Statics say that more than 60% of the total money we spend on the food is spent on foods outside our homes. This percentage increases with the new trends in the food industry. Trends like ready to eat meals and ready to heat meals are about to dominate our food culture.
Starting a restaurant delivery service business is also a trend in the industry so if you are about to open one, you need to know the following information well in order to start perfectly. Let’s see how to start this place.
1. Choose a perfect location:
The best location to open this kind of business is crowded, busy areas. Imagine a family of a working mother, a working father and a kid at high school. They don’t have time to cook so they will call your place and order food. These are the kind of customers that you will have; Customers that don’t have enough time to cook for themselves.
2. Build up relationships with different restaurants in the delivery area:
Having a partnership restaurant within 10 minutes’ drive of your delivery area is one of the best things to do. The customers need their meals immediately after ordering them so you can take the order and give it to a restaurant and then deliver it. Make sure not to exceed the 10 minutes’ drive area as you will spend most of the time driving this way so the food will get cold and your customers will not be satisfied.
Also build up your relationship with different restaurants. People will order different kinds of foods such as Italian, Mexican and Chinese. Make sure to cover as many cuisines as possible.
3. The delivery menu:
The previous point will help you a lot regarding this point. You menu should contain the prices of the meals in addition to the price of your delivery services. Make this clear to your customers that the price consists of the price of the meal and the price of your services not only the price of the meal in order not to think that he/she had been cheated by paying more.
Your price can be fixed or according to the destination or according to the distance. The fixed may underestimate your services so the best way to get paid according to the effort you will spend.
4. Market your services:
Leave some of your delivery menus at the restaurants that you do business with. This way you will gain more customers of the restaurant when they don’t want to eat at home or want to go out to eat.
Also you can make fliers, advertisement in the local newspaper, distribute your business cards to your people and ask them to tell their friends about your services.
You need to get a license called food handler’s license. You are part of the food industry so making sure that you are free of any diseases that can be transmitted through your breath or hands.
Also you may need a sales privilege license. It is not needed everywhere so make a phone call to your local Chamber of Commerce and ask them about the whole information about what they need.