Whether you want to have a traditional printed invitation that can be delivered by hand or prefer a digital design that can easily be sent out electronically to all the guests, we have a design solution for you. Let’s face it, the invitation for any event is very important and it can excite or discourage guests from attending the event.

 

It doesn’t matter what your event is (wedding, year end function, etc), you will need some sort of an invitation, so why not make it a good one. 

 

Contact our creative team to help guide you towards an effective design or give us your idea, so we can bring it to 'life'!

 

Whatever your event is and whatever you have in mind for the invitation - gives us a call so we can have a beautiful design done for you.

 

We have been wondering what advice we would get regarding the industries entrepreneurs should invest their time in. The results were quite interesting, so read more about the results we found on inc.com By Emily Canal & Graham Winfrey.

 

8 Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2019

 

Some unusual sectors hold tremendous potential for entrepreneurs. To launch a successful business, you need a good idea and the boldness to act on it. While all first-time entrepreneurs have their work cut out for them, anyone who can identify industries uniquely positioned for growth has a clear advantage.

 

That's where Inc.'s best industries for starting a business come in. Each year, they crunch the latest data and speak with industry experts to determine the sectors that are most likely to take off. Read on to see which industries are home to tomorrow's fastest-growing startups.

 

Micromobility | Digital Therapeutics | CBD Products | Personalized Nutrition | Healthy Jerky | Baby Tech | Selfie Services | Workleisure Apparel

 

Micromobility

A revolution in urban transportation is creating an opportunity for startups that make electric-powered bikes, scooters, and skateboards. With more than 60 percent of the world's population expected to live in urban areas by 2030-up from 55 percent in 2018, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs--micromobility products will gain popularity as an alternative to traditional ground transportation and mass transit.

 

Why it's hot: Getting around on e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-skateboards is convenient and fun, and Ford's acquisition of e-scooter startup Spin for a reported more than 900 million in November 2018 has brought increased awareness to the industry.

 

Skills needed: Micromobility entrepreneurs will need to be up to date on the latest technological advances in small-battery manufacturing, while companies offering fleets of transportation devices will have to build software to track them, and to manage a subscription service.

 

Barriers to entry: Building micromobility devices at scale will require a significant capital investment.

 

The downside: E-scooters and e-bikes are illegal in some states, while regulations governing their use have yet to be established in others. In both cases, proposals to address the vehicles' legal status are on the way.

 

Competition: Business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan expects more than 150 micromobility vehicles-including micro cars-to be launched by 2020.

 

Major players: E-scooter giants including Bird and Lime both have fleets in more than 100 cities.

 

Growth: Global investors put more R10 billion into e-scooter and e-bike companies during the first 10 months of 2018, up from more than R8 billion in all of 2017 and more than R900 million in 2016, according to data from CB Insights. Global e-bike revenues are expected to grow to more than R120 billion by 2025, from $15.7 billion in 2016, according to Navigant Research.


Digital Therapeutics

 

No longer just a form of entertainment, video games and other software applications can now be used to treat a host of medical conditions, with some even requiring a prescription from a physician. For startups, this new category of medicine is an opportunity to create therapies that reduce patients' reliance on pharmaceuticals.

 

Why it's hot: Digital therapeutics can address unmet medical needs across a wide range of conditions. Products on the market or in development include software programs to improve asthma and COPD, serve as an adjunct to outpatient treatment for substance abuse, and treat pediatric ADHD and depression.

 

Skills needed: Startups will need to be able to create software products ranging from mobile apps to interactive digital games and to navigate the U.S. health care industry's regulatory environment.

 

Barriers to entry: Getting through U.S. Food and Drug Administration testing to show efficacy represents a significant hurdle for startups.

 

The downside: While physicians may prescribe digital therapeutics, it remains to be seen whether insurers will cover these treatments. There is also uncertainty about how to price digital therapy products.

 

Competition: The FDA has approved around 30 digital therapeutic apps in 2018 alone.

 

Major players: Click Therapeutics recently raised more than R70 million from Pharma giant Sanofi, and has seen encouraging results in early trials for apps designed to treat depression and help people quit smoking.

