Trucks cost more to drive, maintain and insure, but there are ways that you can help offset that extra cost, and possibly even make a profit. If you've ever had a family member or friend call and ask you to come with him to Home Depot or to help him move, you know how valuable it can be to own a truck. Use the utility of this vehicle to your advantage to make money in creative ways.
Package Delivery Service
Freight companies deliver large shipments to hubs near major cities, then commission drivers to deliver these shipments out to the customers. You can act in the capacity of one of these truck drivers for smaller shipments. You will need to make arrangements directly with the consignee, or recipient, in order to pick up the shipment from the hub and deliver the shipment directly to the customer's doorstep. Charge a low flat rate for local deliveries from each hub. This is similar to a moving service, so get bonded to protect yourself and the customer from potential issues involving the shipment.
One way to make money with your truck is to sell advertising space to local businesses. Design and purchase custom car magnets (see Resources section) for the local companies that you contract with and charge anywhere from $50 to $100 per week. Make a commitment to your customer to drive your truck in a certain area of town every day. These car magnets can be placed on both sides of your truck and on the tailgate for maximum exposure.
Furniture Pick Up Service
If you own a pickup truck, you can make a decent amount of money in the used furniture business. When people are trying to sell or dispose of old furniture, they are usually somewhat eager to get it out of the house by any means necessary. Without a truck, it's hard to get rid of the furniture promptly. So to make money with your truck, you can advertise yourself as a furniture pickup and delivery person. Offer to come move the unwanted furniture. Depending on the condition of the furniture you may have to pay a small fee to the owner, but in some situations you may be able to get the items for free. Put the furniture up for sale on classified ad websites and sell them to local thrift stores. You can also act as a go-between when a person has already sold the furniture, but needs it delivered locally.
You can also make money by making rounds in your local neighborhood to pick up furniture that people are trashing. As long as the furniture is in fair condition, it can be sold to thrift stores as well.
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