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Cotton Candy

Add some fluff to your pocket with this colorful business.

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Cotton Candy

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Equipment needed to make cotton candy can bepurchased secondhand for as little as $2,000, and starting a part-timebusiness that makes and sells cotton candy is a great little businessfor enterprising entrepreneurs to tackle. In addition to the cottoncandy making equipment, a small trailer converted into a booth forsales will also be required to get the business up and rolling. Oncethe trailer has been outfitted with the equipment, supplies andadvertising signs, there are numerous locations to set up at in everycommunity. Excellent locations include flea markets, sporting events,public markets, fairs, beach locations, parks, community events andparades. A cotton candy sales cart, trailer or kiosk can be operated onweekends only and still generate sales of $1,000 per day.

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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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Vending Machines

Make money off convenience products with a vending machine business.

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Vending Machines

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Every day factories, warehouses, officebuildings and recreation centers are being constructed. What do thesebuildings have to do with a food business you may ask? A lot,especially if you’re considering starting a vending business, as all ofthese locations are perfect spots to install snack and soda vendingmachines.

The snack vending business is a multibillion dollar industryin North America, and continues to grow each year. Entering into thevending industry is very easy. Simply purchase a few vending machines,stock and locate them, and you’re in business, right? Wrong. Thisindustry also has one of the highest failure rates due to the simplefact that people who start vending routes have often done so at themercy of vending route business opportunity companies. These companies,in exchange for $10,000 or more, promise huge profits to the operatorsof these vending routes. Subsequently the vending equipment is inferiorand usually ends up in the operator’s garage after four or five monthsof not producing any income while on location. There is no greatscience to making a vending route or machine pay for itself. The key tosuccess in vending is the same as opening a retail store: location,location, location. Research and source the right location and avending machine will not only make money, it will be profitable formany years.

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