Cloudnine Urbanwear Studio (walk in) SALE

Cloudnine Urbanwear Studio (walk in) SALE 22nd to 29th of May

Cloudnine Urbanwear Studio (walk in) SALE 22nd to 29th of May

We excited to let you know that we will be running a “STUDIO WALK IN SALE” from Wednesday the 22nd of May to Wednesday the 29th of May 2013…..20% OFF on everything yes you heard it right 20% OFF on EVERYTHING….Here is our address below:

42 Harrison St
Meischke’s Building
Suite 29, 2nd Floor
Cnr Harrison & Market St
Johannesburg CBD

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21 Survival Strategies For Small Business Success by Sir Richard Branson


As a small business owner i know that running and continuously maintaining a small business can be very challenging, here are a few strategies by one of the most successful entrepreneurs Sir Richard Branson.

1. Remain focused on fulfilling your business mission. Never allow adversity divert your attention and efforts.

2. Don’t wait till you are big before you begin building your brand. Build a brand from scratch alongside your business.

3. Learn to use your brain power. Critical thinking is the key to creative problem solving in business.

4. Build your own business team. Survival in business requires a synergy of skills.

5. Never take your eyes off the cash flow because it’s the life blood of business.

6. If you are a new startup company, try not to arouse the interest or suspicion of your competition; especially if they are a bigger company. They can crush you while you are still in your startup phase. Lie low while still strengthening your bottom line.

7. Grow internally first. Strengthen your bottom line first before considering external growth.

8. Focus on your business strengths and keep its weaknesses away from the competition or public.

9. Be swift to take advantage of business opportunities. Bigger companies are too cumbersome to move quickly; this can be a competitive advantage for you.

10. Learn to live on the edge.

11. Be creative. Innovate consistently on the little things that the big companies ignore. Little things often make big differences in business.

12. Listen to the customer’s complaint and act fast.

13. Meet regularly with your business team and brainstorm. Intricate business problems are mostly resolved at brainstorming sessions.

14. Run lean; avoid unnecessary expenses.

15. Don’t hesitate to seek external help or advice where need be. Sometimes, it takes an external, emotionally unattached individual to detect your business flaws and render unbiased advice.

16. Follow your instincts and live with the consequences.

17. Avoid litigations. They are expensive and consume loads of time but if you have got a good case and a better chance of winning; then fight it out.

18. Free publicity and word of mouth is probably the best and cheapest form of advertising. Learn to use it to your advantage.

19. Learn to raise capital by any means necessary. That’s your primary job as an entrepreneur. You must continually raise capital from family and friends, banks, suppliers, customers and investors.

20. Seek out strategic alliances; they are essential to growth and provide resistance to bigger competition.

21. And if after all this you eventually fail; don’t take it personal. Don’t be ashamed to start all over again.

This article was extracted from: by Joel Brown is the CEO and Founder of With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Joel started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. Joel’s passion for what he does shows through the continual growth of‘s online community.

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The power of saying NO!!!



Saying no is perhaps the most important productivity tool that exists. Saying no is an art. It is also perhaps the most difficult thing to do for most people. I used to dread the occasions where I knew I will have to say no and I used to prepare for such situations for days. Now, I almost look forward to saying no to people and I actually enjoy the process! Find out how the change happened.

1. You are doing everyone a favour by saying no.

Whenever you are saying NO to someone, remember that it is for their benefit! By saying no, you are

-Giving the person an opportunity to look for someone who can do the job better.

– Avoiding negative feelings about the person.

2. Visualize the alternative (to saying no) in vivid detail.

– You will feel bad and will curse yourself for accepting the task.

– You will do a bad job.

– You will hate the person for putting this on to you.
– The person will hate you for doing a bad job.

– You should not have said yes, if you were not going to do a good job, the person will tell you later.

3. Remember what happened the last time you said yes!

4. Use the situation as an opportunity to build a better relationship.

If you like the person and don’t want to burn your bridges then having to say no can actually be a great opportunity to improve your relationship with this person. This is very much possible, provided you take the extra effort to honestly explain to the person why you cannot do this and why you value the relationship and that you really believe that by doing a half-baked job you will be hurting the relationship.

5. Enjoy!

Sometimes, saying no is just pure joy! The joy gets magnified if you do not provide any reasons at all!

6. Go overboard explaining why you cannot.

The explaining might make the person feel better than if you had said yes!

7. Use the big–picture test.

Focus on the big picture. What are your ultimate goals and objectives? Is this task in sync with your goals? If not, just say no and rest assured that you have made the correct decision.

