Wednesday 18 March 2020

“Feeling the Pinch? Buy a Business” By Sean Stegmann CEO @Cash_Crusaders

Hi Friends,

“Feeling the Pinch? Buy a Business” is possibly one of the most juxtaposing statements off the back of a dismal 2019 GDP performance, Rand’s current position, consistent rolling blackouts and now, coronavirus having hit South African shores. Yet, when asked to repeat himself, Sean Stegmann - CEO of SA’s largest second-hand retailer, Cash Crusaders confirms that “yes, this is a great time to buy a recession-proof business.”

“In a pressured environment that is currently in an economic recession - the severity of which appears to shift daily, our business continues to thrive,” says Sean. “People are tired of being ripped off, tired of ‘wasting’ their [very] hard-earned money and tired of having to rely on improved economic promises that never materialize in order to help themselves – these are all realities we’ve provided a solution to,” continues Sean.
“Feeling the Pinch? Buy a Business” By Sean Stegmann CEO @Cash_Crusaders
Sean Stegmann - CEO of SA’s largest second-hand retailer, Cash Crusaders

Cash Crusaders, a multi-national empire with over 220 stores and over 20 years’ experience, has built a franchise business around empowering entrepreneurs. Their core values of honoring the brand, being professional, innovation to inspire growth, and commitment towards people's growth and development, has transcended the growth of the R2.2 billion turnover organization – in spite of a dire economic climate.

As the business has grown over the last couple of decades, Cash Crusaders has built additional business units that sell new products and offer secured loans for people who need to tide themselves over until payday. Given the price hikes associated with international big-name brands, Cash Crusaders has found a gap in the market for quality products at more affordable price points, so they have been able to meet this demand through their network. Today, almost half of their retail sales income is generated from new goods, the remaining portion from the sales of pre-loved goods.

It’s no secret that South African businesses are feeling the pinch too with SOE businesses declaring staff cuts and SME businesses closing their doors daily. “We encourage these individuals to look at opportunities within our group,” says Sean. “Proof of our franchisee success can be found within our franchisee network themselves, one of which owns more than 20 stores with the average franchisee owning 2,5 stores,” says Sean. What this means is that franchisees who bought their first store benefitted from the concept so significantly that they went on to buy additional stores. Complete training is offered as part of the franchise agreement, along with extensive operational support, use of their own POS (point of sale) inventory and stock-keeping system, and access to an R300k interest-free start-up loan – along with a number of other benefits which, Sean is confident will help potential franchisees set up their own business that can withstand tough economic conditions.

For more information on owning your own Cash Crusaders franchise, visit the Cash Crusaders website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube channels.

About Cash Crusaders
Cash Crusaders started in 1996 in Plumstead, Cape Town. Today, the group sells its own branded range of quality new goods, a wide range of pre-loved goods, and offers short term secured loans – three profit centers enabling it to be resilient through any economic circumstance. The market-leading retailer operates through more than 220 stores in Southern Africa, with annual revenues exceeding R2 billion Rand. Cash Crusaders supports a crime-free South Africa and franchisees work closely with local policing forums and take all necessary precautions to avoid dealing in stolen goods, whilst offering a safe and convenient place for customers to trade their pre-owned goods.

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