5 Facts to remember when starting a business | SA-Tenders.co.za
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Monday, January 5, 2015

5 Facts to remember when starting a business

Article by W van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

5 January 2015

These days it is not uncommon for entrepreneurs to start a business solely for the purpose to respond to tenders or request for proposals. The fact is that in South Africa it has become a fulltime job to respond to tenders, especially if you want to do business with Organs of State or with large Private Sector entities.

It is not a pre-requisite for an entrepreneur to have a registered juristic entity but it surely will be more advantageous. Remember you can respond to a tender in your own name and if you do respond to a tender in your own name the same rules apply as for those of a registered entity.

There are basically five facts to remember when you start your own business. These five facts are even more important if you want to respond to tenders.

1. SARS

Always register with the South African Revenue Service (SARS). Firstly and most importantly you have to register for Income Tax. This is very important. You will need a Tax Clearance Certificate if you want to respond to tenders and without an Income Tax number you won`t be able to receive a Tax Clearance Certificate which in turn will keep you from responding to tenders.

You might be required to register for Value Added Tax (VAT) if your business` annual turnover exceeds R1.2 million.

You also might be required to register for Pay as You Earn (PAYE) and Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) if your business has any employees.

2. Bank account

Unfortunately the days of keeping your money in box under your bed are long gone. You will need to open a bank account for your business. To open a bank account you will need proof of address (point 3) and proof of identity or proof of your business registration details. Remember to take these documents along when opening a bank account.

3. Registered address

You will have to have a registered address for your business. Tender Evaluation Committees tend to do site visits and it will be difficult to explain to them that you are doing business from your motorcar. The best is to set up a shop to show your intend of doing business. You will also need proof of address to open a bank account (see point 2).

4. Experience

Experience might be the most important fact of them all. If you do not have experience in what you`re doing failure is imminent. This is even more so when you respond to tenders - the Tender Evaluation Committees are vigilant when it comes to experience - so be sure to tender for something that you have experience in.

5. Resources

Resources You cannot start a business or respond to a tender if you do not have resources and by resources we mainly mean financial backing or money! Any start-up business that does not have sufficient financial resources is set to fail. Ensure that you have the necessary resources such financial support, infrastructure and human capacity.

Starting your own business is tough. Starting your own business especially to respond to tenders is even tougher. If you follow these five basic facts or rules you will have the necessary tools to start with an advantage over your competitors.

For more on this and other interesting tender news please visit our website at www.how2tender.com. You will also find our new revised Tender Manual 2015 there - our Tender Manual 2015 guides you through the whole process of responding to a Tender or a Request for Proposal.

Happy tendering.

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NW405 - J B Marks – Potchefstroom Local Office Accommodation 2018-06-08 11:00 IEC/ NW- 01/ 2018
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Appointment of a panel of service providers for the supply of Ethernet Layer 2 services (Wireless connectivity services) to Sentech SOC (Ltd) for a period of Three (3) years with and optional extension of two (2) years). 2018-06-19 12:00 SENT/005/2018-19
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Northern Cape: Loeriesfontein Provisioning of office Accommodation for the Department of Social Development 2018-06-18 11:00 DRPW002/ 2018
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Placement or outright purchase of film coverslipper analyser for NHLS Braamfontein, Doctor Goerge Mukhari Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and NIOH for a period of three years 2018-06-11 11:00 RFB031/ 18/ 19
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Northern Cape: Nieuwoudtville Provisioning of Office Accommodation for the Department of Social Development 2018-06-18 11:00 DRPW004/ 2018
Northern Cape: Frazerburg Provisioning of Office Accommodation for the Department of Social Development 2018-06-18 11:00 DRPW003/ 2018
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General Building Maintenance. 2018-06-20 11:00 COR-A46/2017/2018
Secunda: Dol: Acquisition of office Accommodation Measuring Approximately 192.50sqm and no Parking Bays 2018-06-20 11:00 NST18/ 019
Supply abdominal swabs size: 370 x 450mm x 4ply sterile case of 48 x 5 SABS approved as per specification 2018-05-28 11:00 ZNQ 74/ 18- 19
Amersfoort: Dol: Acquisition of office Accommodation Measuring Approximately 115.20sqm And 02 Parking Bays 2018-06-20 11:00 NST18/ 020
The appointment of a professional service provider(s) to assist with organisational strategy review, policy alignment, business process mapping, business continuity management including annual reporting methodology for the organisation. 2018-06-21 12:00 RE-ADVERT ERW201706/TNDR-009
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SECUNDA: SAPS: Acquisition of office Accommodation Measuring Approximately 1455.88sqm and 14 Parking Bays 2018-06-20 11:00 NST18/ 017
Supply and deliver toxicoligy kits x 30 kits 2018-05-25 11:00 09/ 2018/ 19
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