They'll save you time.
They'll save you stress.
And if you're a guy who's just an average cook, they may save you indigestion.
They're the Ritter Boyz, two young and enterprising Payson brothers Robbie and Jason who have just started up a new business that's making eating well easier than ever.
Name practically any local restaurant and hand them a list of your cravings, and Ritter Boyz Deliveries will hand-carry your meals, fresh and hot, right to your front door. "With a smile," as their brochure promises.
And you can believe it. These two fledgling entrepreneurs don't ever seem to stop smiling.
Robbie, 22, brainstormed the idea, fashioned after a food-delivery service he studied in action while employed at a Valley restaurant. But he and Jason, 19, are equal partners in both profits and effort.
"We've always been close," Robbie said. "So when we both found ourselves graduated from high school" PHS "we thought, 'We've got to start doing something with our lives. Let's start our own business!"
The rest is, as they say, history.
And it's not like Robbie and Jason are two mildly enterprising kids who have opened a lemonade stand to make a few extra bucks to get them through the week. They have plans. Big plans. Robbie is already talking about adding employees, expanding to other towns, adding additional restaurants and services, and keeping an eye on the bottom line either his own or that of his father, who for now is handling the financial end of Ritter Boyz Deliveries.
Riding a national wave
Robbie and Jason are hardly the only teenagers in America to have discovered the joys of entrepreneurship.
According to a recent Gallup poll, seven out of 10 teenagers across the nation want to start and operate their own businesses.
In these times, it's becoming increasingly difficult for young people to get by or make ends meet with just one source of income which for teens is often an allowance or part-time minimum-wage job.
Thus, more and more young people are investigating the possibilities of starting their own businesses, usually like Robbie and Jason from the comforts of their own homes, and with the guidance of their parents.
It's a no-lose situation. Many are making the extra money they need; some have carefully built these extra income efforts into full-time, very profitable businesses; the rest are keeping busy and having fun; and all are learning as they go.
The ideas for possible enterprises are as limited as one's thinking. If a teen can type, he can start a home-based typing service. If he has access a truck or trailer, he can start a clean-up/hauling service. Simply collecting old newspapers from the neighbors can get a teen started in the paper recycling business. And more than a few enterprising teenagers have found success and sizable wads of cash by starting home or apartment cleaning services.
There's literally no end to the ways in which a teenager can start and operate a profitable extra-income business from home.
I was a teenage entrepreneur
According to articles found on a variety of Internet business pages, the first step into teenaged entrepreneurship is to perform some basic market research. Find out first-hand, just how many people there are in your local area who might be interested in your proposed product or service, and "would be willing to stand in line to pay money for it." This is known as defining a market and pin-pointing customers.
If after checking around and talking about the idea with a whole lot of people, and it seems like those people would like to become paying customers, then your next effort should be directed toward detailing a business plan.
The more precise and detailed the plan covering all the bases relating to how you'll do everything that needs to be done, and when the easier it's going to be for a teen to attain success.
Such a plan should show start-up investment needs, an advertising plan, costs and procedures, sales program, and how time will be allocated. Too often, enthusiastic and ambitious entrepreneurs leap too quickly, only to find that the costs are beyond their abilities, and the time requirements are more than they can meet.
Most importantly, to guarantee success once the plan has been put into action, the teen entrepreneur must not count on spending any of the money coming in from the business, on himself or for bills, during those first six months.
Any and all the income from the business during those first six months should be reinvested in business in order for it to grow and reach its potential. Past the six-months' milestone, a small monthly salary or draw can be set up to allow the boss to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
If the business plan is properly organized and is still on track after one year, it may be time to begin thinking about hiring other people to alleviate some of the workload.
Remember: the teen entrepreneur's ultimate goal is not just to invent a job for himself or to keep busy. It's to create a business that will grow and prosper ... and perhaps vacation in the Bahamas while others are doing the actual work.
To use the services of Ritter Boyz Deliveries, call 472-7270.