 

Growth: The U.S. digital therapeutics market was valued at about R2 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach more than R12 billion by 2023, according to business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

 

CBD Products

 

There is already a strong demand in the U.S. for products containing Cannabidiol, or CBD, a natural chemical component of cannabis and hemp that's non-psychotropic, meaning it doesn't get you high. Companies offering CBD products have a tremendous opportunity, as proponents of CBD claim the substance offers anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving effects. Consumers are already embracing CBD as a product to be incorporated into their daily lives.

 

Why it's hot: CBD is popping up in a wide variety of products including oils, lotions, soaps, and beauty goods. The newest niche is the food and beverage industry, where businesses have added it to snacks, coffee, ice cream, and cocktails. By 2020, CBD is expected to make its way into yogurts, soups, and even salad dressings, according to a report on 2019 food trends from snack-maker Kind.

 

Skills needed: A strong knowledge base about the science of the cannabis plant and CBD is crucial. While the required skills vary depending on whether entrepreneurs are making CBD products for the food and beverage, health and wellness, or beauty and personal care industries, strong marketing ability will be crucial for any new entrant hoping to stand out from the competition.

 

Barriers to entry: Finding shelf space at retailers will be a challenge due to the heavy concentration of new brands.

 

The downside: Not all CBD products are legal in the U.S. Some 47 states-along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.--have passed laws allowing at least some use of CBD. The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill is expected to make CBD legal in all 50 states, which could usher in competition from larger companies, making it harder for startups.

 

Competition: Considering that CBD didn't exist as a product category five years ago, the competition is heating up at a rapid pace, with hundreds of CBD companies offering thousands of products.

 

Major players: Colorado-based CBD oil producer Charlotte's Web Holdings reported $40 million in revenue in 2017 and nearly more than R80 million during the third quarter of 2018, up 57 percent year-over-year. Nevada-based CV Sciences, which sells CBD products and is developing a synthetic CBD‐based medicine for a range of conditions, reported sales of more than R120 million in 2017, an increase of 87 percent from 2016.

Growth: The U.S. CBD industry grew by nearly 40 percent in 2017 to $367 million, according to recent report from New Frontier Data, an analytics company specializing in the cannabis industry. The market is expected to reach more than R2 billion in 2018 and more than R16 billion by 2022. Analysts at investment firm Canaccord Genuity estimate the U.S. market for CBD beverages alone will reach more than a billion by 2022.


Personalized Nutrition

 

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to a healthy diet, which is why some people are more apt to gain weight on certain regimens than others. Getting your genetic blueprint can help you figure out exactly what your body needs to be at its best, creating an opportunity for startups that can help consumers make customized, data-driven decisions about what to eat.

 

Why it's hot: Some 15 million people worldwide have undergone genetic testing, according to a study published in Science, and as many segments of the medical industry shift their focus from treatment to prevention, nutrition is emerging as one of the best ways to prevent illness. Personalized nutrition is just one segment of a larger trend toward customization in industries ranging from food to media.

 

Skills needed: Founders should have a background in food and nutrition, and ideally an expertise in human biology, exercise physiology, life sciences, or behavioral psychology, according to Neil Grimmer, founder of personalized nutrition company Habit.

 

Barriers to entry: Bringing together the core elements of nutrition, human biology, and behavioral psychology in an early-stage company can require a significant capital investment, as can hiring in-house registered dietitians and nutritionists.

 

The downside: Department of Health regulations in New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island prohibit the sale of certain direct-to-consumer diagnostic tests.

 

Competition: There are more than a dozen personalized nutrition companies that use home-test kits, questionnaires, or wearables to track health data.

 

Major players: In November 2018, scientific wellness company Arivale launched a nutritionist-on-demand app called Food Therapy, allowing users to get answers to all their nutrition and health questions from registered dietitians and certified nutritionists within five minutes. And the previous April, genealogical testing company Family Tree DNA partnered with DNA-based health and wellness personalization company Vitagene to offer Family Tree DNA customers a R200 nutrition, exercise, and supplement product.

Growth: The global genetic testing market is expected to grow to about R120 billion in 2024 from about R65 billion in 2018, according to Energias Market Research. The broader personalized health industry is expected to become a more than R900 billion market by the year 2020, according to an analysis by management consulting company Oliver Wyman.


