Running Your Business from a Distance

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Running a business is difficult enough for those of us who are there every day to monitor. However, things become exponentially more difficult if, for whatever reason you have to run your business from a distance. It is never an ideal situation and requires several characteristics and systems to be in place to ensure success.

If you find yourself in this situation, whether by choice or desire, here a few things you can do to ensure the continued success and growth of your business even in the absence of the owner.

Trust in Your Staff

Undoubtedly this will be the most difficult aspect for most entrepreneurs and business owners. Many of us have an innate desire to be in control and running the show essentially. This is one of the major characteristics which drives the desire to start a new business in the first instance. This is something you must surrender to a large extent if you wish to successfully run your business from a distance. You must trust your staff members. Regardless if they are family members, close friends and business partners, you must first trust them and allow them space to work without feeling crowded out or over-pressured.

Hiring Is Essential

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Going hand in hand with the previous point related to staff members is that you have to ensure as a point of utmost importance that you have hired the correct staff for the job. This is how you can then allow the trust to be built, when you are first confident in your hiring procedures. Reliability and trustworthiness are the two keys for hiring managers and employees in this situation. Business or sector knowledge can in fact be somewhat secondary in this respect.

It is also vital that employees are made to feel respected and valued. This is always the case regardless if you are close or far away, however it becomes even more vital from a distance. It is important that they feel adequately rewarded and not that they are essentially doing your job or profiting for you while you are perceived to be relaxing at a distance. Whether that is actually the case or not is irrelevant, the important factor is their perception of you.

Be Prepared to Give

In certain situations where it is simply impossible for you to adopt a hands on approach, it may be essential to give away some portion of your business to managers or staff members. This can range from low level revenue bonuses to larger equity stakes in the company.

This strategy will undoubtedly serve to motivate the employees and managers to work harder in your absence and it is even possible that it could improve business somewhat for you. It also removes your headaches of trusting the job that is being done somewhat, since it should now be in the best interests of all to see the company strive.

It is never an ideal situation, but there are always a variety of strategies available to help run your business from afar.

Getting the Most Out of Your Yoga Studio

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Achieving the maximum potential from any business enterprise is always a challenging task. Adding to that, the more spiritually free and liberating nature of a yoga studio and it becomes a grind to work the corporate machine and keep the financial wheels turning on occasion.

However the business itself may be aimed though, no matter the core values, one thing remains unchanged. Business need to make money. Not always extraordinary amounts, but enough to keep everything in check and the proverbial wolf from the door. This is where our handy guide hopefully steps in, providing a few useful tips on how you can see your yoga studio flourish without turning into a corporate demon.

Money Matters

This is the first key point and one which we have alluded to in the introduction. Sure, your core values may be to provide a sensual, stress-free and liberating environment of self-discovery and progression for your clients. However, you must remember two things:

  • The bills most certainly do not pay themselves.
  • Just because you make money doesn’t change your mission.

These are two essential points to note. You should in no circumstances feel bad about making money or feel that doing so in some way compromises the principles or ethics of your business. You can only continue providing your service so long as you make money!

Don’t Underestimate Yourself

It is key to keep expanding your goals in business. Set targets and when you reach those targets, be certain to set more. Sure, sometimes we will fail to reach these targets but that is what keep us motivated and striving to improve all the time.

As an entrepreneur, you are already a creative thinker, you just need to continue this thought process to keep maximizing your potential. Thinking outside the box and being imaginative in your ideas is key, even if you have been in the business for a long time. People respond to innovation and new challenges with positivity on the most part.

Be the Change you want to see

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Many of us may be guilty of constantly aspiring to change or saying all of the right things but never actually achieving them. People will be enthused by desire and acting on that desire. Therefore, if you see an area you believe you can move in to or strengthen, it’s important that you grasp that opportunity when it arises. Regardless of whether or not it turns out to be successful. You will garner the respect of your customers and colleagues for doing so and also feel more motivated within yourself.

Conclusion

As with all businesses, it is essential to try and look beyond the narrow viewpoint and see the bigger picture. This can help you not only understand the needs of the market but also further your own ambitions. Yoga is all about being flexible and achieving inner tranquility within the process. Treating your business outlook with the same flexibility will only lead to successful outcomes in the end.

The Best Of Cape Town

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Nestled beneath the imposing Table Mountain, Cape Town is perhaps one of the most striking cities you will see anywhere in the world.

