We’ve had a lot of queries from readers on how to register a business in South Africa which can be a tricky process – the information out there is varied and there is no complete resource that tells you everything you need to know about the types of companies.

Many people elect to let an expert do their company registration – an accountant or lawyer will be able to do all the paperwork required and leave you to focus on your business. However, it is possible to do it yourself with a little elbow grease, perseverance and patience.

This handy article will help you understand the types of businesses available to you and guide you to all the resources you need to register your business.

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A business plan is just what it sounds like – a plan for the future of your business and how you plan to do it.

Many small business owners and entrepreneurs starting out on a new venture neglect the business plan in favour of an “active approach”, but there is an enormous value in planning your business properly from the beginning. So whether you are starting a restaurant or an accounting company, the following guide will help you get started.

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Many people believe that to start a successful company you just need to be the right person at the right place at the right time and everything will come together. So is it all about luck, or is there some skill involved? I tend to feel that it is a bit of both, and that to be successful you need the right skills set, but you also need the elements of success to come together at the same time.

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In order to get anywhere, you need to have a vision for where you are going. You need to have a picture of the outcome that you desire or you will never know when you have arrived. This is true especially for entrepreneurs who need to overcome many obstacles on the road to success and so you need to know where you are heading. So what does success look like for you?

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Entrepreneurship: a rather long and difficult word to pronounce, and it seems an even scarier concept to many South African women. Laisha Moodley reminds us of the importance of entrepreneurship, both as a tool for women’s empowerment, and to the lifeblood of our nation – the economy.

After reading (and thoroughly enjoying) an article by Stephen Timm in the August edition of Entrepreneur magazine, “Women Entrepreneurs still lag behind”, I had to face the glaring fact that South African women do indeed “lag behind as entrepreneurs”.

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This week we feature two related excerpts from Robin Wheeler’s “Insights” series of books, on the nature of our concepts of jobs and moving into doing what comes naturally, as opposed to simply working to survive.

Jobs are going out of fashion. If you have left them behind, you have probably seen for yourself what I am about to say. If you are re-inventing yours, either through personal awakening or market pressures, you are on track. If you are stuck in one, stay open to possibility.

Unintelligent jobs are in the interests of others.

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As corporates and smaller firms around the world reel from the effects of the global economic downturn, Shell LiveWIRE International – a network designed to inspire and develop enterprise in young people – has released results of a survey that everyone but an entrepreneur will find amazing.

According to the study, one in three entrepreneurs says his or her business confidence remained unchanged during the depths of the recession; while more than six out of ten expect their businesses to perform “significantly better” over the next 12 months.

The message is clear: “Entrepreneurship will save the world,” says Mark Levy, Co-founder of Linkbook.

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