How do I start a funeral business?

How do I start a funeral business?


I’ve identified an opportunity to start a funeral business in the area that I live in, but have no idea where to begin.

In South Africa, the funeral industry operates through two channels – independent companies and franchises. Buying a franchise can cost a minimum of R500 000.There are independent operators in the market, but setting up a well-run business that is legally compliant is expensive. Plus, it can take up to two years to get the necessary permits and permission to run a funeral home from local municipalities and government authorities.

Industry bodies that may be able to guide you include the South African Funeral Practitioners Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and the Funeral Federation of South Africa.

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