The young businessman owns a spaza store
It is undeniable that entrepreneurs tend to have several distinct qualities.
These include persistence, entrepreneurial zeal, self-assurance, an unwavering confidence in a vision, and a bit of luck.
For Tshepo Rapudi, the founder of the Tshepo Tuck Shop, the expression “I can’t” simply doesn’t exist in his vocabulary.
Rapudi attributes his success to hard work and the idea that even the most difficult of situations can turn anyone into a person of value.
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The Esangweni resident lost his job in 2019 and started the business in 2020 with R150, stocking 24 cases of juice and making profits which he reinvested.
One of his main challenges was obtaining the necessary financing to start a business in a property or expand an existing property. These difficulties pushed him to think outside the box.
“On July 25 of last year, I launched my initiative. After too many failed job search attempts, I made the decision to accomplish something on my own and bought a case of juice and started selling.
“Profits have been made and the profits have been reinvested. Snacks and sweets were also sold to children.
“The driving force was my passion to improve people’s lives. I felt I had the tools to make things happen and empower others to do it too, and I saw no reason why it shouldn’t be me.
“I work with my two nephews, Thabiso and Duncan. For a long time, I came up with reasons why I should start my business, not allowing others to talk me out of it. Now I don’t allow my fear to overwhelm me.
“I developed the confidence that I could be successful as an entrepreneur. Some of the challenges I had to face would have crippled me without my self-confidence. My success is based on my enthusiasm and my self-esteem.
“I am grateful to my community for believing in me from the start. The support I have received has been incredible, ”said Rapudi.
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