Doing Business in Sandton, October 2019


Welcome to the Megaplex Business Booster Newsletter as advertised in our longstanding Newsletter: "Shopping in Sandton".  This short monthly newsletter will give you quick tips that can make your business more profitable, safer and –even– more fun!

Would you like to know when someone is gossiping about you or your company on the web? Then see this month's Google tip.

A lot of people know you only from your writing: an email, a blog post, your website. So it needs to be as good as you can make it. Below is another handy free tool to improve your writing. Finally, we have only one comfortable convenient cottage available in Morningside near Rivonia.

On-Line Business Tip: Google Alerts:

Google is the most popular search engine in the solar system. But these days Google is much more than a search engine.  This month we take a break from searches. Instead, we introduce a way you can get Google to send you emails about new items on the internet, that interest you.

It's called Google Alerts. You can find it at

At the top of the page is a box in which it says "Create an alert about..."

Type search terms exactly as you would in a normal Google search. As usual, use "in quotes" for the exact phrase, and - (minus) before keywords to ignore.

For example, if you want to hear about new YouTube videos of the Toastmasters Pathways programme, you might use:
Toastmasters Pathways

Before you hit the Create Alert button, pull down the Show Options dropdown. Check that the Frequency (How often), Sources, Language, Region, How many (all, or only the best), and "Deliver to" options suit you.

Now hit the Create Alert button, and watch your inbox for the results at the frequency you requested.

Tip: Create an alert for your name, and another for your company name. You will then be among the first to know when someone posts something about you.

Write Even Better!  Another Free Grammar-Checking Tool:

Last month we introduced the Hemingway App to help improve the readability of your writing. Here's another tool, which works well with Hemingway.

Grammarly’s AI-powered writing assistant helps you compose bold, clear writing with fewer mistakes. If you struggle with the difference between "its" and "it's", or "affect" and "effect", it will help. It checks your spelling on the fly, and suggests less wordy expressions. You can add it to Google Chrome (for use on all websites) and Word. It has a free version.

They also offer a premium version: It provides a better fully-featured text, grammar and even plagiarism checker. Visit


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All the best from Rick at,

the World's most helpful website for shops in Sandton.

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