Go People – Richard Kumm

BRAAI MASTER: Richard Kumm is the owner of East London-based braai essentials company Mancave Braai and Accessories. Picture: SUPPLIED

This week we chat with Richard Kumm, owner of Mancave Braai and Accessories, about his successful business model and plans for this year

What products does your business supply?

My business, Mancave Braai and Accessories, is mainly focused on providing good quality firewood for homes or retail stores and some restaurants. We also have some accessories available.

When and how did you start your business?

I started in October 2020, selling wood on the street and offering to deliver to people’s homes for their convenience.

What inspired you to start your business?

I was overseas for a while. I came back to SA on holiday just before the Covid-29 lockdown and once the lockdown started and continued, I got tired of waiting to go back. My brother asked me what I loved to do and I said to braai, and here we are today.

How many people do you work with?

I work with about four to seven people, depending on the demand and how busy it is.

What do you think sets you apart from other similar businesses in the area?

I think what sets Mancave Braai and Accessories apart is my honesty about my wood, as well as the good and speedy service I offer to my clients.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in your business and how did you manage to overcome them? 

Some challenges have included the weather because I only have one bakkie to run the whole business. Sometimes the rains flood the farms and getting the wood from the farms becomes impossible. We either time it well by having enough stock at the farm, or we sometimes get lucky and borrow the farm owners’ tractors to get it off if they have.

What proud moments or highlights have you had on your business journey?

I would say proud moments for me are when the business gets new clients through word-of-mouth. I also appreciate the ongoing support I get from customers who started ordering from me two years ago.

What are some of your business goals for this year?

My main goal for 2023 would be to get another vehicle for my cutting team so I can save four to five hours a day fetching wood. I also want to focus more on marketing and sales. My second goal would be to supply more retailers and garages so they can provide me with a steady income.

What advice do you have for someone who is interested in a similar line of business?

My advice to someone who wants to do something similar is you need to be hands-on. You also need to be good with your hands as tools and machines can break down often and you need to know how to fix them. Also, start small and build slowly to reduce overheads. For the first year, I was the only one working full-time, with one person helping me when needed.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?

We offer free delivery in East London on all deliveries.

How can our readers contact you to order wood?

Call me at 060-702-4965;

Facebook: Mancave Braai & Accessories;

Instagram: @mancave_el

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