How Do you Start Your Own Business?

How do you start your own business in South Africa

To start your own business can be an exhilarating and daunting experience. From company names and business plans to registration, tax and the idea of creating jobs, there is so much to consider. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of useful tips.

Register your company

To register you company, you’ll need a certified copy of your ID, an active email address and R175*.  Once you have scanned the certified copy of your ID onto your computer or saved it on a USB, go to the CIPC website and register a new company.

A deposit of R175* (this includes the registration for R125* and the name for R50*) will be required. You will have to pay this via their banking details found on the website. You can also apply for a B-BBEE certificate and all other business documents.

Tax clearance

Your next stop will be SARS as you will require a tax clearance certificate. This is free of charge. Chat to one of the consultants at your nearest branch or go online to

Open a business bank account

Visit your nearest FNB branch to open a business bank account for R500*.  ABSA also has an option for  R250*.

Create a business plan

Writing your own business plan can be tough. Get some help from Seda for free. They also offer other training that might be relevant to your field. Click here

Register on the Central Supplier Database (CSD)

The Central Supplier Database maintains a database of organisations, institutions and individuals who can provide goods and services to government. If you’re interested in pursuing opportunities within the South African government, you can self-register for free here

Register with your local municipality

You can also go to your municipality and ask them to register you on their database as a supplier. This service is free of charge and could get secure future business.

Complete a financial management course

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) offers short courses free of charge. Visit to see if you qualify.

Apply for NYDA funding

At same link as above, you can apply for funding from the NYDA. Read more on their qualifying criteria and if you are eligible, you should apply.

Register with the Department of Labour

The success of any business relies on its people. Hire the right people to help you build your business. Once you’ve filled the jobs and are looking to win those tenders, you must obtain a Letter of Good Standing from the Department of Labour.

Develop a corporate identity 

Your company will not only need a name, it will need a logo too. This will go on all your branding elements like your website, vehicles, company stationery and email signatures. A good logo and solid corporate identity is vital to ensure that your branding is consistent and recognisable across all your marketing.

Market your business

Every business needs to do some level of marketing to ensure that people know who you are and what you do. Whether you decide to advertise on digital media like Facebook or LinkedIn or through traditional media like TV, radio and print, you need to get your business out there.

How to start your own business
Market your business in the right places to reach the right people.

Now that you have a starting point, get out there and make your business a success. If starting your business isn’t what you want to do right now, find your dream job instead.

*Prices may change is a free online recruitment site for employers to post job vacancies and for job seekers to find the best jobs in South Africa.

Remember that companies do post new jobs every day, so set up job alerts to be notified of any current job postings in South Africa. To search through all our current online job postings go here
As a jobseeker, you may register your Register your CV free. We have thousands of registered employer accounts who do not actively post online job vacancies but do search job seeker CVs and contact them directly.

If you are a recruiter or a company looking to fill a position, you may post jobs for free on our free online job posting site. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You may also find these articles useful:

Articles for Job Seekers
Job interview tips & questions
7 Mistakes First Time Job Seekers Make
Ace your job interview with these simple tips
6 common job interview mistakes
Find your next job at freerecruit

Follow us: