How to create a Professional Company for under R3 000.00 in only two weeks

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So, you want to be your own boss, but you don’t know where to start? Here’s how you can set up your very own professional Company in three easy steps in under two weeks. No queues. No drama. Your future starts today.

Whether you want to grow your side hustle into your main source of income or whether you want to turn a great idea into an actual Company, setting up a professional Company for success is much easier than you think.

Thanks to Company Partners, a company that specialises in delivering Company Documentation and Start-up Services within record time, you can register your Company; develop a brand new logo and get a professional website within the next two weeks for only R2 970.00.

All you need is access to the internet, so you can submit the necessary documents via their sophisticated online system, and the determination to do what it takes to grow your Start-up into something spectacular after receiving your registration, logo and your brand new website from Company Partners.

Here’s exactly what you need to do to set up your business:

STEP 1: Get your Company registered (R990.00)

Do you have clear idea of what your product or service is; can you think of 3 to 5 Company names for your business; do you have an ID and a South African home address? Well then that’s all you need for the first step.

Simply sign up for a new Company Registration by clicking right HERE and Company Partners will let you know exactly what you need to submit via their online system in order for them to register your Company at the CIPC.

Then allow about 8 working days for your documentation to be processes and voila, you’ve got yourself a professional, registered Company.

Registering your Company allows you to apply for more Tenders and Contracts; it enables you to get an official business bank account and it minimises risk, because a registered PTY Company is considered a separate entity to an individual. This means there’s a smaller chance of you losing your personal belongings, if your business ever goes bankrupt.

It’s also a necessity to have a registered Company if you’d like to register for a BEE CertificateTAX Clearance or a Letter of Good Standing.

Company Partners’ limited special: get a Shareholder Agreement for only R1890.00 (SAVE R1000) from 15 – 31 March 2017 only! Call our Toll-FREE (from landlines) number, 0800 007 269, today to get your Shareholder Agreement special or click HERE to learn more.

STEP TWO: Get your own Company Logo (R990.00)

In order for you to function like a professional business, you need to look like one. Having a logo is the first step in differentiating your Company from all the other businesses out there.

You can develop a unique logo that’ll represent your Company to the world within a week. Company Partners’ logo service allows Start-ups to work with a professional designer at an affordable cost.

Just click HERE to order a logo today and HERE to see some of the logos Company Partners has designed for their clients.

STEP THREE: Get a Professional Website (R990.00)

Nothing conveys how serious you are about your business like a high quality website.

You can send all your potential clients to your website, where they can learn more about your products or services, your pricing and your contact information directly from their smartphones.

Just click HERE to order a website today for only R 990.00.

You can also check out previous examples of websites created by Company Partners by clicking right HERE.

Keep in mind you’ll have a monthly hosting cost of R75.00, but you’ll have your own website address, website design and up to 10 professional email accounts if needs be.

You can even add an online shop, so your clients can order products directly from your website, at an small additional charge.

Contact Company Partners today if you’d like to set your Business up for success on the following toll-FREE (from landlines), number: 0800 007 269.

5 Signs you’re an Entrepreneur

Wondering if you have what it takes to run your very own business? We’ve narrowed it down to the top tell-tale signs.

5 Signs you’re an Entrepreneur

Just do one simple search on Google and you’ll find an endless list of entrepreneurial qualities, all described as the trademarks of a successful entrepreneur: passion, business focus, drive, confidence, innovation, persuasiveness, determination, independence, curiosity, risk-taking, adaptability, self-discipline and the list goes on.

Not even Bill Gates have them all.

Luckily, the real determining factor, according entrepreneurial researcher Jesper Moe, is not whether or not you’re born as a “super-individual” with all these qualities, but rather whether or not you choose to develop these entrepreneurial qualities throughout your life. Thus, your attitude.

According to his paper, A Meta-analysis on who become Entrepreneurs, “becoming an entrepreneur is a possibility even if the individual is not in possession of the traits needed” as it’s more than possible to get help towards becoming entrepreneurial.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 5 real signs you’ve chosen the road to entrepreneurial success, rather than a list of qualities that you could Google in anyway. Here you go!

 

  1. You want to learn something new everyday

You’ve got the secret all figured out: knowledge is power and we all start out knowing nothing. Even Richard Branson had to start somewhere.

To you, finding the road to success is a matter of soaking up as much know-how and info as soon as possible.