Healthy Jerky/biltong

 

Jerky isn't what it used to be. That's because startups are trying to reinvent it with creative ingredients, superior meats, and new flavors to elevate jerky from an unhealthy snack to a better-for-you food staple.

 

Why it's hot: Food trends and the popularity of diets like keto and paleo, which encourage participants to eat more protein and fewer carbs, have created a demand for healthier jerky. Additionally, the clean eating movement is driving people toward foods that don't have a long list of unknown ingredients.

 

Skills needed: Entrepreneurs in this industry should know about food preparation and dietary trends, and have an understanding of the food regulations imposed by both the USDA and EPA, according to IBISWorld.

 

Barriers to entry: Companies will need to receive approval from the USDA and EPA, and adhere to their standards. Additionally, startups will have to carve out a space in the zero-sum food market, says Darren Seifer, the food and beverage analyst for market research firm NPD Group: "We are not going to start creating more snacking occasions because there are more options."

 

The downside: High-quality, grass-fed or antibiotic-free meats preferred by consumers are more expensive for companies to purchase. Startups must also find ways to differentiate themselves from the other jerky options on the market, Seifer says.

 

The competition: IBISWorld grades the level of competition in the industry as medium. While startups like Chef's Cut Real Jerky or Krave don't have the same market power as the legacy brands, they are separating themselves by promoting their products as organic, GMO-free, and free of preservatives.

 

Major players: Oberto and Jack's Links control 23.5 and 11.4 percent of the jerky market respectively, according to IBISWorld. Startups in the industry will also have to compete with other private companies like Krave, which markets to athletes and often hands out samples at the finish lines of marathons.

 

Growth: Overall, jerky's U.S. revenue is expected to grow by 3.3 percent each year to reach a total of $1.6 billion in 2022, according to IBISWorld.

 

Baby Tech

 

People have computers in their pockets and health trackers on their wrists that can tell them just how their body's doing. That demand for technological solutions is now extending to a more vulnerable population: babies. Startups in this industry are creating innovative solutions for fertility tracking, breastfeeding, and even getting infants to sleep.

 

Why it's hot: As technology has gotten less expensive-both for founders and customers-it's become easier to integrate into new products. Additionally, there's been a recent increase in the development of solutions that help people get pregnant and track fertility, so it's no surprise innovations aimed at taking care of babies would come next, says Jill Gilbert, who produces the annual Baby Tech Summit, part of the International Consumer Electronics Show.

 

Skills needed: Founders must understand who they are trying to reach and what they can offer them, marrying both technical skills and marketing expertise.

 

Barriers to entry: Despite the demand for baby tech products, funding may be hard to come by. Startups in the industry have yet to draw a large amount of venture capital, according to Gilbert.

 

The downside: Survival in this industry demands that companies constantly improve their existing products or invent new ones for the different stages in child care, in order to build long-term relationships with families.

 

The competition: Four of the largest companies account for about 40 percent of sales in the online baby products industry, with the remainder belonging to small companies and owner-operated businesses, according to IBISWorld. However, IBISWorld doesn't differentiate baby tech from general baby products in its industry report. Competition in this field is moderate, but there are many different areas within baby care that startups can target, Gilbert says.

 

Major players: Top startups in this space include Willow, the maker of a hands-free breast pump; Ava, which sells an ovulation tracking bracelet; and changing pad and smart scale producer Hatch Baby.

 

Growth: IBISWorld expects the U.S. online baby product market to continue its growth and reach revenues of about R98 billion in 2022, up from about R78 billion in 2018.

 

Selfie Services

 

Attend any conference, work party, or wedding and you'll likely see a photo stand equipped with camera, props, and maybe even a wrangler to ensure your shot is just right. But these new-style photo booths aren't the type that requires participants to cram themselves into a box. They're highly technical and simple-to-use systems that give people more control of their shots and allow more people to fit into the picture, meaning they're great for events as a keepsake or for chance for social promotion of the event.

