When Rodney Norman was 21, his first business ended up R1 million in debt. With so much owing to suppliers, he couldn’t continue trading. Instead, he needed to take stock of what had gone wrong, pull himself together, and come up with a plan.
Quitting your job and becoming an entrepreneur is never an easy decision to make. Here’s how you can prepare yourself for the plunge.
Not only has the 31-year old entrepreneur achieved what he set out to do, but he was a self-made millionaire at 24, the youngest investor on South Africa’s Shark Tank, and an entrepreneur who is shaking up the entire accounting industry. All without taking a single cent of debt.
One of South Africa’s most popular radio personalities, TBO Touch has developed into an entrepreneur and brand powerhouse. He believes every goal and vision is attainable, with the right attitude and mindset.
Here are some tips and anecdotes from someone who turned his life around and built a successful business around the markets.
Entrepreneurial businesses often have an edge over their corporate competitors because they’re flexible and agile. But corporates have insights into growth that many entrepreneurs lack. Shark Tank’s Romeo Kumalo shares what the corporate world taught him about building a high-impact entrepreneurial business.
This is the story of how a born-and-bred New Yorker bootstrapped South Africa’s fastest growing fitness chain. From one small, old-school gym in Benoni to owning the club that Barack Obama works out at when he visits SA, Rivera has built a business worth over R2 billion from nothing.
2017 is upon us. And with it comes new challenges, new technologies and new opportunities. According to Dion Chang of Flux Trends, the future is here. And those companies that refuse to acknowledge that things are changing, are destined to be left behind.
After 23 years in corporate Neil Robinson quit his job. He wanted some time to evaluate his life and purpose, and choose what his next 20 years would look like. What he found was more than a cause, but a mission to do good and change lives.
The strength of Nonkululeko Gobodo’s vision, coupled with her drive to succeed, allowed her to lead others in her quest to build one of the biggest accounting firms in South Africa.
Teboho Mafodi started out with few learning opportunities. In fact, many of his early skills were self-taught. But that has only made him appreciate the value of education.
There’s a lot you can learn from this 13-year-old business owner who has traded the playground for chicken coops.
Hard work. Determination. Drive. Discipline. Study the habits of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and you’ll see these are key traits that they all share. Tshego Sefolo and his business partner Londeka Shezi recently raised over R500 million in capital to launch their private equity firm, Agile Capital. Building the market trust and credibility to make this dream a reality has been 14 years in the making for Sefolo – and worth every second.
When John Nicolakakis took over the reins of Roman’s Pizza from his father, he had only one goal: To create the biggest pizza brand in South Africa. R1 billion in system-wide sales into this journey, and the company’s aggressive expansion plans have never wavered. In fact, if ever there was a poster child for the mantra ‘go big or go home’, Nicolakakis would be it.
In the early 80s, Connie Mashaba worked for Southern Sun hotels as a junior bookkeeper. In 1985, her husband Herman Mashaba asked her to join his fledgling business in Garankuwa, north of Pretoria. What started out as a small manufacturer of hair care and grooming products for the black consumer has grown into a multi-billion rand business and a household name.
Remarkable stories about local entrepreneurs who built big businesses and well known brands up from humble beginnings.
Honeybee is doubling its turnover every ten months, but it will need to be eight times its current size before the business model starts to pay real dividends. Sam Clarke has his sights set on a highly scalable, profitable business that delivers real value to his clients. Here’s how he’s getting there.
From selling phones from the boot of his car in Pretoria, to making and losing millions, Quinton van der Burgh has had his fair share of highs and lows. This self-made billionaire has always remained a risk-taker, and even though those risks haven’t always paid off, he’s kept his eye on the prize.
From absolutely no experience in publishing, Peter du Toit has built up the biggest single- copy-sale weekly publication in South Africa. Soccer Laduma has a turnover of R90 million, 3,4 million readers and some of the most loyal customers in the country. By following his heart, embracing his passions and getting everyone around him to do the same, Du Toit has discovered that you can have it all: Passion and great success.
Glenn van Eck took a small family business and turned it into a large company that’s been going for decades. Here are his lessons on thinking big and embracing a growth mindset.