20 April 2014

Biz ideas: Business to business event services

When considering business ideas a unique gap in the market is to provide event and meeting services for foreign companies wishing to do business in South Africa. If you are a Ghanaian national, for example, living in South Africa you are uniquely positioned to assist Ghanaian companies with establishing business ties in the country.  With […]

Biz ideas: Murder mystery parties

‘Whodunit’ murder mystery parties are a little out of the ordinary and are becoming better known in South Africa. It is a fun and exciting part-time business opportunity that can be started for very little and done on a part-time basis…. If you have writing aspirations and a creative flair, you can write the story […]

Q&A: How do I raise the remaining 20% needed to buy a farm?

Bongani is a farmer who has entered into an agreement with another famer who is willing to sell his farm to Bongani. He wants to know how to borrow 20% of the funds if he has already gotten a loan for the remaining 80% from the Land Bank. Bongani says: “We have already signed an […]

Q&A: How do I get the CIPC to accept any of my Company Name ideas?

Peter P has for many years offered administration and IT services to small business and runs as a Sole Trader, trading as the Admin Handyman . He has decided to now register with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) as a company but is having a lot of hassles getting a suitable name approved […]

Business blossoms at the Cherry Berry coffee shop…

Written by Ann Williams. There are plenty of coffee shops in my neighbourhood but the one that I most enjoy going to is Cherry Berry on Jean Avenue in Centurion, Tshwane (Pretoria). Why I love going there is because I feel like I am being invited into a cosy family ‘voorkamer’ (living room) for ‘koffee […]

Q&A: Where do I find funding and IP support for my ‘green energy’ idea?

MD is an engineer with an idea for making more accessible and cheaper energy. Although he already has a university engineering department interested in helping him to take his original idea further, this is not his main line of work.  So he would like to know if there is any funding available to get his […]

Q&A: What other things can I sell at an Internet Cafe?

Dawid is wanting to open an Internet cafe. He asks what products and services, besides Internet access, could the business also sell from the premises to increase the company’s profitability. An Answer: By Ann Williams It is likely that space will be a major factor in what you have to offer…. For example, if you […]

Randburg Chamber of Commerce training events boost its growth

Story and pictures by Ann Williams. While the Randburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has been operating for more than 50 years it got a new lease on life with the appointment last November of the Chamber’s new manager, Nobuhle Mhlanga. Since then the Chamber has seen the introduction of a women in business […]

(CPA) Can customers bring back sick animals and charge us for their vet bills?

Jaco has recently taken over Outrageous Pets, a business that sells a variety of animals in Edenvale. He is wondering whether customers can return an animal if it is sick and demand repayment. And whether he could be held liable for any vet’s bills incurred. THE QUESTION: Hi Ann (and the rest of the 2B […]

On fire for lampwork (glass bead making)

The art of making glass beads, or lampwork, though highly popular in the US, was only being done by a handful of crafters in South Africa. With the beading rage burning bright in South Africa, a small business (Glass & Fire) made a decision that they would tap this market segment – beading enthusiasts.