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The Heavy Chef Guide To Starting a Business - Internal Training Experiment (Part 2)

This is a continuation of our internal forgood experiment to learn more about "starting a business". We're working through Fred Roed's Heavy Chef Guide to Starting a Business in South Africa and inventing some practical exercises to embed the learning.

The exercises will have a bias towards our current business, but will be flow out into the broader world of entrepreneurship incorporating examples for anything that's floating in our ecosystem (from family businesses to suppliers or competitors)

Why are we training our employees how to be entrepreneurs? Why aren't you?


Chapter 2
I really enjoyed this quote: "Business plans fail when they’re a glorified tool for procrastination". That probably sums up my views of business plans. They're the things many investors don't bother to read - but the process of writing them tends to help you do the thinking.

A fun modern tool for quick business plans is the Lean Canvas. Now, this has been hyped up a f…
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The Heavy Chef Guide To Starting a Business - Internal Training Experiment (Part 1)

It's been a while since I've posted here, so I thought I'd document a little internal experiment we're doing at forgood. A few of our team members have expressed interest in learning a little more about the entrepreneurial journey, with the ambition of setting up their own "shops" one day.

So, to support industry mate Fred Roed, we're using his book as a structure for the training. If this wets your appetite, go buy a copy and check out a Heavy Chef training workshop.

I can already hear the primary criticism that's going to come out around this book. It's full of cheesy cliches.

But isn't that the problem with cliches? They're only cliches, because they're true. They're only cheesy, because they're things we've heard a hundred times - but somehow still don't get right.

Fred has wrapped a back-to-basics business book with heaps of South African context (very critical, there are few good introductions to entrepreneurship…

JOBS @ forgood. Account / Programme Director.

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION HAVE CLOSED. If you’re still interested in working with forgood, join us on our Facebook Page and Group - make friends!


This is a kick-ass senior leadership role in my team at forgood. Read the instructions. Bring your A Game.

Forgood connects people to Causes. Think: online dating for the social sector! We’re the largest volunteering platform in South Africa, building a sexy technology platform that solves social problems. We’re also a proudly “for profit” – and believe in making money and creating social change at the same time. Here’s how we make money: https://www.forgood.co.za/forgood-for-business. 

We need someone to lead our client team – oversee the interface with large South African corporates as we design, customise and run their Employee Volunteering Programmes on our platform. There’s also the opportunity to run interesting side projects as we experiment with different revenue streams and services. If you can prove yourself…

This is a senior ro…

How to be an Active Citizen | PART 2 | 9 ways to improve the IMPACT you create as a volunteer...

Brought to you by forgood.co.za, South Africa’s largest volunteering and goods donation platform. We connect people who want to make a difference – to the Causes that need their help!

Volunteer culture is building in South Africa, despite the tough economic situation we find ourselves in. It reduces stress, builds communities, improves your skills and opens up your world view.

But volunteering doesn't come naturally. There's a lot we can learn and understand about how to interact effectively with the non-profit sector. Here's how you start...


Be the best volunteer you can be
#1 Do your homework and choose wisely – take the time to seek out an organisation whose mission speaks to you. Know what the Cause does, how they need help and if you can help them in a way that’s meaningful and useful. Ask other people if they know the Cause and if they have volunteered with them before. As eager as you are to make a difference, make sure that you balance your time and the time you comm…

How to be an Active Citizen | PART 1 | 5 ways your previously loved stuff can make a difference!

Brought to you by forgood.co.za, South Africa’s largest volunteering and goods donation platform. We connect people who want to make a difference – to the Causes that need their help!

From spring cleans and moving house to just de-cluttering your modern lifestyle – we all have physical resources (our stuff!) that can really make a difference if donated to the right Cause at the right time - in the right way.


Here are 6 tips to let your previously loved stuff free – and help others while you’re doing it.

Donate tactically. Not every homeless shelter needs blankets and not every ECD centre needs clothes. The forgood website lists very specific requirements from Causes across South Africa. Match your resources to the right need and you’ll create more impact. Communication is key. Communicate with the nonprofit organisation about WHAT you are donating and HOW much you’re donating – let them choose WHEN and to WHO those donations are applied. They are the experts after all!Deliver the goods…

The forgood Pop-Up Store: SA's first cause-based online shop!

Really excited to launch this new product: The forgood Pop-Up StoreRead all about it... and most importantly, go shopping for some beautiful products - that also build sustainability in our social sector by generating revenue for Causes. 

#ProductsWithPurpose

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Get ready for South Africa’s first cause-based online pop-up store, offering a curated selection of handcrafted products to purchase. From clothing and toys to jewellery and art – the forgood Pop-Up Store (http://store.forgood.co.za) is open for the month of July only. The best part? Every sale generates income for a cause, helping to build long-term sustainability, create jobs, support skills development and empower communities.
This South African first is the brainchild of forgood, an online platform that connects ordinary people to reputable causes where they can choose to donate goods or offer their skilled services to a cause in need. It’s all about matching good, for good.
“With the forgood Pop-Up Store we wa…

JOBS @ forgood | Tech-Savvy Account Manager

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION HAVE CLOSED. If you’re still interested in working with forgood, join us on our Facebook Page and Group - make friends!

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Forgood connects people to Causes. You can think of us like "online dating for the social sector"! We’re the largest volunteering platform in South Africa - a team building a sexy technology platform that solves social problems. We’re also a proudly for-profit – and believe in making money and saving the world at the same time. 
We need someone to join our Account Management / Client Service / Projects team – directly interfacing with large South African corporates as we design, customise and run their Employee Volunteering Programmes on our platform. There’s also the opportunity to…