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Produce Shop

Cater to health- and taste-conscious consumers and restaurants by supplying the best produce available.

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Produce Shop

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

Business Overview

The bland produce shops of days gone by withtheir less-than-appealing display methods, boring interiors and limitedproduct selections are quickly being replaced by what are now called’Produce Boutiques.’

A sheep in wolf’s clothing, perhaps, but today’sproduce shops are specifically catering to consumers that have in largebecome more health wise and want a relaxing shopping experience. Manyproduce shops now offer customer services such as a juice bar and anarea to sit down and relax with your favorite fruit or vegetable andread the paper. This is the type of retailing business that must belocated in a densely populated urban center to thrive. Fewer cars andmore walk-by foot traffic are key location considerations. Furthermore,as a method to increase profits, be sure to establish supply accountswith restaurants and catering companies that are seeking the bestproduce available to prepare for their valued customers.

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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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Cooking Classes

Cook up a recipe for business success with culinary classes.

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Cooking Classes

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

Does everyone tell you what a good cook youare? If so, perhaps you should consider starting your own business thatteaches people how to cook. The business can be started on a shoestringbudget, yet has the ability to generate a yearly income in excess of$40,000.
Providing you can secure the necessary zoning and licensing,the business could be established from a homebased location, oralternatively, the business could be established as a joint venturewith an existing retail store that sells cookware and housewares. Ifthe joint venture route is taken, the cooking classes could beconducted at night or during nonbusiness hours. Establishing a businessas a joint venture with an existing business that is already successfulis a terrific way to minimize startup investment, capitalize on anexisting client base, and share overhead costs. Joint ventures andamalgamations are without question the business trend of the future.

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