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Submarine Sandwich Shop

If assembling a scrumptious sandwich is your specialty, you might want a taste of this business.

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Submarine Sandwich Shop

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

Business Overview

Submarine sandwich shops are popping upeverywhere across the country, and starting your own sub shop may bejust the new business opportunity you’ve been searching for. The greatthing about starting a sub shop is that operating this business doesn’trequire a lot of past business experience or skills, making this abusiness opportunity that just about any determined entrepreneur cantackle. Like any restaurant business, the key to success lies withinselecting the right location for the business, providing top notchcustomer service and serving good food at reasonable prices. Additionalrevenues can also be earned by expanding the menu to include salad andsoup options, as well as a free delivery service for food orders over acertain dollar amount.

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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: 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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Texas Barbecue

Lasso in hungry crowds with a Texas-style barbecue.

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Texas Barbecue

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

Regardless of where you live, a Texas-stylebarbecue is a surefire hungry crowd pleaser and a great businessstartup for the entrepreneur looking for a part-time enterprise.Hamburgers, steak on a bun, ribs and hot dogs are just a few of themenu items that can be included. You can operate this type of businessfrom a large tent, and excellent events to cater to include sportsevents, corporate functions, parades, auction sales, fairs and socialevents such as family reunion. This type of food service business willneed licensing in most areas by the health board, but providing youmeet and maintain health board requirements, securing this type oflicense is easy.

In addition to a large tent, you’ll also need acommercial barbecue that operates on propane, or even seasoned wood forthe true barbecue enthusiast, as well as other basic equipment such ascoolers. You can purchase an enclosed trailer or van to transport theequipment to the event you are catering. This is a great part-timebusiness enterprise for anyone with cooking experience to undertake andoperate just a few hours each weekend. This can generate profits of$500 or more at a busy event as these types of food products aretypically marked up by 400 percent or more for retail sale. Market thebusiness by building alliances with business associations, wedding andevent planners, and networking clubs. It won’t take long to establish acontact and referral base providing the food and service you provide isexcellent.

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