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Create a great hangout for sports fans that’ll keep them coming back for every game.

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Sports Bar

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

Business Overview

Depending on the establishment’s capacity, sports bars can be aspecific version of the neighborhood tavern, or they can take on a lifeas big as a nightclub. You may have the latter in mind, but your marketresearch may point to the former. It’s important to do your homework!

Generally, sports bars offer some kind of menu options such as burgers,pizza, sandwiches and appetizers. Since the main attraction is sportingevents, sports bars have televisions in view of every seat, sometimesall tuned to different channels. Audio and video technology comes intoplay, with some owners spending a large percentage of their revenue onkeeping up with the latest in technology–from satellites to big-screenTVs. The startup costs and revenue potential reflect basically the samenumbers as a neighborhood bar. Sports bars benefit from having built-inevents to use in their marketing throughout the year, but you need morethan just sporting events and drinks to attract customers. Many sportsbars also have video games and other activities to keep customerscaptivated.

The Market

When creating your sports bar concept, keep in mind the people you’dlike as customers. Contact the local chamber of commerce or SBA to getinformation on age, gender, income level, marital status, and politicaland religious affiliations of your target market. You’ll also want toinvestigate any favorite sports or teams in your community. Once you’veestablished your bar, how can you get the neighborhood to come?Generate word-of-mouth buzz through direct-mail campaigns, developing aWeb site or getting involved in community events and charity functions.

Needed Equipment

Once you have your location selected and have gotten the necessarylicenses, you will need to decide how to layout your bar and whatequipment you’ll need, including: glassware, compartment sinks, glassracks, taps and dispending systems for beer and soft drinks, cooler forbeer kegs, freezer, ice bins, ice machine, ice pick, ice scoops,dishwasher, storage cabinets and display shelves. You will also needkitchen equipment for the snacks and sandwiches you’re offering, andmachines for making coffee drinks. For a sports bar, TVs are a must,and there is cable or satellite service to consider as well. And don’tforget the beer, wine and liquor!

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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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Packaged Herbs and Spices

Put together tasty combinations of herbs and spices to sell to local grocers.

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Packaged Herbs and Spices

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

Here is a great little business opportunitythat can be started on a part-time basis right from a home. Purchasingherbs and spices in bulk, repackaging the product into smallerquantities, and selling the herbs and spices through local retailersvia point-of-purchase (POP) displays. The main objective is to ensurethe packaging you create for the products is unique, as well asensuring that the POP displays are located in highly visible areas ofthe retail stores you secure distribution rights with. In alllikelihood, the POP displays and product will have to be consigned withretailers initially until the product is a proven seller, at whichpoint the accounts can easily be converted to typical wholesale supplyaccounts. Additionally, consider stocking the POP displays withcookbooks and recipe guides as well as the packaged herbs and spices asa method to increase consumer awareness and increase business revenue.

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