insights and advice

Find insights and advice to help you start, grow and run your business.

Business books to help you grow
insights and advice

Books to help you grow your business

Top book recommendations to help you learn how to grow your business from South African small business owners.

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.

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.

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business mentorship

Finding a business mentor

We all need help, especially when it comes to small business. But, how do you find and approach a possible business mentor? Read on for more.

Putting your the official stamp on your business.
insights and advice

When should you register your business?

A business doesn’t have to be a company, but there are good reasons to weigh up if you need to register your business. Over time it benefits you.

A whirring calendar in article about managing time as a business owner.
insights and advice

How to manage your time as a business owner

Time is the rarest resource and we often spend it poorly. Learn how to manage your time as an entrepreneur to make the most of what you have.

Julie Taylor, founder of Guns & Rain.
insights and advice

How to go from corporate to business

Taking the leap from corporate life into entrepreneurship is a big step. How do you know you’re ready?

Biltong Rules SA selling at a market in Durban.
insights and advice

How to start selling at markets

Tons of work goes into reaching the point where you’re at a market and making sales. Get tips on how to start selling at markets – successfully!

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insights and advice

How to get your business website to the top of Google Search

The top of Google Search is gold for your business website. Find out how to get your website to the top of Google and stay there.

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A list of December markets in South Africa.

The best December markets

The Hope on Hopkins distillery in Cape Town.

Hands on at Hope on Hopkins

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How to start accepting credit card payments

An image of a open store with no customers in an article about beating a sales slump.

Beat a sales slump: Working on yourself

two women at a Yoco business networking event

Business Networking for Shy Entrepreneurs

Julie Taylor, founder of Guns & Rain.

How to go from corporate to business

Christmas decorations in an article about preparing your business for the festive season.

Get your small business ready for the festive season

New Year's fireworks in an article about setting up your business for the new year.

Get your business off to the right start in the new year

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VAT 101: Getting money back from SARS

Biltong Rules SA selling at a market in Durban.

How to start selling at markets

Tech and tools for your business.

Tools for your business

Two people have a cup of coffee in a business mentor meeting.

Finding a business mentor

An image of the Yoco and Xero integration.

Setting up your Xero and Yoco Integration

A picture of a merchant working on the Business Portal.

Filter and export your sales history

Using Yoco to grow the coffee industry.

Driving growth in the coffee industry using technology and data

Balanced rocks in article about the right work-life balance as an entrepreneur.

The right work-life balance for entrepreneurs

The Yoco team at the Happiness Factory.

The Happiness Factory: 5 secrets to sweet success

A beach promenade in summer.

Is your business ready for Summer?

The entrance of Manifest Yoga in Durban.

Yoga in Durban: Niki and Ellen’s yoga journey

Easy ways to increase Easter sales.

6 easy ways to increase Easter sales

An image showing the workspace for an entrepreneur.

Small business finances checklist for the new entrepreneur

Nick Jacobs, software developer on open by Yoco.

Nick Jacobs: From London to Yoco

A barista in an article about increasing tips the Yoco way.

How to increase your tips – the Yoco way

An image of a coffee shop in an article on beating a sales slump.

Beat the sales slump: Working on your marketing

Siwe Matshisi at her women in business event in Johannesburg.

How Siwe Matshisi is connecting people through business

Burgers from Smokin' Joes restaurant.

Passion fuels the fire that lights up Smokin’ Joe’s

An area that is being cleaned up by Durban Green Corridors.

Green Corridors: Looking after Durban

A image of a candle in the loadshedding article.

Loadshedding and your business

An image of a store front in an article about beating a sales slump with product.

Beating a sales slump: Working on your product

Jabu Mdluli of Unwrapped in Braamfontein.

The Unwrapped entrepreneur story

Yoco Capital, a unique short-term working solution for small businesses.

Yoco Capital Update in 2018

The Ubuntu Baba factory in Retreat, Cape Town.

Ubuntu Baba: The value of ubuntu

The top apps for entrepreneurs.

Top 8 apps for entrepreneurs

An image of a folder with filed tax returns.

3 tax tips for small business side hustlers

Zandile Tlhapi of Baby Friendly at her baby store in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Zandile Tlhapi: The first home-grown baby store in Khayelitsha