Category: Niche Business Ideas

Start a Business Selling Retro Items

Today we will be looking at the niche business of the retro product business. One of the most common sales questions is “What are you selling?” When selling something you are trying to figure out what it is that people need or want and what it is that they will buy. It is often said that people aren’t interested in buying a product or service they are interested in the benefits of buying. In South […]

Start an Organic, Natural Baby Food Company

Baby food is any soft, easily consumed food other than breastmilk or infant formula that is made specifically for babies between four to six months and two years old. The market Parents buy off the shelf “instant” baby foods such as Purity due to the convenience, even though there are concerns about its freshness (additives and preservatives which might cause allergies) as well as high salt, sugar and fat content. If you look at the […]

Start a Healthy Baking / Bakery Business

The food industry can be competitive which is why you need to find a niche where the margins are good enough to make a sustainable business. One of the less competitive food niche’s is the healthy bakery niche where people are willing to pay a premium for a quality product. What is healthy baked foods There are various items that can be baked and sold: Gluten free breads (R50 at Woolies for a 375g loaf) […]

Start an Environmentally Friendly Drinking Straw Business

There is a global movement to replace plastic drinking straws with a more environmentally friendly equivalent. Whether or not you care about plastic drinking straws polluting our oceans, there is a business opportunity with large corporations trying to appear responsible with no longer making plastic straws available but they lack a proper alternative. So far the plastic drinking straw alternatives we have in South Africa borders on the comical: paper straws that go limp, bamboo […]

Start a Drone Repair and Maintenance Service

As drones become more and more popular, the more drones people buy and fly, the more accidents occur or drones that will need to be repaired. There is a place for a small drone maintenance company in every city where people fly drones. Market Need Flying drones doesn’t require any licence, so people are not taught how to fly properly and that’s why they often get into accidents and need to be fixed. Regular drone maintenance […]

Start a Frozen Custard Business

If you are looking to enter the cold dessert business in South Africa you will be going up against large incumbents, ice cream has various multinational brands while the frozen yogurt business is wrapped up by market leader Marcels. There is one frozen dessert item item that is curiously absent in South Africa and that is frozen custard. What is frozen custard? No it is not Ultra Mel that has been frozen, according to Wikipedia “Frozen […]

Start a Helium Balloon & Gas Distribution Business

A helium balloon and gas distribution business sells helium balloons wholesale and rents the gas canisters to people who would in turn either resell the balloons in a retail store or to event planners that handle large parties. Opportunity Balloons are an integral theme in many parties, product launches, anniversaries, weddings it is often used as decor. Strategy This business supplies the balloons in bulk and the helium tanks (that has to be returned). Target […]

Start a Dried Fish Maw (Swim Bladder) Export Business

Swim bladder or fish maw is an internal gas-filled organ that contributes to the ability of many bony fish to control their buoyancy. In some Asian cultures, the swim bladders of certain large fishes are considered a food delicacy. In China they are known as fish maw and are served in soups or stews. Swim bladders are also used in the food industry as a source of collagen. It can also be made into strong, […]

Start a Nootropic Business

Nootropics also known as smart drugs and cognitive enhancers are drugs, supplements, and other substances that may improve cognitive function, particularly memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals. If you’ve spent some time in a pharmacy you might have seen products containing Bacopa monnieri, Ginkgo biloba and ginseng that claims it may help with memory, concentration, exams, alertness. These are over the counter drugs (no need for a prescription) as they are plant extracts / […]

Offer 3D Printing as a Service

It would be great if you could just buy one tool and start a small business with it, wouldn’t it? While a shovel is the most common example which comes to mind, the idea of buying a shovel and building a business around trench digging requires not only a tool, but also time and a lot of physical effort. Can you buy some other tool that could work automatically? You can! This tool is a […]

Start a Rural Tourism Agency

The term rural population refers to people living in rural areas. Where, do you think, most South Africans live, – in rural areas or in cities and towns? Fifty years ago rural areas was the right answer, but today over 70% of South Africans are urban citizens who have never been to a small rural town. You can create your own tourism agency and take them there for a weekend. Overview Starting your own rural […]

Start a Lectern, Podium and Pulpit Manufacturing Business

A lectern (mistakenly called a podium) is a tall stand with a sloping top to hold a book or notes, from which someone, typically a preacher or lecturer, can read while standing up. A podium is a small platform in which a person may stand to be seen by an audience, as when making a speech. A pulpit is a raised enclosed platform in a church or chapel from which the preacher delivers a sermon. […]

Open an Indoor Skate Park

An indoor skate park provides recreational facilities for skateboarders, rollerbladers and even BMX riders. A skate park may contain half-pipes, quarter pipes, spine transfers, handrails, funboxes, vert ramps, pyramids, banked ramps, full pipes, pools, bowls, snake runs, stairsets, and any number of other objects. Opportunity There is often not facilities for people who partake in action or extreme sports to practice and enjoy their skills. A skate park fills this gap by offering a venue […]

Start a Specialist Door Business

The timber & joinery industry can be a complicated industry if you are just starting out, but by starting in a smaller subset of the market such as doors and learning the ropes, you are able to appear to be a go-to guy specialist and you’ve chosen a subset that is profitable enough to be a viable and sustainable business. Strategy First off you need to familiarise yourself with the door business, this will be […]

Start a Game Console Repair Service

A game console repair service repairs game consoles such as Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo’s consoles. Opportunity Once a console is out of warranty, the owner has two options: throw it away and buy a new one and repair it. Many people don’t have the money to purchase a new console as they often costs thousands of rands and is hardly an essential item; this is when they look at repair options – one […]

Start Your Own Succulent Plant Business

One of the most common plant species that you can grow are cacti and other various succulents. Succulents are becoming more popular every year. What might surprise you is that the most common type of customers who purchase succulents are small business owners and office workers. They buy cacti and other succulents for office spaces, because succulents are not high maintenance. Types of succulents to grow You might be wondering what this weird biological term […]

Hire out Slot Car Racing Tracks

One of the benefits of operating a hiring business is that it has recurring income without a lot of the worries that plague other types of businesses. But a lot of existing party event rental businesses (such as jumping castles) has a lot of competition, so you have to try something different. I’ve covered hiring out racing simulators and putt-putt courses which has less competition. Today we’ll be looking at starting a business hiring out […]

Make DVD Slideshows of Peoples Photos

DVD slideshows make unique presents and preserve memories. Make DVD photo montage slideshows for people combining their photos with effects, music and transitions. Process You will take photos given to you by people and using DVD slideshow software you will create a disc using a DVD writer that can be viewed on a TV, computer and even put on social media sites. DVD Photo Slideshow is a good example of such software, here is a […]