Baking & selling cupcakes from home is a very cheap and quick way to start up a business but there are only so many people that you will be appealing to if you don’t offer a delivery service.
By offering a cupcake delivery service you’ll increase the amount of potential customers that your business will appeal to and you will also see an increase in sales & profit.
Your customers will really appreciate the choice of having their cupcakes delivered to their door or place of work instead of having to come to you to collect their order.
Turning your home business into a specialist cupcake delivery business will set you apart from a lot of your local competitors. This could open up a whole host of opportunities ranging from delivering simple gift boxes to delivering big orders of cupcakes for corporate clients and weddings.
Delivering Cupcakes to Your Customers
You could initially start delivering cupcakes to your customers using your own personal vehicle. To do this you’ll need a specific type of insurance which your car insurance company may be able to add onto your current policy. If you do consider using your own car on deliveries, think about how your customers will perceive your business when they see your car.
• Buy a Delivery Van
If you aren’t able to use your personal car to deliver the cupcakes, another option that you could consider would be to purchase a small van and use it just for business use. You will still need to get get it insured to transport goods which is different to normal van insurance.
• Use an External Delivery Company
Another option is to get in touch will local courier services which will collect the orders from you and then deliver them to your customers making it less hassle for you. This can be quite risky as the delivery is completely out of your control, other people may not take as much care of your cupcakes as you would.
Lots of trials and testing will need to be carried out before you can comfortably send out cupcakes using a third party delivery service.
• Employ a Part Time Driver
If all of these options don’t sound right for you and you’re in the position to take someone on part time you could employ a delivery driver. By employing a delivery driver you could arrange for them to deliver for you as and when you need them, meaning you will only pay them when they’re working for you.