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Entrepreneurship: moving from the mundane to the spectacular

Is it your dream to operate your own business?If so, now is the time to Think differently + Take Charge + Take Action.

Have you ever looked at the legendary entrepreneurs and wondered how they got to where they are? Where did they start? Many successful entrepreneurs have started from humble beginnings – little or no funds. You may think you cannot start a business with only what you have right now, but it takes fewer resources than you think. Combined with passion and tenacity, you could be well on your way to becoming the next legendary entrepreneur.

It is time to move from the mundane to the spectacular. Why not take charge of your future and #ThinkBeyondAJob? You may say that you don’t have the funding, but this should not stand in your way. Let this not be your stumbling block towards greatness. With hard work, passion and thinking outside of the box, you can make your dreams a reality with the minimum of resources.

On 10 November 2016, Mike Anderson, Founder and CEO of the NSBC, launched the initiative #ThinkBeyondAJob to encourage South Africans to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. The movement hopes to inspire the young, the seasoned, and the brave to #ThinkBeyondAJob and embrace entrepreneurship as a viable career option. With an unemployment rate of around 26% in South Africa, taking your vision of the future and striving to become the next legendary entrepreneur might be your best bet.

Let’s adopt a new way of thinking and explore!

Firstly, look at your skills, experience and knowledge. What can you do? What do you know? And what have you done in the past? Secondly, what resources do you have available? If you have a car, you could offer a delivery service. If you have a kitchen, you could bake cakes or make lunches and deliver them at your local offices. Become self-aware of your skills and use them to build your dreams. Furthermore, it may help to write down your answers to the questions above to help get a deeper understanding of your potential.

The next step is to take note of what you are willing to lose. Only invest the amount of financial resources into your business which you can afford to lose. As your business begins to grow you will be able to re-invest. Next look at what types of business you could open. If you are highly knowledgeable in an area you could become a consultant. If you can entertain someone with your singing or musical skills, you could become an entertainer. If you are organised and have access to a laptop and the Internet, you could get work as a virtual assistant. The world is your oyster, so go out there and find the pearls.

Hopefully, these points have sparked the ambition in your heart. If you are still afraid, don’t be. Yes, this may feel daunting but the #ThinkBeyondAJob initiative and the NSBC are there to give you information and guidance on how to make your business dreams a reality. And yes, you may run into some temporary obstacles but do not let the thought of failure be an excuse to not try. So, seize fear and failure as opportunities en-route because you are on your way to be a successful entrepreneur.

Are you looking for unique business opportunities that you can start with limited funds?

Then take action and get your VIP FREE ticket now to the kick-off event of the year. Coming up in only a few weeks is The Business Show: South Africa, the biggest and most successful event in Africa for anyone serious about starting out or growing a successful business. With hundreds of exhibits, seminars, masterclasses; it’s the place to be and how to get ahead. To get your free ticket click here.