Shifting Gears


Shifting Gears is a FREE SimplyBiz® business learning and coaching bootcamp.

It is an opportunity for business owners and those considering entrepreneurship to take stock of where they are in their business and personal life, as well as to set a new direction and gain skills and tools to equip themselves for a shifted business world.

Whether you are a plumber or a caterer, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is here to stay. Can you operate in it and, more importantly, with it?

The format is a combination of articles, virtual masterclasses, SimplyBiz® Chats and downloadable tools or templates. You work at your own pace, in your own time, on your own business.


Get into Gear

You need to start up or start afresh.

This is the place to get your business up and running quickly.


Change Gear

You need to reimagine or redesign your business.

It is all about the entrepreneurial mindset, visualisation, strategy and finding new markets.


Gear Down

You need to close or downsize your business.

Let's help you do what needs to be done with the least pain.



Not sure which Gear to choose?
Try the wizard to find the right gear for you.

What’s in it for entrepreneurs?

Change Gear and Get into Gear are structured so that you can work through the learning, apply it directly to your new or revised business plan, and be ready to pitch your business in 8 steps (through concerted effort, each gear can be completed within two weeks). We want to get you into business as quickly as possible.

Gear Down makes a difficult time less stressful with simplified checklists and practical guidance – such as on how to deregister with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and how to give employees retrenchment letters – as well as access to a business assessment tool.

Most importantly, once you have done what your business needs in Gear Down, you are encouraged to shift gears and join Change Gear if you are downsizing, or to start afresh with Get into Gear. Did you know that Raymond Ackerman and Oprah Winfrey also overcame failures and doubts before becoming business successes?




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