As we return to a 'new normal', now could be the perfect time to start a delivery business.
We're in times of uncertainty, but what we do know is more restaurants are delivering, fewer people are going out, services are reduced, and some people have no choice but to get what they need or want delivered.
Here's what you need to know about starting a delivery business
Make a plan
This is key before you do anything else. You need to make a clear plan to have any chance of being successful. It will help you map out the specifics of your business and discover some unknowns. Consider what are the startup and ongoing costs? Who is your target market?
How long will it take you to break even? What will you name your business?
Get a Van or a Truck
For a delivery business, a vehicle is the most important thing, and there is a huge market for both new and used vans and trucks. There is a choice of vehicles you can use for your delivery business. Make sure that the vehicles are fuel-efficient, for all the mile you'll be doing.
Once you have your vehicle, you are halfway there, so the next step of the process is to decide on what type of equipment you need. Depending on the type of business you are doing, you may need a variety of tools to help you move large items. The more equipment you have, the more jobs you will be able to accept which is key when getting your business off the ground. Depending on how big you want this business to be, if you have more than one vehicle, you will also want to think about fuel supply and delivery service to make sure that you never run out of fuel.
Ensure you're meeting safety requirements
There are new and existing safety requirements for all businesses to follow. Make sure you're up to date and meeting them all to avoid penalties or risking your license!
Market Your Business
Once you have your vehicles and equipment, then it's time to market your business to customers. Start by advertising locally and putting flyers through people's doors, and then you want to make sure you have a presence on social media and a great website. Ask any customers you get to leave reviews of your business, to attract new clients to your company.
You must deliver genuinely excellent customer service, and make an excellent impression to all the customers you get.