8. Use a bit of cunning if you need to (in this order).

a. Negotiate. If you can take this off my plate, then I can do that. Or if I can get resources for this, then I can do that.

b. Postpone. Let me think about it and get back to you on email.

c. Deflect. I cannot do this BUT I can help you with that.

d. Bluff. Carry around your dummy calendar (choc a bloc of course) and show it to the person!

e. Throw the ball back. Ask for help in deciding how you should fit in the new task on the list of priorities (especially if it is your boss).

f. Lower expectations. Point out that you might be able to do everything, but not to the usual high standards that are expected.

g. Googly or curve ball. Say yes, then call back or SMS in the next 10 minutes to say why you cannot do it. Why 10 minutes? Well because that is the average time required for homo sapiens to come up with a good excuse.

h. Scare them off if nothing works! It’s just that I have this crazy flu and I don’t want you to get it

9. If they get really pushy, switch gears and think of it as a game.

There is no way you can say yes NOW! Smile and tell them so.

10. And before we end, here are a few statements for you to practice!

I have another commitment.
I have no experience with that.
I know you will do a wonderful job yourself.
I am in the middle of several projects.
I am not comfortable with that.
I need to leave some free time for myself.
I would rather decline than do a mediocre job.
I am not taking on any new responsibilities.
I would rather help out with another task.
Let me hook you up with someone who can do it.
I am not the most qualified person for the job.
I do not enjoy that kind of work.
I do not have any more room in my calendar.
I hate to split my attention among projects.
I need to focus more on my personal life.
I need to focus on my career right now.
Some things have come up that need my attention.
This really is not my strong point.

REMEMBER!!!! It’s very easy to over-promise and then under-perform. Be realistic about what you can accomplish and don’t feel like you have to agree to your client’s every wish. If you can’t do it, you can’t do it and you’ll occasionally have to tell your clients the truth. Being overloaded, but still promising to meet their needs doesn’t bode well for you, and will only result in disappointed clients later. Also, though it’s hard to turn down new projects, you’ll have to do that from time to time if you’re already overloaded. If you take on more than you can handle, you’ll short-change current projects and disappoint new clients.

Shalu Wasu is a creativity consultant and trainer based in Singapore apart from being guest faculty at select institutes.

Happy Holidays :-)

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We would to wish all our Cloudnine Urbanwear clients a Happy Holiday season,Please be safe we would to see you in the new year…..Remember for your convenience at Cloudnine Urbanwear we not closing for holidays so it will be business as usual through out the holidays.

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A Tweet Turned Into $1 Million

I have to admit this story got me thinking about the way i use or should i say abuse my twitter account. Here’s a story about how two entrepreneurs turned a tweet from Sir Richard Branson into start up money .

When opportunity tweets, tweet back. That may be the key lesson from young brother and sister entrepreneurs Scott and Stacey Ferreira, who recently landed nearly $1 million from Sir Richard Branson and Colorado venture investor Jerry Murdock for their startup — when they weren’t even looking for funding.

Stacey, 19, and Scott, 21, started working on their business,, last summer. The web application, which is currently in beta, aims to be the go-to place for people to manage their internet activity and securely store usernames and passwords, among other things.
Scott, who left the University of Southern California as a sophomore to pursue the venture, says he got the idea when his computer crashed and he lost a spreadsheet containing all his usernames and passwords. The now CEO decided to form the business after finding other password-storage sites lacking in one way or another.

For her part, Stacey recently finished her freshman year at New York University and is taking a leave of absence from school. She worked on the business in Los Angeles last summer with her brother and the company’s chief technology officer, Shiv Prakash.

MySocialCloud founders Scott and Stacey Ferreira responded to a tweet from Richard Branson to meet the billionaire in Miami. Two months later, he became one of the company’s investors.
“I was taking a break from working and I decided to check my Twitter,” says Stacey, adding that she didn’t regularly check her account. When she logged on, she saw a tweet from Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, who was offering a chance for people to fly to Miami and meet him for cocktails if they would donate $2,000 to his charity, Free the Children.

The Ferreiras, who are from Scottsdale, Ariz., applied right away. Stacey e-mailed Virgin at the address provided on the tweet, saying she and Scott (who was 20 at the time) weren’t old enough to drink cocktails but would love to come to Miami and meet Branson, once a teen entrepreneur himself. After learning they were able to go, the pair secured a $4,000 loan from their parents.

Just two days after receiving Branson’s tweet, Stacey and Scott were in Miami. There, they didn’t sip cocktails but they did attend two parties at which Sir Richard himself was present. The siblings, says Stacey, were excited but not nervous as they met Branson at the first party at the Versace mansion.
“He just walked in the room, and we just started talking. I didn’t have time to think about being nervous,” she says.
The siblings were among 18 people telling Branson what they were working on or about their life passions. “We gave him a little background on where we were from and what our service provided,” Stacey says.
After getting Branson’s contact info, the pair returned to California and kept in touch with the billionaire. They also chatted several times over the phone with Murdock, a co-founder of Insight Venture Partners, a venture capital firm in New York. Murdock flew to L.A. in August to visit the company’s office and asked the Ferreiras many questions about themselves, the business and their vision. The next day, Murdock announced that he and Branson would invest in
“It helped propel our business forward quite extensively,” says Scott who plans to use the investment mostly to support the nine people on his team.

