It can be a rather disrupting thought, starting your own business… It’s tantalizing, smelling of power, glowing with esteemed status and good fortune. But this starting your own business thing is, sadly, mostly scary, and intimidating at best. It is something you can’t conquer without a plan. Hence, we suggest three good reasons to have a business plan before starting your business…
In spite of having access to more knowledge than ever before, you’ll need a well prepared and structured business plan to help give you the first steps on your new journey…
The three good reasons to have a business plan are as follow:
To focus on your business; To secure funding, and To get people to invest in your business.
Funding agencies in South Africa play an important role by helping to make previously disadvantaged South Africans business owners.
Indeed, South Africa is a country where the official unemployment rate was around 30% in the second quarter of 2019 (Trading Economies). Even more, Business Tech recently reported that the unemployment rate for young South Africans with a matric was 55% in first quarter of 2019 – rising to 58.4% for those with less than a matric.
The solution for these people is to start their own businesses. And, if they can get funded by the government, even better!
So, for those who qualify – here are some of the most important (government) funding agencies in South Africa:
Looking to start your own business? Sometimes it’s better to buy an existing business rather than to start one from scratch. Besides, there are many legitimate reasons that individuals, families or partnerships are inclined to sell an existing business. Unfortunately, the majority of businesses are for sale because they’re not performing…
Therefore taking over an existing business demands evaluation, research and in-grown interest. So why should you consider buying an existing business?
You need a business idea if you want to start a business. However, just by having a good business idea won’t necessarily guarantee instant business success. Here’re some misconceptions that people have about business ideas:
A lot of small businesses start without a business plan. As a result, there’s no vision (where do they want to be?); or a mission (how will they get there?). Nor goals (what do they want to achieve) or strategies (how will they achieve their goals?)