Entrepreneurs vs self-employed

Self-employed vs Entrepreneurs

Often we assume these two people are the same an Entrepreneur and self-employed. I think because they are both business owners that is why we think they are the same. 

When you take time to see the difference between them then you realize they are not the same. 

What is Self-Employed – Working for oneself as a freelancer or the owner of a business rather than for an employer.

When you look closely between the two. Self-employed started a business to employ themselves. They are working for themselves. The is nothing wrong with being self-employed you created a business to employ yourself.

They know what they want and therefore do it themselves.

What is an Entrepreneur – A person who organizes and operates a business, entrepreneurs usually take on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

Entrepreneurs want to create jobs not only for themselves but for others. They usually want to create a legacy that even in their absence the business still operates. They have systems in place that they have created that even in their absence of leave the business still operates.

They think outside the box for the best ways to succeed and move on to their next venture




-Hard Working

-Quality Conscious

-Good Communicator







-They go after their dreams

-Invest in their business to grow


The hard truth is the majority of business owners are self-employed.
When your business remains small it means the business is dying a slow death and that worries any entrepreneur that wants freedom.


Comment below: 

Why did you start a business? 

Where do you see yourself as an entrepreneur or self-employed?

Business to start with no money

3 Businesses that you can start with no money

Starting a business with no capital may seem impossible, I know right. But how can you do that? You may ask, with a little research and planning is very much possible. We are going to give you five businesses you can start with no money.

Businesses differ so is their business model some businesses are:

  • High-cost business model
  • Medium-cost business model
  • low-cost business model
  • No-cost business model

Now, depending on your financial situation is best to start a business that has a low or no-cost business model.

Yard cleaning and gardening

Have you seen at people’s yards lately?

The regular rain people’s yards are dirty, but people are skeptical to hire people to come to clean their yards, but they would rather trust companies that can take responsibility if anything gets stolen. 

Think about it if you charge a monthly premium of R50 – R1 000 depending on your location. You can get a monthly fee of about 

R2 500( R50 X 50 Clients) for small communities and R10 000 (R500 x 20 clients) for clients with bigger yards.

I’m not even talking about cleaning the houses but just the yard alone!!!

Admin assistance

Small businesses especially solopreneurs need help.

Have you seen an office of an entrepreneur?

 By just getting five clients that you can help with their admin, and they pay a monthly fee for you to just organize their documents and type.

When you start a business that is admin assistance you just need clients that you can help with their admin. 

 How can you start an admin assistance business?

Start by getting the first 5 clients for you to understand what small businesses need help with. 

After building a system that works for you and your client. To grow your business you can train college students who need to be placed for 18 months of practical work in management assistance. You can continue to grow your business to virtual assistance. 


One of the mistakes we make as entrepreneurs is seeing money coming in and we think we are making money. Start-up and small businesses can’t afford a booker from a big business. If you can approve 5-10 clients to do their bookkeeping you will be taking huge stress off their shoulders.

You can be able to make things simple to the client like how much they made a month, their expenses. Are they running their businesses at a loss, or do they need to revisit their pricing.

The are many more businesses that you can start with little to no money like:

  • Babysitting
  • Graphic Design
  • Website Design
  • Marketing 
  • Consulting
  • Blogging
  • Social Media Influencer
  • Photography
  • Videography


Did you start you business with low to no money comment below how did you do it?

Access To Market Using Technology

JTG Women Entrepreneur Bootcamp

JTG 2021/2022 Bootcamp

The JTG women entrepreneur Bootcamp will take place on the 1s quarter.  

Theme: Access to market using technology post-COVID-19

Sharpening women digital skills

 “Enhancing Income growth among Small and Micro Women Entrepreneurs through technology”


Mmê Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund is the only initiative by the Northern Cape Government, that has been instrumental in the promotion of women’s economic empowerment. 

MRKTTF provides accessible, affordable credit, grants, and non-financial support services. We assist in starting and expanding businesses for sustainable livelihood.

It has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded and we now look ahead to the serious work of rebooting our communities and our economies for a better, more sustainable, and equitable post-pandemic world.  