You read books and business articles; you attend workshops; you watch YouTube videos on entrepreneurs and you dive into conversations with leaders in your industry or people you admire.

The only real failure is going to sleep tonight with the same amount of knowledge you had yesterday. If you have questions about starting up, feel free to call Company Partners for advice. 

 

REGISTER A COMPANY

 

  1. You’re on a daily mission to improve yourself

Just like anyone else, you were born with a set of strengths and weaknesses that you did not choose. It’s how you use those strengths and how much you underplay or work on your weak points that determine how much you can achieve with what you’ve been given.

According to Vivek Wadwat, a research director at the Duke Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization in North Caorlina, it’s still one of the most common misconceptions that people are born entrepreneurs.

“Although some research indiciates that entrepreneurship skills are genetic qualities, anyone lacking theses skills can learn them or develop weak qulities into strong ones,” explains Wadwat.

If you’re dedicated to honing those entrepreneurial skills that don’t come naturally to you, for e.g. business focus; confidence; innovativeness or self-discipline, you’ve chosen the road to success.

 

  1. You’re willing to take action, even if it’s risky

“Anybody can think up an idea for a business, but not everyone can put rubber to the road and actually grow something that both matters and earns money,” explains entrepreneurial blogger Caleb Wojcik. “Taking action is the difference between entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs.”

Sure you can fail, but Rome was not made in a day. It also did not build itself. A great idea means nothing if you don’t invest the time, money or effort needed to see if it can actually work and that usually requires taking some sort of risk.

Whether that means going into your own business full-time, investing some of your saving or simply sacrificing your free time to develop your business in the evening, while you pay your bills with your day job.

 

REGISTER A COMPANY 

 

  1. You have a passion to change the world for the better

One of the most common entrepreneurial traits mentioned in business research is opportunity spotting. This simply means you have the ability to spot problems in the world and solve them – like a real-life superhero.

Finding needs that are unmet within your community and investing your time and energy to find sustainable ways to fulfil those needs on an on-going basis is not only the basis of a good business plan, but also a sure-fire way to better the world.

 

  1. You’re ready to get up after failure, every time

If you Google quotes on success, you’ll find an overwhelming amount of them are focused on overcoming failure. The reason being, failure is both inevitable when you try new things and it’s necessary to finding new and better ways of doing things.

Hollywood director Steven Spielberg was rejected by multiple film schools, Steve Jobs was fired from his own company, Apple, back in the day and the famous fashion designer Vera Wang was a figure skater who never made the Olympic team.

Former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill summed it up perfectly: “success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm”.

That’s why adaptability is one of the key qualities associated with successful entrepreneurs. You have to have the willingness to take risks and then you need to be willing to get up and change things up when they don’t work out as you planned.

REGISTER A COMPANY

 

What is Workman’s Compensation (COID) and why do you need it?

For the sake of unexpected events not costing you your business, we’re giving you all the important info on Workman’s Compensation and why SA Law requires you to protect yourself and your employees.

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Imagine this: you’ve employed your first employee. A later, your employee walks up the staircase leading to his office, eyes fixed into his cellphone screen, he trips and ends up with a serious spine injury.

As the injury occurred when your employer was on duty, you’ll probably have to pick up the medical bill, despite it being a little under R100 000.

You probably can’t dish out that kind of money and your employee needs to have the medical attention he deserves, which is exactly why the Department of Labour created Workman’s Compensation.

How does Workman’s Compensation work?

Workman’s Compensation is a type of insurance, instituted by the The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act. It protects employers from dooming civil claims and enables both casual and full-time employees to claim compensation directly from the Fund for work-related injuries and disability.

It even enables the dependents of an employee to claim compensation in the case of a work-related death.

You pay a yearly fee, determined as a percentage of the amount your business spends on salaries, and in turn the fund will help cover all your employees’ medical bills or compensation in the case of death.

However you need to register first. It can take up to months if you sign up via the Labour Department. That’s why using a service provider like Company Partners, is a great idea. Company Partners will assist you in getting registered in under three weeks.

More reasons to sign up for Workman’s Compensation:

  1. It’s the law. The Labour Department requires any employer with one or more employees to register for Workman’s Compensation.
  2. It can save you from bankruptcy. Large, unexpected medical bills can easily sink a small business, as hospital fees or ongoing medical expenses may amount to thousands per year.
  3. It helps with Tender applications. Tender applications usually require a Letter of Good Standing. As the law requires employers to register for Workman’s Compensation, you can only get a Letter of Good standing, if your Workman’s Compensation payments are up to date.

