Today I want to show you the most profitable Kasi business ideas you can get started with and begin competing in the township economy.
While unemployment has reached its highest in the country, people are encouraged to start businesses to create jobs in townships.
There are plenty of business opportunities, some of which you can even start from home.
So today will be listing the most popular and profitable Kasi business ideas.
Let’s get started.
1. Renting Back Rooms
What I like to refer to as Township Real Estate, you’ll build rooms in your home yard for rental purposes. The highest and most consistent income generator of all time in townships.
Rent in townships starts at R1,300 per month excluding electrical bills. If you had built over 6 rooms, then you’ll be making R11,700 consistent residual income.
While land has become scarce when townships are flooded with people from disadvantaged backgrounds, it’s been more difficult to build more rooms.
However, in Alexandra, young kasi entrepreneurs became so creative and started taking rooms to the sky – building double stories for more rooms to rent.
2. Legal Services
Open an office in Kasi where people can walk in and request legal services. You’ll help them with legal advice and matters that require legal representatives.
Become the people’s go-to office when there’s a legal matter to be attended to with urgency.
Consultations in Kasi start from R1,500 for your case to be heard and offer advice. And over R6,000 to represent in the case of court appearances.
Make no mistake, you’ll offer the best legal services to your township.
3. Car Wash
Starting a car wash in kasi or the township requires less capital and is one of the most lucrative business ideas to start, with plenty of opportunities.
While it’s a known fact that townships in South Africa don’t pay for municipal water and sanitation, this presents car wash owners with more opportunities.
A full car wash in kasi costs R50, so as the owner has to work on 10 cars per day, you’ll earn R500 every single day of operating the business. This means you could earn over R15,500 per month with your kasi car wash business.
Here’s another kasi business idea that’s underrated by many young entrepreneurs in townships. It’s a great business to start, helping clean other people’s clothes for a fee.
Existing laundry businesses in kasi charge over R50 per load – depending on the load as well. You’ll have a sustainable income from the laundry business in your township.
5. Kota Shop
A kota in townships refers to a quarter loaf of bread with chips and other addons South Africans love so much – similar to a bunny chow.
A lot of people, especially the youth, love buying a kota and fast food to keep them going on a busy day in kasi.
Prices range from R15 to R35, based on the ingredients of that kota. It’s a lucrative kasi business idea that helped young
6. Furniture Transporation or Moving Services
If you own a bakkie, here’s a good business idea you can jump into and get a share of the market.
When you visit any malls where there’s a building material or furniture company, you’ll notice several trucks and bakkies just outside waiting to assist you to transport your goods.
It’s a great opportunity for your passive income. You could also advertise your bakkie or truck for hire so that people can request your services at their homes too.
When people relocate between renting rooms, they will require your transport services to move furniture to the next room.
7. Print on Demand
An internet cafe is an essential business that offers basic printing on demand and information technology services.
You’ll be helping people with printouts and access to the internet when they want to apply for jobs – and making copies of important documents.
You could also offer graphic design and website development for other companies in your kasi, to expand your internet cafe services.
While this can be capital intensive, once you’re set up and going, you’ll begin enjoying all the benefits this kasi business idea can offer.
8. Tutoring Services
There are students and high school pupils that need your skills to understand certain modules better after hours.
You can start your own tutoring services and offer high school students in your Kasi extra lessons in whichever skill you’re good at, be it physical Science, Pure Math, Accounting, etc.
The tutoring business does not require a lot of starting capital, just your knowledge, and skills. Help the youth in your Kasi to become better and more successful students for a better economy in South Africa.
9. School Transport
South African townships don’t have a lot of schools, and they usually get full so fast. This forces other affording families to take their children to schools outside of the township, even in the cities.
It’s an opportunity for big car owners (such as mini-taxis), to transport pupils/students to their respective schools in the morning and afternoon.
10. Start a Driving School
Another great business opportunity for kasi entrepreneurs. Here, you will help and teach people the laws of the roads and how to drive cars to trucks.
Yes, this might seem capital-intensive but there are ways you can start without investing a lot of money into the business.
First, you will offer convenience and peace of mind to your clients. You’ll do all the ups and downs to the (frustrating) traffic department to get forms and all the necessary documentation that’s needed.
Do the lessons with your clients to prepare them for the learners’ driver’s license and lastly, take them to the field to teach them how to drive.
If you don’t have a car or truck to teach your students yet, it’s ok, a lot of driving schools don’t own them but they rent. Yes, your job is to find clients, hire their vehicles and do the lessons yourself.
You’ll be building long-lasting relationships with clients who will eventually refer family and relatives to your great service.
11. Beat Production
A lot of popular celebrities don’t produce their own beats, they often work with an in-house studio producer or purchase beats from a freelance producer.
