I'm hoping sommeone might have a minute or two spare to give me some feedback on what is still only a seedling of an idea for an offline sole-trader business.
Firstly, (and briefly), some important background info.. I have some ongoing health problems, which have alleviated in recent months, so I'm considering returning to work, and hoping to set up a small business, which doesn't require a lot of physical work or stress, outside of driving a small van.
I've thought about things like mobile locksmith, florest, and others but I am most enthused by the idea of setting myself up as an on-demand wine delivery guy, "wine on wheels" if you will..
The Wine Guy
There is nothing comparable in my city, despite the fact that it is one of the most ... ahem.. thirsty.. cities in Europe (Dublin, Ireland)
Sure, there are wine stores which deliver, but nothing "spontaniuos".
I also believe my background in media (web/radio) would help me get some free exposure, from skills as well as contacts.
I would have stock in my home, and in the van. When appropriate, I would also upsale with things like cheese, cigars, books, bottle openers, poker chips and other party paraphanalia.
I could offer a discount for orders with 24 hours notice, but would be prepared to work nights, as I am a night owl anyway.
As far as I know, I'd have to stop delivering at the same time as pubs/clubs stop serving alcohol here, so that is a potential obsticle, though the whole concept is more "wine and cheese" than "fags n booze"..
Obviously, if I went ahead with this idea, I would invest a lot of time in researching wine, etc.
Before taking the idea to the next level, what obsticles should I consider, early on?
Has anyone any experience with a small delivery business, or selling wine, alcohol or specialist consumables?
Could there be a wider audience that I might target, apart from residents, such as wedding venues, wedding planners, art galleries, etc..???
Thanks for any thoughts, be they suggestions, encouragement, or cold harsh reality!