Important info to keep in mind

  • Outdated payments mean no coverage. It’s your responsibility to reregister your company and pay your annual Workman’s Compensation assessment fee. If you don’t the Fund won’t protect you or cover you employees. Company Partners reminds their clients when annual payments are due.
  • You might need more than one registration. Different branches within one company usually require different Workman’s Compensation registrations.
  • There are exceptions. The Compensation Fund won’t cover the following employees, according to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act:
  • workers totally or partially disabled for less than 3 days;
  • domestic workers;
  • anyone receiving military training;
  • members of the South African National Defense Force, or the South African Police Service;
  • any worker guilty of willful misconduct, unless they are seriously disabled or killed;
  • anyone employed outside the RSA for 12 or more continuous months;
  • workers working mainly outside the RSA and only temporarily employed in the RSA

If you’d like to get your Workman’s Compensation registration in order in record time, click right HERE

You can also opt for the COID Package, which includes a Letter of Good standing, by clicking HERE

You can check out the Labour Department’s basic guide to the Act, by clicking HERE

6 Free Services to Grow your Business in one month

Let’s be honest, being an entrepreneur is tough. You need to drive every aspect of your business singlehandedly, like an expert – without having years of experience; truckloads of cash; or prestigious business qualifications. That’s exactly why Company Partners teamed up with South Africa’s leading Brands, in Business Growth, to give you some well-deserved support for FREE.

If you sign up for any ‘Registration’ or ‘Empowerment’ Service at Company Partners, you’ll receive a month’s access to 6 helpful Business ‘Growth’ Services, at no additional cost.

This means, while you’re getting your company’s documentation via Company Partners, you’ll also have access to 6 different Specialist Services for an entire month.

 

How to get FREE access to all these services?

Just take your pick from Company Partner’s wide variety of Registration and Empowerment Services, designed to assist you with ALL your business’s legal documentation.

These services all differ in pricing and each of them are tailor-made for everything from Tender Compliance to specific industries. You can check out a full list of offered services by clicking HERE.

 

The low-down on free services and how they can boost your business within a month

 

1. MiOffice’s Landline and Reception Service

Thanks to MiOffice you’ll get your very own landline and receptionist (for incoming calls) for free. You don’t even need an office.

MiOffice assigns a remote receptionist to an area-based telephone number of your choice. Your assigned receptionist will answer and redirect all calls to you. If you’re not available, your receptionist will SMS the caller’s details to you, at no extra cost.

If you can’t live without your new receptionist after your free one-month access, you can continue the service for R 450.00 per month.

Click HERE for more info.

 

2. TradeWorld’s – Business Opportunities Alert

Tenders mean big business, but very few entrepreneurs have the time, resources or money to search through hundreds of newspapers, websites and bulletins to find the right Tenders to apply for.

TradeWorld’s Leads and Tender Notification service will help you find the perfect Tenders, by mailing you on a daily basis of any tender relevant to your business profile and geographical region.

This service also includes unlimited access to tradeworld.sap.com and access to RFQs, which are below formal Tender value. Additionally, you’ll receive weekly Tender How2Tender hints and tips to ace those often complicated and confusing Tender applications.

After your FREE month has expired, you can sign up for as little as R365 (excl vat) per month, that’s an investment in your business of R16.00 a day.

Click HERE for more info.

 

3. Finance Connect via FinFindEasy (a SEDA partner)

Getting the right Loan, Grant or Investor to support your business is definitely one of the most challenging tasks as an entrepreneur. FinFindEasy, in association with Company Partners, will provide you with expert financing options.

You’ll receive access to FinFindEasy’s finance filtering system; a system, which allows you to find relevant financing options from the 300 options out there, based on your company’s location and its setup.

You’ll also have access to Finance Specialists, who will assist you with mapping out your Company’s best options.

Click HERE for more info.

 

4. Invoicing, Payroll and Accounting via Sage

Sales. Suppliers. Invoices. Inventory. Payroll… Things can get pretty complicated in terms of finances when you run your own business.

Which is why Company Partners offers you Sage One, user-friendly and online accounting software, perfect for the entrepreneur.

Using this software, you can instantly create invoices; track your finances and give your accountant access to all this data from one central point. Plus, you and your accountants can access it from almost any device with an Internet Connection.

