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Brew Pub

Want to introduce the world to your premium brew? Start a pub.

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Brew Pub

Startup Costs: $100,000 +
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Studies have shown that although consumers are drinking less alcohol,their tastes are becoming more discriminating. As a result, microbrewsare becoming more and more popular. In a brew pub, you can brew yourown beer right on the premises. In a beer bar, you can offer a largeselection of different types of beer, including microbrews producedelsewhere.

It’s often easier to get a liquor license for a brewpub orbeer bar than a full-scale liquor license, since you don’t need a fullystocked liquor bar. Another benefit to owning a beer bar or brewpub ismen drink beer more often than any other alcoholic beverage, which cantranslate into a profitable business for you. Most brewpubs only selltheir own beer options on tap (draft beer), with a few selections ofbottled beer options, too. Since you are creating you own product inthe brewpub, you also have the ability to control what you make andsell–from quality to quantity. Beer bars tend to have lower startupcosts, which can often mean obtaining a less expensive, fixed-pricelicense from your state government. Keep in mind most states don’t putany limits on the number of beer and wine licenses they issue. However,most restrict liquor licenses based on the population of yourparticular county.

The Market

When creating your sports bar concept, keep in mind the people you’dlike as customers. Contact the local chamber of commerce or SBA to getinformation on age, gender, income level, marital status, and politicaland religious affiliations of your target market. Once you’veestablished your bar, how can you get the neighborhood to come?Generate word-of-mouth buzz through direct-mail campaigns, developing aWeb site or getting involved in community events and charity functions.

Needed Equipment

Once you have your location selected and have gotten the necessarylicenses, you will need to decide how to layout your bar and whatequipment you’ll need, including: glassware, compartment sinks, glassracks, taps and dispending systems for beer and soft drinks, cooler forbeer kegs, freezer, ice bins, ice machine, ice pick, ice scoops,dishwasher, storage cabinets and display shelves. You will also needkitchen equipment for the snacks and sandwiches you’re offering, andmachines for making coffee drinks. If you are running a brewpub, youwill need the necessary brewing equipment.

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Grocery Delivery Service Business Opportunity

Busy people across the country will appreciate not having to go to the store for their groceries.

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  • Business: Grocery Delivery Service
  • Start-up Costs: Minimum
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

You have a few options available in terms of starting a grocery delivery service. The first is to simply contract with local grocery stores to deliver customer orders for a fee. The grocery store would bill the customer, market the service and manage the deliveries.

You simply deliver the groceries. The second and more lucrative option is to establish a buying account with a grocery wholesaler and resell groceries to your customers at a profit.

Related: UberEATS Is Coming To South Africa

This method means you’ll have to create a catalog of the grocery items you stock as well as market the service. However, once again the potential to generate more profit is greatly increased.

Grocery delivery services are often very profitable business ventures, as the convenience of home delivery makes getting customers very easy.

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Hot Dog Cart Business Opportunity

Selling this concession food could be one juicy business.

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Business At A Glance

  • Business: Hot Dog Cart
  • Start-up Costs: R2 000 – R10 000
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The biggest challenge to overcome in terms of starting a hot dog vending business is to secure a vendor’s permit in your local community. However, even if you can’t get one, you can still operate a hot dog cart on privately-owned property and cater to functions such as flea markets, auctions, sporting events and fairs.

This is a terrific business to operate on a full- or part-time basis. Secure a good location or local events to cater to. Read more on Why the V&A Food Market is a Great Place to do Business.

Currently, new hot dog vending carts are retailing in the range of R4 000 to R8 000 each, depending on the features. However, as a method to reduce start-up costs, consider purchasing a secondhand hot dog cart – they’re typically half the cost of a new one.

Vending cart business equipment

  • Business: Vending Carts South Africa
  • Head office: 13 Beatrice Str, Stanger, 4450, South Africa
  • Visit: www.vendingcarts.co.za
  • Call: 083 228 2332

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Packaged Herbs and Spices

Put together tasty combinations of herbs and spices to sell to local grocers.

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Packaged Herbs and Spices

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Here is a great little business opportunitythat can be started on a part-time basis right from a home. Purchasingherbs and spices in bulk, repackaging the product into smallerquantities, and selling the herbs and spices through local retailersvia point-of-purchase (POP) displays. The main objective is to ensurethe packaging you create for the products is unique, as well asensuring that the POP displays are located in highly visible areas ofthe retail stores you secure distribution rights with. In alllikelihood, the POP displays and product will have to be consigned withretailers initially until the product is a proven seller, at whichpoint the accounts can easily be converted to typical wholesale supplyaccounts. Additionally, consider stocking the POP displays withcookbooks and recipe guides as well as the packaged herbs and spices asa method to increase consumer awareness and increase business revenue.

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