Business ideas for a small town
The idea is simple: people come to your place, you give them a table and an iPad, they order their own food from an app (or on the web), and then the food is delivered to them at their table. You don't need many employees and customers can eat quickly. You can also sell coffee, beer, etc. This would be good in any small town or urban area where there are not many restaurants.
1. A self-service restaurant.
The idea here is that you rent out desks to freelancers who have remote clients they work with every day and need a place to meet with those clients. The desks are rented out by the hour so people don't have to pay for an entire day if they only use it for a few hours.
2. An office space for freelancers
Many apartment buildings do not have washers or dryers in individual apartments. But people still want clean clothes. Solution? Send a van around twice a week to pick up everyone's dirty laundry and deliver it back clean the next day. Charge by the pound or by the number of items (shirts, pants, etc). This is similar to what Drycleaner's does but cheaper since you don't have to buy expensive real estate downtown.
3. A laundry service for apartments
Kids get sick at school all the time and parents are stuck scrambling to find someone at the last minute to pick up their kid(s). Solution? An Uber-like app that finds nearby parents who are available (maybe verified through Facebook) and sends them a ping when a kid needs picked up from school because they are sick or whatever reason they need picking up from school early (or late). Parents charge what they want since they are using their own car and time so this could be very profitable if done right.
4. An Uber for kids
People hate going to laundromats because it's hard lugging around heavy bags of laundry around, especially if you live in an apartment building where there's no washer/dryer in your apartment anyway. So solve this problem by opening up laundromats that are entirely self-service but charge less than regular laundromats because there's no staff needed and much less overhead costs since everything is automated. People drop off their laundry, put coins into machines as needed, pick up their laundry later on when it's done being washed/dried/folded/etc., There should also be coffee shops there so people can hang out while waiting for laundry and maybe even work on laptops while waiting if there's wifi available (which there should be). This business model has been done before but I'm not sure anyone has tried it in NYC where I am now but I see many laundromats closing down so maybe this would work here as well as other cities where space is limited due to high rents but people still need places where they can do one of life's most hated chores without having to lug heavy bags around town every week..