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20 Innovative Business Ideas Doing Well Overseas (That Could Make You Money In SA)

These 20 innovative businesses are doing well in their respective markets, but they could also thrive in South Africa.

Nicole Crampton



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Are you looking for an innovative business idea that already has a track-record, but doesn’t currently operate in the South African market. These 20 innovative businesses have proven to be profitable in their markets; why not be the one to introduce something similar to South Africa?

  1. TaskRabbit
  2. MoviePass
  3. Activity bars
  4. Startups Anonymous
  5. Vegan Meat And Dairy Alternatives
  6. Narrative Clip
  7. Carbon Green Cards
  8. E-bikes 
  9. Translation and language platform
  10. Healthy vending machines
  11. Green/off-grid living
  12. Bringing the seasons to South Africa
  13. Niche pet services
  14. Hangover Helpers
  15. Special Needs Dating Site
  16. Second-hand Children’s Clothing
  17. Online Valuation Services
  18. ‘Anger Rooms’ to smash stuff with a sledge hammer
  19. BreathingRoom
  20. Discounted Eating Out
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Nicole Crampton is an online writer for Entrepreneur Magazine. She has studied a BA Journalism at Monash South Africa. Nicole has also completed several courses in writing and online marketing.

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How To Make (A Lot Of) Money On Airbnb

Renting out your spare room or flat on Airbnb might sound simple, but here are some lesser known strategies to help you optimise your listing and increase your profits.

Nicole Crampton



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Since it’s conception in 2008, Airbnb has grown from helping 21 000 guests a year to helping 6 million travellers a year go on holiday. It currently lists 800 000 properties, in 34 000 cities, across 90 different countries, and it’s still growing.

This comprehensive resource offers the following sections for you to help get you started. Click the headers to begin your journey:

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20 Quick Money-Making Business Ideas

Are you looking to supplement your income with a side-hustle you can start from your couch? Look no further.

Nicole Crampton



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With the rising cost of living, numerous people are turning to side jobs to earn extra income. Thanks to the internet and advancements in technology, there are a large variety of money-making activities you could start from the comfort of your own home, especially if you have a laptop and a steady internet connection.

Are you looking for a quick and easy business idea that you can practically start from your couch with almost no start-up costs? Here are 20 quick money-making business ideas for you to choose from.

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Transport and Logistics Business Cheat Sheet

Seven steps to help you on the road to starting up your transport and logistics business.

Nicole Crampton




Planning is always an important part of starting any business. This transport and logistics cheat sheet will give you some important steps to consider before you get going. From making sure your finances are organised to insurance to correctly marketing your business.

Related: The Essential Start-up Cheat Sheet

Here are seven steps to consider when starting a transport and logistics business:

Step 1: Organising your finance

When you’re at an advanced stage in your business you should have precise facts and accurately calculate your expenses. Don’t wait for surprises. Surprises can be quite expensive and could set you back.

A good idea is to put money aside for breakdowns. Breakdowns can impact you financially and will affect your profits.

You should also have some clearly calculated financials on spreadsheets: A recipe for disaster is if you’re still working your expenses out in your head and that is all you’ve done with your financial projections.

Step 2: Choosing your Type of Transport Business


There are many options available in the transport and logistics business such as:

  • Limousine or taxi service
  • Medical transportation
  • Courier service
  • Auto transport business
  • Charter, bus company.

Each one has its only challenges and benefits. When deciding, go for an option which doesn’t have a lot of competition in the area you’re operating in.

Related: The Cheat Sheet to Winning Over Investors

You should also do some research and make sure there is a need for that type of transportation in the area.

Step 3: Getting Registered

Your next step should be contacting your local public utilities commission. You’ll need to find out what documentation you’ll need to start your transportation business such as:

  • Permits
  • Licenses
  • Registering with area, province or national transportation departments.

Step 4: Putting Insurance in Place

Insurance is very important for any business.

Contact an insurance company that specialises in a business that has your specific mode of transportation. Research different companies to understand what you will be paying for and what each insurance solution will cover.

It may help to ask someone already in the industry who they are insured with and why.

Step 5: Buying Vehicles


The amount of money you spend in this step will affect your business quite dramatically.

The type of vehicle and whether you’re buying new or used vehicles will impact your finances significantly. Buying used vehicles can help reduce costs. If you find vehicles that have low mileages and are the type of vehicle you’re looking for have them checked out by a mechanic.

Purchasing a large fleet of vehicles at once can often qualify you for discounts from dealers.

Related: 10 Fears You Must Overcome When Starting a New Business

Your vehicles are the key to your transportation business so you should make sure that you buy the right vehicles for the right price.

Step 6: Marketing your Business

Advertise your business to your specific target market when your business is running. Here are a few advertising ideas you can use:

  • Have an advert placed in your local telephone book
  • Create a website for your business
  • Create a business card with your URL on it as well as any vital information
  • Word of mouth can be very powerful so tell everyone you meet about your business.

Step 7: Financial Support

Be patient. Any venture will take time and effort to build up a customer base, vehicles and profits.

It’s a good idea to financial backing to get you through at least a year of hard times. You don’t want to have to close your business after only a short period of time because you ran out of funds.

The Road Freight Association of South Africa (RFA) has an SMME Starter Kit which is designed specifically for businesses which are starting out. It includes tips and tricks on how to go about getting into the transport industry, sourcing contracts and calculating financial predictions as well as various other essential information.

Related: Types Of Transport Business Opportunities

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