Gavin Tonks


I use my bloodied in the field experience to help and mentor small business. From work-shopping over two thousand small business to mentoring and judging participants in a South African TV show. From shoe designer to animator and mentor I have had a rich and fulfilling career. My notes and experiences with the challenges faced by small business are encapsulated in the 24 Hour survival Guide for small Business.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Zambia and grew up in the then Rhodesia now Zimbabwe, where I am truly grateful for some great teachers who taught me how to learm.

My formative years were moulded by being able to visit beautiful farms, and historic caves where unknown people left their pots and paintings on the cave walls, and very few people would ever see these sites.

I finished my schooling in South Africa and tried to start writing but moved into the creative arts instead, stydying painting, pottery, sculpure and printing before doing an internship to become a shoe designer.
When did you first start writing?
I publishd my first poetry book in the 1970's and started writing labouriously by hand which was an almost impossible task for me. Becoming a mentor for small business I was asked to write articles for print and online sites, I also wrote reports and project proposals which had to be easily read and that was a big learning curve to understand how people read and uderstood the written word.
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Where to find Gavin Tonks online


24 Hour Survival Guide for Small Business
You set the price! Words: 30,660. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business & entrepreneurship
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The strong do not always survive but those who plan well usually do, despite how strong of weak they are. Patience is what you need to be successful. You need to pace yourself and do what needs to be done to survive. By starting now you may just survive another month. Once you know you have all that is required, never ever give up as you will never be bound by other people’s limitations again.

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