South Africa is still a developing country with untapped potential. Some small business ideas work wonders in South Africa while others require an infrastructure that is not quite present in South Africa today. This is a list of some of the best manufacturing business ideas in South Africa. A lot of these ideas can be started with a capital just under R10 000. The good thing about opening your own manufacturing business in South Africa is that you will initially receive a lot of support, especially if you are black or coloured.
1) Shoe manufacturing
South Africa has an extreme shortage of shoe manufactures, this is because a lot of people think that starting a shoe making business is difficult. This is far from the truth; it is quite possible to start your own shoe manufacturing business in South Africa. Sneaker brands like Bathu have shown that you can be extremely successful with manufacturing your own shoes in South Africa.
2) Clothing manufacturing
You can make a lot of money with manufacturing your own clothing line in South Africa. The reason why some people don’t see success in this field is because they only focus on T-shirts and don’t work hard to solidify their brand. Here is a step by step guide on how to start your clothing brand in South Africa.
3) Cosmetics manufacturing
You can also manufacture cosmetics, there are not a lot of people who are manufacturing cosmetics in South Africa. This business will require you to have some knowledge about the cosmetics industry and may require a bit more capital from you.
4) Toilet paper manufacturing
There are entrepreneurs who have made it big in South Africa just from manufacturing toilet papers. This is a very lucrative business; it demands a lot of equipment and money to start. You can rent most of the equipment.
5) Jewellery manufacturing
This is one of the best manufacturing businesses and also one of the hardest. You will need to be very strategic, instead of selling jewellery at the mall where you will encounter a lot of monthly expenses, rather sell it online. Open an online store and use all the money you were going to use on rent on marketing that online store.
6) Toy manufacturing
The toy manufacturing industry is worth billions of Rands, most toys sold in South Africa are manufactured in China, USA, and Europe. This presents a good opportunity for a South African to get into this space and start manufacturing toys.
7) Furniture making
Everyone loves a good piece of furniture; this business can last several years from the date it initially became successful. It can also make you millions of Rands because furniture is quite expensive and most home owners are willing to pay the price for quality when it comes to it.
8) Wig making
A lot of South African women wear wig. Why not cash in on this by manufacturing your own wig and selling it to them. You can make a lot of money with this type of business. Especially if your wigs are beautiful.
9) Hair products
This is a niche that can make you a lot of money, especially if you are focusing on creating hair products for the majority of South Africans. It works even better if you are using organic ingredients in your products. This is one business that has a chance to scale up very quickly.
10) Makeup production
You can make a lot of money from this category, its potential is limitless, Kylie Jenner became the youngest self-made billionaire because of makeup.