A vineyard is a plantation of grape- bearing vines, grown mainly for wine making, but also for raisins, table grapes and non – alcoholic grape juice. The science, practice and study of vineyard production is known as viticulture. A winery is a licensed property that makes wine.
So, a vineyard can have a winery that produces wine from the grapes it grows, but it can also sell its grapes to outside wineries and purely act as a grape-grower. Vineyards are often located on hillsides and planted in soils that are of only marginal value to other plants.
The wine making process includes growing and harvesting grapes, crushing and pressing grapes into unfermented wine and fermenting the wine. The industry also makes wine blends, brandies and wines from other fruit sources.
The wine industry is undergoing an exciting period of change, both in the vineyard and in the winery. Wine makers are experimenting with new varieties of wine, as well as new clones of existing varieties such as chardonnay and Cabernet sauvignon. Large – scale experimentation with root-stocks is taking place to establish which planting material is particularly suited to conditions In most South African vineyards harvesting is carried out by hand, although machines are used on some farms. The grapes are picked into baskets and transported in bins to the winery where vinification begins.
Wine producers are focused on identifyng and selecting sites best suited to particular grape varieties. In addition, new clones and root – stocks which particularly well adapted to the local soil and climatic conditions are being selected.
Wines thrive in poor soils and are capable of putting down roots to a depth of several meters in search of nutrients and water. Good quality grapes, however, are not produced on badly drained or very shallow sites.
After growing the grapes, you can sell or export them to wineries who are involved in producing the wine. You can also decide to start and own a winery where you can produce the wine and distribute them to consumers. Another option is to do both by having an estate winery where you grow the grapes and produce the wine.
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Starting a car wash business is one of the ways to hit good money really fast. This is because of the way people use them. However, care has to be taken so that one sets up something quite unique and different from the conventional car wash centers.
In the car wash industry, you will also find customized services such as full and self- service car wash services, as well as truck and bus washes and vehicle detailing services. The industry is open to both small entrepreneurs (neighborhood car wash) and big time investors.
A car wash business is perfect for someone who wants to start his own business. You do not have to have much capital to start. You can start small and gradually expand as your finances improve. To stand out from the rest of the car washes in your neighborhood, you will need to put in some extras in addition to washing cars. Think of selling snacks that your customers can munch on while they wait.
Just like in any other business, you must know your target market. While it is clear that your target market are vehicle owners, you need to know their lifestyles in order to attract them to your car wash. You must find out how much they spend on taking care of their cars and decide on a reasonable fee. Also check the kind of cars the majority of prospective customers drive.
The marketing and advertising side won’t cost you too much money to create awareness of the existence of your business. The business needs to be visible and you can also personally tell people about your services. Wherever you go nowadays, you are always approached by individuals wanting to wash your car. This is how easy it is to sell your services.
Before you even begin to look for funding, you will at this point need to create a detailed business plan. No institution will give you funding without one. Sourcing funding for a start up can be a bit of a challenge if you do not know where to go or what they are expecting of you.
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The concept is known as “Containerized Mobile Service Stations” or Mobile Fuel Stations. Mobile service stations are a complete service station closed and specially fitted into a ISO container. This is for the storage and dispensing of 18,000 to 24,000 liters of 1 or 2 products i.e Diesel/Petrol. These can be easiliy moved and are easy and fast commission with a much reduced set cost.
The flexibility of the Mobile Service Station containers is being reflected by the diverse fields of application of its use. The Mobile Filling Station can be used for the refueling of cars, trucks, construction or mining machinery as well as for yachts and boats. Once empty, the container units can be reinstalled at a different spot without problems and pretty fast. The construction time for a mobile fuel station is comparatively short compare to a conventional one.
* Portable/Mobile Service Stations can be used due to high costs of investment to build a fixed petrol station.
* Lack of proper equipment and facilities in some rural and remote areas and difficulty in fuel supply.
* Can simultaneously fuel 4 vehicles.
* Ideal solution for areas with less developed infrastructure.
* Container is protected from any weather condition and lightning, leakage etc.
* Easy to transport from site to site.
It takes more than 7 months from doing a feasibility study to construction before any service station is operational. The advantage of a Mobile Fuel Station is that it takes 6 weeks to manufacture and to begin operating with the average cost R700 000. Mobile Service Stations can be set up in rural areas and in addition they can be relocated and operational within 2 weeks.If the site where the unit is positioned is not profitable or has been sidelined by a new road, the unit can be disassembled and re-erected in another more profitable area.
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There are some businesses that someone can start with little schooling and no serious business background and training necessary. One of them is a tyre retailing shop. The basic things you would need to have in place to make a success is a good location, easy access to the supply of quality tyres and good customer service skills.
The automobile industry is ever evolving, but tires have remained consistent – and a tire shop is a proven and effective business model. Many different niches exist within the tire industry, ranging from retail to repair.
The location for your tire business will require space to house some vehicles and/or trucks. At least one garage bay is required but multiple bays with high clearance increase your earning abilities. Purchasing the space is ideal as an investment, but leasing is common, especially for a new business with limited capital. A high visible location increases natural foot traffic.
Always do proper market research before investing in a location. Assess the population base, vehicles on the road and the competition. The tyre business is often safe because every vehicle on the road requires tyre service. It is however important to understand the dynamics in the local economy. For example, a small town with a stable tyre business is a difficult market to penetrate while an urban or growing area with high traffic has more potential. While conducting market research, assess the pricing offered by competitors and work through your pricing strategy.
The tire business has niches that include repair, retail, mounting, balance and alignment. Some shops even offer some mechanical work to varying degrees. Brakes, U-joints, idler arms and front end parts are often in need of repair, and the shop can quickly examine and quote the additional work while increasing billable hours and profit margins.
When your tyre business is set up, licensed, and launched, you may receive some traffic, but proper marketing will increase traffic, sales and revenue. Advertise locally, set up a website and get the business listed on GOOGLE’S local business search. Customers will find you, utilize your service and leave reviews through this platform.
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Starting a strawberry farming business, is good news because you can’t get it wrong due to various species of strawberries that are consumed fresh by almost everybody and all over the globe.
Strawberries and strawberry flavorings are a popular addition to dairy products such as strawberry milk, strawberry ice cream, strawberry milkshakes, and yogurts to mention a few. Although farmers have been quite reluctant in participating in strawberry farming stating that the industry is not very developed, those looking into venturing into the practice are highly encouraged because of the huge income potential.
Strawberries can be grown from seeds, or using transplants (runners) from already existing strawberry plants. It is however more difficult to start with seeds and therefore runners are mostly used.
Mulching – after planting the strawberry plants, mulching the beds with pine needles, shredded leaves or straw helps to keep the soil temperature down, mitigate the weed problem, and also keeps the fruit cleaner by keeping the strawberries off of the dirt.
Irrigation – water is critically and essential when growing strawberries. The plants need a lot of water especially when the runners and flowers are developing. Drip irrigation is highly recommended as it waters at the root.
Pruning – this is majorly aimed at increasing fruit production. Flowers should be pruned off immediately they appear.
Fertilization – application fertilizers an manure boost production. However, if too much fertilizer is applied, this promotes excessive leaf growth and poor production of flower stalks. Too much nitrogen results in soft and easily – damaged strawberries.
It is important to state that strawberry farming comes its own fair share of challenges, but that does not rule out the fact that it is indeed a profitable business venture. An aspiring entrepreneur can either choose to start on a small or on a large scale depending on their financial status.
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