Author: Hansie Britz

December 4, 2019 Hansie Britz

                 Starting a pet grooming business is not only a relatively easy business to start up, it can also be quite profitable especially if you have strategies in place that make you stand out from your competitors. The demand for other pet services have grown as owners now…

November 27, 2019 Hansie Britz

                                              Chicory is a woody, perennial herbaceous plant and it is a member of the daisy family of plants called “Asteracease”. Chicory produces tubes or roots in the first year and develop a flower only in the second year. Chicory root has a lot of…

October 16, 2019 Hansie Britz

                                 Barley is mainly produced in the Western Cape under dry land conditions. Two-thirds of our barley is produced in the areas around Caledon, Bredasdorp, Napier, Swellendam, Heidelberg and recently, patches of the Swartland region too. The remainer of the barley production is in the Northern Cape under…

September 25, 2019 Hansie Britz

                                      Canola is an oil-seed crop grown mainly in the winter rainfall regions of the Western Cape, although it is also farmed in the North West, Limpopo and Northern Cape provinces. Canola is widely grown for its high quality oil for human consumption….

August 23, 2019 Hansie Britz

                             Duck meat is a high-value niche product in South Africa. Duck farming is part of poultry farming systems. However, there is a huge difference between duck farming and poultry especially in habits and habitats of duck farming in shelter and population. Ducks can be…

August 18, 2019 Hansie Britz

                       The Freight Packaging and Logistics Services Industry is an industry that is responsible for providing packing and crating services for the transportation sector of the economy. The industry comprises of businesses that provide consolidation of freight consignments, trade document preparation, packing, crating and otherwise preparing goods for transportation and logistics consulting services. Some of…

August 12, 2019 Hansie Britz

                                          The recycling industry has become an integral part of modern society not only due to its social and economic impact but also because it plays a vital role for the future of our planet. Most people think a recycling business is all about collecting soda cans, bottles…

July 25, 2019 Hansie Britz

                     Figs are an ancient food source and were one of the first fruit trees cultivated along with the olive and grapevine. It is known for its adaptability and high productivity whilst being easy to prune and maintain. This make the fig tree a valuable addition to farming and a rewarding long-term investment. There is…

July 17, 2019 Hansie Britz

                                    Moringa is frequently referred to as “the miracle tree” because all of its parts – from the leaves to flowers, seeds, bark and roots – have nutritional and medicinal uses. Seed pods are oil-rich, yielding 38% to 40% of buttery yellow oil. The oil…

July 15, 2019 Hansie Britz

                                  Hair extension retail stores includes stores that mainly specialize in selling wigs, hairpieces and hair extensions for both aesthetic and medical purposes. Just like most businesses in the retailing industry, it depends on strong consumer spending to spur the demand for…

June 28, 2019 Hansie Britz

                    The Agriculture industry of which “commercial farming” is a subset of, is no doubt amongst the leading industries in most countries of the world. Commercial farming is all about mass-cultivation of crops and rearing animals, fish etc for the sole aim of making profits. In most cases…

April 29, 2019 Hansie Britz

                               Although guavas are found throughout the country, the growing regions are in the Western Cape and Mpumalanga. The “Fan Retief” cultivar, created in the Western Cape, currently accounts for 90% of the commercial plantings. Various Cultivars * Fan Retief – the fruit…

April 3, 2019 Hansie Britz

                               Sweet potatoes are easy to plant, need little looking after and deliver high yields. They are usually grown in sandy soil, which makes them easier to dig up. But they also do well in most soils, even heavy clay. Production…

March 31, 2019 Hansie Britz

         Cassava is grown as a secondary crop in South Africa by farmers and small holders and is utilized for the production of starch (commercial and food grade starch) as well as various other products. Production Areas In South Africa the crop is cultivated in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Northern KZN.It is produced on a…

March 29, 2019 Hansie Britz

           Sales Forecasting is much easier than you think, and more useful than you imagine. It’s not about guessing but about assumptions, expectations, tracking and management. You also need to review and revise your forecast regularly because they relate to costs and expenses. The sales forecast will help you to do…

March 27, 2019 Hansie Britz

                         Farming with banana is an easy and simple process and you can earn good profits. However, to achieve the desired amount of banana production requires: * dedication to your banana farm; * good yard management skills; and * some basic knowledge about banana…

