The top five ways South African businesses use capital

The top five ways South African businesses use capital

A big part of running a business is making sure it grows.

And a big part of ensuring growth is getting the cash advance to fund it.

But it’s important to know what you’re going to do with the money before it shows up in your account.

The Small Business Barometer surveyed more than 3600 Yoco merchants. It asked questions about capital and how businesses across South Africa use the capital to grow.

Here are the top five ways small businesses in South Africa use their cash advances.

1. To buy equipment

Half of the businesses looking for capital needed it to buy equipment. It’s an essential part of keeping the ball rolling. Whether it’s a laptop to do admin or an oven for your bakery, equipment can make or break your productivity. But it shouldn’t break the bank. Or your business.

2. To grow the business

More than a third of businesses needed capital to help them grow. Maybe you’re launching a new product or upgrading your store. Finding capital for this can be difficult, especially if you don’t want to put up collateral. It’s a risky business, but the risk shouldn’t be on you. Nor should it hold you back from growth.

3. To buy stock

Seasonality puts major stress on many South African businesses. Every summer, people flood in and it’s mayhem. Your business is busier than usual and stock flies off your shelves. You have to make sure you’re ready. 21% of businesses need capital to buy more inventory.

4. To manage cash flow

There are countless moving parts to consider when running your business. One in five businesses need a cash advance to manage cash flow. Sometimes cash can be tight. Irregular income can make it difficult to pay rent, salaries and suppliers on time.

5. To cover business expenses

The day-to-day admin of business expenses can get the better of you sometimes. A broken window here, a deposit there and other once-off costs can cause cash flow problems later in the game. Getting a cash advance to cover those business expenses can be a huge help. 15% of businesses need capital to help with these expenses.

What you use your capital on depends on the needs of your business.

But ultimately, it should be your decision.

Eligible Yoco merchants can now access a cash advance to help grow their business. Use your funds for expansion, new staff, equipment or whatever your business needs.

Click here to learn more about Yoco Capital.

About the author: Lindsay Hardie

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Research and Insights

Lindsay has a degree in Marine Biology and Applied Biology from UCT. Equipped with the perfect skills and experience for a role in research, she works with various departments and businesses to provide insights into the products and people of Yoco.

Lindsay turns her findings into useful resources for Yoco's merchants. She also occasionally publishes content on the Yoco blog.

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