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Wine and Champagne Bar

Raise your glasses to this trendy and fun business concept.

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Wine and Champagne Bar

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

Business Overview

Wine has become an increasingly popular drink of choice beyond thetraditional glass or bottle with a nice dinner. In fact, women orderwine at bars and restaurants more often than any other alcoholicbeverage. Since a glass of wine has expanded its reputation, wine andchampagne bars attracting a more upscale clientele have sprung up. Thiskind of bar often gives guests the opportunity to taste a variety ofdifferent kinds of wines and the ability to learn more about theirqualities. Wine and champagne bars tend to stay small and intimate insize and are located in more sophisticated neighborhoods.

The Market

When creating your neighborhood bar concept, keep in mind the peopleyou’d like as customers. Contact the local chamber of commerce or SBAto get information on age, gender, income level, marital status, andpolitical and religious affiliations of your target market. You bar’sconcept may go in a totally different direction if you’re in a collegetown with a high percentage of young, single students than if you’re ina quiet, conservative suburb populated with families. 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, freezer, ice bins, ice machine, ice pick, ice scoops,dishwasher, storage cabinets and display shelves. You may also needkitchen equipment if you’re offering food items and machines for makingcoffee and soft drinks drinks. And don’t forget the wine!

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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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Doughnut Shop and Bulk Sales

Pull in your dough with this sweet business.

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Doughnut Shop and Bulk Sales

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

Business Overview

Did you know that more than one billiondoughnuts are sold each year in the U.S.? That’s more than ample reasonto consider a doughnut shop as a new business venture. The firstapproach is to open a traditional, sit-down style doughnut shop thatserves customers doughnuts, coffee and muffins. The second approach isto establish a commercial doughnut bakery that’s not open to thepublic, but specializes in making doughnuts for wholesale to grocerystores, restaurants, school cafeterias and catering companies. Ofcourse, you can also combine both operating formats and run a doughnutshop as well as a doughnut wholesale baker business. The industry isvery competitive, so be sure to practice good research and planningskills prior to establishing the business. Profit potential range is$40,000 or more per year.

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