10 Business Ideas One Can Start In Townships

10 Business Ideas One Can Start In Townships. Lemok Group founder and Chief Executive Officer Lebogang Mokubela told E Prop that, that the township retail market is a force of its own and should not be overlooked or underestimated. Mokubela who spoke at the eighth Annual South African Council of Shopping Centres’ (SACSC) Research Conference said that the township market has buying power of R11 billion. This shows that there are plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs to start small businesses in townships. Below are some of the business ideas that one can start when they live in the township.

Selling airtime and data bundles

Selling of airtime and data for different networks is another easy to start business that an entrepreneur can successfully start in a small town. Aside from people that subscribe to post – paid packages for their mobile phones, most people buy airtime and data on a regular basis. There are several telecommunications companies that one can deal in such as MTN, Vodacom and Telkom. Selling airtime and data bundles is a simple, easy to establish a retail business that does not require any skills. As a matter of fact, this type of business can thrive in any location as long as there are people who make use of mobile telecommunication and the internet.

Car Wash

A car wash can be a great business. It’s a proven business model which works well for many people worldwide. One can start with next to nothing, and they can develop the business to the point where it is making a large profit. An example is when high school students offer car washes on a busy street in order to raise money for their school trip.

Local Store (Spaza Shop)

A spaza shop, also known as a tuck shop, is an informal convenience shop business in; it is usually run from home. They also serve the purpose of supplementing household incomes of the owners, selling small everyday household items. These shops grew as a result of sprawling townships that made travel to formal shopping places more difficult or expensive.

Internet Cafe

An Internet cafe is a cafe that provides internet access to the public. The fee for using a computer is generally charged as a time-based rate. In addition to offering a valued service to everyday South Africans, internet cafes offer opportunities for budding business owners.

Sale of Auto Spare Parts

As long as people still use automobiles to move around on roads, the need for auto spare parts will continue to be in demand. Auto spare parts business is indeed a profitable business because the replacement of damaged or worn – out auto parts is compulsory if one wants their vehicle to continue to be on the road and serve the purpose they bought it for.

Offer Lawn Care Services

A lawn care service is one of the businesses that an aspiring entrepreneur can successfully start in a township. It is a business that is easy to start and manage; the basic equipment needed to start this type of business is a lawn mower, shovel, rake, wheelbarrow and shearer.

Electronics Repair Shop

One good thing about this type of business is that one can learn the technical skills from someone who is already in the business or from a technical school. All they need to do is to rent a shop in a good location in a small town and then setup their shop and advertise their electronics repair business. If you are lucky to be one of few electronic repair technicians in your community, you will sure make good money from this type of business.

Hair Salon Business

The successful hair and salon business is one that offers excellent service, use quality products, and provide an enjoyable atmosphere at an acceptable price. Customers of this type of business are willing to pay a higher price to an operation that can satisfy the client’s desire for improved physical appearance and even mental relaxation. The hair salon business is one business that one could start from just about anywhere. It could be from a cubicle, a room, a kiosk, shop, or a gigantic building. All that is highly required of you is the aim to make people look good with trending hair styles.

Dog Breeding Business

Dog breeding business is yet another profitable business that an aspiring entrepreneur can successfully start in a small town. Amongst domestic animals, dogs are considered to be one of the closest companions to human. Dogs breeding business is a lucrative business especially in countries where people value dogs and South Africa is one such country. Dogs are used for hunting, for security as pets and for games. In essence there is a global market for dogs as different breeds of dogs are used for different purposes. It is important to note that it is easier to sell puppies than it is to sell adult dogs.

Baking and Selling Cookies

 Baking and selling cookies is yet another thriving and profitable business that an aspiring entrepreneur who is interested in making money in a township should consider starting, as learning how to bake cookies is easy. All you need to do is to ensure that your cookies taste good and are well packaged. With that you are likely not going to struggle to sell your cookies. It is a business that anybody including a teenager can successfully start in the township.

By Thomas Chiothamisi

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