Business ideas to start in Florida

Florida is a very populous state with plenty of entrepreneurship opportunities. Here are three business ideas to start in Florida:

Run a food truck, save company employees time

Florida residents know they’ll waste time going out to eat during lunchtime. But they still do it anyway because either they forgot to bring lunch, or the food sold in the cafeteria lacks good choices. Making the decision already puts them back 15 – 30 minutes in traffic.

As a food truck operator, it’ll be important for you to develop relationships with company managers to let you come in frequently. This will make revenue more predictable and will make it easier to take other risks such as adding more trucks that provide other foods. Breakfast service is another option.

Take care of tourist’s best friend

People love their pets. There’s no doubt that if they want to vacation in the Keys and they’re coming from out of state or abroad, that they’ll want someone they can trust to take care of their dog or cat. However, leaving their pet at a kennel back at home can make them feel sad and leaving him/her with a friend can be burdensome.

Managing your own pet hotel in the same city where vacationer’s will be staying can be a different experience. If the pets owners want to see how their best friend is doing, they can easily pay them a visit. But how would you sell this? A potential idea is working with hotels and informing them that their guests can leave their pets with them at a discounted rate. Everyone wins. Tourists can be close to their pets, hotels sell a room without ignoring the guests need for a pet sitter, and your pet hotel brought in a new customer.

Be the local guide for tourists

I’ve used Airbnb twice in the past. I can say that one of the things I liked most about my Airbnb experience was that my host notified me of where I should go to eat delicious food.

As tourists visit Florida, it’s likely that they don’t have a clear idea of where they should be going to have the best time. Sure, staying in Miami Beach is fine but there’s much more than that. If it weren’t for apps such as Yelp, it’d be difficult to find great spots such as Oleta park, the Everglades, and more. However, many locals that come in from other countries may not be up-to-date with such apps and therefore, person-to-person interaction might be best.

It’s important to note that Airbnb is managing it’s own system, called “Experiences” to help users find the best spots as recommended by locals but even then, some tourists won’t have that luxury if they stay in hotels (since they won’t be using the Airbnb app). Airbnb Experiences video:

Think about using social media ads to sell unconventional tourism packages targeting people before they visit Florida. Make it a goal to take them to the places locals value most and that most visitors don’t get to see. Some people really like this kind of service and are willing to pay a premium to have a good time.

What do you think about these ideas? While they won’t all be easy to get going, they can definitely help you think differently. If these ideas helped you come up with new ideas, then I’m happy. Share your thoughts in the comments. What other business ideas can someone start in Florida?

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