Advice For Aspiring Entrepreneurs


The best people to give advice on starting a business are those who have done it themselves. We asked a few of the entrepreneurs using Yoco what they’ve learnt while starting and managing their businesses. Here’s what they had to say.

Advice For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Having started a business ourselves we know that it’s not a decision you make lightly. Getting your venture off the ground takes a lot of consideration, planning and stress, and sometimes one small piece of advice can give you that extra bit of strength you need.

We asked a few business owners what insights they thought aspiring entrepreneurs would find useful. Here’s what they shared.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own business?

“It’s going to be a risk either way, but the more people you consult for advice the better your chances of succeeding.”

– Richard, Bacon on Bree

“You need to be curious about your customers and be willing to learn about them, so you can refine your product or service.”

– Marquis, Leopold 7

“We’ve learnt that being as committed to your partnership as you are to the business is important. Making sure we’re in a good place with each other takes the same priority as getting work done.”

– Marijke, Four and Twenty

“If it’s something that you’re passionate about and care about – go for it. It’s a risk but you never know, it could pay off.”

– Bryan, Root Bar

“If you want to create something new you also have to take on the responsibility of re-educating people about things.”

– Tara, Maison Gateau

“Put your people first, and the rest will happen.”

– Katlego, Yoco

For more advice on starting, running and growing your business, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also find stories and insights into the journeys of fellow entrepreneurs.

About the author: Robyn

RobynRobyn - Social media and community manager

When you’re engaging with Yoco on social media, Robyn is the girl you’re talking to. She loves learning from our community and seeing small businesses thrive. In her spare time you’ll find her off hiking in some forest, curled up with a book or singing karaoke (badly).

After graduating with a B.Bus Sci degree from UCT, she found Yoco and jumped in head first. She now manages Yoco’s social media profiles and online community, and writes an article or two for the blog.

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