With Sage One you can track sales, inventory, suppliers and purchases per client. Plus you’ll stay ahead of your payroll and all your due payments.

If you love this nifty software too much to let it go after your month’s complimentary access, you can sign up for R185 per month.

You’ll also have access to Company Partner’s accounting expert, readily available for consultation on monthly accounting services.

Click HERE for more info.

 

5. RaizCorp’s Business Growth Programs

Knowledge is power in the game of Entrepreneurship. Soak up valuable entrepreneurial know-how by using your FREE access to RaizCorp Business Growth programs.

RaizCorp coaches operational entrepreneurs by disclosing advice, motivation and business insights to help you take your business to the next level.

The best part is, you don’t have to pay up after one month. As a client of Company Partners, they sponsor almost all the programs you’d like to attend.

For very specific programs there may be an administration fee of R350, but more often than not these programs won’t cost you a thing.

Click HERE for more info.

 

6. Yellow Page’s online Business Directory

Register your business and its services or products for free on Yellow Pages’s online business directory when using Company Partners for company registration or other documentation services.

Registering on Online Yellow Pages might even help your company feature on the first pages of Google (locally) when potential clients search for your company.

Marketing Consultants from Online Yellow Pages will contact you after your free month has expired to advise you on your company’s marketing needs. Thereafter you can choose a package that suits you, if you’d like to continue this service.

Click HERE for more info.

 

What are you waiting for?

Contact us to place your order – and don’t forget to mention which FREE Services you want included in your package.

Email our support desk at support@companypartners.co.za or call our Toll Free number (from landlines) during business hours, at 0800 007 269, for free consultation. Terms and Conditions apply.

The road to Tender success in 4 simple steps

Winning Tenders means big businesses. Unfortunately, the application part is complex, time-consuming and labor intensive. Why not use the experts and boil the process down to 4 easy steps?

 Before you can bag a great contract to boost your business, you first have to find that perfect tender and submit a successful application. This always involves a ton of paperwork and proof of compliance with multiple requirements, as a method to weed out all the unfitting applicants.

Your ability to comply with the complicated application requirements in your Tender can be just as important as your business’s ability to successfully complete the project’s objectives, at a competitive price.

You could spend many frustrating hours working through this process by yourself or you can opt to use the experts, who know exactly what you need and how to get it as soon as possible.

Simply follow these four Tender steps to make things simpler for yourself:

1. Sign up with the documentation experts

There are a few basic documents that most Tender applications require.

Company Partners, a team of dedicated experts in tender documentation, can assist with getting the following documents, in record time:

  • A Registered Company Document (vital for any governmental Tender)
  • Tax Clearance Certificate
  • BEE Certificate
  • Shareholders’ certificates
  • Letter of Good Standing at the Compensation Fund
  • Many others as required by an industry

How to get your vital documents? Call Company Partner’s advisors for a FREE consultation at 0800 007 269 (toll-free from landlines) or just click HERE  to sign up for Company Partner’s Tender Package.

2. Sign up for Tender Notifications and a booklet on How-To-Tender

Before you can establish, which supplementary documents you need to submit, you’ll have to find the Tender you’d like to apply for.

You can either sift through multiple newspapers, bulletins and websites to find relevant Tenders or you can simply sign up to an online Tender Notification Service, which sends you industry- and area-related jobs right to your email.

If you do decide to sign up to Company Partners’ Tender Package, you’ll receive a month’s subscription to the “Trade World Tender Leads Service” FREE for a month.

TradeWorld’s tender service will send you personalized notifications based on your location and your business profile / industry. You’ll also have access to the available RQF’s (all projects below the formal tender value of R500 000).

Then you need guidelines of how to actually complete a tender application. Therefor you will also receive a booklet of the most important tips on ‘How to Tender’ (with weekly updates) FREE!

How to get FREE Tender Notifications and a booklet? Just click HERE for your FREE month’s subscription to TradeWorld Tender Notification Service, as part of Company Partner’s Tender package.

3. Collect your supplementary documentation

Depending on your specific tender’s requirements, you usually have the following documents left to submit (as certified copies), besides your proposal:

  • ID documents of the Directors or Members
  • Audited/reviewed financial statements of the last 3-years
  • Proof of Public Indemnity Cover (proof that you have insurance on any harm that may come to your employees, while they are at work)
  • Letter of Guarantee (a form of insurance from your bank, assuring that you will spend the allocated Tender money as promised)
  • Proof of Industry membership and compliance (documentation to prove your membership and compliance to the required institutional industry bodies)
  • Depending on your industry, Company Partners can also supply you with the services above.

