Setting up a website for your small business is simple enough, but once you start eyeing ecommerce things get a bit more complex.

Considerations around security, payment gateways and more, quickly ramp up and it’s not uncommon for some businesses to give up or not bother at all.

In a bid to assist these businesses, Telkom has announced the launch of Yep! – a platform where small businesses can set up an online store.

“Think of Yep! as a ‘friend’ to small businesses, as it provides a scalable solution to help grow and enhance their reach,” explains chief executive officer at Telkom Business, Lunga Siyo.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has far-reaching effects, none of which paint a bright future for many businesses and even more so in South Africa where small to medium-sized enterprises form the backbone of the economy,” adds the Telkom Business CEO.

Businesses are able to sell products and services through Yep, while customers are able to find a business in their area easily through the app.

This also means that bigger businesses can source products from SMEs easily.

Each page can be set up with a company’s unique branding as well as its products and services.

Telkom has said that it hopes to expand Yep’s capabilities in the future including bringing more services to the platform, the ability to book appointments and do invoicing on the app and also enable online delivery and payment integration.

Yep! also features a bidding section where users can post a service requirement and local businesses can bid for the job with their best price.

As regards the cost of registering on Yep! Telkom said, “Yep! is free to use and sign-up”.

However, the platform may carry a fee in future though Telkom says it’s unclear when this fee would be introduced. For now though, Yep! is free for users and businesses.

The app is available to download for free on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store.