MySocialCloud founders Scott and Stacey Ferreira responded to a tweet from Richard Branson to meet the billionaire in Miami. Two months later, he became one of the company's investors.

MySocialCloud founders Scott and Stacey Ferreira responded to a tweet from Richard Branson to meet the billionaire in Miami. Two months later, he became one of the company’s investors.

Stacey is still in awe of it all — giving special deference to the amount of stars that needed to align to make the deal happen and, as she puts it, the “amazing” way social media can change someone’s life. “If I hadn’t logged on Twitter and I hadn’t seen that tweet coming through my feed,” she says, “we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

Scott believes that it helped that the company already had a functioning prototype in place. They were able to send links to Branson and to show the business to Murdock when he visited.
In March, the young company received another investment for an undisclosed amount from Photobucket co-founder Alex Welch, whom Scott calls a good mentor.
“I guess the biggest thing that I would advise [fellow young entrepreneurs] is take every opportunity,” says Stacey.

This article was extracted from NERDATTHECOOLTABLE.COM

10 Tips on how To Start A Business While You Still Working

Some entrepreneurs simply quit their job without a game plan or without logical planning for opening a business. More often than not, they end up back on the job market.

Quitting your job to open a business is not a black and white concept meaning that you can start before you quit your job. In all actuality, I recommend it.

How many hours does this take? If that’s your first question, than you may want to look elsewhere for advice because to be a successful entrepreneur, the time dedication to your business is going to be something that will at first seem very foreign and very daunting, but it’s very necessary.

However, if you’re not overly scared, here are 10 steps on how to open a business while you’re still working without sacrificing ethics: Remember that these can be done over a period of time (don’t rush, yet never procrastinate).

1. Determine What Type of Business

You can’t be an entrepreneur without a business idea. Quitting your job to open a business is overly vague and will often lead to confusion. When determining a product or service (or suite of), it’s best to get involved in industries that exist and that have a market already.

It’s okay not to be the next Bill Gates. It’s not okay to quit your job to reinvent cat-nip! Having an existing market increases your odds for success as a young entrepreneur as, among other things, it serves for a pricing base.

2. Determine Who Is Currently in the Space

Once you know what you’re selling, know who is already in the space and how they position themselves. Don’t get overly intimidated; these businesses were not built in a day either.

Also, never copy off of; you don’t want to end up like one of those “B” actors who is referred to as “A Poor Man’s.” Rather, this exercise is done to evaluate how people in the space conduct business.

3. Determine How You Want To Market Your Business

You can take any business and make it sexy. You can take any business and make it anything. Look at Steve Jobs. He made computers cool. He made them sexy.

When marketing your business, stay 100% original and stay 100% creative. The limit is not what other companies are doing, rather it’s your imagination.

4. Determine Your Start-up Costs

In one clean shot, how much is it going to cost you to be from where you are now, to up and operational? Do you need a new computer? Do you need a new workspace?

Think one-time costs here. Quick hint: just because they are one-time, does not mean that you should roll out the red carpet. The less you spend, the longer you can survive without a job.

5. Determine Your Monthly On-going Expenses

Now that you figured out the added expenses it’s going to take to get up and running, figure out the monthly expenses that you’re going to incur for your first few months of business.

6. Determine Whom You Want To Sell To

Who is going to buy your product or service after the launch? Are they companies or individual consumers?
If they are companies, who within those organizations are going to be the ones who pull the trigger.

Don’t answer this with, CEO, CEO, CEO. CEOs hire employees to take care of vendors. Now, figure out which employees are paid to do so.

7. Determine Your Pricing

Once you have your monthly expenses and your competitive analysis done, you can determine your pricing based upon:

a. How much it is going to be to break even.
b. How much the competition gets away with asking for when selling similar products or services.

8. Determine Your Sales Pitch

The best way to sell is to be upfront. Give the facts. Phrases like, “I’m the best,” insult the buyer’s intelligence. Let them determine that through the facts that you want to give upon speaking with the individual.

9. Determine Other Skills Needed to Grow

Since I opened my company, I’ve had to learn everything from accounting to how to speak to a camera. There is no way that you know everything that you need to in order to take your company to the next level.

Successful entrepreneurship is about growth of not only the company, but of oneself. One can not grow without the other.

10. Website

Now that you have all of this information, it should not be all that hard to formulate a website. A website is just a visual sales pitch, but a necessary one. Don’t rely simply on a Facebook page.

In the End

When leaving a job to start a business, the name of the game is to have that business already operational or as close as possible. The quicker you can generate revenue, the quicker you have a real business. Take these tips as individual exercises and you should never have to write a resume again.

This article was extracted from Ken Sundheim is the CEO of KAS Placement an executive search firm specializing in sales and marketing recruitment for organizations from over 30 countries. Sundheim founded the company at age 25.