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Popcorn Cart

This concessions idea will keep hungry customers coming back for more.

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Popcorn Cart

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

Business Overview

Here is a great part- or full-time businessenterprise that can be started on a small initial investment and returnexcellent profits. Starting a popcorn cart vending business requireslittle more than a vendor’s license, popcorn cart and a high-trafficlocation. Excellent locations include weekend flea markets, sportsevents, fairs, farmers markets and all other busy community gatheringplaces. New popcorn vending carts can cost as much as $15,000. However,as a way of keeping startup costs to a minimum, you may want toconsider purchasing a secondhand popcorn vending cart, as used cartsare currently selling for approximately $2,500 to $5,000 depending onsize and condition. The ability to make a very good living operating apopcorn cart is excellent, and the markup on a bag of popcorn is 500percent or greater.

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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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Community Restaurant Guide

Cash in on connecting diners with your local restaurants.

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Community Restaurant Guide

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a business that creates andpublishes a monthly community restaurant guide is a verystraightforward business venture to set in motion. The guide canfeature information and articles about community restaurants,restaurant specials and coupons, as well as forthcoming community eventinformation. Furthermore, the restaurant guide can be distributedthroughout the community free of charge, and revenues to support thebusiness can be gained by charging the restaurants featured in theguide an advertising fee. Additional income can also be earned byproviding restaurant owners with menu printing options, as well aspaper placemat advertising and printing options.

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