Business Essentials For Entrepreneurs

Course Fee R799.00

What is this course about?

The course is developed and endorsed by TSiBA Education and is designed to provide potential, start-up and existing entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and confidence to build sustainable, profitable businesses. To run successful businesses, entrepreneurs need to understand the context in which they operate in and they also need to learn basic business skills to function in a competitive business environment.

This course includes:

  • An introduction to entrepreneurship;
  • The basic business skills required by an entrepreneur;
  • Understanding small business ownership in South Africa;
  • Using Small business analysis tools.

Who should be doing this course?

This course is aimed at potential, start-up and existing entrepreneurs for the establishment, development and growth of their small businesses. The course will equip entrepreneurs who require a variety of business, managerial, technical and personal skills and strategies to help them succeed in the creation and sustenance of their business. Entrepreneurs, who are already running a business as well as those contemplating an entrepreneurial venture, will benefit from this course.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand what it means to be an entrepreneur in South Africa.
  • Get to grips with the basic business skills needed by an entrepreneur.
  • Identify small business owners, and small business owner rights in South Africa.
  • Do a SWOT analysis of a small business.
  • Use the PESTEL business analysis tool
  • Understand the resources available to Entrepreneurs in South Africa.

How is your final mark calculated?

Your course mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck! 

Study at your own pace!

We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you! 

In the 5 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 Introduction To Entrepreneurship
CHAPTER 2 Basic Business Skills For Entrepreneurs
CHAPTER 3 Small Business Ownership In South Africa
CHAPTER 4 Analysing A Small Business
CHAPTER 5 Conclusion

TSiBA Education


TSiBA is a unique private, not-for-profit business school that assists people who, for socio-economic reasons, or otherwise, may not be able to access opportunities to study further and reach their career aspirations. TSiBA provides emerging leaders opportunities to study high quality academic courses that are focused on developing entrepreneurship and leadership. Our aim is to provide excellent business education for people with a social conscience who have the desire and the skills to build our nation. TSiBA is an accredited institution registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Prof David Priilaid


Prof Priilaid is an academic currently resident at the University of Cape Town, which is rated the top university in Africa and is regularly pegged within the top 100 to 150 universities globally. Within the School of Management Studies he convenes the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship, teaching a number of topics across the school, including entrepreneurial strategies, new venture planning, blue-ocean thinking, customer-facing strategy, and creativity in business. He is regarded as one of the faculty’s top teachers, in 2009 receiving the CHED Award for Collaborative Educational Practice in recognition of innovative educational practice at UCT.

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