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Online Organic Food Sales

Be the go-to business for healthy, quality food products.

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Online Organic Food Sales

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

The time has never been better than now tostart a business that specializes in organic food sales and homedelivery, as organically grown foods have become so popular, growersare having a hard time meeting consumer demand.

The first step toestablishing the business is to build alliances with organic foodgrowers to supply the inventory needed for the business. The secondstep is to create and distribute a catalog featuring all theorganically grown food products that the business sells and delivers.Additionally, be sure to develop a website that lets clients place foodorders online. You may also consider accepting food orders via e-mailand fax. The profit potential for a business that sells and deliversorganically grown fruits and vegetables is outstanding, as the productscan be marked up by 30 to 40 percent. This still let you undercutgrocery stores and organic food retailers by 10 percent or more.

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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.

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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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