Starting a business with no money in South Africa can be challenging, but there are a few ways to get started. We mention some ideas below. Think about these and how you can use them to start your own business. Remember that starting a business takes hard work, perseverance and determination, and there are no guarantees of success. However, with the right plan and approach, you can start and grow a successful business with limited funds.

Identify a low-cost business idea:

Look for business ideas that require minimal startup capital. For example, starting a home-based business or offering services that don’t require any physical products.We suggest a number of business ideas here.

Utilize free resources:

Make use of free resources such as online tools, social media, and local libraries to research and plan your business. The more you find out about what is involved in running a busines, the better equipped you will be to run your own. Have a look at this free resource by clicking here.


Networking with other entrepreneurs, business owners and mentors can help you find potential investors, partners, or customers. Look at the various associations, clubs and societies in the area you are interested in. Click here to go to a free resource which lists associations in South Africa.

Look for grants and loans:

Search for grants or loans offered by the government, non-profit organizations, or other financial institutions that can help fund your business. There are a number of options available to you if you wish to start a business or to improve your business, but don’t have the finances. All of these options require you to be responsible and committed to your business if it is to succeed. Click here to read about some possible avenues…

Partner with others:

Consider partnering with someone who has the resources and expertise to help you get started.