4. Attend Workshops – to write your proposal based on expert-advice

You need an excellent proposal and a competitive price to bag a Tender.

To find out which elements make up an excellent proposal or appropriate pricing you can use the Tender Info provided FREE along with Company Partners’ Tender Package or you can attend any of TradeWorld’s How2Tender workshops:

  • 20 September and 22 November – SAP Offices Johannesburg
  • 4 October – SAP Offices Cape Town

How to sign up for workshops?  Just click HERE for your FREE Tender Info, as part of Company Partner’s Tender Package or email us for more information on the tender workshops: support(at)companypartners.co.za

That’s how you pave your road to Tender success!

What is a Trade Mark and how will it help your business?

Your brand is your hard-earned property. If you’d like to protect your asset, registering your logo and company name as a Trade Mark, might be a good idea. Here’s exactly why and how you should register Trade Marks for your business.

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If you want to understand Trade Marks, you need to understand Intellectual Property. You can’t physically touch Intellectual Property, but in eyes of the Law, it’s considered an asset like any other, for e.g. property.

However, because determining Intellectual Property is a bit trickier than determining ownership of physical assets, registering your Trade Mark might be a good idea to help stop anyone else from claiming, using or mimicking your brand.

Also, once you’re registered, you get a nifty ® symbol added to you Trade Mark which scares off potential offenders. You registered Intellectual Property also adds value to your business’s total worth – if you ever decide to sell your business.

 

The difference between Trade Marks, Patents and Copy Rights

In short, Trade Marks, Patents and Copy Rights are just different ways to protect different forms of Intellectual Property.

Patents are used to protect inventions. Inventions can be anything from new forms of medication to significant improvements to existing machinery – as long as the invention is non-obvious, useful (because mere ideas cannot be registered) and completely new or state-of-the-art.

Patent rights will legally deter others from making money or using your invention, without buying those rights from you, for a maximum of 20 years. After that it’s considered fair game for all.

Copy Rights are rights that are automatically given (here, there’s no need for registration) to the author or creator of original publication or production work. Works like photographs, films, literature and even computer programs all fall into this category.

The author or creator retains exclusive Copy Rights to use, distribute and sell the work or the Copy Rights, a glorious 50-years after death (straight after death these rights fall to whomever inherits the creator’s assets). That’s why historic photographs or illustrations and classical music are considered public domain.

Trade Marks are used to protect branding elements, which distinguish you from your competitor, like your logo and your slogan or even patterns (like Burberry’s definitive check pattern) or packaging (like Coca Cola’s classic glass bottle shape). Trade Marks can offer you a lifetime exclusivity provided you renew it every 10 years and you don’t sell it to someone else.

 

Intellectual Property Rights: Things to keep in mind

It’s limited to local trade: Intellectual Property Rights are limited to the country they are registered in; you have to register in every country you want to trade in / with. Copy Rights can often extend to some other countries.

It’s limited to your trade: Trade Marks are registered according to categories called Classes (the industry in which the business trades in). If you trade in multiple Classes, you’ll have to register your Trade Mark for all of them.

 

How to register your Trade Mark and protect your brand

STEP 1: Apply through professionals 

Company Partners’ Legal Department specialises in Trade Mark Registrations. We will fast track your Trade Mark Phase #1 Registration to an estimated 40 days, whereas registering directly with CIPC may take up to several months. Click HERE to order your Trade Mark registration with us.

STEP 2: We do the specialized preliminary search for you

We do a preliminary search for you, to determine whether or not there’s a registered Trade Mark that’s similar to your brand.

If there is, we’ll help you make the necessary adjustments – this process might take 6 to 8 weeks.

You can do an online search yourself by clicking HERE, but our experts will do it for you, if you’re signed up with us.

STEP 3: Your application gets processed

Once that’s done, your application will be submitted to the South Africa’s Trade Mark registrar for Phase #2 Registration. If everything goes well, you’ll be a proud new owner of a Trade Mark!

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Holding Companies Explained

Business magnates use it. Small family businesses use it and you can use it too. The structural advantages of Holding Structures (most commonly known as Holding Companies) can help you manage multiple services, products and even businesses under one Holding Company. Here’s the break down on Holding Companies.