Mmê Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund Women Entrepreneur Bootcamp 2021, will be held under the theme “Access to market using technology post-COVID-19.”  

Access To Market Using Technology

Post Covid-19, digital technology has become a lifeline for millions around the world, and a critical tool to cope with the crisis and its aftermath. It is now or never; Women Entrepreneurs need to be digitally empowered. Today technology is a core part of everyday life. 

Almost every day we use smartphones, tablets, and computers to search for information, navigate to new places, pay bills and connect with our family and friends. The number of digital tools at our disposal is endless, however, many women are still struggling digitally. Smartphones offer a range of new ways to communicate, network, and learn. If women don’t know how to utilize digital tools, their businesses will suffer. It is therefore important to build capacities through skills training and complement that with digital equipment.


Objectives of the JTG women entrepreneur Bootcamp 

  • ICT interventions that are directed at economically empowering women capitalize on the potential of these technologies as knowledge and networking tools for women as producers and distributors of goods and services. 
  • To connect women to new and wider markets, broaden their social networks and provide them with information that opens up important economic opportunities.
  • Provide required training and mentoring in digital space;
  •  Provide digital tools to beneficiaries of the Bootcamp

Request for Partnerships / Sponsorships JTG women entrepreneur Bootcamp 

We don’t only want the women entrepreneurs capacitated, but we want them to have resources with relevant Information Communication Technology package which includes software program laptop, WI-FI router, Smartphone, Printer, etc.

We look forward to this partnership which will allow us to facilitate and create a wide-ranging positive economic and social impact in the form of job creation, skills development, and investment in Women’s Small businesses.

Apply to be part of the JTG 2021/2022 Bootcamp

Please fill in all the fields as requested

Sumeya General Trading Business Card

First Business Launch

Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund is doing its first business launch.

We are too excited! The countdown has started!

The business that we are launching is in Colesberg, Pixley Ka Seme District

Sumeya General Trading (Pty) Ltd is a roof sheet manufacturing business, i.e.; corrugated iron and IBR. Sumeya is one of the only 2 businesses found in the Northern Cape that manufacture roof sheets. The other roof manufacturing business is in the Namakwa District. This opportunity presents wonderful returns as the market is wide open for another player.

Franchises for building materials and other private retailers are currently procuring these goods from outside the province. This spikes up the pricing and, to some extent, causes delays when supply is lacking, especially during times when there are some unforeseen circumstances like a hard lockdown and the recent unrest experienced.

Sumeya General Trading Business Card

Sumeya General Trading secured funding from the NC economic development department and managed to buy the production machine. SEDA managed to acquire an QMS for the enterprise and have continually been giving non-financial support to the business such as developing a business plan. Together with SEDA, Pixley Ka Seme District came on-board by helping to refine the business plan particularly looking at the financial plan of the concept and gave it a bankable sense and also continues to give necessary support where needed.

Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund has supported a lot of businesses financially and non-financially. The question that will come is, why is Sumeya General Trading the first business we are launching?
Sumeya is one of the businesses that didn’t just wait for handouts. What is encouraging is that the business also invested over half a million rand to cover the shortfall and secure a rental space.

To us, this shows the character of one who truly believes in the success of their business and is not afraid to take calculated risk.

Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund is a developmental institution that offers non-financial and financial services. We come to your business, assess it, and help your business to be sustainable. When there is a need for financial support and your business is fund-ready, financial assistance is then made available. In some instances, such as this one, the funding required is beyond our threshold. This is where we engage all relevant stakeholders and partners, combine resources in order to succeed at developing the business. This is handled as a project which we then lead from start to finish. 

This project presents opportunity to become a skills development training centre and employment opportunities for the people of PKS. The business is labour intensive therefore, there will be a need for few locals to be absorbed either permanently or temporarily especially where big orders come flooding in.

Directors are skilled in the manufacturing environment as well as the finance industry, respectively. This gives an assurance that the key components of the business are in good hands as experience is most relevant to the project at hand.

MRKTTF 1st Business Launch

Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund aspires to serve our people and better their lives through enterprise development.

Supporting and promoting women’s entrepreneurship in the Northern Cape is what Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund is all about.

