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Start an errand business

  1. 1. Start  an  Errand  Business If  you’re  looking  to  start  your  own  business  and  work  from  home,  consider  star9ng  an  errand   running  business.  An  errand  running  business  offers  you  the  ability  to  help  people,  make   personal  connec9ons  with  customers,  and  make  a  nice  income.  Here’s  what  you  need  to  start   an  errand  business. Customers An  errand  running  business  has  a  number  of  poten9al  customers.  New  mothers  and  mothers  of   young  children  are  a  fantas9c  audience.  Addi9onally,  the  elderly  or  people  that  are  home  bound   can  also  benefit  from  an  errand  running  business.  Finally,  consider  also  targe9ng  affluent   customers  who  work  twelve-­‐hour  days  and  don’t  have  9me  to  complete  many  tasks.   Services As  a  concierge  or  the  owner  of  an  errand  running  business,  you  have  many  op9ons.  You  can   offer  a  number  of  services  or  you  can  specialize.  Some  op9ons  include: *  Dry  cleaning *  Grocery  shopping *  Shopping *  Post  office/shipping *  Banking *  Appointment  making *  Buying  9ckets *  Walking/caring  for  pets  or  taking  them  to  the  veterinarian
  2. 2. You  can  also  specialize  in  a  specific  type  of  task  or  service  like  financial  errands    which  would   require  a  high  degree  of  trust.  Research  your  compe99on  to  choose  what  services  you  offer  and   how  you  price  them.  You  can  charge  by  the  hour,  by  the  errand  or  offer  package  or  membership   pricing. Start-­‐Up  Equipment The  wonderful  thing  about  an  errand  business  is  that  the  start-­‐up  costs  are  extremely  low.  If  you   already  own  a  reliable  vehicle,  your  costs  may  be  less  than  $100.  However,  you’ll  also  need  a   telephone  and  email  address.  If  your  phone  has  email  capability  and  tex9ng  and  instant   messaging  op9ons,  that  will  help  your  customers  stay  in  touch  with  you.  You’ll  also  want  a   computer,  a  website,  and  the  means  to  invoice  your  customers.   Marke9ng  Your  Business Ini9ally  your  marke9ng  campaign  will  be  local.  You’ll  want  a  website  for  customers  to  reference   and  you’ll  want  to  be  listed  on  local  search  engines  like  Google  Places.  You  will  also  likely  want   classified  adver9sements  in  your  local  papers,  Craigslist  and  the  yellow  pages.  Networking  and   word  of  mouth  are  perhaps  your  biggest  sources  of  clients.  Help  your  clients  spread  the  word   and  consider  offering  a  referral  bonus.  Flyer  and  brochures  will  help  spread  the  word  too. An  errand  running  business  is  a  wonderful  business  if  you’re  personable  and  responsible.   Addi9onally,  it’ll  help  if  you’re  excited  to  start  and  grow  a  business  focused  on  helping  people.   Research  your  compe99on,  plan  your  business,  and  help  meet  the  needs  of  your  community.   Get  started  today!

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