How to Choose a Business Plan Consultant

If you don’t have experience in writing a business plan, you can speak to a consultant, but choose a solution suited to your needs. Whether you are starting a new business and require funding for your business venture or whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur that is seeking capital to grow your business, one thing is certain, any potential investor will require a business plan from you. So the question beckons, “How do you choose a business plan consultant/writer in South Africa?”

Speciality Agriculture

BUSINESS TYPE Crocodile Farming

STAGE OF BUSINESS Existing

INDUSTRY OF OPERATION

  • Crocodile Meat and Skins
  • Leather Goods
  • Luxury Goods and Retail

COUNTRY/REGION/CITY South Africa, Europe, Japan, Far East

PURPOSE OF BUSINESS PLAN

  • Investor Funding Proposal
  • Acquisition of Business by a BBBEE Consortium
  • Grant Funding Application to the Department of Trade and Industry

LOAN AMOUNT R75 million

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Crocodile farming is not a new concept. There are two big buyers of crocodile skins in South Africa. The first manufacture products such as handbags and shoes and the other exports the skins to International markets, to clients such as Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. It’s a niche market and fewer than 10% of skins manufactured in South Africa are sold here. Wet skins are sold abroad. Roughly 90% are absorbed by fashion houses in Europe and Japan, and the lower grades end up in the Far East. There is great demand for Nile crocodile skin, although the industry is highly susceptible to changes in the economy. The Company is an established and successful commercial Crocodile Farm based in South Africa. From the purchasing of the land and inception of the farm in 1997 to its present operational status, the current Shareholder has more than 18 years’ experience in the industry.

Speciality Financial Services

BUSINESS TYPE Credit Bureau

STAGE OF BUSINESS Early Start-Up

INDUSTRY OF OPERATION

  • Consumer Credit
  • Financial Services

COUNTRY/REGION/CITY  South Africa

PURPOSE OF BUSINESS PLAN

  • Business Loan Application
  • Strategic Plan detailing a Start-Up Strategy and Planned Expansion Strategy to the Company’s Shareholders

LOAN AMOUNT R15 million

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Company is a Fully-Fledged Credit Bureau in the broadest sense of the word. They provide bespoke Credit Bureau Products and Services to Consumers, SMEs, Government Institutions, and Large Banks, Retailers, Telecommunications Providers as well as Private Organisations.  As a newly established organisation, obtaining a permanent place in the local Credit Bureau industry is their primary goal. The Company’s vision is to acquire national renown with the next three to five years. The organisation’s management team has direct knowledge of the industry, extensive management experience, and professional administration skills.

Contact Centre

BUSINESS TYPE Telemarketing and Business-to-Consumer Call Centre

STAGE OF BUSINESS Early Start-Up

INDUSTRY OF OPERATION

  • Telemarketing
  • Advertising, Marketing, and Promotion
  • Contact Centre

COUNTRY/REGION/CITY  South Africa

PURPOSE OF BUSINESS PLAN

  • Business Loan Application
  • Strategic Plan detailing a Start-Up Strategy to the Company’s Shareholders

LOAN AMOUNT R10 million

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Founder has brought together a highly-respected group of marketing, development, and telemarketing specialists who, combined, have a total of 40 years of experience in this industry. The company has a limited number of private investors and does not plan to go public. The company has its main offices in Pretoria. It is the mission of the organisation to provide comprehensive telemarketing consultation and creation of telemarketing campaigns for its clients. It is their long-term goal to become the preferred business-to-business telemarketing agency in Gauteng.

Shared Travel and Tourism Economy

BUSINESS TYPE Online Peer-to-Peer Travel

STAGE OF BUSINESS Start-Up

INDUSTRY OF OPERATION

  • Travel and Tourism
  • Hotel and Hospitality
  • E-Commerce
  • M-Commerce
  • Shared Economy

COUNTRY/REGION/CITY  South Africa

PURPOSE OF BUSINESS PLAN

  • Investor Funding Proposal
  • Strategic Plan detailing a Start-Up Strategy to the Company’s Shareholders

LOAN AMOUNT R3.5 million

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Company will be providing Local South Africans the opportunity to share their lives and activities with international and regional travellers while making extra money doing it. The Company will provide an online platform where locals, i.e. ‘The Hosts’, show off their talent, skills and hobbies to travellers. The platform will match hosts and travellers based on their profile, interest and activity. An opportunity exists because the tourism industry is changing, people are no longer tourists, they’re travellers and travellers love to explore, they want to learn and discover unique things. This Peer-to-Peer, Shared Economy, Online Business Model has hit the world by storm with companies like Airbnb, Uber and Couchsurfing, showing phenomenal growth in only a few years. People want to know how other people live, go behind the scenes and visit places tourists do not usually see.