Thank you for your support

Northern Cape
Pixley Ka Seme District
Success Stories

Mme Re Ka Thusa Success Stories

Today we celebrate our beneficiaries telling their success story on the entrepreneurial journey.

Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund is an organization that supports women in business. In the month of August, we celebrate women.

For the past 3 years, we had Awards to celebrate our beautiful women in the Northern Cape their hard work, and dedicated to their business.

This year with the COVID19 Pandemic we are remembering some of Mme Re Ka Thusa Success Stories.

We are a small organization but we make a huge impact for the women in the Northern Cape sometimes you just need someone to hold your hand and walk with you step by step.

Supporting female entrepreneurship with financial and non-financial support to help them start and others to help them grow their business.

The success story for Uutkoms Take Away & catering

Anna the owner of Uutkoms Take-Aways & Catering

The business is based in Nababeep it started in 2015.

Anna the owner of Uutkoms Take-Aways & Catering believed that she could make her business work, and oh boy did she make it work.

With the help from the Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust fund, the loan she got helped her kick start her business again after the tragic incident sustained in 2014.

Visit Uutkoms T/A & Catering for the fresh food, the warm ambiance of the business, and her lovely personality, traits of making her customers feel at home, and tourists to feel welcomed.

Anna has her sights set on transportation in the Nababeep and the rest of the province, she already has the necessary vehicles for that venture, a 22 seater, and a 16 seater taxis.

The pictures below are just an indication of what Ms. AA Brandt can do but does not mean it’s her limitations.



During the year 2014, the business went up in flames literally due to an electrical fault. She was gutted, all her equipment and stock damaged and destroyed. With no insurance, Anna had her back against the wall, she was caught between a rock and a hard place. 

But being strong and determined as she was, that devastation did not set her back for long, as she picked and dusted herself off from all the loss she suffered. 

Due to the financial constraints, she had to start afresh and that’s exactly what she did, she gradually started to trade again, putting her entrepreneurial skills to test. The building was repaired and her catering equipment was leased.


Getting payments from departments took sometimes a long time and that resulted in not having the funds to buy stock and she had transportation problems, which led to not being able to deliver or collect her inventory.


Having a 2-year contract with the Department of Public Works, and another contract renewable every 6 months from SAPS to feed/cater to the inmates.

Anna bought a bakkie and a car as well.


 UUTKOMS T/A & CATERING will always have your back when you need to fill up on some delicious food prepared by someone who loves her work and values her clientele.


Whether its catering or just day to day operations. Anna is proof you can do anything you put your mind to.

Since that tragedy, 5 years ago. Ms. AA Brandt never looked back or let any obstacle in her way stop her from achieving success from doing what she loves. 

To this day the business is up and running still. 

As they say, it doesn’t feel like work if you love what you do and do what you love!!!!

The success story for MOGAMT SPICE CITY

MOGAMT SPICE CITY is a 100% Black-owned business which has been in existence for more than 15 years.

Raafiqha is the owner of MOGAMT SPICE CITY

The challenges

Raafiqha is the owner of MOGAMT SPICE CITY had challenges like any other business. She had to persevere and overcome those challenges Facing them head-on and stayed positive that she would prevail in the end, and prevail she did.

She did not let anyone or anything stop her, keep her from making her dream a reality. She kept moving forward because she believed in herself and the support from Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund.


The success story for Gamii Goas Guesthouse B&B

Miranda is the owner of Gamii Goas Guesthouse B&B.
Like a lot of entrepreneurs previously disadvantaged and purpose-driven businesswoman, Miranda started the business with a group of partners who later on all resigned leaving Miranda to fend for herself in the business.
But that did not deter the end for her, nor did it discourage or demotivate her. She re-registered the company under the new name Gamii Goas Guesthouse B&B.

By overcoming and beating the odds, facing her obstacle head-on to make her guesthouse a success, with the passion, dedication, hard work, tenacity and not giving up on her dreams, it proved it can limit to something.

She, later on, added new shuttle services to her existing list of services she offers, as she saw an opportunity to give tours to the local and tourist the best of Namakwa as the scenic routes and other attraction surrounding her Guesthouse are breathtaking!!!!

