Author Archives: Janice Thompson
There is no doubting that we live in an age of global interconnectedness. While this trend started nearly 30-years ago and has brought more than a billion people out of extreme poverty it has only been in the last decade or so that the wave of modernity has swept Africa.
One of the most important things for business in Africa is finding a base of operations which offer low operating costs, ease of links to their home country, and importantly and investor friendly environment. One location which ticks all three boxes is the Ras Al Khaimah. This is largely due to the work of the emirate’s pro-western leadership which has worked tirelessly to the transform the city-state.
Many entrepreneurs and small-business owners in Africa are reaping the reward of the global tech and web-services booms, and have built strong business models which they can apply locally… and some, even globally. But as more and more of these small businesses are finding out, small enterprises are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals, too. How can you protect your small-business customers and decrease your risk?
Ready to take your business online and put your products up for sale? Good for you. If you can get the ball rolling quickly enough, hopefully you can be ready in time to be part of this year’s Black Friday shopping spree in the coming months ahead. Stats show that 2015’s Black Friday had more people shopping online than at traditional brick-and-mortar stores!
Whether you’re wanting to start a business in Mombasa or Lake Malawi, it’s important to keep your initial costs down whenever you launch a business. Being able to do as much as possible for free or cheap can be the best way to ensure your businesses succeeds over its first year. There’s a good reason that first 12 months is the make or break period!
Unfortunately, traveling to the United States for business is not always a simply process. Any time you are coming here for business, you will need a visa to get into the country, and that means paperwork and maybe even some headaches. While the process can usually be completed on your own, there are some instances where having a lawyer may be beneficial.
If the past has taught businesses anything about disasters it’s to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. From severe weather patterns to the human element, bad things can happen without provocation or notice. Your business should always have a plan of action in the event of an emergency. While fire escape routes are nice to hang on the walls, you may need to have better safety procedures for other dangerous circumstances. Professionals in the field of emergency preparedness, such as Catherine Hooper, have outlined custom plans for almost any situation. As keeping employees safe should be a priority for any business owner, you may want to incorporate some of these plans.
Computer fraud is a big issue today, but it extends beyond simple data fraud and now includes financial fraud too. It’s something that Wonga SA became aware of a year or so ago when some unscrupulous “shamsters” tried to heist the Wonga name and use it for their own fraudulent purposes.
With the economy becoming ever more globalized, many businesses are starting to consider relocation. Depending on your situation, you may find that another country offers you more benefits than the one you are currently in. Or, perhaps, you are simply looking to another location to your existing business, and would like to do so in another country. Regardless of the reason, if you are looking to start a business in another country, there are a few things that you need to think about before you make the move.
Their online marketplace may not be as advanced as Europe and the USA but South Africa is experiencing an increased move to a digital lifestyle due to a surge in smartphone and tablet adoption. As people become more digitally aware, opportunities are opening up for many companies to transact online with their customers.
If you are fluent in a foreign language or have an interest in a foreign country’s culture and politics, you may have often considered taking up residence outside the United States. There are plenty of jobs abroad for expatriates with law degrees. Many of those jobs involve practicing the same type of law as would be practiced in the United States. By bringing your law expertise abroad, you can make life better for the residents of that country while you experience cultural immersion and education.
Energy consumption is an ongoing issue we face as a society. It readily makes itself known in all facets of our lives from general use, such as lighting and basic electrical use to oversized companies and drilling rigs. While these are large components that lie at the heart of any polished and developed society, this can of course bring about serious complications.