Everyone keeps saying it will be worth it….
We now deliver.
We decided a few months ago that we needed to start delivering; one in every five phone calls asked if we delivered, and whenever we said “no” and hung up, it was a wake-up call that we needed to fill.
The underwriter for our business insurance said “ABSOLUTELY NOT!”, and so for 2 months we took that as law.
Yet, whenever a pizza franchise delivery car drove by our place (and one of the drivers has the audacity to point and wave when he sees us outside) we took it as a challenge. Finally, Progressive Insurance agreed to insure us for delivery….
if we bought our own company vehicle, and pre-authorized all of the drivers.
Hence, the hunk of mini-van you see above. We bought it a couple of days ago, and had a local sign company do decals (overnight, too!) on the windows.
Our insurance payments are absurd, even after dropping an 18-year-old from the policy and demoting him to straight “dishwasher”. We would have had to pay an additional $640 a year to keep him as a part-time driver. Ridiculous.
We’re hoping that we’ll recoup the cost of insurance with more sales via doing delivery.
I’d hate to be making a living off of delivery tips, though. After doing all of our deliveries for the past two days, I have already been stiffed twice (both with “sorry I can’t pay more” excuses), given a 55-cent tip on a 5-mile drive, and was once greeted at the front door by a lady in her pajamas… at 4 o’clock in the afternoon! She asked if I wanted to see her goldfish.
Anyway… back to the subject at hand.
If you’re hungry, call us.