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.
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.
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.
Which part of the small business puzzle are you missing?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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? Its tough trying to find a new job in South Africa. But you have experience, skills and contacts. You probably don’t have money to spend though. Would starting a business at no cost interest you?
Retired? Time on your hands, but want extra income? Use you business experience and contacts to manage a new business.
Foreign small business
Do you have an existing business outside of South Africa and are looking at entering the South African market. Setting up a foreign branch in South Africa can be expensive and difficult. Would you like a solution where you have an effective local agent or distributor in South Africa, but maintain full control over how that business is run – and with no setup cost?
Are you already employed full time or busy with an existing business, and yet are keen to setup another business on the side. This can be useful to earn extra income and be an option to go full time later on when it is established. Would you like a situation where your business can be managed for you whilst it starts and grows -all under your watchful eye?