Local delivery services have become more popular lately, as some stores have cut back on their free deliveries of purchases. This is a good work from home business that can be started relatively cheaply.
As with any business, check with your local authorities about business licenses, fees, and permits needed. You may also have to get a commercial drivers license. Consider a LLC (limited liability corporation) to protect you in case of misfortune.
Check your area to see if there are other local delivery services working there, and what their prices are. Do the math to see if you can make a profit. You will usually need to have enough cash to support your business for 6 to 12 months to give it time to be well known enough to make a profit.
You will need a good looking van, dollies, moving carpets, etc. so you can move products quickly and professionally. Research the website at www.getithometaxi.com to get an idea of what you will need and can deliver.
Advertise on your local newspapers, both paid and free, radio stations, with business cards, word of mouth, and with a business website.
Please do not waste your time with the free website builder programs found online, I have found that they will not deliver the quality website your business will require. Give your customers a professional opinion of your local delivery service.
I recommend SiteBuildIt (SBI) or XSitePro. These builders offer a simple step by step method to build your website. Check our website design builder page for more information.
Go to local businesses that sell large items such as chairs, luggage, plywood, rugs, appliances, lawn mowers, and items that are too big for a car but will fit in your van. See if they offer free delivery, and if not give them some of your business cards for their customers.
Stores such as Sears, Costco, Walmart, Sam's Club, florists, garden shops, yard sales, and large department stores should be good sources for business. Keep your eyes open when you drive around your area and you will find many.
You will need a professional looking uniform and appearance when working for others. Customers will judge your business by your van and personal manner.
Get invoices, business cards, and all necessary forms made with your business name and contact information on it. Create a catchy logo and saying to get peoples attention. Give some thought to these. They can get you business.
We hope we have helped you decide if a local delivery service is the work from home business you have been looking for. Good luck.
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