Your Website of the Month: How to Cope with Pandemic Stress as A Small Business Owner

Being an entrepreneur can be hugely rewarding, but it comes with a level of stress at the best of times, now magnified many times over by the pandemic’s uncertainties and disruptions.

Of course stress can be good for us, but only up to a point. “Bad stress” won’t just damage your ability to run your business, it puts your mental and physical health at severe risk.

So whatever else you do this year, make sure that coping with stress is high on your agenda – very high. Get 2022 off to a great start with these stress-coping mechanisms from a team of clinical psychologists on Stuff.

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Your Website of the Month: How to Find and Remove Spyware from Your Cellphone

Our cellphones have, for most of us, become integrated into virtually every aspect of our lives.

Take a moment now to think of how much damage a cybercriminal, or an industrial spy, perhaps even a malicious stalker or vengeful ex-employee, could do both to you personally and to your business if they succeed in getting spyware onto your phone.

Concerned? Firstly be aware that “spyware on your cellphone” is a real threat, and then act immediately to protect yourself.

A good start is this guide to –

  • What spyware is,
  • What the warning signs of infection are, and
  • How to remove it from your mobile devices

Read “How to find and remove spyware from your phone” on ZDNet.

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Your Website of the Month: New – How to Renew Your Car Licence Disc Online

Here’s some really good news for all of us motorists dreading the annual challenge of queuing to renew our car licences.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation has launched an online payment gateway allowing us to register, renew, and pay for our licence discs on the NaTIS online platform. Read “New online car licence disc renewal portal launched” on MyBroadband for details and instructions on how to use this new facility. Read to the end of the article for news of a planned SA Post Office smartphone app, and FNB’s existing online renewal and delivery service.

Note: This does not relate to driver’s licence cards, for which an online renewal system is planned but not yet finalised.


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Your Website of the Month: The Best Age to Launch a Successful Startup Is…


The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission reports (see Moneyweb article here) a record 510,000 new companies registered in 2020 – 32% up from 2019. Clearly the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic and its associated economic disruption are at play here. For some, retrenchment has meant having to become an entrepreneur in order to survive financially. Others are taking advantage of new opportunities to disrupt and to innovate.

Perhaps you are considering such a move and wondering if you could be too young, or too old, to get into the game. Wonder no longer – read “Science reveals the best age to start a thriving business” on Leader.co.za.

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Your Website of the Month: Start a New Business Fast and Lean


The COVID-19 pandemic has closed many doors, but it has also levelled many playing fields and opened up a slew of new business opportunities. If you are one of the many budding entrepreneurs out there looking to start up your own business (perhaps by choice, perhaps after a business closure), you may wonder where and how to go about it.

Bizly’s “Start a business: How to get going fast, the lean start-up way” here shares some ideas for “action planning using rapid, feedback loops to get the business off the ground quickly and with minimal risk.”  Answer 6 preliminary questions, complete a one-page business plan, and prepare for launch!

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Your Websites of the Month: Measure and Maximise Your Business Creativity

“Creativity is the key to success” (Abdul Kalam)

It’s hard to think of a successful entrepreneur who isn’t at heart creative. Creativity comes with the territory, and anything you can do to increase it has got to be good for your bottom line.

The good news is that you can train yourself to maximise your creativity. First off take “The Divergent Association Task” here – it measures your creativity in under 4 minutes. Then move on to HuffPost’s 5 Creativity-building tips in “Yes, You Can Train Yourself to Be More Creative. Here’s How” here.

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Your Website of the Month: How to Plan and Hold Virtual Board Meetings


Virtual meetings are here to stay. Make the most of them with “Optimising the virtual boardroom: A guide to planning and executing virtual board meetings” from Nasdaq Governance Solutions on Moneyweb.

Learn how to –

  • “Build a virtual board table” (“creating a virtual seating arrangement” and so on),
  • “Mitigate meeting day glitches” (we’ve all wasted time on fiascos!), and 
  • “Keep it confidential” (paramount).

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Your Website of the Month: Teamwork Tips from My Octopus Teacher


“So, you thought that My Octopus Teacher was there to teach us about cephalopods; its real message is about the value of teamwork and what we can achieve if we work together.”

Read “Teamwork Tips from My Octopus Teacher” on the Catalyst website, and watch an interview with the movie’s director, for some thoughts on “the power of collaboration, shared passion and purpose”.

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Your Website of the Month: Protecting Yourself and Your Business in Flu Season 2021


Flu season is upon us again, and it is not to be underestimated with between 7,000 and 12,000 flu-related deaths historically reported in South Africa every season. Whether or not this year’s lockdown precautions will reduce infection levels to the same extent that they did last year, take the time to make sure that you, your family and (if you are in business) your colleagues and employees are prepared.

Go to Medical News Now for “Evidence-based resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy during the 2020–21 flu season” on its Flu page (its “Flu v Covid-19” section is particularly informative).

Be aware that there could be a run on the flu vaccine with articles like “Flu shots linked to fewer severe Covid-19 cases – US study” on News24 doing the rounds. 

Your Website of the Month: Train Your Brain to Unlock Creativity and Innovation

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” (Albert Einstein)

Continually nurturing creativity and innovation in your business is not just a profit driver, for most businesses it’s a matter of survival – there is always a disruptor or two in the wings just waiting for you to stagnate and fall behind. 

But as Dr Srini Pillay (a South African-born, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, brain scientist, technology entrepreneur and musician) points out: “Creativity is not just for artists or people in business. Creativity is for any person who wants to find an unusual way to take their lives to the next level.” Listen to the full article “Train your brain to unlock creativity and innovation” on Maverick Life.

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