 

Why it's hot: People have a strong desire to document events in their life with pictures and videos so they can share them on social media. Additionally, some businesses are using them for marketing efforts--since users share their photos online-or for collecting data on prospective customers.

 

Skills needed: Entrepreneurs must be technologically savvy and have a strong understanding of software that can easily deliver the pictures or videos directly to users or their social media platforms.

 

Barriers to entry: Building hardware for this industry is tricky. Besides requiring companies to maintain physical inventory, camera equipment must be highly reliable since it will typically be used at one-time events.

 

The downside: It may be difficult for startups to make their software easy enough to navigate. Most customers will be using it for the first time, says Mark Hennings, the co-founder of the selfie stand Simple Booth.

 

The competition: There are many startups in this space. Some are building both hardware and software solutions, while others focus on one aspect or license the necessary platforms.

 

Major players: Simple Booth--No. 414 on this year's Inc. 5000 list--makes both software and hardware, including a camera rig the founders call "the halo." Other prominent companies include Curator and Snappie.

 

Growth: This is a new and growing category, and there are not yet reliable statistics on its market value. However, startups in this industry are seeing hefty revenue figures and increased funding: Simple Booth, for example, generated more than R25 million last year, while Pixilated raised a R2 million seed round. The U.S. photography industry as a whole is valued at more thanR100 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow to aboutR120 billion by 2022, according to IBISWorld.

 

Workleisure Apparel

 

Since the athleisure trend sparked a fashion revolution, more brands are creating office-appropriate clothing such as button-down shirts and slacks that feature the same level of comfort and durability as activewear.

 

Why it's hot: Consumers are keenly interested in buying clothes that blend comfort and style, and that allow them to easily transition from the office to the gym or beyond, according to CB Insights.

 

Skills needed: Entrepreneurs in this industry need to be aware of fashion trends and price points, says Diana Smith, the associate director of retail and apparel at market research firm Mintel. It's also important to consider sustainability, she adds, since Millennials and other young consumers prefer to buy from companies that use environmentally friendly and socially responsible practices.

 

Barriers to entry: "One of the biggest is just the sheer amount of clutter out there," says Smith, noting that both discount retailers and high-end designers are hawking these types of garments.

 

The downside: Distribution could be one of the hardest challenges for entrepreneurs getting into this industry, Smith says. As more big brands opt for direct-to-consumer models, they are cutting costs and passing those savings to the customer--meaning startups selling only workleisure (such as in specialty stores) might have a hard time attracting customers.

 

The competition: Because there are so many companies that are transitioning from athleisure to workleisure, startups will compete with a lot of established brands.

 

Major players: ADAY, Ministry of Supply, Lululemon, and Mizzen + Main are some of the prominent names in the industry.

 

Growth: This is a burgeoning field, and there are few statistics on its market value. However, one sign of growth is that startups in the industry are seeing an uptick in funding: Ministry of Supply has R100 million in funding, Mizzen + Main has R40 million, and ADAY has R30 million.

 

Along with the growing difficulty of starting your own business and making a success out of it, more and more businesses are venturing into different ways of marketing to the public and making themselves visible. List My Biz was our first business directory website. In this project, we identified a need for specialized website systems and technical support on such systems.

 

The idea of creating a digital business listing is to utilize our best way of inquiry, which is the world wide web. The number of searches done on the internet and on Google every day is astounding and that number just keeps growing. It’s our go to place for information, entertainment, research and directions.

 

That means the need for other system based websites will also increase as people work to get their businesses out in the public eye while they search and browse in the comfort of their own homes. The biggest problem is finding qualified expertise, as you still need someone to implement it on a website for you. That’s where our team of bunnies come in to save the day.

 

As the leaders in specialised system websites in the Vaal Triangle, Bunnypants can offer an array of system websites; customised to suit the needs of each client. We source suitable systems that will offer the functionality the client hopes to have in it. We then test and configure it to their own professionally designed WordPress or Joomla website and then train them on how to use and update their website going forward.

 

You don’t only get a fully functioning system website configured to your needs, but also a custom designed website to match your brand. Because we are experts in the field of system based websites in the Vaal Triangle, we can easily assist our client’s in their website needs and offer them the assurance of technical support in the future.

