem company and how they manage to overcome their problems At Caban we are entrepreneurs helping other entrepreneurs It is our duty as fellow entrepreneurs to assist other entrepreneurs We understand what it s like being an entrepreneur because we have walked and continue walking the entrepreneurship path We

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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Displaying items by tag: Caban
    used to be the fact that the examples that were given were taken from the assumption that most things went right The reality is that most things go wrong Furthermore the lecturers were academics with no business experience I would pose questions to them such as what do they suggest one does when the debtors are slow in payment your bank facilities are maxed you have no cash flow and you need materials from your suppliers to produce The answer was usually let me look it up and I will come back to you Through experience one knows that in this kind of a situation more often than not if you speak to your suppliers frankly honestly and come up with a plan that is acceptable your suppliers will assist After all they want to keep you as a client This comes through experience No text book will tell you what to do under the above circumstances Having said that there are MBA programmes that add a lot of value Do research on the lectures before choosing one You will only learn from the failures It is pointless to focus on the success Why did a company go wrong and what did they do to fix it You learn more from that exercise as opposed to learning how Apple became successful Don t get me wrong that is also important But what happens when things don t go according to plan when you try to emulate a successful story You get frustrated and despondent It s more inspiring to study a problem company and how they manage to overcome their problems At Caban we are entrepreneurs helping other entrepreneurs It is our duty as fellow entrepreneurs to assist other entrepreneurs We understand what it s like being an entrepreneur because we have walked and continue walking the entrepreneurship path We are committed in assisting entrepreneurs For that reason we have decided to introduce an entrepreneurship helpline You will have access to our executives for free advice To access this service you need to contact our offices on 2721 683 2425 and speak to Vuyiseka Ndinisa She will register you as a member and give you access to a contact number for free advice You may use the service as many times you wish and we emphasise once again it is a free service Caban helping entrepreneurs one day at a time You can also engage with us on Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn Read more REFERRALS REFERRALS FOR THE CABAN GROUP OF COMPANIES Caban Investments has assisted a number of high impact entrepreneurs realise their goals Below are some referrals iMzu Tours We assisted iMzu Tours with four years of books produced three years of signed off financial statements submitted four tax returns and obtained tax clearance and BBBEE certificates which enabled iMzu Tours in obtaining a tourism license Download the referral here SpringLeap We assisted SpringLeap to become investment ready and raise their first round of investment Download the referral

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  • Caban Investments Ltd - A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON BUSINESS PLANS
    One key reason for a business plan is to attract investors or when applying for finance from a financial institution Investors rely on business plans when making a decision to invest Business plans should contain information that is relevant and should refrain from giving holistic information of the industry they are in Makes You Think About Your Business When drafting a business plan it requires you to put some strategic thinking into your company Many businesses exist without specific direction The process of compiling a business plan makes you think of key areas such sales and marketing It sets out key objectives for short medium and long term It forces one to set clear milestones Reference for Stakeholders A business plan sets out clearly what your objectives are and what you expect the business to do The document should be available to your stakeholders which include your business partners staff and certain key creditors Also certain key clients might want to see what your objectives are and this might be a factor in determining their relationship with the company Revisiting Business Plans Business plans should be reviewed every quarter Key to the review should be the analysis of achieving budgets and objectives If they have not been met one should analyse why not and put together a strategy to bring the business back to its objectives More importantly we feel that a business plan is a powerful motivational tool It keeps on reminding you that even when things are tough you have started and are doing something that is worthwhile A business plan reminds you why you do what you do and why you did it in the first place We encourage our clients to read their business plan when times are tough More often than not the feedback is

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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Displaying items by tag: Business Plans
    Media Caban Enterprises Renewable Energy Investments Community Investment Companies Qinisanani Qei Holdings Blog News Contact Us Skip to content A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON BUSINESS PLANS There is a lot of information available on this subject and we agree with the often cited reasons for why a business plan is needed We would however like to add our own perspective on the importance of these documents Raising of Capital or Finance One key reason for a business plan is to attract investors or when applying for finance from a financial institution Investors rely on business plans when making a decision to invest Business plans should contain information that is relevant and should refrain from giving holistic information of the industry they are in Makes You Think About Your Business When drafting a business plan it requires you to put some strategic thinking into your company Many businesses exist without specific direction The process of compiling a business plan makes you think of key areas such sales and marketing It sets out key objectives for short medium and long term It forces one to set clear milestones Reference for Stakeholders A business plan sets out clearly what your objectives are and what you expect the business to do The document should be available to your stakeholders which include your business partners staff and certain key creditors Also certain key clients might want to see what your objectives are and this might be a factor in determining their relationship with the company Revisiting Business Plans Business plans should be reviewed every quarter Key to the review should be the analysis of achieving budgets and objectives If they have not been met one should analyse why not and put together a strategy to bring the business back to its objectives More importantly we feel

