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Cookie Gift Business

Have a knack for baking? Create delicious gifts.

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Cookie Gift Business

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Everybody loves receiving flowers, and everybody loves cookies. Ifyou’re a cookie magician–you buy every magazine at the market thatfeatures cookie recipes on the cover and then bake up a storm–you cansay it with flowers of the cookie kind with a cookie gift business. Youcan sell a single cookie on a ‘stem’ or a huge bouquet of tasty morselsin one of several varieties: macadamia nut, oatmeal raisin, theever-popular chocolate chip–whatever suits your fancy. Bouquets can betailored to specific events: wedding or anniversary arrangements ofmeringue kisses, a devil’s food divorce posy, or a new baby bouquet ofchocolate-chip-off-the-old-block cookies. The advantages to thisbusiness are that it’s fun, creative and gratifying–you’d be hardpressed to find anyone who doesn’t adore cookies. You’ll need to be amean cookie chef–no burnt bottoms allowed–as well as possess a goodworking knowledge of safe food-handling practices and healthregulations, sales and marketing techniques, and of course, a majordollop of creativity.

The Market

Your clients can be just about anybody or any business you care totarget, from the cookie-monster-on-the-street to corporate types out toimpress customers. You can also sell to restaurants and gift boutiques.Hotel, inn and yacht or plane charters–any business that wants tosurprise and pamper its guests–also make good cookie bouquet clients.Have those business clients eating out of your hand by deliveringbouquets, along with a brochure, to the people who’ll make buyingdecisions. Offer bouquet-giving suggestions; for example, tellsalespeople they can give potential customers a long-stemmed cookietied up with a business card, or suggest to bed-and-breakfast ownersthat they place a small bouquet in their guests’ rooms. Donate a cookiebouquet to be sold at a charity auction, or a give a batch ofsingle-stemmed cookies to attendees of a charity lunch or dinner. Getyour business–and your donations–written up in local publications.Place ads in local papers.

Needed Equipment

Since it’s illegal in most states to make foods for commercialconsumption in your home kitchen, you’ll have to rent or arrange forcommercial facilities like an after-hours school kitchen, co-op orbusiness incubator facility, or have your own kitchen converted tocomply with Health Department regulations.

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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 At A Glance

  • 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.

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  • 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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Personal Chef Service

Put your culinary expertise to use by cooking for parties, special and corporate events.

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Personal Chef Service

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

Business Overview

Take your pots and pans, cooking skills, andlove of food mobile, and hit the road as a personal chef for hire.Prepare gourmet meals for people hosting house parties, small specialoccasions such as birthdays or anniversaries, and for corporateluncheons; basically anywhere there is a kitchen on-site you can usefor your chef service.

Personal chefs are becoming a popularalternative for people that don’t have the budget for a full-scalecatered event or for people that hosting small events that don’trequire complete catering services. The advantages for starting thistype of unique service are apparent: low overhead, low start-up costsand part-time operating hours. Promote the service by joining businessnetworking clubs and community social clubs to spread the news aboutyour personal chef service. This is the type of business that caneasily be supported by word-of-mouth referrals and repeat business onceestablished, leading to a full-time, profitable business venture.Typically, chef rates are quoted on each job and vary on factors suchas the supply of food and the type of menu requested. However, onaverage, personal chefs are generally earning in the range of $35 to$50 per hour.

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