Thinking about having food delivery services available for your restaurant? This is something a lot of people are considering as they consider just how easy it is and how much more revenue their business will actually make. If you noticed that your customers’ needs are increasing in the way they want to order, and just how much they want to come to a restaurant as compared to eat delivered food, you may want to hop right in. But there are some things to think about. So here are some questions to ask before adding food delivery service to your restaurant.
Why Should I Put a Delivery Option In?
Your restaurant can profit greatly by providing a delivery service along with its normal custom menu comprised of the typical dine-in options. It used to be that certain ethnic restaurants and pizza joints were the common places which offered delivery, but now more than ever, many restaurants of all different types – even good home cooked meals – are profiting and joining the march. Not only that, but with services like Waitr App, UberEats, and many others, restaurants don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for hiring their own delivery drivers.
Should I hire my drivers directly?
As mentioned above, you no longer have to use your own insurance and company to hire your own drivers. Instead, even Amazon has delivery options available and it’s becoming more and more profitable with the client fees being cheaper depending on the volume of drivers. Does this mean it’s for your restaurant? Well, some restaurants will benefit from this if it’s for legitimate that markets don’t ever stay the same. But you can choose not to pay the middle man by
How can I deliver to my customers the best?
You can choose designated routes, typical two-way delivery (like pizza joints commonly use), dedicated pick-up spots, and even on-demand deliveries. These are the most common things to think about for your restaurant. You don’t have to be limited to one method though, you can utilize them all if you are wanting to fully maximize your gains!
Is there any special software I have to get?
You can literally use the same POS systems, or many others such as Square in order to utilize and not have to purchase any separate systems in order to store and collect payment data. Of course, there’s also cash-in-hand methods as well.
Should I hire Freelancers or Hourly employees?
The best thing to do is ask a lawyer for this one, as some states have certain local labor laws in place that protects both parties. If you’re wanting direct supervision, and have to train your hired driver, you will want to hire directly. This, of course, is the exception that will cause you to have to pay things like taxes and workman’s compensation fees. However, if you generally can have a flexible driver and don’t want to offer any training (other than a lecture and simple instructions), you can feasibly offer up a 1099 contract to just about anyone. This will also help so you don’t necessarily have to pay them a steady salary or by the miles they drive. You will want to have at least liability insurance on that person or which covers anyone representing your company in order to avoid having to cost you legal fees in the future should there be any problems (accidents happen).