Miranda had to go through a lot of hardships and testing times to make it work, but Miranda is the type of businesswoman who believes that if u have a dream, don’t let it only be a dream but make it a reality, as dreams are there to be achieved.


With the right people in my corner having my back in helping making my  dream come true and make it a success,. Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund believed in my vision and helped me with all possible ways to make it a reality.

Miranda’s achieve in her business journey

Finalist in the annual awards for women-owned businesses and companies hosted by Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund, the theme was *Rock Solid*

Gamii goas guesthouse was awarded third place for businesses in the hospitality industries.

Miranda was also invited to be the guest of honor at a business lunch in Kimberley/ Port Norlloth.

When you take a tour in our beautiful province visit the Gamii goas guesthouse for comfortable and luxurious living.

The success story for Y2K Driving School

Sharmain is the owner of Y2K driving school strongly believes that the youth and unemployed people who obtain their licenses will have a higher chance of getting employed.

Y2k does not only help the youth mostly but they are also disability friendly, they encourage disabled people to come and apply for their licenses.

Y2K Driving School achievement:

Kamieskroon Kinderhuis – Golden Award
Shortlisted as a finalist for Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund Awards for the theme Women Moving Mountains Awards

Y2K Driving School
Client success rate per year:

2018 – 537 clients
2017 – 449 clients
2016 – 390 clients
2015 – 300 clients

With a pass rate of 90% from 2015-2018 if you do not have your license visit the Y2K driving school because Shamain wants to be the leading driving school in the Namaqualand.

Y2K Driving School
Y2K Driving School
Y2K Driving School

The success story for Richtersveld Book Shop

Deidre is the owner of Richtersveld Boekwinkel & Kooperasie was founded ten years ago from Port Nolloth.
The business is specializing in printings, like heat press on t-shirts, plates, cups, etc. Designing and printing marketing material like business cards, flyers, and signage. Designing and printing of newspapers, annual reports, binding of books and documents.

For Deidre, this was a business dream that went straight into her heart and mind and made her passionate about her business. It is true what they say,

If you are passionate about your business nothing and nobody can stop you

She also saw the opportunity for this type of business as there was a need in her town for the kind of services she provides.

Deidre like any other business and company, she went through a lot but with perseverance, persistence, determination, and not to ever give up on her dream.

She worked hard through those difficult times. She believed in herself and the business she started.

Deidre was asked what success meant to her because a lot of people mistake the difference between success and making a profit. She answered Success meant to achieve a goal one has set for themselves.

Deidre had to go through a lot of hardships and testing times to make it work, but Deidre is the type of businesswoman who believes that if u have a dream, don’t let it only be a dream but make it a reality, as dreams are there to be achieved.

She proved it 10 years plus has the business been operating.
From stationary, internet facilities, copy and faxing to a whole lot more other services.

Richtersveld Boekwinkel & Kooperasie

Five years ago Deidre got a grant from Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund that enabled me to employ two young people in my business.
Richtersveld Boekwinkel & Kooperasie is on the move in the direction of franchises in other towns.

Advice from Deidre to start-up entrepreneurs out there and about Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund?

Starting a new business will be the most difficult, thing you’ve ever done. That comes with the territory, but if you succeed it will also be the most rewarding. Be innovative, be determined, be focused, be patient, take your time. Believe in what you trying to do, expect to fail but how you pick yourselves up will determine how your journey will go.

Deidre message to MRKTTF -> Keep up the good work, we thank you for the effort you put in us and that you always believe in us.

Richtersveld Boekwinkel & Kooperasie
Richtersveld Boekwinkel & Kooperasie

The success stories mentioned above are just some of our beneficiaries.

We at Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund strongly believe in women in business who have the drive, the initiative, innovation, and passion to start a business from scratch and make it a success.

Being a female entrepreneur Steps to start your business

Being A Female Entrepreneur Steps To Start Your Business

The road many are afraid to take, but who can blame them? Becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy road to take.

 Whether you are a new business owner, or you have been in business for some years, there are skills or new things you need as a female entrepreneur. 

