You are getting buried in the crowd. Give something more than your competitor is offering. It does not have to be lower prices. It can be a different kind of service or a better kind. Find something that will differentiate you from your competition. You do not have to spend so much on this effort. Think and brainstorm what you could develop (which you already have or which you already do or practice).
Another thing you should take a look at is advertising and promotions. Are you advertising enough or too much? Evaluate the results of your advertising and promotions regularly. You may also want to look your sales technique. If you see potential clients coming in and going out of your store without transacting with you, this may be the reason. How well do your employees know your products or services? Are they confident? Do they give clear and concise responses to inquiries of price or quality or terms?
No matter how deep the recession gets, everyone still needs to eat. These days most people are extremely busy and don’t have the time or inclination to cook. Eating out is not only an option, but a frequent necessity.
Children can be especially good at common task services. Such jobs include picking up groceries, or carrying and dropping letters and other thing to the post office or courier. They can double up as good sales assistant or donation collectors for charity work. In most such jobs children can help you pick up the loose ends. These loose ends matter a lot to the proper functioning of the work. Once a child specializes in one such small job, his demand increases and he gets paid for it.
At a time when no one was discussing fossil fuels and global warming, VW had the solution. By the 1970’s, VW camper vans were called hippie vans because they were cheap and people could sleep in them when they were on the road, and many people could be transported in them, which was the lifestyle of the hippie.
A good alternative to food delivery services, if you need a more structured diet plan, may be a program like Weight watchers or Jenny Craig. Weight watchers helped Jenny McCarthy, author of Belly Laughs: The truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth, lose the 80 pounds of baby weight she gained. She was so impressed with them that she is now their spokesperson. The weight loss may be slow in celebrity terms (it took McCarthy one year to lose almost all of her weight) but for many people it is more realistic.
On friends and family gatherings, special occasions like weddings and birthdays, food is essential. A gathering or a party can never be called one if there’s no food served. And rendering such occasion requires a lot of expenses. Normally, there is a need to hire a cook or a chef or a catering service to attend to the food to be served. But, if one or several members of the family can cook, expenses for this can be lessened. Foods to be served can most likely be delicious and satisfying since they are prepared by cooks who definitely knew the guests likes and tastes.