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Gourmet French Fry Stand

Offer a specialty concession that customers will remember.

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Gourmet French Fry Stand

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

French fries are probably the most popularfast food product sold in North America, and starting a gourmet frenchfry stand may be just the new business opportunity that you’ve beensearching for.

Ideally, a french fry stand should be located in busyareas of the community such as mall food courts, beach areas, or closeto schools. What separates a gourmet french fry stand from a commonfrench fry stand are the toppings and sauces available. Toppings caninclude cheese, chili, salsa, gravy or just about any other type ofsauce. Also, french fries should be fresh cut from potatoes on site tobe considered the best. To keep startup costs to a minimum, considerpurchasing secondhand restaurant and commercial kitchen equipment likefrench fryers and potato chippers.

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Hot Dog Cart Business Opportunity

Selling this concession food could be one juicy business.

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  • 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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Holiday Drink Guides

People love celebrating the holidays with a drink or two. Inspire them with a semi-annual recipe guide.

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Holiday Drink Guides

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

Holiday drink books are simply small guidesthat are published twice per year in the winter and summer and featurerecipes for alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. The holiday drink booksare distributed throughout the community free of charge and aresupported by selling display advertising space in the guides to localcompanies wishing to advertise their products and services. Startingthis type of desktop publishing business is very easy, as the businesscan be operated from home and requires little in the way of startupinvestment or special skills. Furthermore, to gain additionalyear-round income, consider expanding the business to includepublishing and distributing community coupon books as well as a freeclassified advertising community paper.

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