Our Framework Explained
You will hear us use the term "framework" a lot, we use it all the time, we even have frameworks of frameworks. What is a framework and why do we use it so often?
A framework is basically defined as "a basic structure underlying a system, concept, or text". It provides structure as a whole, many people want to do something but don't know how to go about it by following a framework that sets parameters it is easier to understand "where to next".
Now the most important part when following a framework is to read. No, seriously, it is paramount to read and understand what is going on.
Our goal with sb2sb.com is to build a whole ecosystem for our members, where they can start, run, grow, fund and sell their business. If they fail, fail gracefully and be able to get up with the lessons they learnt. The sb2sb.com is the foundation to using our platform and running a business in South Africa using our platform.
Our community framework can help you in various stages of your business, is made up of various sections where you can find information, get advice and ask help from other entrepreneurs in the community. You can also use the framework to compose your business plan step-by-step. (see below). Click on each link for a detailed explanation.
Each section of our community will contain information, pages and links to the community where you can ask questions and discuss it further. Use it as required.
Our framework is designed to help people start, grow, save and even sell their businesses.
Starting a business
Business Idea Generation
Help with Business Idea
Running a business
Growing a business
Advertising, Sales & Marketing
Funding & Finance
Use of funds
Any ecosystem depends on the macro environment in which it operates. South African is a challenging place to do business and its getting worse. We have to look at how we can navigate the South African market and adapt to whatever changes. We believe that South Africa is on an unsustainable trajectory and needs structural change to recalibrate to match the reality of being a poor African country. We believe the reason the majority of solutions have failed is because SA is being seen for what it is not. If a country is 10% rich and 90% poor then it is a poor country and no European or Western concept adopted from a wealthy, high-skilled country will work.
We believe this reality is many small businesses employing few people rather than a few large businesses employing many. When we say "a lot of small businesses" we mean normal people, self employed individuals. This will make South Africa more resemble its African peers. This is where our think tank Smuse comes into play were we look at large-scale challenges.