Filtered by: Business <Back to previous page Adding value to boost profitsHave you ever wondered why jam usually costs so much more to buy than raw fruit? Bible study: Godly attitudes to businessWhat does the Bible teach about running a business and making money? Bible study: The parable of the talentsThe parable of the talents Matthew 25:14-30 As a businessman and entrepreneur I am encouraged by the number of Jesus’ parables that are set in the context of business and include modern ideas such as ‘Return on Investment’ (ROI). But then it is not surprising: Jesus spent most of his adult life as a businessman. As the oldest son in the family business he was not just making things, but dealing with customers and suppliers. Book-keeping for beginnersA simple and easy method for keeping track of your business transactions (PDF). Choosing a winning business idea Choosing a business idea is one of the most important parts of your journey as an entrepreneur. CommunityNews, views and a ‘knotty problem’. CommunityNews, views and a ‘knotty problem’. Empowering women in micro-enterpriseby Rina Teeuwen Afghanistan has gone through a time of turmoil. The civil war has resulted in many people having to flee their homes and an increase in crime, drug addiction, oppression and unemployment. The people who are best placed to transform the lives of women in this situation are the Afghan women themselves. How to complete a cash flow forecastA cash flow is a month-by-month summary of the money that goes into and comes out of a business (PDF). How to write a business planA business plan is a written document that states what your business will do and how this will be achieved. Interview: From trash to treasureTwo young entrepreneurs in Haiti are turning plastic waste into stylish bags. Interview: Rethinking waste in DRCJoël Tembo Vwira shares the story of his business’s astonishing growth. Jos Green Centre, NigeriaAn inspiring group of young people in Nigeria are thinking up environmentally friendly business ideas. Making the figures add upCompiled by Rebecca Dennis For a business to succeed, ‘income’ (money coming in) must be more than ‘expenditure’ (money going out). It is a simple principle that is easily overlooked. In this article we will briefl y consider the key points to remember when running a business. Management of small businessesby Gideon Yong Njini. Management is the ability to organise and control teamwork, to direct and inspire, to create contacts and to handle problems which may arise. Management channels resources to achieve pre selected objectives. Market Researchby Alison Griffith. Market research is a key tool for helping small producers to sell their products. Marketing is about selecting and designing products that are likely to sell, rather than making products without checking to see if they are likely to sell. There are several key stages to consider. Micro-finance programmeby Elgin Saha Micro-finance is one of the most powerful tools that can be used to address global poverty. It builds self-esteem in the individual and self-sufficiency in those receiving financial services. Micro-finance works closely alongside other development interventions, such as health, nutrition, democracy and education, and offers support and encouragement. ResourcesPILLARS - Credit and loans for small businesses This PILLARS Guide encourages good practice in recordkeeping, planning and maintaining savings and credit groups. Through discussions and Bible studies it aims to give people an understanding of a variety of ways of obtaining either credit or loans and establishing good practice in record keeping and planning. This Guide should be used to study the issues involved before establishing either informal savings or credit groups or obtaining loans ... ResourcesA selection of books, websites and training material about entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurial cycleby Mike Clargo. For many people, paid employment is not an option and their only alternative to depending on charity is self-generated income. In some places people can grow and farm almost everything they need, but in most situations people need income to buy things that they cannot grow or make, such as medicines, clothing and school equipment. Turning waste into wealthInstead of throwing away waste items, we can use them to create new business opportunities. Using profits to change livesby Céline Romera Since 2000, Peru has experienced ongoing economic growth, which has brought success but also social challenges to the country. Between 1980 and 2000 Peru faced internal armed confl ict that led to high levels of migration from the southern highlands towards Lima, the capital city. As a result of this movement, many people from the region of Ayacucho settled in the southern edges of Lima in hope of a better life. This massive wave of migration high lighted inequalities ... What makes a successful business?Great talent and good intentions are not necessarily a guarantee of a successful business. Why my church is involved with businessPastor Roy Soto from Costa Rica shares how an earthquake prompted his church to get involved in business.