Issue Date: 
Monday, July 21, 2014

Starting your own business

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

21 July 2014

Starting your own business in South Africa can be a daunting task. Just ask anyone who has done it and has been successful. There are so many things that need to be taken into consideration when starting your own business.

Say you already have your product or service that you are going to sell. You then have to decide on where you are going to locate your shop or factory or offices. Getting a lease agreement signed is challenging in South Africa - ensure that your credit record is clean; otherwise you are going to struggle to get a lease agreement for your business.

Then there is the matter of registering everywhere - from SARS to UIF, Workman`s Compensation to your industry specific regulation body. You also will have to open a bank account - this in itself can be a challenge.

But the most challenging thing of opening your own business is to find clients. Sure if you open a shop in the busiest mall in town you will attract walk in cliental. But what if you are not so lucky? Or, you produce something that needs to be sold to retailers all over the Country? How do then find clients?

This is where a lot of business owners tend to take the Tender Route. They imagine that if they are lucky enough to be awarded a tender, they will generate enough sales to be sustainable. Even worse, you will find people that think that they can only start a business once they have been awarded a tender. The bad news is that few tenders are awarded to these kinds of people. Yes, tenders are awarded to start-ups but the bulk of tenders are rewarded to running concerns - businesses with a track record.

So, starting one`s own business is tough, keeping the doors open - even tougher. My advice to you when starting your own business is to be as well prepared as possible. Ensure that you have enough knowledge of your product or service. You don`t need to be the best but be at least competitive. If you are going to tender, ensure that you do it correctly and accurately.

You can visit our website at www.how2tender.com if you have any questions regarding the tender process.

Until the next time - happy tendering.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Conference facility with catering 2018-02-26 12:00 B651/2017/18
Supply: Gauge for spray Gun;1.3 Spray Gun;1.8 Spray Gun 2018-02-28 12:00 GD11800771
Service Provider to Train 50 Smme’s on the tender Document Processes 2018-03-01 12:00 RFQ / 358
Supply: Hardware items 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800716
Appointment of a service provider to assist with the recruitment and selection process of Section 56 Managers 2018-02-27 12:00 RFQ 293/2017/18
Supply padlock; brass 2018-02-22 11:30 GG11800711
Accredited Firefighter 1 Training (Firefighter 1 course and Hazmat Awareness) 2018-02-27 11:00 296/2017/18
Supply ceramic tiles 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800710
Trencing and Installation of Cables as and when required 2018-03-26 12:00 ENG012/2018
Provide Health Care Services - Medical Surveillance 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/SHEQ01/2017
Recruitment Services 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/HR03/2017
Monitoring and Inspection Services. 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/RFP/NBD01/2017
To Operate, Maintain and to Supply Equipment in Sewer Treatment Plant 2018-03-27 10:00 MPPPSC001082
Supply solid SA pine timber 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800714
Supply and deliver new borehole motor and pump combination 18.5KW 8.3l/s @ 125m (head) 2018-02-27 12:00 294/2017/18
Provision of Cleaning Services. 2018-03-14 11:00 OTT/444/201802
Request for Proposals are Invited for Investment in the Refurbishment and Management of the Rustenburg Showgrounds on a Long-Term Lease Basis 2018-03-27 10:00 RLM/DLED/0101/2017/18
Maintenance of Hydraulic Bin Compactors for two (2) years. 2018-03-15 14:00 58726
Request for Proposal for Drilling Two (2) Slim Hole Geologic Characterization Wells in the Zululand Basin for the South African Pilot Carbon Storage Project. 2018-03-16 11:00 435
Provisioning of Security Services in Mangaung Metropolitan, surrounding towns and Thabo Mofutsanyana District. 2018-03-16 11:00 FDC BID NO. 004/2018

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Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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