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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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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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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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Neighborhood Bar

Start a local hangout where everybody knows your name.

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Neighborhood Bar

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

If you own this kind of place you can expect to know many of yourregular customers. As on the TV show “Cheers,” you may find yourselftaking phone messages for customers or cashing their paychecks. It’sbecause of the friendly “home away from home” atmosphere thatneighborhood bars are successful.

Some of these pubs open as early as 6a.m., and they sometimes close earlier than other bars–depending onthe clientele. This type of bar is perfect for small-scaleentertainment options, such as darts, pool tables, video games andjukeboxes. If you’re thinking of owning a neighborhood bar, you mightconsider starting out with a beer and wine license first, and thenmoving on to a liquor license later if the business warrants it. Youmay or may not want to have a kitchen or extensive food menu, againdepending on your concept and your customer. Some neighborhood tavernsoffer sandwiches for the lunch crowd and appetizers in the evening, butno dinners. This avoids the need for a restaurant license and cuts downon costs. Across the country, this is probably the most popular type ofbar you’ll find. There are many neighborhood bars out there, but youmight find that there is room for one more in your area.

The Market

When creating your neighborhood bar concept, keep in mind the peopleyou’d like as customers. Contact the local chamber of commerce or SBAto get information on age, gender, income level, marital status, andpolitical and religious affiliations of your target market. You bar’sconcept may go in a totally different direction if you’re in a collegetown with a high percentage of young, single students than if you’re ina quiet, conservative suburb populated with families. 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 may also needkitchen equipment if you’re offering food items and machines for makingcoffee drinks. And don’t forget the beer, wine and liquor!

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