For the people who enjoyed the service, it was a dream come true. For investors, it was the perfect business. Although WebVan isn’t in business anymore, you could very well take up where they left off.
After the dot com bust, people went back to the regular way of doing things. Moms clip out coupons once again (as everyone should, in my opinion), go get the groceries themselves, and prepare meals for the family the old fashioned way. However, in recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of millionaires not only across the country, but across the world. More millionaires means more dispoable income. And more disposable income means more opportunity for you!
If you live in a large metropolitan area, you could be your very own WebVan. Home delivery is predicted to be one of the hottest business opportunities of the decade and beyond. Because people today are lazy and pressed for time, this is the perfect business model. Also, the population is getting older and more consumers want stuff delivered right to their doorstep. It has been said many times that the service sector is the biggest sector for growth in the U.S., simply because of the combination of time constraints, laziness and the need for personal service. People increasingly feel that no one cares about them, that they are just a number, and that businesses only want money. This is your chance to dispel this myth by giving your customers the personal attention they desire, and making some cash alsong the way.
This is another example of something that doesn’t take much to start. Of course, you will need a car (or you can be like Peter Parker and ride a moped. Heck, it saves on gas!), some customers and something to deliver. The best way to go about this is to contact local businesses and see if you can function as their exclusive delivery service. If you could get businesses in brand new developments before they even open, that would be excellent because you can watch the growth from the ground up. Items to deliver could include prescriptions, grocery goods, hardware, lumberyard, etc. Do a good job for one or two businesses, and the word will spread. Then, find other drivers and have them working under you. Make them a 1099 contractor to save on expenditures and liabilities, and have their wages paid either per delivery or per hour, with the funding coming out of the contracts you sign with the businesses.
The country is experiencing explosive growth, and this could be the ticket for you in this new millennium.
If it’s good enough for a super hero, it’s good enough for you!