March 20, 2019 Hansie Britz

                         Some renewable’s already supply cheaper and sustainable electricity than the newest coal power plants. Renewable’s will get cheaper and coal and nuclear likely more expensive. Investment in renewable energy in South Africa can provide decent jobs and increase skills. South Africa is a…

February 27, 2019 Hansie Britz

                                         Starting a sunflower oil farming or production business is capital intensive, but it is a money spinning business if it is well located and if you are able to create a robust distribution network. Why start a Sunflower Oil farming/production…

February 25, 2019 Hansie Britz

                                   Truck owner operators operates in the trucking/transport industry and it is a known fact that the transportation/trucking industry plays a very important role in the economy of the world. They provide essential services to the economy by transporting large quantities of raw materials, machines,…

February 23, 2019 Hansie Britz

                                 The computer training services industry is made up of centers that offer vocational and technical courses. They also provide courses in computer programming, which includes curriculum’s for software packages, computerized business systems, computer electronics technology and local area network management….

February 22, 2019 Hansie Britz

                               Since the invent of the Internet, a lot of other big things have happened to the information technology (IT). More and more people have taken to trades that revolve around this industry. You too can begin to look at ways to…

February 21, 2019 Hansie Britz

                            Why start a Veterinary Clinic? Veterinary clinics exist to serve the medical needs for various animals such as dogs, cats, birds, fish and so on. A veterinary clinic is a very lucrative business as there will always be pets to care for….

February 20, 2019 Hansie Britz

                           One of the ways through which you could capture the hearts of all and get them coming over and over again, is by helping them de=stress from the hectic day to day schedules. This is one of the things that those who…

February 8, 2019 Hansie Britz

                         Lucerne’s extensive root system enables the crop to produce good yields even under relatively dry conditions. Lucerne perennial nature means that once successfully established reliable production could be expected for at least the following 3-4 years. With a lower cell wall content than…

February 7, 2019 Hansie Britz

                   Peppers are great fun and much easier to grow successfully than some other crops. Chili and sweet peppers are a diverse bunch; they are colorful crops and the assortment of shapes and sizes is a treat to behold in any greenhouse (tunnel) or on the open plot. The flavors are just as diverse, ranging…

January 29, 2019 Hansie Britz

            Bamboos does not have a hundred uses: Studies done by IDC (Industrial Development Corporation) and other role players show over a “thousand”. Clearly there is a lot more to bamboo products and bamboo processing than than would immediately occur to the reader. Not only does bamboos have many uses, it is a non- invasive…

January 28, 2019 Hansie Britz

                               Pricing your product is one of the most crucial aspects of marketing. Essentially, price determination is about how much consumers are prepared to pay or your company’s offering. Once you have competitors, it means consumers are faced with a choice. Quite simply, they…

January 21, 2019 Hansie Britz

                          A common but very important item missing from most business plans is a breakdown of the business/company’s TAM, SAM & SOM in the marketing section of their plan. Wondering what these acronyms means? Well, you’re not alone – many entrepreneurs are not familiar with these terms….

January 13, 2019 Hansie Britz

                                              BUSINESS PLANS  Your business plan is an essential piece of the funding puzzle, explaining exactly how much money you need, where it’s going to, and how you will pay it back as well as how long it is going to take for you to earn it back. Investors will first look for…

January 11, 2019 Hansie Britz

             Nursery schools provide preschool education services for children aged 3-5 years, combined with day care. Most businesses in the nursery school industry are private but may get funding from a variety of sources, including state grants. Getting affordable, quality child care, especially for children under the age of 5, is a major concern for…

January 5, 2019 Hansie Britz

                         Agriculture is one of the fastest growing markets in the commercial drone industry today. Technology is changing at a radical and continuous rate in agriculture as much as in any sector. Drones  are quickly becoming an indispensable tool to help farmers become more efficient…

December 24, 2018 Hansie Britz

               How can you find investors who have passion for your business and what you and your products/services are about? This is one of the keys to taking on investors who will support you with much needed growth capital, as well as (and often more importantly) all kinds of…

December 20, 2018 Hansie Britz

                     Suppose you’re starting a new business with one or more other owners, but you do not want it to be a Company. You can choose to form a partnership or limited partnership, which are the main alternatives to the corporate form of a business. The key features of these two…

December 16, 2018 Hansie Britz

                       Many South African consumers are beginning to factor in the welfare of animals as well as the conditions in which they were raised, when making purchasing decisions on what animal products to purchase. On the surface, egg production from caged layers seems like a profitable and highly efficient poultry production…

