Advice needed for starting an office coffee service


New member
May 11, 2006
Florida, USA
(I also posted this in the Coffee Shops forum. I apologize for any redundancy!)

Hello all! I just found this site and have been very impressed with what I have seen so far. I do need some advice, though...

Not long after college I worked for a small office coffee service. Basically it was a one-man operation: I did the ordering, delivered the products, serviced the accounts, etc. Being part of a rather large institutional foods company, the accounts were already established, suppliers in place, corporate accounts, et al. As I recall it was a fun and simple job, but at about $3.50 an hour I soon moved on to bigger and better things.

Recently I have contemplated starting a similar office coffee service. I am somewhat familiar with operations such as Standard and Gold Cup, but I feel there is room for another, more "local" service. Can anyone give me some suggestions as to how to get such a business off the ground? I'm not interested in a franchise, and starting capital is pretty low.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!