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    Argentina has fallen into its second default in 13 years, after talks between the South American country and creditors in the US broke down. Though the outcome is currently unclear, it’s certainly not the first time a country has defaulted on major debts, not the biggest. We run down the biggest defaults of recent years...

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    More and more South African companies are offering retirees some form of financial relief...

  • Online  Anatoliy Babiy\Getty Images Fresh Content Ideas For Your Online Presence

    Many small business owners perform the role of maintaining their enterprise’s online presence, which generally includes the website or blog, and social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

  • Customer Service   Getty Images Customer Service 101

    Perhaps I’m just getting grouchier but on the whole it seems as though the level of customer service in South Africa is going from dismal to downright appalling...

  • Thinking  Tomas Rodriguez Corbis Increase Your Productivity

    No one person can do everything, and understanding how to pick your tasks is a key step towards making the best use of your time. Make these choices second nature before starting your tasks to make 2014 one of the most productive yet.

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  • metrics  Erik Tham. Corbis Metrics That Count Versus Vanity Metrics

    Start-ups would be better off reporting real metrics from the start. Vanity metrics can catch up to them, especially if those numbers do not correspond to the real numbers.

  • Accountant or bookkeeper   Image Broker. Rex Features The Difference Between An Accountant And A Bookkeeper

    Remember, running a successful business is about allocating resources efficiently and your time is gold! So when you need help to take your business to the next level, who do you call on? A bookkeeper or an accountant? And what is the difference between the two?

  • increase your cash flow  weerapatkiatdumrong. Getty Images 5 Ways To Increase Your Cash Flow

    There is no question that growing a business is a labour of love. Sometimes there’s plenty of cash on hand, and other times … well, there just isn’t.

  • Biz4Afrika MSFT Academy  Biz4Afrika Virtual Academy: Start Your Own Business

    The Microsoft Virtual Academy is offering a free online course designed to teach the fundamentals of starting and running a small business.

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    Rock legend Sting has announced that he won't be leaving his riches to his children, as he feels they would only be "albatrosses around their necks.'

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    What would you do if you bought a second-hand couch and found R500 000 stuffed inside it? Three roommates in America were faced with just that moral dilemma recently...

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    A US citizen residing in Pennsylvania accidentally threw out lottery tickets worth $1.25 million between them after he read the numbers incorrectly, the New York Daily News reported.

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    A former Australian funeral director has this week been accused of faking deaths for large insurance pay-outs totalling R4.2 million.