 

Once the best system is selected, our design team jumps on the task to design your personalised website look - based on your corporate identity; which can also be designed by us or be pre-exciting. With your designs all done and dusted, we apply the designs to your website and chosen system to bring everything together.

 

The best way to find out whether Bunnypants has a solution for your needs - is to ask, because we make it a priority to find a solution and make it work for you

 

While we were busy creating some awesome designs, we realised that our clients and followers may not be aware of all the skills and training we have. So, grab a seat and let us inform you:


The Bunnypants team is in a constant motion of self improvement and development, to ensure we offer our clients the best service and give them products of the highest standard.

 

We are, first and foremost, formally trained in graphic design with a fine arts and technical drawing background. This allows us to offer you new and fresh design concepts of a high standard. Giving us the insight to design both creative and technical design elements to bring your project as a whole together.

 

As part of our mission in setting trends, we constantly search for new inspiration and allow research time for every project to ensure that our ideas are best suited for their specific design brief.

 

When it comes to websites, we take the same approach and refine it to suit every client's needs

 

For many years we have been building state of the art websites and especially systems in Joomla, refining our skills and expanding our knowledge of the system. Joomla is one of the leading CMS based website systems, offering you a range of secure website solutions. We have tested many of their products and add on's and continue testing new, plug-ins, modules and upgrades as we go.

 

Probably one of the best knows CMS based system is WordPress and is well known for its vast range of templates. Our staff is expert trained to build and customize Wordpress website to your needs and brand. We recently received Wordpress Advance Accreditation from LinkedIn for our Wordpress skills.  We have been helping our clients in a variety of ways with this system, offering them a tailor made solution for their needs.

 

Whether you need a custom designed website, a template install or fine tuning of your existing website, we can assist our clients every step of the way.

 

Having trained in both systems and building our knowledge of their inner workings, we are in the expert position to offer objective advice on what the best product is for your personal needs. That means, we give a complete package with each project, starting with outstanding serviceexpert advice, high standard designs and tailor made product solutions.

 

So no matter what your design or website needs are, trust the Bunnypants team to resolve it for you and give you a product you can be proud of.

 

First of all, put your thinking cap on and get ready for a whole lot of brainstorming, trouble shooting and problem solving. If you’re prepared to take on the business world with these three strategies, you are well on your way to having a successful business. Mix it all with some pure motivation and your winning recipe is ready to launch.

 

We did a bit of research on the topic of starting a business from home and this is some of the advice we came across:

 

From the balance Small business’ website:

How to Start a Home-Based Business That Will Succeed


The best home-based business is the one you start with your own two hands - not the one in the work-at-home ad or the one your friend is promoting.
So how do you start a successful business in your home? The secret of success is not to stop halfway through the business selection process as so many people do. Follow these seven steps to start a home-based business that will succeed rather than just being a drain of your time and money.

 

