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For many people, getting a good job with a reputable employer and maintaining job security is all that they are looking for. For others, however, the idea of being an employee for the rest of their days leaves a bad taste in their mouth. Many dream of being self-employed, and working at the top of a company rather than in the middle of it. For these entrepreneurs, one problem that they can encounter early on is deciding what kind of business to work in. There are many startup costs that come into play, an obstacle that can be hard to overcome. One way around this is to buy an already up-and-running business, where a customer base already exists. There are many businesses for sale at any time in South Africa, and the following are a sampling of some of the businesses available to the prospective entrepreneur.

Home Cleaning

Buying a home cleaning business in South Africa can be a good investment providing the previous owner had a healthy list of customers. There are negligible costs involved outside of cleaning supplies. The hard part comes from the work that needs to be done, but if you aren't afraid of a little hard work, this can be a very profitable small business.

Real Estate

Real estate comes in all shapes and sizes, and buying property is nearly always a good investment. Purchasing an apartment building or home with the intention of renting it out is a very lucrative form of business, since little is required of the owner other than making repairs.

Medical or Dental Practice

Buying a practice from another doctor or dentist is a great way to start your medical or dental career, if you can afford it. The benefit here is the long list of patients that your new practice will have attached to it. It can take years to build up a healthy practice, so having a strong list of patients right away can reduce the stress of paying back loans.

There are so many different forms of businesses for sale in South Africa that it's impossible to name them all. The good thing is that there is almost certainly a business for sale in your price range, no matter how large or small your startup budget is.