Holding Company

A Holding Company is the mother ship. It holds various businesses within one corporate entity. That means, it’s the perfect way to structure various services or products within one corporate group without having to keep them all within one company.

Thousands of South Africans use a holding structure to setup their business. This structure can limit financial risk and assist you with branching out to new industries. Click here to read more.

Why choose a Holding Company?

A Holding Company is perfect for entrepreneurs looking to branch out to new business prospects; prospects that don’t quite fit into their existing companies.

It’s also great for business owners who want to compartmentalize different departments, services or products.

Actually, anyone looking to limit the financial risk of having various trades within one company can opt for a holding company to keep risk factors limited to specific divisions.

A Holding Company also makes it less risky to team up with business partners in new ventures; you won’t have to expose your existing company to the risk of failure your new business poses.

How does a Holding Company work?

In essence a Holding Company is a parent company, which owns various businesses (or at least 30% of their issued shares). A Holding Companies doesn’t trade in services or products itself, it merely has ownership in various companies that do, holding them together in one corporate entity.

Interestingly, Investment Holding Companies use this holding structure to attain shares of various promising or profitable businesses within one Investment Company. However, it’s perfect for the everyday entrepreneur too.

What is an example of a Holding Company?

Let say, David has a booming home painting company in Randburg called NuHome Painting. His nephew, George, has worked at renovations businesses before, building custom cupboards, in the same area.

David would like to branch out business to home renovations in Pretoria, starting a venture with his skilled nephew. However, he doesn’t want to put his current company at risk, if the family venture goes sour.

So David registers a Holding Company called NuHome Holdings to facilitate this expansion.

Holding Company

NuHome Holdings acts as a parent company to both his established painting business and his newly registered Renovation Company (which he shares with his nephew). David’s Home Holdings owns 100% of the shares of his established business and 50% of his shared business.

This way these two businesses operate completely independent to one another within one larger entity owned by David, plus David and George have the opportunity to generate a new company name, NuHome Renovations, tailored to their new service, rather than automatically using David’s existing business to trade.

This allows NuHome Renovations a better chance at winning Contracts and Tenders relating to renovation jobs. The same goes for NuHome Painting regarding painting work.

Additionally, David can venture into brand new industries at any time, like selling beverages for instance, simply by registering a new company owned by his Holdings Company.

What are the disadvantages?

The paperwork and start-up costs and will be slightly higher. You will have to register every business you’d like to run as a Subsidiary Company to your Holding Company.

Also, if the Subsidiary Companies to your Holding Company have various owners, it can be difficult to close a Holding Company, as there are multiple owners to consult.

However, if this business structure might help you better manage various parts of your business or numerous Companies, the long-term benefits are worth considering.

If you’d like to register a Holding Company, CLICK HERE to look at our great Holding Package. Alternatively, if you have any queries you can call us on our TOLL FREE phone number (landlines): 0800 007 269 or email us via support@companypartners.co.za

Fears to Overcome when Starting a New Busines

Whether you like to admit it or not, we all have our fears. And when you are a start up entrepreneur, you have even more the reason to have fears about the entire operation of getting your new business up and going.

New BusinessOne of the main reasons that people never go about starting their own business, is fear. The fear of failing, the fear of not having enough money and the uncertainty surrounding a new business. You should, however, not give in to these fears. When you fear these things, there is a small possibility that it can happen, but in reality you can prevent most of your fears from ever happening. If you need help registering your new business please Click here.

Here you will find a few ways in which you will be able to deal with and eliminate the fear that goes along with starting a new business.

People will not do business with me You do not need other people to believe in you to succeed; you need to believe in yourself in order to succeed! There is no reason to be afraid that people may discriminate against you on grounds of your race or gender. People will ultimately support the business where they receive the best service.Learn to prioritize When starting a new business, it is important to know how to prioritize. These may not be your own priorities, but the priorities of the business. You should know where to start and by when it must be done. Take into consideration what actions will be to the most advantage of your business and insure that these things are prioritized above other things that need to happen in your business.

You cannot know everything 

You are starting out with a new business; it is almost impossible to know everything there is to know. The entire process of running a business is one major learning curve. Every day there are opportunities to learn more. For the time being, it is important that you learn as much as possible in regards to the products you sell and everything that your business has to offer. Here is a few tips for starting your own business.

Customers might not be drawn to your business 

This is likely the scariest thing to imagine when you are opening a new business. When you are faced with the reality that your business might not attract any customers, it can add extra fear to the process. Just remember that if your marketing strategy is well thought through and planned, there is no need for you to stress about this.