 

Perhaps it’s a cliche, but this city is truly one of contrasts. The multicultural faces of Capetonians, the buzzing business district, the cool hangouts of Sea Point and Camps Bay, the shanty towns of Gugulethu and Mitchells Plain and the windswept wilderness of the Cape of Good Hope.

 

For most, a trip to Cape Town will be too short by at least half.

 

To make the most of your stay it is very helpful to have a car. There is decent public transport to most places, but having a car means you’ll be able to explore at will and get to certain spots without having to mess around waiting for the minibus taxes.

 

The Mountain

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First things first, you’ll need to head up to the top of Table Mountain and take in that magnificent view. Adult tickets cost ZAR255 return in the cable car, which takes around 5 minutes and is an experience in itself.

 

Once at the top you’ll be able to wander the network of footpaths spotting local wildlife such as the ubiquitous rock dassies (like big rodents but cuter).

 

Be warned, this is a mountain and the weather can change quickly. Its often advisable to bring a jumper or jacket, especially in later afternoon or early evening.

 

It is also possible to walk up the mountain on a day trek. There are websites, books and even tour guides who can tell you more.

 

Boulders Beach

Home to a large colony of African penguins, Boulders Beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in CT, and for good reason.

 

Watching the penguins go about their daily business is fascinating. This one is a must if you have kids in tow. You can also relax on the beach although you’re not supposed to get close to the penguins as there are designated view points.

 

Entry is ZAR35 for adults or ZAR10 for kids under 12.

 

Cape Of Good Hope

Although not the southernmost tip of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope is where the Indian Ocean clashes into the Atlantic Ocean and is a great spot for some bracing sea air (obviously).

 

The area is a nature reserve and you’ll likely spot tortoises, zebras, baboons and around 250 species of bird. There are also several cafes and museums in the park as well as an old fort.

 

Entry to the protected area is ZAR135 for adults or ZAR70 for kids under 12.

 

Victoria And Alfred Waterfront

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Yes it’s a tourist attraction, but you’ll find plenty of locals taking a stroll around here too. The views of the city framed by the mountain are spectacular and there is a glut of shopping, dining and entertainment options.

 

In the summer you’ll find bands playing al fresco, young people hanging out, outside cinema events and pop up markets. If you come in the winter then there is plenty to do in the sprawling complex to keep away from the rain and wind.

 

You’ll find bay cruises and ferries to Robben Island departing from here too.

 

Robben Island

South Africa’s Alcatraz, this island complex was where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for the majority of his time in prison.

 

The crossing from V&A waterfront takes about half an hour and tours of the island take around 4 hours. Many tours are conducted by former inmates of the island. A fascinating look at the horrors of the apartheid regime.

 

Tickets including the ferry ride are ZAR230.

 

Bloubergstrand

 

Around 15km north of Cape Town proper, Bloubergstrand is a small town with picture postcard views of Table Mountain.

 

Head here at dusk for some incredible silhouettes of the mountain with the twinkling lights of the city.

 

The beach here is also great for watersports such as wind surfing, kite surfing and run of the mill wave surfing.

Beaches

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One of the world’s best beach cities, there is a great selection of places to plant your towel and have a dip.

 

Clifton beach is where the beautiful people tend to hang out for the day and Camps Bay, a little further down, is a very upscale neighbourhood with a great wide beach. Being wide open, Camps Bay can get quite windy so check the forecast.

 

Be warned, at peak times all of the inner city beaches can get packed, although this can be part of the fun.

 

Beaches on the False Bay side can often be quieter, for example Fish Hoek.

 

Whale Watching

The South African Winter-Spring (July to December) is peak time to go whale watching. Head to Simons Town or Fish Hoek to take a cruise out into False Bay to see what you can see.

 

Bo-Kaap (The Malay Quarter) & The Townships

 

Just outside the CBD, Bo-Kaap is home to many quaint and colourful houses. The museum here is a fascinating look at the colonial history of Cape Town and the Muslim community that was and still is based in the area.

 

Another option is to see Bo-Kaap as part of a Township tour. This can be a fascinating way to see the non touristed side of Cape Town. Township tours are normally offered at hotels and hostels and can be a great way to provide a bit of tourist money to the areas traditionally away from the main hub of the city.

 

When visiting the townships, remember that this is a place where people live, so don’t treat it like a safari. Experience and engage with the culture, don’t just stand back and take photos.

 

No matter how long you spend in Cape Town you’re bound to be captivated by the charm of both the surroundings and the locals.