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Running errands as a business

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Has anyone had any success being an errand runner? I like to be out and about during the day and thought this would be a good idea. Not sure how I would set up pricing. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 6
Some days I wish I had an errand runner... I think it is a great idea and that elderly people would especially be into this, but it might be a little bit challenging.

I would make sure to limit where you go if I were you I would keep it to stores in my town, grocery store, post office, Walmart, the drug store etc. and charge one flat rate for gas like 10.00 a trip, then charge by the half hour for your service.
Where I think it would get hard is grocery shopping for someone else if you did not get the brand they wanted, or if they did not give you enough money, and the money part would be hard too..... I wish you luck!
post #3 of 6
My friend tried this a few years ago when she didn't have a job, but she didn't have much success with it. She made up flyers and I think she had something on line too.
I'm not sure how she set up her prices, but people are cheap regardless.
post #4 of 6
I read an article about personal shoppers years ago. One was freelance and the other worked for a large department store. The department store offered the services of the personal shopper for free. Of course she would shop within the store only and that is how they covered her salary. She would pick out wardrobes for career women and gifts for executive (ie gifts for their wives etc.). The freelance one also worked mostly with busy executives who didn't have time to shop for their wives etc.

Although what you are suggesting would be a good service for the elderly but they are often on a fixed income.
post #5 of 6
I guess this would depend on where you live. If you live in an area where people can afford to pay someone to run errands than I think it's a good idea. I honestly can't see too many people paying someone to run errands in this type of economy.
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Originally Posted by slamberto View Post

Has anyone had any success being an errand runner? I like to be out and about during the day and thought this would be a good idea. Not sure how I would set up pricing. Any suggestions?

I tried it, failed miserably in my area. There appears to be a few successful business couriers in the area, but there's not much interest in personal errand services. The elderly already receive these services free in our area from non-profits.
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