December 15, 2018 Hansie Britz

                    There’s always a market for baby vegetables, and carrots are no exception. Carrots are root vegetables which originated in Asia. They belong to the same family as celery, coriander and parsley. According to Bill Kerr a vegetable specialist there are a few important steps in producing quality baby carrots Step 1 – Fertilization…

December 15, 2018 Hansie Britz

                Cash burn rate is the rate at which a company uses up its cash reserves or cash balance. How fast are you burning through your cash reserves? Or is your cash moving the other direction, building up a healthy balance from positive cash flow. Cash burn rate is a big concern for funded startups….

October 5, 2018 Hansie Britz

             Asparagus, unlike most vegetables, is a perennial; the same plants grow and produce food year after year – 15 years or more, in some cases. It’s dioecious, meaning there are both female and male plants. Female plants usually produce larger spears, male plants a greater number of smaller, more…

August 27, 2018 Hansie Britz

                            Creating an accurate , workable plan and budget allows a business to get the money it needs from finance, keep track of it with accounting and human resources, and succeed. You can only succeed with a good budget and it will also help the bottom line of any business. Choosing where to start. There…

August 14, 2018 Hansie Britz

                   More than 28% of businesses fail because of poor financial management that includes keeping poor financial records. Therefore, it is essential for every business owner not only to understand the key financial metrics, but also to understand what they can tell you and how to monitor them on an ongoing basis. There are a…

August 8, 2018 Hansie Britz

                              Macadamia nuts are quickly becoming an important crop in South Africa and are possible the fastest growing tree crop industry in the country. OPPORTUNITIES The volume of Macadamia nuts exported has grown tremendously over the past few years and is expected to increase in the future. South Africa is tapping into new markets in…

August 5, 2018 Hansie Britz

                                 PEST is an acronym for: P – Political; E – Economic; S – Social; and T – Technological. All external factors that commonly effect business activities and performance. PEST Factors Political – Government regulations and legal issues affect a company’s ability to be…

June 30, 2018 Hansie Britz

                        Soybean production surpassed sunflower in 2012, becoming the country’s most important oil-seed crop (BFAP 2016). Soybeans are mainly cultivated under dry-land conditions., and grown primarily in Mpumalanga and the Free State. Over two-thirds of the country’s soybeans is grown here (DAFF 2015), KZN and Limpopo are…

June 25, 2018 Hansie Britz

                                    The market for avocados has been growing rapidly, and many South African growers are jumping into this market. Avocados can be produced 12 months a year and because there are limited avocados available in South Africa from…

June 24, 2018 Hansie Britz

    SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. A Swot Analysis is a simple but powerful tool helping businesses to develop their business strategy, whether a start=up business or an existing company. Strengths and Weaknesses – are internal to a company – things that you have some control over and can change. Opportunities…

May 16, 2018 Hansie Britz

                             Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture in a recirculating system and hydroponics (the soil-less cultivation of plants). The plant crop utilise the waste (nutrients) released by the farmed fish to grow hydroponically and the crops in turn purify the water for reuse by…

April 30, 2018 Hansie Britz

                 The special events industry has grown enormously during the past decade. According to resent research conducted by Dr. Joe Goldblatt (Certified Special Events Professional) spending for special events worldwide is $500 billion annually. “Suffice it is to say, the market is large enough to support and sustain your endeavor”,…

April 30, 2018 Hansie Britz

                Tunnel farming has been around in South Africa for almost 4 decades. In the 70’s it was found that vegetables could be successfully grown without soil by using nutrient based solutions. Furthermore, great success was achieved by covering the plants with a plastic-clad semi-circular structure, dubbed a “tunnel”. Tunnels may also be called,…

April 29, 2018 Hansie Britz

                                            Garlic (Allium sativum) is a hardy crop that can survive low winter temperatures. While temperature and day length influence bulb formation, this is to a lesser extent than demonstrated by onions. Most conditions suitable for onion production also apply…

April 29, 2018 Hansie Britz

                                WHAT IS ORGANIC FARMING? Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality…

March 30, 2018 Hansie Britz

                              Why do you need a business or farming plan? You already know the obvious reasons, but there are many other good reasons to create a business/farming plan that many business owners don’t know about. A good business plan is never done. If your business/farming plan is finished, then your business is also finished. As…