You want to be a book seller, but you don't know where - or even if you should - start.
Here's how to find a good bookstore location, pay a fair price, find suppliers, and tweak those final details before you own your own book store in South Africa.
In South Africa, informal township ‘spaza’ shops, which first appeared in the 1970s and were essentially community convenience stores, still exist today. They thrive in some areas and are one example of how a newsagent/convenience store can remain relevant, and to some extent profitable, in South Africa today.
In little more than two decades, the South African retail liquor sector has moved from a basic commodity competing with home-grown alternatives to a sophisticated retail operation which also reflects international trend
Despite some adverse criticism of the process, there appears to be a continuing demand for tanning. Though a market where there is controversy demands caution and careful research, it can also present opportunities for those prepared to set up a responsible business which demonstrably puts the interests of consumers to the fore.
Declining alcohol consumption and heightened regulation has affected the nightclub industry, but diversifying to attract new customers may be the way forward. With wine bars, specialty cocktail lounges, martini bars or artisanal beer bars, club owners may attract a new demographic to bolster their profits.
There are around two million cats in South Africa, which is a large market if you’re keen to operate in the pet boarding sector.
However, running a cattery is a lifestyle business. And a love and genuine interest in caring for animals is a prerequisite.
Canada’s garden centres are to some extent limited by the colder climate and shorter growing season of their region. However, in many instances this has proved a useful incentive to demonstrate how the traditional garden centre model can be extended and diversified.
Increasing city populations and a more-affluent middle-class population are just two of the factors driving this trend. This, in turn, will create new opportunities for those businesses which provide different kinds of animal-boarding arrangements.
The restaurant industry is gradually improving year on year with a slow but consistent growth, and it may prove more profitable for owners to specialize or at least find some way of setting themselves apart from the competition.
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