According to a Bloomberg report, South Africans need to chill out. The study, published in 2015, ranked South Africa as the second most stressed out country in the world.
Why? It seems that, as a nation, we are particularly bad at pursuing a work-life balance and are loathe to show any sign of weakness in the workplace. Add to that a comparative lack of mental health provision and it all adds up.
In a recent interview with IOL (Independent Online), Chanelle
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And that’s no bad thing. Here at BusinessesForSale.com, we actively promote lifestyle change. If you’ve ever dreamt of dropping out of the rat-race and being your own boss, there are plenty of options.
Here are our top ten escapist businesses:
How about a business on the beach, selling and hiring
Although it’s not going to be a big-bucks business, this venture has the all-important work-life balance all figured out from the outset and beats the hell out of long hours and soul-destroying commutes.
Surf lessons can also be incorporated into your
Whether it’s a cosy B&B on the Garden Route or a chic guesthouse in the Western Cape, the idea of abandoning the standard 9-5 and heading somewhere beautiful to run a hospitality business is an enticing one.
The seed of the idea, more often than not, is planted when overworked city-dwellers are actually on a break, enjoying their full cooked breakfast and enjoying a view of the beach. ‘We could do this…..’ is on the tip of their tongues as the fantasy makes their freshly squeezed juice taste even sweeter.
Of course, few actually act on this dream, as they
Nevertheless, many converts never look back and, although they work hard for it, that
The friendly rush of steam from the coffee machine, the buzz of customers’ chat, some folky tunes permeating the airwaves and a counter full of freshly baked cakes and pastries. That sounds like a nice place to work.
Indeed, the coffee-shop is a popular escapist business choice for the tired and disillusioned. Instead of grabbing your latte in a
The appeal of the simplicity of the day, the satisfaction of regular customers and a friendly work environment, is obvious. It also helps that the
People will pay a lot for a good cup of coffee so some special blends are a must – but with the right beans, some delicious baked goods and that all important ‘atmosphere’ – the coffee shop can be a successful ‘opt out’ business.
Books mean a lot to people. They
Besides novels and biographies, there are so many beautifully designed art and travel books to decorate your displays. And children’s literature is a visual feast of a section – with the adorning illustrations an art form in themselves.
Specialist magazines and beautiful stationary can also add to the rarefied air and, for the bookish and intellectual business owner, to be surrounded by the written word and to interact with like-minded customers is the perfect day-job.
Some people just aren’t cut out for office life. For many, the idea of eight hours sitting down at a desk is just unbearable. For highly metabolised folk, a business that can incorporate regular exercise is a dream come true.
The use of personal trainers has increased enormously in the last ten years and many have escaped the sedentary life to set up their own coaching businesses – building up clients and tailoring training regimes.
When one’s own career has faced a number of knocks and challenges, the idea of a business that helps people manage their own
Life coaching is usually a business built up slowly from home, after initial training, through hard graft and smart marketing and its focus is on the betterment of the individual in all aspects of their lives.
However, you can invest in a coaching franchise, such as the globally renowned Action Coach, which focuses more on business practices. The cost of the franchise includes extensive support and training, although a background in business is a pre-requisite.
Investing in a florist business is a welcome change to the greyness of office-life. The combination of being surrounded by beautiful blooms all day and the chance to be creative with arrangements is the main attraction here.
The scope for development in this business is great with many shops offering designer arrangements for hotels, fashion
A little like the B&B or guesthouse idea, the safari lodge is just one stage further. Just add some elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and buffalo into the mix, and you’ve got another (albeit more exhilarating) escapist business. Often owner-managed and run, safari lodges are located all over South Africa’s wildlife reserves and they offer a real business ‘life less ordinary’.
As well as all the standard work involved in hospitality, the safari lodge owner will have to employ a team of rangers to run the expeditions, provide transportation and manage the strict health and safety requirements for such an enterprise.
Guests will be expecting a life-enhancing experience which will include day and night game drives,
Getting to combine a love
It will be no use buying in a stack of Gucci cocktail dresses if your immediate demographic is suburban and reserved. But in the right location, a boutique with a creative and driven proprietor and a range of clothes, bags, shoes and jewellery to suit the tastes of many, will likely do well.
Ok, so running away with the circus is not really an alternative business plan.
Nevertheless, learning circus skills has become a popular pursuit and there is a healthy market for it. There are already many circus skills workshops – which operate mainly in schools but there are also actual circus schools who offer training in trapeze, trampoline, floor acrobatics and comedy routines.
Cape Town’s Zip Zap Circus School, for example, was set up by professional trapeze artists Laurence Esteve and Brent van Rensburg after they had run a pay as you go trapeze swing on the waterfront. Laurence’s background in business and Brent’s affinity for teaching led to the highly successful enterprise.
The circus combined workshops in township schools, with in-house training which led to a strong enough student-base to stage shows. Their performances have been enjoyed