If you’ve ever watched some of the old-time television shows like ‘Leave It To Beaver’ then you’ve seen how the small, local grocery stores used to deliver groceries right to your door. You just picked up a phone, called in your order, and the delivery boy showed up with the bags. Grocery stores don’t have the help to be able to delivery groceries these days. But you could make money starting your own local grocery delivery service online.
Grocery stores are too big and impersonal these days and they have no intention of hiring the help it would take to go back into the grocery delivery business. It’s a shame too because there are a lot of people out there who just can’t get to the grocery store as often as they’d like. The grocers would make a lot more money if they’d get back to the old days when they really cared about their customers. But that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Grocery store parking lots are always full so it would seem that people are perfectly happy with the system the way it is. But you’d be surprised how many people there are who’d appreciate having their groceries delivered – and they’d be willing to pay for it.
Many senior citizens have difficulty traversing those big stores and some can no longer drive. They have to find someone to take them to the store, and help them shop, then take them back home, and help carry in the groceries. And plenty of others are in this same boat – people with physical disabilities or people who don’t have a car or people who just don’t have the time to do the shopping every day. Again, these people would love to have a grocery delivery service and they’d be willing to pay for it.
So it only makes sense. If you’re looking for a good solid business plan, you can set up a grocery delivery service online and provide a valuable service for your community.
The first thing you’ll want to do is set up a blog or website to promote your service. Most people these days turn to the Internet when they’re looking for information. Nobody uses the phone book anymore. So you want to make sure that when they do, they’ll see your website.
Make sure to display good, solid contact information right there on the front of your website so people can easily contact you. Let them know your delivery boundaries, your fees, and the grocery stores you’ll work with.
You’ll also want to contact those grocery stores and let them know about your service. Once you start promoting your business people will be calling the stores to order their groceries. So you want the stores to know you’ll be there to pick them up.
It’s important that you set this up with the individual stores and make sure everyone knows what’s going on. Your customers are going to have to call their orders in to the stores and pay for them with a credit card over the phone. Which means the stores are actually going to have to gather up the groceries and ring them up so they can give the customer a total. The only thing you want to do is deliver the groceries and collect your delivery fee.
Of course, promoting your business is important. In the beginning you’ll need to do some work to spread the word. Put flyers around town, hand people your business card, put a sign on the side of your delivery van. You can also send a press release to your local newspaper and if you have a local radio station ask them to mention your name every now and then.
The more work you do to promote your business the quicker it will take off. And since you’re going to be setting up a website, while you’re working online you should also join Twitter and Facebook and start connecting with your friends and neighbors. You’d be surprised how much time people spend on the social networks and they all like to share information about local business. It makes them feel good to help out a neighbor.
Once your business becomes established you can add in other services to increase your income. How about picking up orders at the local pharmacy? Or delivering food from restaurants? You could contact the local florists and see if they need a delivery service.
The possibilities are endless! Get started making money online with a grocery delivery service and who knows what you’ll be delivering next!