Entrepreneurial Women – diversification of products/services

On a daily basis I get numerous inquiries from our #WomenInBusiness website regarding help/guidance needed for business ideas.  http://www.womeninbusiness.org.za

One of the issues that is raised consistently is the fact that the enquirer is ‘not making money’ and they need help with marketing their product.  In discussions with the entrepreneur I generally discover that they have taken the focus of their core business  and diversified into a number of other unrelated products/services.  This diversification is particularly onerous when the range of products/services is from health care, through to construction to catering.  Such a wide variety of offerings can only be detrimental to the entity.  No entrepreneur, especially a small emerging business, can cope with this kind of diversification.  Through the interactions and mentoring process it becomes clear that the entrepreneur in question has been given unsound advice by friends and family.  They have often invested large sums of money registering a company.  They have not taken into consideration the onerous reporting procedures required of a company nor the accountancy costs.  The entrepreneur is under the impression that if they are a registered company they can obtain finance and are eligible for tenders.  Then they offer every single service they can think of without proper planning, testing the market, assessing their customers, no business plan or financial plan.  No vision or mission.  When questioned as to why they are not trading as a sole trader business, which is less onerous, they are ill informed as to the benefits of being a small business to start off with.

It is so sad that many aspiring entrepreneurs do not seek advice from reputable organisations or service providers.  In the long run it would have saved them large amounts of money, time and disappointment.

On our website is a link whereby members of the public are able to contact us and we will assist and start the mentoring for free (limited number of sessions).  We will also direct genuine entrepreneurs to reputable service providers who can assist them in their entrepreneurial journey.

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Integrity 22.08.2018

Reading through news sites, twitter and other social media there is a common theme of corruption and fraud.  Lack of integrity seems to becoming a social norm.  I ask, with tears in my eyes, how can humans be so dishonest, unethical and lack basic social skills that they take, indiscriminately from other humans.  Often those who take, have more than they can use, yet they continue to take and marginalize those who do not have and dis-empower the poor even more.

Our very own watch dog who collects funds for the government, South African Revenue Services (SARS) has done exactly what we as tax payers are not supposed to do.  How can they be telling us, the tax paying public to be honest, when they themselves are not honest?

“SARS GUILTY OF BREAKING ITS OWN LAWS

The Auditor General found that the SA Revenue Service in 2017 flouted the Income Tax Act by overstating its compliance figures in public documents. The findings, in an AG report dated March 2017, came to light yesterday during public hearings in Pretoria for the Nugent inquiry. Tax compliance refers to making payments to the revenue service in full and on time in line with relevant legislation.  SARS apparently stated that its compliance level was at 91.14%, which according to the Auditor General is not true. The commission of inquiry, appointed by president Cyril Ramaphosa, is probing the state of corporate governance, revenue shortfalls and allegations of misconduct at SARS. (Fin24)”

This is nothing short of disgusting.  Heads need to roll and with immediate effect.  It’s time government servants were made to pay and pay dearly for their greed and lack of integrity.  Lead by example!