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  • Caban Investments Ltd - What makes a business successful?
    of a business but what about the human element and I don t just mean human resources The collective energy of a business will determine whether it will be successful or not This energy is derived from all the individuals involved in the business In my previous blog I mentioned that you have to chose your business relationships carefully and certain suggestions were made to assist in this process You have to be able to like your active business partners You will probably be spending more time with your business partners than with your life partner so how can you spend time with people you don t like It s impossible eventually something will give I often hear from clients that their business partners are efficient but they don t get on That kind of business relationship will not last I am not for one moment suggesting that you have to be friends with your business partners but I do believe that you have to like them You have to be able to trust and understand them Unity is strength is such a strong saying and it is highly applicable in business If everyone is on the same page and pulling in the same direction you create strong energy that makes things happen People want to deal with businesses that have a strong team and are unified How often have you walked into business premises and felt a certain level of heaviness You just want to get out of there But a strong positive environment not only attracts customers but also the right staff When choosing staff for your business not only do you have to consider their respective qualifications but also whether the individual will fit into the business culture that has been created Will the individual add to the energy or be disruptive to the culture These are critical questions that could have dramatic impact on the business How are your current staff members being treated Are they just numbers or are they being treated as individuals Do you bombard them with strict corporate governance rules and regulations that install fear in them or do they have freedom to come up with ideas that benefit the business and are rewarded for their initiative Do you encourage entrepreneurial thinking within your business More importantly are they happy Do you know when their birthdays when their anniversary is and how many kids they have Do you take a genuine interest your people Any person that is appreciated and feels that their ideas are taken seriously will be more productive as opposed to a person that needs permission to go to the bathroom Are good ideas rewarded and acknowledged If you analyse the most successful companies in the world you will see how they treat their employees There is a strong correlation between the two One should treat staff properly not because it makes good business sense but because you want to Therefore when you put your budgets and yearly strategies

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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Displaying items by tag: Caban Investments Ltd
    corporate governance and compliance He has extensive experience in corporate finance a key skill that is required in a company such as Caban He will be assisting the Group CEO in the London listing Furthermore he will work with the Group CEO in the company s deal making utilizing Adv Chrystal extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions Below is a summary of his biography Born and schooled on the East Rand of Johannesburg he entered the University Of Natal in 1982 where he read for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Laws Master of Laws Shipping and International Commerce and the Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law He completed articles of clerkship with Law Firm Shepstone Wylie and started practice as an Advocate in 1992 at the Natal Bar practising as a commercial practitioner In 2005 he joined an engineering mining house as their general legal counsel adviser providing a broad range of advice to the executive and business units encompassing all aspects of business including financing matters Adv Chrystal has travelled extensively on business notably in Africa and is well versed in highly regulated industries and have dealt with commercial matters including contracts due diligence s to closing listings and governance in the multinational field and across different legal jurisdictions In addition he has sat on boards of companies and has acted in fiduciary capacities over the last 20 years He has also sat as a Referee in the High Court Exercising its Admiralty Jurisdiction on a Section 5 3 of Act 105 of 1983 appointment For further information contact Dave Romero on 021 683 2425 This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it You can also engage with us on Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn Read more What makes a business successful I often read suggestions on how to make a success of a business It is very encouraging to see sound advice given to entrepreneurs but very few touch on the human element of a business There is a lot of information on what attributes an entrepreneur should have but what about business relationships Business is much more than a vision and mission statement A business plan is crucial to the survival of a business but what about the human element and I don t just mean human resources The collective energy of a business will determine whether it will be successful or not This energy is derived from all the individuals involved in the business In my previous blog I mentioned that you have to chose your business relationships carefully and certain suggestions were made to assist in this process You have to be able to like your active business partners You will probably be spending more time with your business partners than with your life partner so how can you spend time with people you don t like It s impossible eventually something will give I often hear from clients that their business partners are efficient but they

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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Displaying items by tag: Business Strategy
    whether it will be successful or not This energy is derived from all the individuals involved in the business In my previous blog I mentioned that you have to chose your business relationships carefully and certain suggestions were made to assist in this process You have to be able to like your active business partners You will probably be spending more time with your business partners than with your life partner so how can you spend time with people you don t like It s impossible eventually something will give I often hear from clients that their business partners are efficient but they don t get on That kind of business relationship will not last I am not for one moment suggesting that you have to be friends with your business partners but I do believe that you have to like them You have to be able to trust and understand them Unity is strength is such a strong saying and it is highly applicable in business If everyone is on the same page and pulling in the same direction you create strong energy that makes things happen People want to deal with businesses that have a strong team and are unified How often have you walked into business premises and felt a certain level of heaviness You just want to get out of there But a strong positive environment not only attracts customers but also the right staff When choosing staff for your business not only do you have to consider their respective qualifications but also whether the individual will fit into the business culture that has been created Will the individual add to the energy or be disruptive to the culture These are critical questions that could have dramatic impact on the business How are your current staff

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