Excel Accounting Products

Excel Accounting Products
Excel Accounting Products

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Nedbank It's My Biz Show.

figg Excel Accounting Solutions has been selected for the Nedbank Sponsored It’s my Biz show. We have a 30 minute slot which includes:

1.       1st filming - An interview with me at our offices to discuss the business and where we want to take it (I asked in my initial application and interviews that followed for help with retail and then also corporate sponsorship to get it to small business who can’t afford it)
2.       2nd filming - A meeting with consultants who will advise
3.       3rd filming - A follow up interview with me at our offices I think 3 months later to find out if the consultants helped us.

We believe that this is a huge advantage since it is in Nedbank and the whole purpose of the show to help us to succeed.

Filming of the first interview is Thursday 3 May 2012.  We will let you know when the show will be flighted but it will also be posted on
1.       and on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FiggExcelAccounting
2.       Our You tube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/FIGGEXCEL
3.       Nedbank’s You tube channel

Many thanks for your support to date, couldn’t have done this without our Customers and friends.

Friday, April 27, 2012

We are proud to announce that we are now a preferred supplier of accounting products to guest houses in South Africa!! 

Because our products were developed by an accountant for use in her own guest house, this makes a perfect pairing.

If you have a guest house, contact us today. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

figg Excel Accounting Solutions partner Brendon Burmester chats about what makes him tick

We spoke to Brendon Burmester, partner in the figg Excel Accounting Solutions business, about his views on being an entrepreneur, what drove him to start figg, and a whole bunch of other things!

You come from a training and teaching background, tell us something of your background and history that influenced where you are today. 

Teaching and training have given me the types of people skills and organisational skills required to manage the business of figg. I’m in no way saying I’ve got all the skills but they both have provided me with an excellent base.

What motivated you to get figg Excel Accounting Solutions started as opposed to another business in another industry, and what skills do you draw on from your background in your current life? 

This is one of the ironies of life – one of my pet bug bears has been accounting and numbers. Give me something highly creative to do and I’m there but accounting???  So when the opportunity came up to get involved in figg it was my opportunity to confront my fears but also to get involved in the creative side of developing a new product from scratch. VERY exciting stuff.

The name figg is interesting as opposed to something generic and descriptive, how did the name figg come about? Tell us something about figg. 

Deciding on figg was a group effort. Firstly we spelt the name of the fruit incorrectly in order for it to stick in one’s mind and secondly we chose the figg because the word fits in well with figures –

What three pieces of advice would you give to others who want to become entrepreneurs?  

Focusing on what you want to achieve – I speak from the experience of being everywhere and traditionally being multi focused.  Live your product. The best form of marketing is word of mouth so every opportunity is a moment to sell and everyone is a potential customer.  Plan carefully and source good reliable suppliers. If you don’t you can waste a lot of money.

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur? 

Ability to network, focus,  stickability!!!

What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them? 

I have at times not effectively put my mind to a single task at a time meaning that in the past jobs get left undone, another failure has been that of effectively using contacts – a work in progress.

What motivates you? 

Seeing this amazing brand growing into something that becomes the preferred choice for small businesses.

How far are you willing to go to succeed? 

All the way!

What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear? 

I don’t have a greatest fear – fear grips one and paralyses one’s ability to look forward and to see a way out.

Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur? 

Nope, if there was then this would have been a walk in the park.

If you could talk to one person from history, who would it be and why? 

Hitler – don’t get me wrong at all, I certainly don’t follow the far right neo nazi movement or support any of the incredibly evil things he did, but what fascinates me about the man is his ability to have misled so many people and get into the hearts of so many Germans.

What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur? 

The freedom it gives one to expand your mind and grow in the direction life chooses for you rather than being dictated by the rules and regulations of a corporate environment.

How do you go about marketing your business? What has been your most successful form of marketing? 

Online Online Online, Facebook Promotions and competitions, Linked In and Twitter, and flyers – slow but effective – as with any marketing it is about consistency and shoving your brand into people’s faces so that you shout louder than the rest..

In South Africa, CSI has a big role to play. Do you see figg as having a role to play in corporate social investment? 

Most certainly, in time we will grow that part of the business, the fact is that many South Africans need a helping hand a way out of their situation and a lot of it revolves around money and managing money effectively – exactly what figg is all about!
·  Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most? Woolworths – I like their approach to business, the ethical, quality, ‘get into the hearts of South African’s’ approach

Join Brendon and his partner Gail Emmerick on Friday 4 May as they give a live online demonstration of their products.  

Brendon Burmester is also the Director of the acclaimed Jozi Film Festival a one of a kind film festival in South Africa which aims to become the first stop in film for local and international Film Makers and Industry Professionals, providing a platform for up and coming South African Film Makers.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Our Monthly Newsletter


Welcome to my latest update on the happenings of figg Excel 

Accounting Solutions and our team.


