Possible new business venture
I was recently laid off from my full-time job and I am now scrambling to find a new job that will compensate the money that I was making in my previous position. As you all know, this economy sucks and it is going to be very difficult to find a similar position making the same amount of money or more. I can't afford to take a pay cut, but I also don't really have any other options.
I am thinking about starting up a bbq business selling lunch to local businesses. The lunch menu will consists of pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, ribs and a few other items that I came up with.
My plan is to cook the meat at night, pull it off the smokers in the morning, and make my deliveries by lunchtime.
This sounds like a good plan in my head, but I also have so many questions that I need answered, and I was hoping those that are in a similar position can assist me.
My main question is, is this legal? Can I sell food out of my house (NY)? Do I need any special licenses, permits, insurance, etc?
And let's say that I get all of the requirements that I need, will this be lucrative? My math tells me that I need to clear at least $1k a week.
I was thinking about creating a menu, making 1,000 copies of it and hand-delivering a menu to 1,000 businesses in my neighborhood. While delivering the menu's, I would get their business fax number and send out a daily fax to each business to remind them of my presence and include daily specials.
My next questions are, how do I fax 1,000 businesses a day? Am I asking for trouble sending out that many faxes a day? I plan on doing this all myself, so I want to make sure I can handle the volume.
In addition to faxing the daily menu's, I was going to try to build a stronger presence by advertising on facebook and twitter.
Like I said, the idea sounds good to me, but is it feasible?
OK, brethren... give it to me straight.
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