Do you have your own small business yet? If not, why not?

Is it too complicated?

Company or sole prop? VAT, PAYE, UIF, SDL what are these? Where do I register? How do I register? What licenses do I need? Its enough to make your head spin.

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Is it too risky?

Being in a job as an employee is much safer. There is no way I can risk everything on a startup business. I have my future and a family to think of and support.

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Is too much time required?

I don’t have the time to start and run a business. In any case I’m not interested in trying to do everything, I only want to do what I am good at.

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Is it too expensive?

It costs too much to register and maintain a business. I need staff, have to pay taxes, buy equipment, computers, programs and stock. I just don't have the cash.

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Which part of the small business puzzle are you missing?

Business ideas

Are you the one full of ideas but don’t have the time or money to get them up and running as a profitable business? How about linking up with others who can partner with you and make these ideas of yours turn into a venture with profits?

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Are you a mentor, investor or existing business owner looking for entrepreneurs with ideas so that you can help or partner them and turn their ideas into profitable ventures?

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Investor funding

Are you looking for investors to invest in your start up or help your new business to grow at a rapid rate? Perhaps you are looking for a simple loan to pay back or you are looking for someone to invest long term and become a shareholder.

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OR

Are you looking for new start ups and small businesses to invest in? You may want to be a silent partner or you may want to be involved in some of the business decision making processes – it’s up to you.

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Infrastructure

Do you need offices, factory space, warehousing space or need to share delivery vehicles, production equipment, hardware or software? Why not consider sharing some of these with an existing business which has spare capacity?

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OR

Do you currently have under utilised assets such as spare offices, warehouse space, delivery vehicles running half day, general staff with time to spare? Perhaps you can team up with a new business who can use those assets and services and you can in turn get help covering the costs of those under utilised assets.

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Sales and Marketing

Are you looking for a partner that can help increase your sales by finding and calling on new customers or by marketing your business and its products and services? It could be by traditional means or online, or both.

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OR

Are you a salesman by nature, just looking for a product or service that you can help launch in to a lucrative path for everyone concerned. Perhaps marketing is more your game and you would like to do it with small businesses?

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Support services

Do you need someone to take care of the accounting, the admin or other common business services that most businesses require? Perhaps you need everything to be setup from scratch or maybe you need someone to lighten your load?

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Are you an accountant, bookkeeper, receptionist or general office administrator who is looking to link up with a new and still small business and ready to help them get up and running?

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Do you fall under any of the following categories? We could have an answer for setting up your own business in South Africa.

Retrenched or retired?

Retrenched? You have skills you have learnt from previously being employed. You might have spotted some business opportunities whilst employed. You might even be able to go into the same or similar business that your previous employer ran, but this time on your own. Don’t you think this is worth a try?

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Foreign small business

Do you have a business that is not located in South Africa? Would you be interested in supplying your product or service into the South African market without the hassle, cost and risk associated with setting up a local branch? We have a possible solution for you.

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Sideline business?

Are you already employed in a regular salary paying job, but looking to start up a business on the side? Perhaps you have a goal of running your own business eventually and plan to stop being an employee, or perhaps you simply want an extra stream of income to cover those expenses that your salary can’t meet – like a comfortable retirement.

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