1.  Each month, a testimonial from a figg client is chosen, to distribute in our 
Newsletter as well as our Facebook page and blog, sister blogs and preferred 
supplier listings etc.

2.  This publishing offers our clients a value add for exposure 
of their own 
businesses.  The testimonial chosen for April is from one of 3 clients who 
purchased the figg Small Business Accounting System on the day of the 
figg launch almost 1 year ago. Thank you Beth, we continue to work 
for you and all our clients to live up to your testimonial.

This is what Beth had to say:

The figg accounting system has been brilliantly designed for sole proprietors and small businesses where it is not always possible to separate out business from personal expenses.  I have saved an enormous amount of time since using it. While I have always used my own Excel system this takes my financials to another level and saves hours of manual input of data. The support and help I have received from figg has been outstanding. Not only with videos but prompt Skype and email help when I needed it. I can now generate my own income statement and trial balance if I need to. I really like the checks and balances that have been built into the system so that you can see if you’re doing something wrong. I feel that my business is on a sounder level and that I can grow with confidence knowing that my financial systems are well-managed.

Owner at Beth Horner & Associates
South Africa • Professional Training & Coaching

3.  The figg website www.figg.co.zahas been upgraded and we are very proud to present it.  Please refresh the website a few times to activate the updates, if it is already in your browser.

4.  The figg video tutorials are new and improved on the You Tube channel FIGGEXCEL

5.  We are very proud to announce that figg is now the preferred supplier of Accounting Software for Guest Houses with Guest House Accommodation of South Africa, GHASA.    http://www.ghasa.co.za/resources.aspx.  Over the past 19 years, GHASA has become well known as experts in quality guest house accommodation, offering many benefits, assistance and valued advice to members, as well as booking opportunities for travelers.

6.  Congratulations to Chantel Collings, the winner of the 1st prize (the figg Small Business Accounting System valued at R999.00, soon going to be selling for R1499) figg competition run on Facebook.  Yasmina Steyn was our second prize winner (the figg Household Accounting System currently selling for R149.00 soon going to be selling for R349) Keep a close eye on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/figgexcelaccounting for more competitions to win a figg product!

7.  Gaynor was awarded figg Dealer of the Year.  Well done Gaynor and thank you

8.  Jackie joined us in April to lead Operations and Support, welcome Jackie, your attention to detail and commitment to figg is already being experienced by the team.

9.  Thank you to all who joined the figg live Facebook chat held on Friday 30 March 2012.  I enjoyed answering your questions and chatting with you all tremendously. Notice will be sent to you shortly of our next live Facebook Q&A session.

10.  Join us for our figg Demo Webinar on 4 May 2012 at 10am SA time, where you can interact with the figg team, watch the products working live and find out more. Send through a Skype Contact request to the figg Skype address: info_figg and please be sure to tell us on the Skype invite that you would like to join the figg demo Webinar. We'll be making use of www.screenleap.com for the visual and Skype for the audio to conduct the session.

Overcoming Challenges

The challenges for figg to grow through have been enormous.  “Finding a way” and pushing through and over challenges leads to an even stronger position for figg to support customers with their challenges through our own experience:
  • Shocking service from Telkom, Vodacom and MTN. 
  • Attempted customer credit card fraud.
  • Some suppliers just disappearing has been to the extent of it being hilariously funny that there are people like this who exist. 
 What would we do without a sense of humor!?

Into the near future
  1. figg products available in retail in box packaging on CD
    – take a look at 
    http://www.figg.co.za/products.htmlto view photos of the boxes.
  2. Much more aggressive online marketing when the formal licensing of products development is ready (May 2012)          
  3. Converting all small business entrepreneurs into figg’s!
  4. Keep a close eye on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/figgExcelAccounting:
    1. For more competitions to win figg products!
    2. For the schedule of webinar sessions to be arranged to see the products in action live with Q&A’s.
    3. For the schedule of live Q&A sessions.

Until we speak again, thank you to everyone supporting figg to lead us to (using Beth’s words) “growing small business, with confidence knowing that the financial systems are well-managed”.  And remember; “Now everyone can go figgure!”

Many thanks,

Monday, April 23, 2012

Presentation of figg Excel Accounting Products / General Discussion

4 May 2012 at 10 am  http://www.facebook.com/events/273769822717036/ 

Please join us for a presentation of figg Excel Accounting Products / General Discussion
We are going to use a program called screenleap (www.screenleap.com) for the screen sharing and Skype for the Audio.

Please add info_figg as a contact on Skype. Please let us know on the Skype contact request that you are requesting the contact for the Webinar/s.

Please use this opportunity to come and chat to us and ask questions, and make contact.

Click here to join the event!