Business

Create a dream home not a nightmare - Part 3

Step by step guide to home building or renovation: Part 3. Be INVOLVED in your project to ensure a positive outcome.

In Part 1, buying land, land regulations and factors were discussed. In Part 2, financing your home, the National Credit Act, bond calculators and the Consumer Protection Act was explained fully. Now we will go into depth about planning for your dream home.

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Create a dream home not a nightmare

Step by step guide to home building or renovation: Part 1 - Buying residential land to build.

There are numerous positives to building your own home. You can decide on your own architectural style, size and layout, as well as being able to choose all your own finishes. Nothing is more important than the location of your land. Considering this will be one of your biggest investments. Decide on your own specific requirements beforehand. Things to consider would be; access to schools, community and travel time to your job. Here are some tips to help future homeowners with their investment.

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Builders: Compile your business plan

Follow these steps to write a well-thought-out business plan, builders.

When builders approach banks, investors or partners with their business idea, they’ll be required to compile a business plan. It’s unlikely that banks or investors will finance their business based solely on their business plan, but it will convince them that the builder is well-researched, professional and that the debt will be repaid in a reasonable amount of time. A business plan also helps builders to ensure that their venture makes business sense.

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The business survival toolkit – telling it how it is

I often get approached by budding entrepreneurs wanting to start their own business. Many dream that owning their own business will bring them financial independence, the fulfillment of a lifelong desire; being masters of their own destiny. All too often the dream becomes a nightmare. The stark reality is that few business ventures succeed. Studies show that fewer than 50% of all business startups will survive 3 years, 20% will survive 5 years and 10% will survive 10 years. The odds are not in your favour...

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Tax 101

You hear on the news that Tax filing season opened on 1 July 2013 and you’re thinking: “Eish!!!” I don’t like that word: “Tax”! Well before you break out into a cold sweat, have sleepless nights, or both, let me share a few do’s and don’ts:

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