Five tips for aspiring entrepreneurs

This week we launch our new entrepreneurial column written by Steve Reid, the manager of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at False Bay College.

Asked to tell us about himself, Steve said: “I am happily married to Dayle and have two married children, who are both entrepreneurs in their own right.

“I grew up in Cape Town and have lived in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.

“I am qualified in three disciplines, which have all helped shape a focus and passion for raising entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinking.

“I have been involved in business coaching for the past 10 years with four years seeing the establishment of a successful business incubator in Port Elizabeth (Raizcorp). In this time I had the joy of seeing 36 companies and business owners go through the programme and build sustainable businesses.”

In 2015 he opened a Centre for Entrepreneurship for False Bay College, the mission of which is to:

* Inspire young college graduates to become entrepreneurs

* Inculcate entrepreneurial thinking in the college; and

* Support existing small businesses in defined communities.

“I have been writing a weekly email on entrepreneurship for the past three years and am delighted to scale this to a broader audience. I have also had the privilege of being a public speaker in both public and private institutions and have used these platforms to open up windows around the opportunity found within entrepreneurship,” he said.