When business owner Mzoli Matiwane signed up for the Awethu Business Incubator he thought he knew all there was to know about running a business but he quickly realised that there was a lot he could learn.
Born in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Matiwane runs a car business where he employs two people in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg.
He heard about Awethu through a mutual friend who had been successful in running his business and decided to give it a shot. We sat down with him to find out what impact the Awethu Incubator has had on his business.
Awethu:: What has the Awethu Incubator taught you?
Matiwane: I thought I knew all there was to know about running a business but I was wrong. This incubator taught me how to make better decisions, market myself, strategize and plan. It also taught me a lot about financial accountability.
Awethu: How long has your business been running for and how many jobs have you created?
Matiwane: I have been in business four months now. In that time I have managed to employ two people – one for admin and one for marketing. I am planning to employ one more person to help me with work so I can share some of my skills.
Awethu: How have the past four months been?
Matiwane: The Incubator has helped me to think constructively. I have no room for errors and I prioritise my business above everything. Joining the incubator exposed me to a wealth of opportunity. I would tell people to take advantage of such platforms because they force them to think.
Awethu: So what does success look like for your business?
Matiwane: For me success is making a turnover of R1.2 million per annum, having my own assets and branches all over South Africa.
Awethu: What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Matiwane: Businessmen and women need to focus on their businesses and not let opportunities pass them by. I would also tell them to practice the law of attraction, expectation and prosperity.
In closing, “work like a slave now, live like a king later”.