These are difficult times for small business owners.
South African SMEs have taken a knock as the COVID-19 pandemic forced entire industries to shut down.
Now, we’ve always been huge supporters of the SME community.
Small business is important for our economy, and access to funding is their biggest hurdle.
That’s why we’ve been breaking down those barriers for the last five years with speed, tech, and a personal user experience.
We’re grateful to have built up a community of small business owners. And we’re all in this together.
Right now, we know business owners need our support now more than ever.
Open for Business
That’s why we’re on mission to get—and keep—you Open for Business.
Open for Business is a drive to help South African businesses navigate the re-opening of their SMEs during COVID-19.
As part of our Open for Business campaign, we’ll be
- Creating tools to help you assess and forecast your business trajectory
- Developing content and guides to support you to learn new skills
- Providing you with extra marketing support from our in-house team
Today, we’re launching this campaign with the first in a series of SME listings and stories from business owners across South Africa.
COVID-19 SME support: Business Listing
We’re sharing our platform with SMEs to help them gain exposure to other South Africans who want to support SMEs.
If you a small business owner, our Business Brightspot Blog gives you the ability to:
- Share a profile of your business
- Describe your services
- Let the country know how to find you when you are open for business
The Lulalend blog serves hundreds of thousands of page views each month/attracts thousands of visitors each month.
By linking to your site, we hope to help your site rank higher in Google, so your potential customers can find you during their online search.
We’ll be featuring a select few of these on our blog and others on our Lulalend Facebook page.
Business Brightspot blog stories
For our launch edition of this series, we’re excited to feature Lara Waters of Get Stuff Done and Jenny Classen of Ngaphaya Y2K10 (‘Beyond 2010’).
Get Stuff Done
About your business
It’s the admin help you need when all the filing and organising is getting completely out of hand. It’s the decluttering you need when you just can’t face those cupboards or that spare room on your own. And it’s the lifestyle management you need when your to-do list is just a headache waiting to happen.
It’s extra help, extra hands, and extra motivation, all designed to help you get stuff done in no time. All with a little sprinkle of fairy dust too.
How has your business changed (if at all) due to COVID-19?
Being on level 3, life is slowly getting back to normal once again.
But what is ‘normal’ anymore?
In the midst of all the madness, we’re still here, still sprinkling fairy dust, and still getting stuff done. It’s been a challenge under all the rules we’ve had to follow, but COVID-19 or no COVID-19, you can’t keep a good fairy down! That’s why we’ve been busy getting a whole lot done, like:
- Virtual admin: Helping our clients remotely with admin needs like bookkeeping, typing, presentations, and more.
- Decluttering: Packing up, clearing out, and helping our clients make space in their homes and in their lives.
- Errands and concierge: Taking care of our clients’ personal and business needs, and giving them time for the more important things in life.
- HR and recruitment: With our recruitment services back in full effect, we’ll be able to find the perfect candidate for any positions you may have vacant.
As you can see, no matter where you need support, either at home, at the office, or just with life in general, we’ll be there to get stuff done (while adhering to strict hygiene regulations and social distancing too, of course).
Want us to wave a magic wand over your life? Then just visit our website and take a look at our specials and packages, and our new video too. Contact us for a quote and then we’ll get to work, sprinkling fairy dust as we go!
About your business
Ngaphaya Y2K10 is a Level 1 B-BBEE, 100% Female owned procurement and sourcing company. Our Quality Management System is ISO9001:2015 certified. This means all our systems and processes follow international standards for quality and safety.
Our scalable business model, which focuses on the client’s needs and service levels, has enabled us to grow a sustainable business over the past 11 years.
How has your business changed due to COVID-19?
As a result of COVID-19, we had to pivot our business. This meant expanding our product line and reselling products to affiliates.
We’re now offering a selection of COVID-19 Essentials, and we’re updating our website to sell these products online.
We started by understanding our clients’ needs. Most were focussed on COVID-19 products, like hand sanitizer, thermometers and, empty bottles.
We sell these products at a discounted rate to re-sellers who in turn can meet their client’s needs. So, in this way, we’re helping more SME owners earn an income and feed their families.
At the moment, we’re waiting for authorisation to sell the SARS-COV-2 Rapid Test. We do have a licence from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). I’m open to speaking with people who’d like to work with us to resell these tests once we have got the go-ahead from SAHPRA.
I’ve also looked at internal processes and how we can make these more efficient. We built our own order management system. And have started shifting this technology to the cloud. We hope to launch the app soon and this will allow us to offer this system to other companies.
We’re happy to work with other small business owners. Please contact me on email@example.com / 083 4634 538 / 021534 0336 / 021534 0906. Or, try firstname.lastname@example.org / 083 727 7231
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