Motivate yourself

The journey you are about to take to become a female entrepreneur is not easy.

 If you are already in business, you know and understand what I mean.

Life is going to throw curve-bricks at you left and right.

When you feel like everything is going against you, it is tempting to quit or look for an easy option.

How do you stop yourself from quitting? Motivation, something inside you will not allow you to give up on your dream.

When things are not going your way or as planned. You have to stay positive through these difficult times. 

Being a female entrepreneur, you do not wait for someone to pick you up. They pick themselves up, and they don’t let circumstances hold them down.

Personal Evaluation 

Entrepreneurs invest in themselves. 

When you start your journey as a female entrepreneur seat down and write your skills, strengths, weakness, and knowledge.

When you know what you can and cannot do, you can bridge the gap. 

  • Why do you want to start a business? 
  • What do you like? 
  • Do you want to provide a product or service?
  • Will it be a full-time or part-time venture?
  • How much capital do you have to risk?
  • What are your skills?
  • What is your knowledge about what you want to start?
  • Strengths and weaknesses?

Market research

Start Your Business With Research
Start Your Business With Research

Who better to ask than the people you are targeting? 


When you are starting a business, it means you have the target market you are going to sell to, so doing market research helps you to check and verify that your idea is going to be profitable will they buy it.


Market research is to check your idea by gathering information from your potential customers. 

Now you are getting a chance to understand who your target market is and get to know their pain points.

The businesses that are already in your area your competitors what are they doing their strength and their weakness.

The more you understand your competitors, the better competitive advantage you will have for your business. 


The more you understand about your product or service, the better.  


Most of the time, you think of a business, and you think it is the best business idea ever. Sometimes you do not even want to share your business idea. 


No problem, but if no one is going to buy your product or service because they don’t see the need, what is the point? 

You cannot sell to yourself, that is why market research is so important?




The product or service you will offer is going to be in what industry?

Every industry is different for food, clothing, ICT, etc. the more you learn about your industry the better.


Who are your competitors? What are they doing right?


Do you need a license to operate? How much money and effort will it cost? Understanding your industry helps when you are going to do your business plan.


A female entrepreneur always does research and more research. You need to know what is happening in your industry.


What are the opportunities in your industry?


Register the business


Every individual is different, some female entrepreneurs will want to register immediately.

The others will want to start first to test their business idea before registering, which is an excellent idea to check if your business idea will work.


Write down five names for your business.

Do you want to register your business as a PTY/LTD, Co-operative, etc.?

To register your business, visit the CIPC website, and register your business. 


Get your business papers 


Start your business the right way by getting your papers in order. 

Businesses differ some will require a large amount of money, some do not. 


When you need money to start, you are going to need the relevant paperwork to apply for funding. 


Remember starting a business is your dream, so if you need financial assistance, you need to reassure and show the people investing in you, how your business will work. 


That is why you need a business plan. You can get someone to do your business plan, but if you understand your business well, you do not have to. 


The mistakes entrepreneurs make is getting someone to do them a business plan, and they do not understand half the things in their business plan. 

When you do not know what is in your business plan, it will make it harder to present it to if need be.


If you don’t know or understand your business, who do you expect to understand it? Is your dream, right?


Before applying for funding


  •  Make sure you have your business certificate the Cipro 14.3
  •  Open a business bank account
  •  Register your business with SARS
  •  Register with CSD
  •  BBEEE


Get the skills you need. Maybe you are not good at financial management, communication, networking, planning or marketing, etc. 

 Equip yourself. Time has changed so much, and technology is a big part of life that can’t be ignored, especially now with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Being a female entrepreneur, you must be willing to learn new things. Like the way, marketing has changed so much that you must now add your business online.


They are a lot of organization that offers financial and non-financial support like Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund it supports female entrepreneurship development.



Business skills support visit Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund, SEDA or NYDA

SEDA => http://www.seda.co.za/

NYDA => http://www.nyda.gov.za/

To add your business online visits Offline 2 Online Marketing at => http://offline2onlinemarketing.co.za/

Register your business with CIPC => http://www.cipc.co.za/za/

Register with SARS =>