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.
Dressings 2018-06-06 11:00 ZNQ: 33/ 2018/ 19
Nappies 2018-06-06 11:00 ZNQ: 84/ 2018/ 19
Supply and delivery of sound equipment. 2018-05-30 11:00 GK11800720
Supply and deliver Instrument washer. 2018-06-04 11:00 H84/ 18/ 19
Supply of and delivery 100% hydrocolloid dressing carboxymethyl cellulose fibrous 2018-06-08 11:00 ZNQ 103 / 18 / 19
Design, supply, installation, commissioning, training and maintenance of the two stage desalination plant, consisting of pre-treatment and a reverse osmosis (RO) process at iThemba Labs, Cape Town. 2018-06-19 11:00 NRF/ iThemba LABS/ 2017 - 18: 08
Suitable Contractors to Provide Labour & Plant for the Intallation of Culverts in Ward 02. Material will be provided by the Municipality 2018-06-05 12:00 RFQ/411
Supply and install UPS unit KVA double conversion. 2018-06-08 11:00 H96/ 18/ 19
Annual servicing of Heat pumps. 2018-06-11 11:00 H100/ 18/ 19
Service Provider to Supply and Install 4x 71cm Tv’s With 2x Satelite (Supply and Install Decoder Dstv) 2018-06-04 12:00 RFQ/409
Supply with electrical material 2018-06-04 11:00 ben06/ 2018- 2019
Annual service of 2 Theatre tables. 2018-06-11 11:00 H95/ 18/ 19
Supply and Delivery of 2x 20m x 8” Suction Hoses and Accessories 2018-05-31 11:00 SCM103/17/18
For the supply of one (1) electro-spinal mobile operating table with accessories and cart for B3, theatres W & X at Tygerberg Hospital 2018-06-22 11:00 TBH 203/ 2018
Once off pressure testing of 5 Compressors. 2018-06-11 11:00 H99/ 18/ 19
Supply of electromagnetic (EM) simulation software 2018-06-18 11:00 NRF SARAO SDDS 002 2018
Appointment of service provider/s to supply furniture, chairs and soft goods to the SHRA 2018-06-15 11:00 SHRA/ RFB/ ADMIN/ 01/ 201819
Once-Off Supply, Delivery and Installation of Office Furniture for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform: Mpumalanga Deeds Registry. 2018-06-18 11:00 DRDLR (CRD- 07) 2018/ 19
Kuruman Statistics South Africa: Alternative office accommodation: 461.36m² and 15 parking bays for a period of 5 years 2018-06-15 11:00 LS01/ 2018
Annual service of 2 Vacuum pumps and 1 receiver. 2018-06-11 11:00 H97/ 18/ 19

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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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