Marijke

Marijke is a chef, entrepreneur and freelance writer. She has an Economics and Law degree from UCT and a Cordon Bleus Grande Diploma from Silwood cookery school. Since selling her restaurant in 2017, she has been pursuing her lifetime fascination with storytelling. She is passionate about sharing the real human experiences, behind the hustle of the entrepreneurial community.
insights and advice

How to pivot your food business during COVID-19

Here are our tips for how to pivot and manage your food business during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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customer service

How to stay connected through the COVID-19 outbreak

Open communication is a key element of survival for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. But how do you stay connected and what do you say?

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productivity in business

Loadshedding and your business

Eskom is an unreliable business partner. Make sure your business is prepared for bouts of loadshedding and other electricity letdowns.

An image of a Yoco merchant pairing their device in article about the cheapest data bundles.
the market

The cheapest data bundles for Yoco merchants

Using your phone or tablet with your card machine makes your business truly mobile. Check our survey to find the cheapest data bundles.

A picture of a messy desk in an article about creating a new business plan for the new year.
finances and funding

New Year, New You, New Business Plan?

The freshness of a new year is the best time for a new business plan. Take stock of what the old year taught you and plan for the new.

An image of the inside of an elevator in an article about making an elevator pitch.
finances and funding

The elevator pitch has left the building

The art of making an elevator pitch is key they say. But does it need a shakeup for small businesses looking for support and funding?

two women at a Yoco business networking event
insights and advice

Business Networking for Shy Entrepreneurs

Successful business networking is an infamously delicate dance. Mashudu Modau chats to us about the secrets around business socialising.

An image of a store open sign in an article about opening a retail store.
insights and advice

How to open a retail store

Despite e-commerce booming there is something unique about a brick-and-mortar shop. Find out how to open a retail store with this easy guide.

Mpumelelo Mtintso, founder of Book Ibhoni riding past Vilakazi Street.
johannesburg-based businesses

Books on bikes with Book Ibhoni

Mpumelelo Mtintso has founded a business based on community and tourism. Read his interesting journey and about Book Ibhoni.

Siwe Matshisi at her women in business event in Johannesburg.
johannesburg-based businesses

How Siwe Matshisi is connecting people through business

Read the story of Siwe Matshisi’s journey to starting Queencess Creation and how she is using business to encourage positivity and hope.

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A Yoco workshop with Google in Durban.

Yoco workshop on digital marketing with Google

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Green Corridors: Looking after Durban

An image of Mandisa Mjamba, a software developer on Open by Yoco.

How Mandisa Mjamba made her career in Tech

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Get your small business ready for the festive season

Jennifer Cernades of Orejen in Johannesburg.

Orejen: Opening the door to business

Tina Ngxokolo’s story: culture, fashion and business

A pic of the guys at Colombo Coffee in Durban in an article about motivating your employees.

Motivating your employees in busy times

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Beating a sales slump: Working on your product

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Yoco Point of Sale: Customisable Receipts

Business books to help you grow

Books to help you grow your business

Hlobsile Manana of Mbali Rose Hair.

Mbali Rose Hair: Making a hair business work

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Setting up your Xero and Yoco Integration

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Where to find business advice, guidance and inspiration

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5 ways to cut costs during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Small Business Pivot | Book iBhoni

Nick Jacobs, software developer on open by Yoco.

Nick Jacobs: From London to Yoco

COVID-19 Lockdown: Level 4 Explained

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Support Small: will you join the movement?

Julie Taylor, founder of Guns & Rain.

How to go from corporate to business

Alistair Barnes from Ballo in his store in Cape Town.

Seeing business differently: how Ballo puts the planet before profit

The Small Business Pivot | Pandemic-inspired reinvention

How to get business funding with Yoco Capital

A list of December markets in South Africa.

The best December markets

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Support Small: Yoco merchants selling fabric face masks

A selection of books for entrepreneurs.

15 books for entrepreneurs

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Tips on gratuity in restaurants and other businesses

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Improve your small business’s online presence

Tips on taking your business to the next level.

Business tips to go the next level

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A marketer’s guide to gift vouchers

An image of a store open sign in an article about opening a retail store.

How to open a retail store

Fabian of the Yoco Finance Team.

Meet the Yoco Finance Team

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Safeguarding your business finances during COVID-19

Katlego talking about how to build a business at StartUp Grind.

Katlego at Startup Grind: How to build a business

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Carl Wazen on building successful partnerships

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COVID-19: How to sanitise your card machine