  1. Assess Your Talents
    Think of your talents as the things you're really good at. They're like personality traits. For instance, you may be a very creative person, or a person who's really good at attending to details or a person with a gift for communicating. Your talents are the base for any successful business venture, including a home-based business.
    If you have never been self-employed before, you need to do some further self-assessment to determine whether you have the right personality to be an entrepreneur. Starting a business is not for everyone. Common traits for successful business owners are motivation, self-reliance, perseverance, initiative, and the ability to deal with uncertainty.
  2. Examine Your Skills
    Your skills are the things that you can do. The difference between talents and skills is that talents are passive and skills are active. Or, to put it another way, you're born with talents but you develop skills over time as you learn. For instance, a creative person may have excellent skills for drawing or writing or design. A person who has a talent for attending to detail may have strong accounting or organizational skills. You'll need to call on both your talents and skills to start a successful home-based business.
  3. Put Your Talents and Skills Together and Generate Business Ideas
    The procedure outlined here will work for starting any kind of business, but as we're focusing on home-based businesses, the question is, "With these talents and skills, what kind of home business could I start?"
    Suppose you're one of those people who have accounting and organizational skills and the talents to back them. Some of the home-based business ideas you come up with could include:
    - Tax preparation
    - Bookkeeping
    - Business manager
    - Professional organizer
    - Virtual Assistant
    - Baybsitter
    And that's just six ideas from our limited premise here. When you're doing this exercise, you, of course, have more than one or two skills, so you'll find that your list of possible business ideas is much longer.
    Don't censor yourself as you list home-based business ideas. List all your ideas at this stage; crossing off choices comes later.
    You might also want to browse these lists of business ideas:
    - Top 10 Home Business Opportunities
    - 15 Easy Businesses to Start
    - The Best Business Ideas for Stay At Home Moms & Dads
    - The Best Small Business Opportunities 2019
    - The Best Business Opportunities for Retirees
  4. Give Your Business Ideas the Home-Based Business Test
    When starting a home business, you need to keep in mind that not all businesses are going to work well as home-based businesses, and some won't work at all.
    You are not going to be able to start a manufacturing business in a residential neighborhood, for example, and any business that involves a lot of clients coming and going is sure to upset the neighbors.
    Go back over your list and cross off any business ideas that won't work as home-based businesses.
    If you are intent on starting a business where you actually get to work at home, also cross off any business that could be operated as a home-based business but wouldn't allow you to do that. For example, in the short list of sample business ideas above, I would cross off "business manager", as this would involve off-site work.
    Many people who want to start home-based businesses stop here. They've come up with an idea for a business that they like and feel they'll be good at, so they plunge into it at this point.
    Don't make this mistake! If you do, you run an extremely high risk of investing months of your time, energy and money in a losing venture and seeing the home business you had such hopes for fail.
    The next two steps are critical to your home-based business's success.
    Figuring out the profit angle and doing a business plan are two important parts of the process of starting a business - two parts that many people starting a home-based business don't bother with.
    But if you want to start a home-based business that will succeed, rather than just being another business failure that drained your time and wallet and left you disappointed, you need to pay particular attention to these two steps of the startup process.
  5. How to Start a Home Business: Figure out the Profit Angle
    This is the litmus test for anyone wanting to start any kind of business. You may have a great talent for something and the skills that enable you to express it, but if people aren't willing to pay you for the product or service, it won't work as a business.
    For each home-based business idea, you need to know the answer to two questions:
    - How much are people willing to pay me for this product or service?
    - Can I make a sufficient income from that?
    For instance, suppose that you, being a creative person, are able to make beautiful quilts. However, because of the time involved, you're only able to make two quilts per month. You discover that people are willing to pay R400 for each quilt you produce. The math says that you would have, therefore, an income of R800 per month. (Actually less, as there will be expenses related to quilt production, such as cloth and thread, to deduct from this amount.)
    It's ridiculous to think that you could live on R800 a month, isn't it?
    But many people put themselves in a very similar position by starting home-based businesses without considering the profit angle. Business is about profit, and without sufficient profit, you'll never have enough income to even pay the bills, let alone generate wealth.
    Go back to your list of home business ideas and assess the profit-making potential of each. If the answer to either of the two questions above isn't satisfactory, cross that idea off your list.
    Note that you decide how much income is enough. Many people run part-time businesses that supplement their income and are perfectly satisfied with that.
    If you want your new business to provide all of your income, however, you have to research the profit-making ability of your business idea very seriously.
  6. Do a Business Plan to Assess the Viability of Your New Home Business
    Many people are under the impression that working through a business plan is only necessary if you're going to be looking for a business loan. But the primary reason to do a business plan is to find out if your business idea has a chance of becoming a successful business.
    So once you've chosen a home-based business idea you're passionate about, write a business plan. The research and thinking that you do as you work through the business plan will do more than anything else to ensure that the business you start succeeds.
    And if your business plan shows you that your idea isn't viable, shelve it, choose another home-based business idea and go through the process again. It's not uncommon to work through part of at least three business plans before you find the idea that will blossom into the thriving business you want to run.
  7. Ignore Those Ads and Roll Up Your Sleeves to Start Your Own Home Business
    Want to start a successful home business? Ignore the work-at-home opportunity ads; there are no shortcuts. Instead, follow the seven steps outlined above. You'll end up with a home-based business that truly has the potential to succeed, bringing you the money and the satisfaction you've been dreaming of.

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