Frank Molongwana (25) took a leap of faith when he quit his job at a big courier company to launch his own business, Frank Couriers.
He initially used taxis to deliver parcels to clients, as he couldn’t afford to buy a delivery vehicle.
“I started Frank Couriers with no money.
"I used skills gained from previous employment. I worked at a warehouse, under short-term contracts, before I started working in the logistics field,” he says.
Molongwana, from Ga-Matlala in Limpopo, registered his company in January 2020, but it only started operating in May during the Coronavirus Disease hard lockdown. “I used taxis to deliver for a few months, then I contracted car owners for local deliveries around Gauteng,” he says.
Frank Couriers delivers parcels door-to-door, within three to five days. It has partnered with other local courier companies for Gauteng deliveries, in areas its vehicles cannot reach.
The business now has its own truck and has contracted five bakkie car owners in Gauteng for local deliveries.
Molongwana says he is proud to play a part in growing South Africa’s economy and to be in a position to create jobs.
“There’s a high unemployment rate in the country. My aim is to create more employment for young South Africans and empower them with skills in the logistics field, so that they can also start their own courier businesses,” he says.
Drawing from his experience in starting a business, Molongwana advises aspiring entrepreneurs to start with what they have and where they are, before thinking of going big.
“A courier service does not require a lot of capital to start. Those interested in this business need to choose the correct equipment for a courier service.
"This would be, for example, a truck or bakkie, with a courier canopy, and a cellphone with GPS. With these you are good to start,” he says.
Molongwana plans to grow his company and expand beyond South Africa’s borders.
For more information, visit www.frankcouriers.com