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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 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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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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Cookie Gift Business

Have a knack for baking? Create delicious gifts.

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Cookie Gift Business

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Everybody loves receiving flowers, and everybody loves cookies. Ifyou’re a cookie magician–you buy every magazine at the market thatfeatures cookie recipes on the cover and then bake up a storm–you cansay it with flowers of the cookie kind with a cookie gift business. Youcan sell a single cookie on a ‘stem’ or a huge bouquet of tasty morselsin one of several varieties: macadamia nut, oatmeal raisin, theever-popular chocolate chip–whatever suits your fancy. Bouquets can betailored to specific events: wedding or anniversary arrangements ofmeringue kisses, a devil’s food divorce posy, or a new baby bouquet ofchocolate-chip-off-the-old-block cookies. The advantages to thisbusiness are that it’s fun, creative and gratifying–you’d be hardpressed to find anyone who doesn’t adore cookies. You’ll need to be amean cookie chef–no burnt bottoms allowed–as well as possess a goodworking knowledge of safe food-handling practices and healthregulations, sales and marketing techniques, and of course, a majordollop of creativity.

The Market

Your clients can be just about anybody or any business you care totarget, from the cookie-monster-on-the-street to corporate types out toimpress customers. You can also sell to restaurants and gift boutiques.Hotel, inn and yacht or plane charters–any business that wants tosurprise and pamper its guests–also make good cookie bouquet clients.Have those business clients eating out of your hand by deliveringbouquets, along with a brochure, to the people who’ll make buyingdecisions. Offer bouquet-giving suggestions; for example, tellsalespeople they can give potential customers a long-stemmed cookietied up with a business card, or suggest to bed-and-breakfast ownersthat they place a small bouquet in their guests’ rooms. Donate a cookiebouquet to be sold at a charity auction, or a give a batch ofsingle-stemmed cookies to attendees of a charity lunch or dinner. Getyour business–and your donations–written up in local publications.Place ads in local papers.

Needed Equipment

Since it’s illegal in most states to make foods for commercialconsumption in your home kitchen, you’ll have to rent or arrange forcommercial facilities like an after-hours school kitchen, co-op orbusiness incubator facility, or have your own kitchen converted tocomply with Health Department regulations.

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