Why would anyone consider to become a franchisee of On A Cloud?
Consider this: In the last quarter, South Africa has shed more than 340 000 jobs. If you are applying for a job, especially if you just enter the market, we propose that you buy a Lotto ticket. The chances of winning the Lotto is better than getting a job.
A franchisee is a person that owns a business. But the business is like a car. You get in, turn the key, and you can drive it. Providing you have had the training to drive a car. The point is, to drive a business, you need to be willing and you need to be keen. Like most of the youth we meet in urban and rural areas we work in. The youth we meet are tech savvy, intelligent and have the drive to make a business work. They simply need an opportunity.
Becoming a franchisee gives them this opportunity. It not only gives them the ability to quickly earn a meaningful income, but they can create more than 7 new jobs in the first year. They will have a running business in a year. A growing business that will, within a five year period, give them an income that will make most graduates jealous.
There are two levels of franchises:
A micro-franchise and a full franchise. The difference is what you pay for the franchise and what you earn.
The good news is that you can get someone to sponsor your franchise fee. We are partnering with the National Youth Development Agency to fund micro-franchisees, and with the Small Enterprise Finance Agency to fund full franchises.
Becoming a franchisee is simple: You apply, go through a selection process and if you are successful, you become a franchisee. The terms and conditions of NYDA and SEFA will apply.
Apply now! Apply here: http://onacloud.co.za/partnership-model/franchisee-application-form/
We have to ask ourselves: Why do so many people – more than 30 000 per month, according to Stats SA, go from rural South Africa to cities to seek employment? And when it comes to youth unemployment, the biggest single problem in our country, is that we are exposing a most vulnerable group to the vices of the sprawling urban minefield.
The first answer is always obvious – because there are no opportunities in rural areas, and there are jobs where people congregate – in urban areas. The other reason is that people simply cannot sustain themselves with agricultural activities. In recent years, there has been a tendency to subdivide farms, making production potential smaller and smaller, and, even if this has failed internationally, we still believe that we would “get it right”. In actual fact, it’s mostly about power, politics and ownership. There is simply no logical basis for some of the practices we embrace so eagerly.
This video shows what India is doing. Being a world leader in innovation that assists the poor, India tends to be a trend-setter when it comes to social entrepreneurship models. And this also addresses youth unemployment directly, as the jobs are typically first-job opportunities. Our focus on Wi-Fi entrepreneurs embrace the same philosophy – fighting youth unemployment in any way we can.
Have a look and see:
When we say to people: “We are planning to create 270 000 youth jobs”, they look at us strangely.
Friends and family are kinder. They say: “Shouldn’t you perhaps set your sights a little lower”? But for us, the answer is no. And we do not believe that the goal is in any way unachievable.
270 000 youth jobs in 9 provinces is a nice round number. That’s 30 000 per province, give or take. Some provinces such as the Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape may have less and Gauteng may have more. But is 30 000 youth jobs achievable? Perhaps we should reason together.
A micro-franchise is established by an entrepreneur. Pretty soon they earn an income out of their own efforts and prowess. But to grow their business, they need a sales person. So they employ one. The salesperson is good and brings in advertising contracts. The entrepreneur reaches their targets and have enough excess profit to start a second site. But this site is in the village down the road. This creates a requirement for a second sales person. And duly appointed. Now the ads are coming in faster. A graphic designer is required to deal with the volumes. Another day, another job. And as the business grows, an administrator is required, and an assistant. Then perhaps some technical staff that can implement the sites and maintain them. Within less than a year, one single entrepreneur can create up to ten youth jobs. And that is not a stretch. That is achievable.
The youth are smart, tech-savvy and keen to get opportunities. They have it in them to work hard and be successful. All they need is a little help to get started. And a market that can generate enough opportunities.
This is what Wi-Fi offers. Estimations are that the market will grow by 5500% in the next two years.
This BBC report on youth unemployment in South Africa was aired in 2013. The issue is far greater today. As townships burn and riots increase monthly, is this not possibly due to frustration caused by a lack of opportunities?
Why not join us to create youth jobs?
Over the past two decades, the social sector has discovered what the business sector learned long ago: There is nothing as powerful as a new idea in the hands of a first-class entrepreneur.
Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.
Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to move in different directions.
Social entrepreneurs often seem to be possessed by their ideas, committing their lives to changing the direction of their field. They are visionaries, but also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else.
Social entrepreneurs present user-friendly, understandable, and ethical ideas that engage widespread support in order to maximize the number of citizens that will stand up, seize their idea, and implement it. Leading social entrepreneurs are mass recruiters of local changemakers— role models proving that citizens who channel their ideas into action can do almost anything.
Why “Social” Entrepreneur?
Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss to improve systems, invent new approaches, and create solutions to change society for the better. While a business entrepreneur might create entirely new industries, a social entrepreneur develops innovative solutions to social problems and then implements them on a large scale.