I read an article some time back that put forward the notion that South Africans are lazy, always waiting for government to hand out jobs. The article claimed that we are content to work for a pittance because we lack the spirit to create jobs for ourselves or others.
Naturally, I was outraged. Who were these people that the article was talking about? I, for one, have always been surrounded by entrepreneurs; from the lady down the street who started out selling ice-blocks and skopas then finally branching out to magwinya and s’phatlho, to my sister who does consulting work in her spare time.
In order to understand the point that the articles’ author was trying to make, I decided to dedicate a few weeks of my life to starting my own business and it is no exaggeration to describe my experiences as harrowing and painful.
It says a lot about the multitude of South Africans who have successfully started and maintained businesses, because the conclusion I have come to is that South Africa doesn’t encourage entrepreneurship.
So You Have an Idea?
Congratulations in even getting this far when we live in a world where it sometimes feels as if everything has been said, done and invented. Unfortunately, this is where the hard work really begins if a friendly little website like www.sabusinesswarrior.com is to be believed.
The process begins with asking yourself a few questions calibrated to gauge whether you have the correct temperament to even think of becoming an entrepreneur. If you can answer YES to questions ranging from ‘Are you a self-starter?’ to ‘Do you have a network that would provide additional financing?’ then you’re better off than most South Africans who cannot.
Richard Branson once said that a business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts, but Read the full story