How do I get my business idea off the ground?
October 20, 2006 10:16 PM Subscribe
I'm seriously thinking about starting a small business/personal project, but the logistics are a nightmare. Help me get it off the ground, Hive Mind!
posted by Willie0248 to Work & Money (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have identified a need in my area. I live in a rural town which happens to have a large college in it. There are no food delivery services here outside of pizza places, so I want to start something akin to Pink Dot (www.pinkdot.com, not sure how to put links in here) except we would deliver anything you can buy locally. In theory, someone would call my business, they would tell us what they want (and where to get it if we don't know), we would call the business to get a quote, call the customer back with a price, and then we would go get it for them. Simple right? This is where it gets complicated. These are my concerns:
- Unless payment is upfront, I could see people using this service to request high-dollar items and then just robbing the driver when he gets there. However, if payment is upfront we may run into an issue with items being out of stock and we couldn't take cash. Not sure what to do about this one.
- I don't know how much would be reasonable and marketable to charge.
- Without a lot of drivers, a high volume of calls could make the service useless to most customers. I imagine most calls would just be for food from sit-down restaurants and that's not something people want to wait for while we finish our backlog.
- I don't know how to take credit cards, which would be the payment method most used.
- I'm not sure what the laws on delivering alcohol are.
Anyway, you business gurus probably have spotted several holes in my scheme, because I know there are lots of things I haven't thought of. If it turns out to be profitable, I may invest in a brick-and-mortar location, but that's a huge if! So I ask you geniuses of the net, help me get this idea off the ground!