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Romantic Catering

Create the perfect evening for a couple by preparing and serving a romantic meal that they can enjoy alone.

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Romantic Catering

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

Who needs cupid when they can hire yourromantic catering service and surprise that someone special in theirlives with a unique and unforgettable romantic dinner for two. Romanticcatering is just that. You plan and play host to a memorable diningexperience for clients. The evening could start with a romantic ride ina horse-drawn carriage through a park, complete with wine, roses andmood-setting music. The ride could end on a secluded beach under thestars where the client would dine on lobster and caviar picnic-style.

Of course, your service would provide the gourmet meal, make all thearrangements, supply the transportation and even serve the meal on thefinest china while dressed in exquisite formalwear. Best of all, you donot need to be a chef, have the horse-drawn carriage or even have theability to serve them. All of these can be contracted to qualifiedpeople who possess these abilities and equipment. What is required,however, is the ability to plan the best possible romantic dinneradventures available. This type of specialty business will also enableyou to be creative in how you go about promoting the service. Perhaps adeal can be struck with the local newspaper or entertainment magazine.You provide a romantic dinner full of surprises for a reporter, editoror publisher and their guest in exchange for a write-up about yourromantic catering service to be featured in their publication. This isthe type of business that can enjoy a great amount of repeat businessand word-of-mouth referrals.

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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: 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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Deli

Give people a place to eat, as well as pick up meat and other gourmet goodies. You’re likely be a hit with the lunch crowd.

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Deli

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

Business Overview

Starting and operating a deli has manyadvantages over a traditional restaurant including lower startup costs,shorter operating hours and lower operating overheads. The best delisnot only sell varied meats, cheeses and other gourmet foods, but alsoprovide customers with a lunch delivery service, a few seats and tablesfor the sit-down lunch crowd and take-out catering options includingcold meat and cheese trays. Noteworthy is the fact that many deliproprietors choose a theme for their business such as a New York-styledeli, a British deli or a German deli. Ideal operating locations fordelis are generally found in office districts, industrial malls andmall food courts. The key to success in this type of competitive foodbusiness is to provide customers with excellent quality products,exceptional service and a varied menu that’ll appeal to a large segmentof the population.

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