For example, Kabza Da Small doesn’t sing much, he produces high-quality beats and works with vocalists for hit songs.
Be like Kabza, start small and find upcoming artists in your kasi and sell them beats at affordable costs. use your skills and talent to earn money in the most competitive markets.
Find your own niche, build your presence there, and eventually, your name will reach the top and you’ll be among the most expensive beat producers in the land.
12. Home Renovations
To build a successful home renovation business, you need experience and testimonials to back your services with new clients.
The best way to approach this kind of business is to start as a subcontractor.
This will help you with gaining the experience you need, for trading in your businesses. And most importantly testimonials of the work done.
Start your renovation business in Kasi and help transform people’s houses into world-class dream homes.
Find affordable and reliable suppliers for your home renovations business because it’ll depend on them to succeed.
13. Sell Ice Cubes
Townships are popularly known for being creative in the entertainment industry. So every weekend, partygoers are always on the move with their cooler boxes.
These cooler boxes need to be filled with ice, to keep beverages colder while at gigs and other outdoor entertaining activities.
That’s where you come in, and package your ice cubes in kilograms at an affordable price. Find out how much other companies sell ice cubes for and go a bit lower in your pricing as a start.
As your Kasi business grows, you must look into branding your ice cube packages with your company identity, this will boost awareness of your product to reach more customers.
14. House sitting
When families plan to travel, they always include a house sitter to look after the house for the period of the vacation.
Really simple job yet must be trustworthy to do house sitting in order to get more gigs.
Yee, townships are known for most burglaries which makes this business idea one of the best.
You’ll build a team of trustworthy personnel to look after homes, to give owners peace of mind while they’re away.
15. Car Parking Place
Many car owners in townships have their cars parked in driveways or out in the streets.
This obviously does not safeguard the car, and in most cases not approved by insurance companies.
So if you’re fortunate to find a place with enough space, you can start a car parking business for the kasi people.
I would want to sleep in peace knowing my car is parked in a safe place.
You can set up the business in such a way that you’ll also offer free transportation, taking your clients to their homes.
16. Domain Reselling
Yes, you’ll be surprised how many small business owners wish to own websites and online stores.
Domain reselling is a type of business whereby you help entrepreneurs register domain names and host using another company’s servers and platforms.
How it works is that these companies offer you the service for a flat monthly fee and discounted domain registrations.
If a domain costs R99 to register, then they offer it to you for R79 and you can mock up the price to what your clients can afford.
The trick here is basically finding as many clients as you can, to have a profitable business.
17. Mobile toilets for hire
For any type of event in your township, you’ll offer affordable mobile toilet services.
You know how township families share toilets, so can imagine when there’s an event with more people.
Set up a professional kasi business with reachable cellphone numbers for taking orders.
Buy as many toilets as possible, in different designs and technologies for offering in various packages.
18. Graphics & Web Designs
Yes, there’s a huge opportunity in townships and a high in-demand for graphic and web design services.
Small businesses want to be reached online and sometime social media isn’t enough to the right customers if you’re advertising with them. A nice and appealing website can make your business attract potential customers and the ability to contact you directly.
With graphics design, you can start with event posters, simple birthday card designs, and so on. Eventually get to a point where you are part of another business marketing team, coming up with new ideas to promote the brand or company.
19. Security Services
Like any suburb in South Africa, you would see notices at other people’s homes or offices that are protected by trusted security companies.
It’s yet another innovative kasi business idea that has the potential to grow very quickly.
Offer professional security services for homes and businesses in your township, for peace of mind. It’s no secret that most townships are known for all the criminal activities that often happen and your job will be to prevent such, protecting your clients for a fee.
20. Generator for Hire
Loadshedding in South Africa is here to stay, in fact, the government has plans to stabilize the energy crisis in the next 18 months.
This is a huge problem for event organizers because they need the power to run their events for the fans all the time. So a generator is currently in high demand mostly because these organizers don’t want to buy them – it’s not cheap.
So if you have a BIG generator that can power sound systems, lights, and refrigerators for an event, then you’re set to earn some passive income during festive holidays.
You can hire your generator for R3,000 to R6,000 per day or event including fuel supply and maintenance.
How to Start a Kasi Business?
Research: The first step of starting any business is to research the market you want to participate in and find your customers. Niche the sector down to the talent/skills you’ve got and find that opportunity for business in your Kasi.
Customers: Ask friends and other friends about the problems they’re facing in the community and address them with professionalism through your business.
Funding: Hopefully your Kasi business isn’t capital intensive but always start small and monitor the markets carefully. This will help you focus the funding on where your business is making most of the revenue.
Marketing: Since you’re just starting up, you’re going to want to market your business like no other. If the budget allows, please put money into your marketing strategy to boost your chances of getting clients. Don’t forget to use social media.