Ten Things You Need To Know (Before You Sign up)
Before signing up it is compulsory that you read this page right to the end. There are some things here that will determine if you will be a good fit for our community. It is important that you read this page and be happy with the conditions before joining.
sb2sb.com is a membership platform that consists of:
Information about business, industries, countries;
A community to get advice, network, post trade leads;
And a classifieds service to advertise your company its products and services.
Together these facilitate trade both within South Africa and with the rest of the world.
What you see is what you get
The most important thing you need to do before joining is to look around and decide whether we will be a good fit for you. What you see is what you get. You can read the site guide here and the future plans here.
What is this page
The goal of this page is to make sure that you would be a good fit for our community, we have no problem issuing refunds for members who are not happy but it is a waste of time that takes us away from important tasks as someone has to be made available to process refunds. Please make sure you know what we are about, right now, before joining as once we issue a refund you won't be able to rejoin or use any of our services in future.
1. What is sb2sb.com
sb2sb.com is a small business-to-business membership network. We connect our members with business ideas, opportunities, guides, tips, training, information and suppliers of materials, equipment and clients to make a success of their business. We are not intended to be a mass platform for all such as social media sites, we have a free market philosophy and people join our platform to do business and earn a living. Membership is open for like-minded individuals that share our philosophy. You can read more on our about page.
sb2sb.com is a membership platform with a monthly or annual membership fee. The only accounts that are free is if you are looking to purchase a product or service and want to post a buy lead or request for quotation.
We are a paid membership platform. There is a monthly fee for South African members and an annual fee for international members/suppliers who would like to reach the South African market. The only account that is fee is that of a "visitor" local buyer - if you would like to buy something by posting a trade lead.
Membership is required to post adverts as well as to access membership content and to participate in our community. Read our membership page for more information.
Currently membership is only available to South Africa citizens residing in South Africa and international suppliers. If you are in foreigner in South Africa, or a South African in a foreign country, you would need an international account. Your account will be immediately terminated if you are found to be flouting these rules. Read more on our membership page.
3. Business Leads are free to post
If you are looking to buy a product or service you can post a business lead for free. Anything else needs membership: advertising, advice, access to info etc.
4. What we don't allow
If you want to join as a member, there are a few businesses that we do not allow on our platform, please familiarise yourself with them before joining:
Domain names & hosting
The following rules apply if you intend to use our community. If you are only joining for access to information and to advertise using listings you can disregard.
No business with South African government, SA government discussions or government finance discussions allowed, no government contract discussions are allowed (foreign government discussions are allowed).
5. We do business, not politics
All members agree to treat all races, religions and genders the same. We are a non racial forum. All programs discussed must be available to all and anyone.
sb2sb.com is an unbiased platform open to all. We don't believe in race-based policies which we believe creates weak entrepreneurs and goes against our free market philosophies. We don't allow any type of discussions around what we call "skin colour capital" capital only available to some people based on their skin colour. Unlike other companies that hide their position, we believe you should know our position before sign up and if you don't agree then you should not join. Your race, religion, gender (and sexual orientation) is of no relevance here.
6. Nobody funds start-ups in South Africa
Straight up. If you are looking to join our community to raise finance without income, cashflow or assets to put up as collateral its unlikely you will get the answer you want here. This is not a place where you are going to get false hope or be sent from pillar to post. You must be willing to grow a business organically. If not you won't get any value. Thinking joining our community will get you large sums of money here it will not happen.
In South Africa you will not get finance for a business venture if you do not have existing income or assets to put up as collateral (which you shouldn't do in most cases unless you can afford to lose said asset). This is not something anyone here can help with as it deals with South Africa's macro environment. Contact your elected representative and ask them to push for the necessary structural reforms needed to help small businesses. You can get help with growing organically to the point of getting finance but it most likely won't be quick or easy. If you need large sums of money quick and easy with no existing income, no assets and no skills, you won't find it here.
Only English is allowed to be spoken on our platform.
8. No begging allowed.
All transactions much involve an exchange for money, goods or services.
9. No magic answers & No quick buck
This is a practical platform. If you are looking for magical answers like how to access lots of money with no income or to make a quick buck with get rich quick schemes, you are in the wrong place.
10. The first thing you need to do once you've been accepted is to change your profile picture. By default we have made the profile picture a dirt shrew to see whether you have read this compulsory list. You can use a free stock photo from unsplash/pexels/pixabay etc. or your favourite actor or you can leave the dirt shrew if you really like it.