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The myth of entrepreneurship.

Being an entrepreneur is like getting punched in the face every day - and trying to convince people you enjoy it. It's not glamorous. You're not a rockstar. And you're only accountable to yourself.


The Heavy Chef Guide To Starting a Business - Internal Training Experiment (Part 5 - FINAL)

Welcome to Part 5 of the internal "entrepreneur training" series we're doing at forgood.

Using the Heavy Chef Guide to Starting a Business in South Africa (it's a super light read and presents quite a nice structure for the do's and don'ts of getting going in business) - we're doing bi-monthly learning sessions, discussions and exercises.

This is the last post. The final 4 chapters wrap up this "beginner's guide" quite nicely. It's been a fairly uncontroversial common sense read, so I was pleased to slightly disagree with one of the points. We'll get into that soon. 

If you missed Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 - go give them a read. If you're wondering why we're training our team to be entrepreneurs? Why not?

Chapters 7 to 10
Look beyond competitors being threats. 

Sure, they can eat your lunch. But the modern business world demands a slightly more open and innovative approach to competitor analysis. Treat them as sources of i…

The Heavy Chef Guide To Starting a Business - Internal Training Experiment (Part 4)

Welcome to Part 4 of our internal "entrepreneur training" series we're doing at forgood.

Using the Heavy Chef Guide to Starting a Business in South Africa (it's a super light read and presents quite a nice structure for the do's and don'ts of getting going in business) - we're doing bi-monthly learning sessions, discussions and exercises.

I'll chronicle them here so you can follow along.

If you missed Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 - go give them a read. If you're wondering why we're training our team to be entrepreneurs? Why not?


Chapter 5 and 6
This is a shorter post. The advice in these chapters is simple and practical. Hopefully I can reinforce a few themes...

Raising funds. 

This subject is talked about the most and often accused of being the single biggest barrier to entrepreneurship in South Africa. It is - and it isn't. I only have a few rules to think through when raising funds.

1. Get paying customers first. Before raising funds.

2. Tr…