Starting and running a successful Kota business is not easy. This guide will assist you with all the information you need and help you make good decisions along the way. Almost everyone in South Africa loves a Kota/ Bunny chow. They are sold at almost every township, some call them skhambane, sphahlo or simply a bunny chow. There is a huge demand for this treat in South Africa, let us guide you into starting a successful Kota business.
Is a Kota business profitable?
A kota business can be very lucrative and profitable, profitability will be influenced by factors such as how many Kotas you sell per day and the cost of production for each Kota. Things like transportation costs should be taken into account too.
What do you need to start a Kota business?
Thankfully, starting a Kota business does not require a lot of capital, almost everyone can do it, that is why there are so many Kota shops. You only need operating premises, equipment, a few utilities and stock.
You can operate from a shack, container or a professional space, this depends on where you want your business to be. If you are operating at a township or cbd then a container can work just fine. Any structure will work especially if you are at a township.
If you choose to operate in suburban areas then you have to pay more attention to your operating premises, they have to be professional or at least decent.
You will need a deep fryer for the slap chips, a potato chipper; you can get one from as little as R180; a frying pan and a fridge. That’s pretty much all the basics you need to get started. The frying pan is for frying eggs or sausages if they are included in your kota menu.
Utilities are things you will need to make your kota business run smoothly; these are things like electricity and water.
A traditional Kota usually consists of bread, Chips, Polony, Mangola, Atchar, Vienna, Sausage, Cheese and eggs. A modern kota will include things like lettuce and bacon amongst others. Decide on which ingredients you will use on your kota menu and buy them. Bread and chips cannot be omitted in any kota offering.
Don’t buy these ingredients from huge retail stores, try to get them from wholesalers at lower prices, this can have an impact on your profit.
Setting prices for your Kota menu
Prices should be relative to competitor prices for the most part then add your own special kota and set whatever price you want. This kota is usually big and consists of ingredients that are not found on other kotas in the menu.
Marketing your Kota business
A kota business in a prime location won’t have a problem attracting customers, provided that it’s clearly visible. People won’t know that you are selling kotas if you sell them directly from house, rather setup a shack outside that will be visible to anyone passing by. Other than that; you don’t need much marketing for this business.
This was a detailed guide on how to start and run a successful kota business. Do you have any thoughts or questions? comment below