You do not receive an immediate return 

As an entrepreneur, you are known to take more risks than the normal person on the street. So do not worry if you do not receive return on your business as yet. Just work harder to ensure that you will be able to reap the benefits in due time. Do not quit in the first few months of doing business, hold on for a while and you will be amazed at what can happen.

Remember that fear is the only thing that can hold you back. Just imagine your business in five years, without fearing anything along the way. That is something, isn’t it? So why allow fear to demolish your dreams? Get out there and start living your dream.

If you need help registering your new business please Click here.

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Statistics reveal SA entrepreneurs need business guidance

According to the latest Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute report, South Africa has high growth rates and exceptionally high rates of product and process innovation, when compared to the global average of entrepreneurship data. Business could be booming in South Africa – if it wasn’t for the serious shortage in skills and start-up know-how. Can business support and mentorship address this setback?

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A report released this year by the The Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) ranks South Africa 52nd out of 132 countries worldwide and first in sub-Saharan Africa in terms of entrepreneurship and its development.

This despite South Africa’s “alarmingly low level of entrepreneurial activity in spite of high unemployment” according to a report released earlier this year by another institution, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).

According to the GEDI, South Africa’s entrepreneurial environment – when compared to global standards – excels in terms of its product and process innovation, competition, growth rate, opportunity start-ups, opportunity perception, risk acceptance among entrepreneurs and internationalisation.

The report also highlights South Africa’s most dooming setback: a substantial lack of risk capital and start-up skills in South Africa.

However the latter isn’t irresolvable. Business training and guidance could compensate for the skill deficit.

Businessman Mongezi Khambule is a shining example. After Khambule was shot, as a victim of a gang robbery in 1999, he was paralysed in both legs, and consequently struggled to find a place to stay. Later he was able to pursue business studies.

“After all that happened I told myself that all my focus must be on building my future to live a better life as a physically challenged person. So I started some courses at Siyaya Skills Institute at Claremont – I did Business Studies, Computers Studies and Office Administration.”

Last month Khambule kicked off his own satellite branch for Company Partners, a business that provides startups with business guidance and administrative assistance.

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Mongezi Khambule with Company Partner Agent Director Norman Swanepoel

Co-founder of Company Partners Liam Stander believes many South Africans have the necessary entrepreneurial spirit, but they don’t have necessary access to continual support to their business running.

“The Europeans and Americans see the gaps and then they’re confident enough to do what needs to be done, but many of our guys struggle – because of a lack of education,” he says.

“Even if it’s micro-entrepreneurship in a township, an entrepreneur can’t do much, because there’s no one to guide or help. And if they hear about someone around the corner who can help out – they often get taken advantage of,” he says.

“There are so many people that are misguided or don’t have access to the right information.”

According to GEM one of the biggest problems facing SA entrepreneurs is keeping their businesses open.

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“The level of business discontinuance still exceeds that of business start-ups, resulting in a net loss of small business activity and subsequent job losses,” the report says.

The GEM report also finds very few government initiatives “contributing towards improving entrepreneurship”. Private companies like Anglo American’s Zimele programme and South African Breweries’ KickStart initiative are named as two of the most helpful initiatives.

“It’s all about follow-through. Many government organisations come and offer workshops, but after that they’re gone and then there’s no support,” explains Stander.

“In South Africa the soil is fertile and the opportunities are good, but many people get a roadblock and then, because there’s no one to help or guide them – before you know it, they just stop trying,” says Stander.

Despite discouraging statistics on South Africa’s low rate of successful entrepreneurs, the future might can be promising – if business training and guidance proves to be the simple answer to a significant, yet distinguishable, setback to the majority of SA entrepreneurs.

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We drove almost 7000km to recruit our excellent new agents!

Our agent director Norman Swanepoel hit the road for 24 days and covered almost 7 thousand kilometres to recruit 65 excellent new agents from all across South Africa.

 Norman travelled about 60 hours long to towns all over sunny South Africa to meet up with about 70 prospective agents in almost every province.

After finding numerous passionate and committed people, Norman has signed up 65 new agents.

We’re happy to announce that we now have over 100 agents across the country to help South Africans get their business ideas up and running as soon as possible.

Here are a few agent faces you might recognise empowering people all over South African.

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Click HERE to see the rest of Norman’s travel photos.