I am a freelancer and entrepreneur who is task-oriented, pay attention to details and a team-worker. I'm also an avid investor in small ideas, keen reader and social activist who is enthusiastic in finding new opportunities by combining creative and analytical skills. I'm also a strategist who is systematic in approaching challenges. I grew up around farming communities, urban townships, mining towns and city metropolis within the various provinces in South Africa. This exposure lead me to be interested in human interaction and to appreciate what the human mind is capable of achieving. Through my vast interaction with different people, I managed to increasing my personal network. It became clear at an early stage of my life with the ability to spot opportunities which made me by nature, to become a social enterprenuer.....
As an individual with a positive outlook towards my challenges, I've embarked on the most interesting journeys in my life which I intend on documenting. These are the glimpse of my trials and tribulations because I believe that: "You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are...".. I was once told that: "If you don't have enough money then you haven't helped enough people yet". The road to riches is paved with acquisition of specific knowledge.
“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Executive Director | Dihlakanyane Trading (Pty) Ltd. t/a Instructor Labs
Tshwane, South Africa | February 2012 - April 2016
Director of Operations | Dithokeng Cleaning Services cc
Tshwane, South Africa | August 2006 - December 2007
Managing Director | Keyamo Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd. t/a Keyamo Technologies
Johannesburg, South Africa | April 2003 - November 2016
Design Draughtsman | Mamphake Office Supplies cc t/a Mamphake Designs
Rayton, South Africa | July 1999 - February 2017
Planning Consultant | Mamphake Mabule Inc. t/a Documan Consulting
Rayton, South Africa | 2012 - present
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Turning-Up Ideas | Entrepreneur
I often read about successful entrepreneurs but I also ask myself what does it really take to turn a bright idea into a successful business venture? What makes an entrepreneur? How to generate ideas for a business? Lastly, where to go for advice on setting up a business? Throughout the year in my career I've been told that an entrepreneur can spot business opportunities that will fill gaps in the market. I too learned through experience that in order to succeed an entrepreneur has to identify key people to help achieve goals.
Even if you have carefully researched the market, there's always a chance that customers may reject your product or service. Therefore taking risk has become part and parcel of what I do because I've armed myself with the knowledge that in launching my business I will also need determination and energy to overcome any obstacles. Let me be the first one to tell you that all entrepreneurs have failures and successes. My ability to learn from mistakes and move on has become the key to the success of my future business.
As an entrepreneur, I solve problems.....Therefore my creative thinking allows me to come up with new ideas, or an innovative approach to a problem. With businesses, new ideas can result in a new product, or a process that cuts costs or improves quality, for example. Fresh ideas give businesses a competitive advantage, and help make goods and services stand out in the market. Once I’ve gone through the brainstorming process and come up with or refined my business idea, I also take time to check out the competition.
As an entrepreneur, I have learned that it can take a long time, and a lot of perseverance, to see my bright idea turn into a successful business. Therefore I know that I need to be prepared for this waiting period. To increase my chances of success, I too set myself up with a mentor I trust, and I also do some detailed financial and business planning. Now a business mentor is an experienced business professional who will provide advice, guidance and support as you launch and maintain your business venture. I make such that I pick a mentor who can help me analyze my bright idea to see whether it is viable, who can connect me up with key business people and customers, who can provide a fresh perspective on how to grow my business, who also be a sounding board when I need to discuss difficulties which I'm encountering, and finally challenge me to set goals for my business that may achieve better results.
Throughout my career I only wrote single page business plans which outline the following: My key business objectives for the next three to five years, how I plan to achieve these objectives, when I plan to achieve these objectives, Lastly how I expect to run day-to-day operations, and make business decisions. When starting my new venture, I often don't enough money to set up the business and cover operational expenses until the business starts to generate a profit. Therefore before I commit my life savings to launching a new business, I often ask myself some key questions. For instance: How much of my own money am I willing or able to invest? What is my business track record in terms of experience in the industry and will this help or hinder my chances of getting financial help? Lastly, Does my business idea have the X factor that would get funders excited about my venture?
Now is always the best time to start thinking about the life cycle of my business – even after I have only just set it up. Why? Because further down the track I may decide to sell my business, or close it down voluntarily. If things don’t go as planned, and I have financial difficulties, I may be forced to close my business. Therefore when turning-up those bright ideas, It’s useful to plan for all eventualities........
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