Issue Date: 
Monday, January 5, 2015

5 Facts to remember when starting a business

Article by W van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

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 R1.0 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
    You cannot start a business or respond to a tender if you do not have recourses and by recourses we mainly mean financial backing or money! Any start-up business that does not have sufficient financial recourses is set to fail. Ensure that you have the necessary recourses 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.howtotender.co.za. You will find our newly revised Tender Manual there – our Tender Manual guides you through the whole process of responding to a Tender or a Request for Proposal.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. For more information on the tender courses please email Estelle at Estelle@howtotender.co.za.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Request for proposal for the appointment of a service provider to render employee wellness programme for the Office of the Public Service Commission (OPSC) for a period of thirty six (36) months. 2019-05-14 11:00 OPSC 001/ 19
The provision of professional catering services for the National School of Government for a period of three (3) years. 2019-05-10 11:00 NSG/ BID/ 12/ 2018/ 19
The comprehensive management and maintenance services of CCTV survailance, access control and intruder alarm systems at the national school of government for a period of 36 months (three years). 2019-05-10 11:00 NSG/ BID/ 13/ 2018/ 19
Supply and delivery of fine aggregate, coarse aggregate, crusher run and rip rap to the Department of Water and Sanitation, Clanwilliam Dam. 2019-06-06 11:00 DWS03- 0419 WTE
Appointment of a Consultant for the Development of 5- Year Business Plan (2019 - 2023) for Sci-Bono Discovery Centre (Sci-Bono) Operations. 2019-05-02 12:00 SCM/CEO/R19-20/11
The drilling and blasting for dam foundation excavation and slope protection for the Clanwilliam in the Western Cape 2019-06-06 11:00 DWS06- 0419 WTE
The manufacture, supply, delivery to site, installation and commissioning of one passenger lift, guide rails, operating system and maintenance contract for Olifants River Resources Development Project at De Hoop Dam. 2019-06-06 11:00 DWS04- 0419 WTE
Appointment a pool of suitably qualified service providers to provide Interpreting services in QAA-Schools Sub-unit for a period of three years (36 months) 2019-05-17 12:00 RFQ- 0002
Supply and delivery of stainless steel grade 340 L for a period of 24 months to construction central 2019-06-06 11:00 DWS05- 0419 WTE
Procurement for Opentext Software License and Maintenance and Support on Behalf of the Western Cape Government Department of the Premier for a three (3) year period 2019-05-09 11:00 RFB1872/ 2018
Port Elizabeth: Alternative accommodation for Ibhayi Local Office: SASSA. 2019-05-14 11:00 LSPE05/ 2019
Appointment of a mechanical service provider to provide maintenance and general mechanical work at SITA Gauteng and other sites. 2019-05-15 11:00 RFB 1921/ 2019
Calvinia Department of Home Affairs: Alternative office accommodation: 415.88m² and 5 parking bays for a period of 5 years. 2019-05-22 11:00 LS07/ 2019
Calvinia Statistics South Africa: Alternative office accommodation: 320.45m² and 10 parking bays for a period of 5 years. 2019-05-22 11:00 LS03/ 2019
Appointment of a Group Life Insurer 2019-05-22 11:00 RFP 10/ 2019
Procurement of 2 PSIRA grade A armed close protection and 4 grade C static security guards at Mafikeng North West Public Works offices for the North West administrator for the period of 15 months 2019-05-14 11:00 HP19/ 001GS
Appointment of a Travel Management Company to Provide Travel Management Services and accomodation to the South African Police Service:Domestic and International for a period of three (03) years 2019-05-22 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 53 TP (18)
KZN: Department of Education: eThekwini Region: Verulam: Cottonland Primary School: Repairs and Renovations 2019-05-22 11:00 ZNTD 04634W
KZN: DOPW: eThekwini Regional Office: Mayville Complex: Rendering of Security Services within the complex, vacant land between Gazzela and Piedmont Road for a Period of Thirty-Six (36) Months (3 years). 2019-05-22 11:00 ZNTD 04762W
Appointment of a Service Provider for the Leasing of Office Space [Pretoria] for a Period of Five [5] Years for Groenkloof National Park 2019-05-17 11:00 GNP- 057- 18

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Tender Site Visits

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

If you are so fortunate to have reached the stage where Organs of State or Private Sector Companies want to do a site visit, you must know that you are in the final stage in winning that tender that you have responded to.

But what must you do to prepare for a site visit?

The first thing is to ensure that your place of business is in excellent order. Be sure everything is clean and neat. A clean workshop or office is a pre-... Read More

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