Here’s a business idea for you: be the delivery service for the outside-of-town folks.
My house is eight miles outside of Alva. I would gladly pay extra for an occasional pizza delivery, especially on weekends. (Like last weekend, for example!)
My cousins live outside of Norman, Oklahoma, and I was sitting at their house when this idea originally occurred to me. They can’t get pizza or any other deliveries out there.
In our part of the world, we’re seeing lots of folks moving to country homes, so demand is going to go up.
You can decide whether to take orders directly, or let customers order the take-out, and then order delivery from you. Expand it to grocery deliveries, or anything else that seems to make sense.
This is an example of one business that is going to work better in higher-trust rural areas, I think.
What do you think? Viable? Know of any examples?
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Cody Heitschmidt says
On a very discreet instance… I know of 3 kids that work at a local pizza place that if you specifically ask for one of them, they will for extra cash (for the three of them) go past the set boundaries! Is that entrepreneurial or a racket?
I have often thought that ,if thought out correctly, a grocery deliver service to rural folks who are willing to pay, would be successful.
Becky McCray says
Cody, I’ll bet there are kids like that at every local pizza joint.
Invoice Factoring Blog says
Probably would work. Local outfits could probably benefit by expanding their delivery services. For example, if you live within a certain distance (past delivery zone) there is a surcharge and a minimum order. Benefits:
Two related benefits:
1. Easy way to expand your business w/o having to open a new location
2. Test demand for new locations by offering delivery there…. if demand is high, then open a store.
Becky McCray says
Marco, that is a great addition: market research.
Team The Rise To The Top says
What a great way to accommodate your customers and expand your business, if only every business would go the extra distance to please their customers! It really creates loyal customers.