A change of attitude towards each other is the first step towards making a business flourish, says Claire Buthelezi.
Black businesses should learn to support each other. I am pleased that the trend has started. Black people are becoming comfortable with doing business with other blacks.
I get a lot of support from black businesses. For example, Sophie Ndaba of Generations sends some of her clients to my business. This is the type of synergy being created among black businesses.
My advice to the rising entrepreneur is to look around. There are many untapped opportunities. Entrepreneurs need to be adventurous and move out of their comfort zones.
Take my case. I am not from a rich family. Both my parents were teachers and believed in working more than anything else. But that did not stop me from following my heart. As a result I have never worked for another person.
I did not have any experience in the beauty industry. But with the passion that I have for this industry, I did a few short courses on service provision and management. I sought help and advice from other people.
Sometimes you don't have to look far for help. My husband helped a lot with financial matters. He is still helping me today. He is a finance person by profession.
To succeed in business you first need to identify your passion and goals, then ensure you work towards realising them. If you are working, save start-up funds before you resign.
Make sure that you have all the information you can get about your chosen business. You should then try to do away with your fears and jump into it, just as I did.