Errand Service & How to Charge

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Errand services are a great way for those with busy schedules to have their errands completed by someone else for a fee. This fee varies from city to city, and even state to state. It also depends on the type of errand service needed, and how much of the errand runner's time is needed. Several factors will determine how much you should charge for an errand service: time needed to complete the errand, travel distance, resources needed to travel and complete the task, and demand for your time and services.

Things You'll Need

  • Note pad and pen
  • Car or mode of transportation
  • Determine how far you will need to travel. Analyze how much time it will take to drive/travel to the destination, and how long it will take to get back home as well. Also determine if you will need to make any other stops on this trip. Estimate the time required and write it down.

  • Determine how long it will take to complete the task once you are at your destination. For instance, if you are picking up dry cleaning it may only take a few minutes. But if you are shopping for groceries, it may take much longer. Estimate how long the task will take and write it down.

  • Determine how much your time is worth. This can be tricky, but is best determined by your clientele and their needs. If your client has particular demands and requires more of your time, you can probably charge more. Most errand services charge between $15 to $60 an hour depending on location and resources needed to complete the task. If you must use your car or pay for parking, factor this into your hourly rate.

  • Determine what errands you are willing and unwilling to do. Perhaps you only feel comfortable picking up/dropping off dry cleaning, doing post office runs and grocery store trips, and you're uncomfortable walking the dog or taking him to the vet. Make your preferences known, and if your services for these items is requested don't be shy in requesting more money for them.

  • Determine your schedule and availability, and schedule your clients accordingly. This will help you best optimize your time, and also keep your services in demand. Knowing how busy your schedule is will also help you determine the demand for your services -- the busier you are, the more you may be able to charge, and clients will be competing for your time and services.

Tips & Warnings

  • Accurately keep track of your hours and services provided to each client so you can invoice them for the correct amounts each week/day/month.
  • Don't go overboard in charging your hourly rate. If you are starting out, pick a price point relative to the area you live in and the clients you serve.

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