For some people, errands take up time that they would rather spend doing something else. Other people have trouble getting around or lack reliable transportation. Many of these people would gladly pay someone to run errands for them. That someone could be you.
There are many errands that people are willing to pay someone to run for them. These could include grocery shopping, picking up dry cleaning, or returning rentals. You could even pick clients up and take them where they need to go, but keep in mind that you will have different licensing and insurance requirements if you choose to do so.
You might even choose to expand your services to include event planning. This involves booking all necessary services, renting any needed equipment, setting up, and anything else that needs to be done. The client may even ask you to attend the event so that you will be on-hand if anything needs to be done.
What Tools are Needed to start an Errand Service?
To start an errand service requires little more than a vehicle and a phone. A van would be ideal for running errands because it has more space, but a car will work. A cell phone and PDA or day planner will make things a bit easier for you, but are not absolute necessities when you're getting started. You can always wait and get them once your business is up and running.
What do you charge?
Promoting your Errand Service
Classified ads are well suited to the promotion of an errand service. Carefully placed fliers also work well. Places where people run errands, such as the grocery store or dry cleaners, are good places to put up fliers.
Word of mouth is another effective way to get clients. Simply do a good job for all of your clients, and give them business cards to pass along to friends and family. Offering a discount when someone sends you a referral is a great incentive for him to do so.
When you start an errand service, you may find it is a fun, inexpensive, and easy to run home business. You can even run your own errands while you're working. If you excel at scheduling and are a people person, an errand service could be a wonderful home business for you.