I see 3 questions:-
1) Would Cruisers like
someone to provide services? - Yes.
2) Would Cruisers pay
someone to provide services? -
3) Would it be financially worthwhile for you to provide services? - probably not initially, but maybe........
On the basis that you do have a throughput of cruisers in your area and have access to them then might be worthwhile "giving it a go" on a low (or zero!) capital investment basis. Time isn't free of course, but nonetheless a useful commodity to invest in a venture before writing too many cheques.
Maybe start off with a list of suppliers and don't worry too much about a mark up - no point making yourself uncompetetive to start with. First step is to get the punters and to learn first hand what they tend to want. and then fair enuf to approach some vendors for some commission sharing / intro fee / kick backs when you are up and running and can show an ability to bring business through the door. and an ability to move the business next
door. But still do not get too greedy on this.
IMO the key to being profitable would be to provide some services yourself rather than through an existing business. Some things you will never be able (or even want) to provide, like rebuilding an Engine
(and a million others) but somethings you later start to provide once you know
their is a demand. Say, like hiring your own pushbikes - don't have to start off with a full fleet of course, just rent yours out first! But wait until you know their is a demand as no point buying
20 bikes up front and then finding out everyone wants Scooters or cars. Or Laundry
. Could do it yourself and then subcontract to someone else once your average volumes are known. Something like Laundry
would probably suit "cash in hand" business.
Don't restrict your outlook to only boats. If a service
you are providing (especially one you are doing yourself and is a good earner) could be attractive to others, then target them. If you pick up some cheap
s/h kayaks or windsurfers and you know that tourists on Harley Davidsons are a big thing in your area then also target them. Remember, the wider the potential market place the better, so don't restrict yourself.
I would suggest that a good draw would be providing services that involved transportation. One thing Cruisers usually do not bring with themselves is a car or a Motorbike and quite often useful (and cheaper) stuff and places are found beyond easy walking distance. Obviously their are taxis and buses, but not always so conveniant or cheap
. How about every Wednesday you provide a Minibus to a supermarket / mall or similar that is beyond easy walking or biking distance, at least not after having bought a weeks worth of groceries. Because you are taking folk somewhere they know will be cheaper probably willing to pay some petrol money
(if licencing is an "issue") for door to door service
from someone reliable. Of course Home Delivery
(to boat) is an option. And initially do not
buy your own minibus! Beg, borrow or......hire
. But do so later if it pays to do so, not just for the Wednesday trips but any other stuff you decide works for your business.
How about letting Cruisers use your home address for internet
deliveries or spare parts
or whatever? For a small handling fee of course. Maybe offer to order for them / let them use your internet
if they lack internet access, especially if it involves boat repairs
could be really useful in saved time and wasted money.
Some Cruisers often seem to want money (rather than spend it!) and do have skills to trade
. Maybe get known as a "co-ordination centre" and take a cut. Not just boat to boat stuff, but onshore as well - where Cruisers do not have the same reach / contacts you may have. Probably not a lot of tax form filling in going on for this, but.........
Folk with no money? Maybe be willing to trade
? and build up your own s/h chandelry. Maybe Supplement it from scrap yard bits, a small bit of "this and that" is usually worthless unless it is exactly what is needed. Don't want 12 foot of steel
pipe - just want an offcut to modify into a bracket for the Toilet - ideally on a "see if it will fit first basis"..........
All just ideas, but IMO (hey, and it is only
my opinion!) start small without much (or any) cash spent, and don't be afraid to stop. It's not personal failure, it's just a business decision. In any event, success or not lessons learnt will be valuable in the next venture.......
Probably find a website useful - not just offering your services, but also providing useful (and free!) info about your area for visitors.....even if largely links to the really useful websites in your area.
Website??? That reminds me..............