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.
Tenders are invited for Water Quality Testing in Humewood Beach as per specification available at SCM Acquisition Offices, Harrower Road, North End, PE 2019-08-01 11:00 CSQ07191683
Structural Maintenance, Corrosion Removal and Painting on 6 STS Cranes at the Port of Durban Container Terminal Pier 1 2019-08-13 10:00 iCLM HQ 322/TPT
Tenders are invited for Water Quality Testing in Kings Beach as per specification available at SCM Acquisition Offices, Harrower Road, North End, PE 2019-08-01 11:00 CSQ07191683
Mascot Virtual video clips 2019-07-29 12:00 09JUL19
Supply and deliver an extendable pole pruner for the purpose of tree maintenance within the cemetries throughout Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage area -HT133 STIHL pruner or approved equivalent. 2019-07-31 11:00 GQ07192189
Biometrics 2019-07-29 12:00 10JUL19
For the supply and delivery of black locomotive sand at Ermelo depot for a period of seven months 2019-08-06 10:00 ERACBZ-FDT-30587
Training Services: Renewable Energy Capacity Building Programme 2019-08-23 15:00 AUC/IED/C/060
Request for quotations for the supply, delivery and ofloading of food & beverages at various stores (Main Reef & Randburg stores) 2019-07-29 10:30 SJ0001/20
Provision of catering services as per approved Sharks Stadia supplier list for Transnet SOC Limited (Reg. No 1990/000900/30) operating as Transnet Port Terminals (hereinafter referred to as “TPT”) for Transnet Port Terminals Head Office on an as and when required basis for a period of twelve (12) months. 2019-07-29 10:00 iCLM HQ 346/TPT
Provision for the supply of Microsoft Windows Server 2016 standard edition licenses 2019-07-26 13:00 EWSETA/RFQ/28/2019
Provision of Event Management for Service Excellence Awards 2019-08-06 13:00 RFQ:24694
Delivering of Minimum Municipal Competency Levels Training (MFMP) for a period of one year for a maximum of 10 (ten) candidates 2019-08-08 12:00 NC065/T17/2019
ADVERTISED RFQ 06/07/19: Request for quotation for primary emergency care/first aid level 1 training for 80 employees NQF Level 2 (once off) 2019-07-26 12:00 ADVERTISED RFQ 06/07/19
Appointment of a service provider to offer training on enterpreneurship skills to graduates for period of 36 months 2019-08-09 11:00 NRF/SAASTA/03/2019-2020
Appointment of a service provider to offer training on life skills to graduates for a period of 36 months. 2019-08-09 11:00 NRF/SAASTA/02/2019-2020
Paving of internal streets at Maviljan Phase 5 2019-08-20 12:00 MIG/MP1755/RST/19/20
Paving of internal streets at Matsikitsane Phase 1B 2019-08-20 12:00 MIG/MP1682/RST/18/19
Paving of internal streets at Dwarsloop Phase 1B 2019-08-21 12:00 MIG/MP1680/RST/18/19
Paving of internal streets at Majembeni Village in Shatale Region Phase 7B 2019-08-21 12:00 MIG/MP/1711/18/18

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