You will not deliver food for free and also you will not deliver it for its exact price. You need to estimate your price according to some factors to make benefits and cover the expenses of your business.
You work in the food industry and it is not just about you but the whole industry wants to make benefits and they all work together from the owner of the restaurant to you.
Let’s see how to estimate your price as a food delivery services agent.
1. The vehicle costs:
The vehicle is a main part of the delivery process. Coverage of its costs should be paid by your customers according to the expenses that the vehicle will take.
Determine the charges of the vehicle like the fuel costs, the maintenance costs and parking charges. Don’t forget that you work in the food delivery and your vehicle should have some standards regarding the health issues so make sure to include the costs of this too. It is better if you have an annual plan of what the vehicle may charge.
Include these costs in your annual plan of your whole business.
Try to estimate a fixed price for normal deliveries and long-distance deliveries and go ahead; your plan now is perfect.
2. Labour Costs:
You will not deliver the same amount of food each time. Delivering 5 meals will not charge as delivering one meal and of course will not be as delivering 50 meals. There is no fixed price for the delivery that way you underrate your business. You should deal by a package. If the meals are five or less, the delivery will have a certain price. If it is between 6 and 10, it will cost more and so on.
The precautions differ and according to the distance, the time will differ too. If it is a large amount of meals, it will take more time and effort so you need to charge for this time and effort too.
The vehicle costs and labor costs of nearly all your competitors will be the same. Now it is time to be unique and do not charge more than your competitors. Keeping your price fair enough will give your customer that he/she pays for the food and the service without being cheated. They will deal with you again because you are honest.
Be clear to the client that the price of the meal will be this amount of money and the delivery service will cost this amount of money; don’t just make him/her pat when the food arrives.
Delivery is considered a service and it is not under the normal tax codes. What you need to check is the customers’ tax liability for deliveries as meals are considered as goods. If your location is on the border between two cities, you will pay taxes according to the system of the city where your activities run and by that I mean where your customers live. This sometimes gets very disturbing especially if you have a contract with far away companies so make sure to understand the whole system before starting.