How to Start Your Own Home Delivery Service

You could turn your car into money with a home delivery business.
You could turn your car into money with a home delivery business. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A home delivery service is one of the easiest businesses for a young entrepreneur to start on their own. There is little setup cost and there is a huge demand. Busy office workers, new moms, and retired men and women could all use a little help every once and a while. Your challenge, if you want to establish a delivery business, is to get your services in front of them.

Things You'll Need

  • Vehicle
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Cell phone

Get yourself a decent looking and decent running vehicle. Although you should probably have at least an SUV in case you need to haul larger things, a regular car will work fine for a startup home delivery service business.

Grab a free clip art picture of a delivery van or delivery person and make a flier that you can post on bulletin boards and in the newspaper advertising your services. It should read "Home Delivery Service" on the first line. Then add a little bit about what you will deliver, your name and how to reach you. Include some details about what you will carry -- for example, if you have a weight limit or a distance limit, state that.

Place your flier in strategic locations. Grocery stores are ideal because people love using a home delivery service for food. Retirement homes are also perfect because a lot of those folks don't drive or even own a vehicle.

Try to combine errands. If someone wants a delivery at 2 p.m. and someone else wants a delivery at 6, see if you can deliver the later one a bit early. Especially in the beginning, combining orders helps your home delivery service save some money.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get a cell phone and use it exclusively for your home delivery service company. That way your customers can reach you any time they need you.
  • Don't hesitate to charge extra for odd hour delivery or holidays. y

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