With apps like UberEats changing the way people think about food delivery, it is clear that there is a big need for food delivery services.
The problem is that UberEats and other food delivery services don’t operate everywhere. If you live somewhere that doesn’t have this service, then you are in luck.
It is easier than you think to start your own food delivery business and corner the market in your area. With a few tips, you can be well on your way to providing a necessary service to your area and profit while doing so!
Here are some ways for you to start your own food delivery service.
Create an app
People love using apps for things. Instead of calling and setting up an order, they want to open an app and click through to get what they want.
Don’t worry, though. You don’t need to be an app developer yourself. This is an area that you’ll want to outsource. Hire a mobile app development company to create a bespoke app just for you.
You let them know exactly what you need it to do and they deliver it to you. It may not come cheap, but it will pay for itself once your business gets rolling.
Have the right navigation
Don’t let you or your drivers get lost when out on a delivery. People want their food delivered while it’s still hot.
Relying on Google Maps might seem like the logical thing to do, especially since it’s free. The reality is that it is not always accurate. A good idea is to use a MapPoint alternative that is accurate and feature-rich. There are more ways to customize your maps and routes and have a lot of analytics to help you streamline your deliveries.
Find your target market
Research, research and then do more research to find out who will want to use your service.
Is there a university nearby that you think will be ordering from a service like yours? Or, maybe there is an office park that needs a simple way to order for their lunch breaks. Those are different market segments that need to be marketed differently.
That isn’t to say that you need to pick one. You should certainly be doing both, but how you reach those people will be very different.
Find out where those people are hanging out online and then start your marketing there.
Even good old fashioned flyer canvassing may work, but you have to do your research first to see if it is the most efficient and effective way to spend your marketing budget.
Create a business plan
Once you have evidence that your idea is viable, you need to create a business plan. A business plan is a blueprint for your business.
Look at it as a roadmap that will help you go step by step along with the business phases. Start out with a vision and then you’ll need to fill in the gaps on how you plan to realize that vision. Fleshing it out this way keeps you accountable and helps you save time and money by avoiding deviating from what is going to bring you profits.
After a while, you can look at your plan and adjust it as necessary. You may even be seeing some room for improvement just by analyzing your business plan.
Getting cash to start and operate your business is the next step after creating the business plan. In fact, you aren’t likely to get any financing without one.
There are two ways to go about getting the capital you need to get going. You can go get a bank loan, or look for investors. Both have their pros and cons so it’s up to you which scenario works best.
Having investors gives you a bit of latitude when it comes to paying them later, but you give up some control of your company.
A bank is not so forgiving when you find yourself struggling to pay back the loan, but you are also not under their thumb when it comes to decisions that affect how you do business.
Get licensed and insured
Dealing with vehicles and food together puts you squarely in the middle of a bureaucratic tempest. You’ll need licenses to operate the vehicle commercially in most places. And having insurance for the vehicle is a must.
You’ll also need liability insurance. In case your driver is in an accident and is at fault you should be protected from liability with your insurance.
Also, in the case of somebody getting sick from the food. They may try to sue you in this case so you need to be covered.