Sandwich delivery businesses provide an opportunity for workers and others to avoid a brown-bag lunch and indulge in restaurant food without leaving the office. Operating a sandwich delivery business can be profitable for someone with the right combination of skills and desire. A focus on customer satisfaction and positive relationships with industry partners can turn your idea into an enjoyable business venture.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Develop a plan to organise your company and set specific goals for growth. The plan should cover expected expenses, including gasoline, insurance and marketing materials, as well as data analysis on nearby competitors and industry trends. Research competitors and compare delivery fee rates and specials they offer for bulk orders. The U.S. Small Business Administration website provides help for business plan development and organisation.
Register your business. Apply for an Employer Identification Number online with the Internal Revenue Service for identification and tax purposes. Register your company name with your state's Secretary of State Office.
Obtain appropriate business licenses and permits. Delivery businesses can be required to obtain a state permit to operate as a delivery vendor and to collect taxes. These can be obtained from the Department of Taxation or similar organisation in your state. Procedures vary, so careful review of your state's policies on food delivery taxation is necessary. Review also your state's policy on the frequency and calculation of payments for sales tax collected.
Contact your local health department to secure a permit for your sandwich delivery business. Local health departments ensure you are equipped to keep and transport food in a sanitary and safe manner.
Acquire reliable transportation and equipment. A delivery van or truck will be required to deliver sandwiches in a timely and efficient manner. Consider purchasing equipment to keep food warm or cold during delivery, including hot bags or coolers. In addition, you will need invoices for customer receipts and a calculator for change due.
Contact your insurance agent. Any vehicle used for your delivery business will need to be insured for business use. This will protect you and your property should an accident occur while operating your business vehicle.
Contract with local restaurants and caterers to develop your menu. Local restaurants may offer reduced pricing for sandwich delivery businesses that can help promote their food. Develop a menu that contains items that are easily transported, popular and fit a wide range of appetites, including vegetarian options such as salads. Menus should clearly state the method for ordering, such as e-mail, phone, fax or online, and the daily cut-off time for orders.
Market your service. Once you have decided on your menu, visit local office complexes and large employers. Introduce your company and leave several menus behind. Ask your restaurant and catering partners to allow you to leave behind contact information to distribute to potential clients.
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