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Business idea..legality of it?

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First and foremost, I'm from New Jersey and this is where the business will call home.

A few friends and I recently came up with an idea and I'd like to know basically two things:

• Is this completely legal? ie. do we need some sort of permits or permission from associated businesses/government

• If so, what do we need to start our business?

The idea:

A food delivery company that delivers food (via phone call/internet order) that isn't normally available for delivery. For instance, there are several fast food places in the area (Mcdonalds, Wendys, Burger King, etc.) and none of these deliver. The concept is a customer wants food from one of these restaurants but has no means of picking it up or doesn't want to pick it up, so they call us and we buy the food for them.

The profit comes from one of two means: either we charge a (currently) arbitrary delivery fee, or we make some sort of deal with these local fast food restaurants where we get a cut from any sales they make through us.

So, again, I don't know how legal this is and would like to know. Everyone is a winner here as we are making profit from delivering food, and the businesses we get the food from are making profit as they are getting customers they wouldn't otherwise have. Because of this I'm sure coming to an agreement with these local restaurants wouldn't be a big deal, but I'd like to know whether or not this is necessary.

Thanks for your time in advance.

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A couple things:

1) I'm not familiar with the business requirements for any of New Jersey (and I don't know exactly where this business would operate) but you would definitely want to investigate local ordinances about the licensing of businesses and any requirements before spending a great deal of money or time on this idea. There might be specific rules regarding food delivery, especially when you aren't the ones who made it in the first place. There also might not be much in the way of such regulations but you would want to get a general idea first.

2) Insurance would seem to me to be a second issue that you would need to look at closely. Anytime you are having employees driving a company car there are definite risks, and that increases a bit when you are delivering food from a third party.

3) You can certainly approach fast food franchises and see if they are willing to discuss a formal relationship but my guess would be that they would decline for a host of reasons, that is if you can ever get an answer at all (instead of it being kicked up the corporate chain where it gets promptly ignored).

Best of luck.

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This type of service isn't that uncommon in larger metropolitan areas where you have larger concentrations of customers with expendable income to apply to concierge-type services. Often a service like the one you describe will deliver food for a consortium of locally-owned restaurants in lieu of the operations employing their own drivers. As the previous poster mentioned, you should familiarize yourself with your local and state ordinances for general business operations/licensing and food services. You'll definitely want insurance. You really also should develop a business plan that itemizes all your expenses. Ultimately, you're going to have to hit upon a service fee that is agreeable to your potential customers and, at a minimum, covers your costs. That might be a struggle, but good luck.

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