Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Sandwich Selling

Having spent many years working in an office without canteen facilities I just didn't have time to make a packed lunches. The highlight of the day was the morning visit of the sandwichman. He used to come in everyday at around 10:00 with lovely soft, fresh sandwiches which we bought for our lunch. They were homemade, delicious and cheaper that any that we would waste our lunchtime queueing up waiting for sterile food.

Nowadays there is still a big need for this service but the health and safety requirements are a neccessity. If you have a passion for food and love preparing food and have some transport you are halfway there.

I am not going to give advice on the how to make sandwiches, if you don't know how to make a sandwich now, then perhaps this business isn't for you.

This type of business can be made as big or as small as you want. If it is done privately money can be made from small businesses or factories where workers want an alternative meals offered there and then. This will be in demand as it will save them time and money. Many workplaces are confined to using vending machine snacks and are quite discontent with this form of meal. There is still many areas that have the potential to earn money.

The first thing you need to do is check out the competition in the area where you are going to work. The first port of call may be your family and friends work places. If they are not interested alwasy ask if they know anywhere else that you can try. Funny but asking this you can use their company name who recommend you go there, more chance of business with name dropping happens this way. Don't forget to drop a few business cards with them, you may get orders later on with this.

Going into the business with a partner you can trust is a good idea, the profits will be halved but the practical side of two people running a little business like this is better. More ideas come this way.

The beauty is you can start with just one contract and get up and running straight away if it is a private arrangement. With your first contract no matter how small, if you build up good relations with your customers, more business will come your way.

Bigger contracts need more work beforehand and a more professional workplace for food preperation. In this case it is important Make sure you apply for any licence you may need and your workplace, which may well have been your kitchen intitially. This will have to adhere to health and safety standards. You can check out the food standards agency website

Your local Council is a good source for advice with relevant leaflets and information.

If you wish to beat any competition that may be around, you will need some twist or gimmick to make your public image more prominent such as 3 for 2 or a free drink with each sandwich. Something that will tip the balance to capture the business. You could go for the 'Health' image with wholemeal bread and 100% naturual organic ingredients, or vegetarian options. One step ahead with things like this will make your sales become more attractive and more likely to be taken up.

You have to ensure yo make a profit, again a simple business plan can be made to calculate the pricing and profits that will be made. Compare the prices with shops, the vending machines and other competitors and you will then have a base from which to start. Profits should be made for every food item you sell taking into account the waste factor.

You can also check out this business links, here's one to start off with

There are options to trade not just within offices and factories but out and about, essentially a mobile sandwiche business. You will need street trading licence if selling on a road or street, to private markets such boot sales you don't. This type of area is much tougher than the 'safer' workplace environment, but another option nevertheless.

Whatever option you may wish to take up, people need to eat, they need to eat everyday and thw rold is looking for a more healthy way of eating. If you can offer just that, there is a business there for the taking. It is hard work, but what business isn't.

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