Marijke

Marijke is a chef, entrepreneur and freelance writer. She has an Economics and Law degree from UCT and a Cordon Bleus Grande Diploma from Silwood cookery school. Since selling her restaurant in 2017, she has been pursuing her lifetime fascination with storytelling. She is passionate about sharing the real human experiences, behind the hustle of the entrepreneurial community.
insights and advice

How to pivot your food business during COVID-19

Here are our tips for how to pivot and manage your food business during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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customer service

How to stay connected through the COVID-19 outbreak

Open communication is a key element of survival for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. But how do you stay connected and what do you say?

A image of a candle in the loadshedding article.
productivity in business

Loadshedding and your business

Eskom is an unreliable business partner. Make sure your business is prepared for bouts of loadshedding and other electricity letdowns.

An image of a Yoco merchant pairing their device in article about the cheapest data bundles.
the market

The cheapest data bundles for Yoco merchants

Using your phone or tablet with your card machine makes your business truly mobile. Check our survey to find the cheapest data bundles.

A picture of a messy desk in an article about creating a new business plan for the new year.
finances and funding

New Year, New You, New Business Plan?

The freshness of a new year is the best time for a new business plan. Take stock of what the old year taught you and plan for the new.

An image of the inside of an elevator in an article about making an elevator pitch.
finances and funding

The elevator pitch has left the building

The art of making an elevator pitch is key they say. But does it need a shakeup for small businesses looking for support and funding?

two women at a Yoco business networking event
insights and advice

Business Networking for Shy Entrepreneurs

Successful business networking is an infamously delicate dance. Mashudu Modau chats to us about the secrets around business socialising.

An image of a store open sign in an article about opening a retail store.
insights and advice

How to open a retail store

Despite e-commerce booming there is something unique about a brick-and-mortar shop. Find out how to open a retail store with this easy guide.

Mpumelelo Mtintso, founder of Book Ibhoni riding past Vilakazi Street.
johannesburg-based businesses

Books on bikes with Book Ibhoni

Mpumelelo Mtintso has founded a business based on community and tourism. Read his interesting journey and about Book Ibhoni.

Siwe Matshisi at her women in business event in Johannesburg.
johannesburg-based businesses

How Siwe Matshisi is connecting people through business

Read the story of Siwe Matshisi’s journey to starting Queencess Creation and how she is using business to encourage positivity and hope.

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Beat a sales slump: Working on yourself

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Mokgadi Mabela, founder of Native Nosi.

Mokgadi Mabela: Beehind the story

Geoff Noble of Colombo Coffee in Durban.

5 pieces of advice from Colombo Coffee

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Support at Yoco – we’ve got your back

Yoco’s Working from Home Guide

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Saving the planet with iNkosi Eco Lodge

The Ubuntu Baba factory in Retreat, Cape Town.

Ubuntu Baba: The value of ubuntu

The Small Business Pivot | Pandemic-inspired reinvention

A barista in an article about increasing tips the Yoco way.

How to increase your tips – the Yoco way

Why your business needs to start accepting card payments.

5 reasons your business should be accepting card payments

How to deal with negative online comments.

Negative comments online: 9 tips for dealing with them

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When will I get my money?

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JK Vending: “If you don’t pay with Yoco you must be loco”

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Five marketing trends to incorporate into your business

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Where to find business advice, guidance and inspiration

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The right work-life balance for entrepreneurs

Shannon McLaughlin in the Ubuntu Baba factory in a story about protecting intellectual property.

Whose intellectual property is it anyway?

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Should you use your personal bank account for business?

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How to set up a simple online store with Shopify

Tips on taking your business to the next level.

Business tips to go the next level

Behind the scenes for the Yoco For The Sales campaign.

Behind the scenes of our For The Sales video

Two people have a cup of coffee in a business mentor meeting.

Finding a business mentor

A guide to UIF applications for small business owners

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8 social media tips for business owners during COVID-19

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Access to small business funding

Burgers from Smokin' Joes restaurant.

Passion fuels the fire that lights up Smokin’ Joe’s

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Yoco to adjust team size in response to COVID-19 recovery outlook

The top apps for entrepreneurs.

Top 8 apps for entrepreneurs

An image of two parents talking to their child in an article about getting funding from family and friends for your business.

How to ask for funding from family and friends

Stacy Kleinhans of Baseline Coffee in Woodstock, Cape Town.

Innovative water-saving tips from Baseline Coffee

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COVID-19: How to sanitise your card machine

Jabu Mdluli of Unwrapped in Braamfontein.

The Unwrapped entrepreneur story