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Thinking about starting an errand running business

post #1 of 12
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But I have no clue where to start. I know grocery shopping and picking up dry cleaning is a given. What other errands should be offered? And how much should I charge? Has anyone else done this?
post #2 of 12
what about taking an elderly person to their doc appt? or picking up prescriptions for them? taking things to the post office for someone? taking dogs to the vet or having them groomed? buying office supplies for a small company? many of these things people consider to be inconveniences and would like help with them. there is a business similiar here where i live and these 2 ladies are busy ALL THE TIME! people really like the idea of someone doing all their errands for them. the possibilities are endless... good luck
post #3 of 12
I have thought about doing this also, but have the same questions. My dh said to charge by the hour, but some of the errands won't last that long, so he said charge a minimum fee.

Pick up prescriptions, drop off payments, returns to stores, just some ideas.

good luck
post #4 of 12
I've thought about this too. There is a huge need for this kind of business and I'll bet you will do well.

I'm not sure how you will charge. I'll be watching this thread as I am interested too.
post #5 of 12
Funny, I have thought of this myself, but must wait as the kids are still a bit young and would make everything take longer. I would suggest seeing if you could find one online somewhere. Perhaps there is some information you can gather from another business already established.
post #6 of 12
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I think charging a fee per errand would go over better because how do they know how long it took? Just thinking with my cynical mind like always . I wouldn't even want them to think they had the possibility to think I could stiff them out of any money. Thank you, Windys, for all the good ideas!
post #7 of 12
I know I'd hire you! I Don't know how grocery shopping and doing all these errands are going to work after the twins arrive. I don't know what other ideas I can come up with (other than what's already listed) but if I think of anything I'll let you know. As far as the pricing goes there is a lady here in town that does it and has posted her prices in the paper. She charges a minimum fee, but charges per job. I don't remember what exactly she charges per job but I know that the jobs she has listed are: grocery shopping (breaks it up in the list amount...0-10 items are a set fee, 11-20 items are a little higher cost and 21-35 are a little more and so on), she goes to the post office, she'll drive anyone to the Dr., bank (older people NEED this service since some don't do anything over the internet or on the phone), post office, grocery store, and a few other places.

The one piece of advise I can give to you is that if you drive anyone somewhere you should tell them or have them sign something that says you cannot help them in/out of the car, or if you do that you are not responsible for accidents. There was a lawsuit here about 3-4 months ago because there was a lady providing "driving the elderly" services and she was helping this one lady out of the car and the "driver/helper" apparently dropped her as she was getting into her wheel chair (this older lady weighed about 250 lbs and expected her "driver/helper" to pick her up and put her in the chair!!!). The old lady got a little sue crazy and WON. It's scary now days- so PROTECT YOURSELF if you decide to offer this service!!!! Maybe you could state that if help is needed getting in and out of the car you cannot provide them service. It sounds harsh, but you are only protecting yourself.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Me&My2girls View Post

I know I'd hire you! I Don't know how grocery shopping and doing all these errands are going to work after the twins arrive. I don't know what other ideas I can come up with (other than what's already listed) but if I think of anything I'll let you know. As far as the pricing goes there is a lady here in town that does it and has posted her prices in the paper. She charges a minimum fee, but charges per job. I don't remember what exactly she charges per job but I know that the jobs she has listed are: grocery shopping (breaks it up in the list amount...0-10 items are a set fee, 11-20 items are a little higher cost and 21-35 are a little more and so on), she goes to the post office, she'll drive anyone to the Dr., bank (older people NEED this service since some don't do anything over the internet or on the phone), post office, grocery store, and a few other places.

The one piece of advise I can give to you is that if you drive anyone somewhere you should tell them or have them sign something that says you cannot help them in/out of the car, or if you do that you are not responsible for accidents. There was a lawsuit here about 3-4 months ago because there was a lady providing "driving the elderly" services and she was helping this one lady out of the car and the "driver/helper" apparently dropped her as she was getting into her wheel chair (this older lady weighed about 250 lbs and expected her "driver/helper" to pick her up and put her in the chair!!!). The old lady got a little sue crazy and WON. It's scary now days- so PROTECT YOURSELF if you decide to offer this service!!!! Maybe you could state that if help is needed getting in and out of the car you cannot provide them service. It sounds harsh, but you are only protecting yourself.

Haven't thought about that! I love this board so much! You guys always help me think of things I miss. Maybe I should just stick to errands and not offer to drive anyone anywhere.
post #9 of 12
I knew a gal who did errands but she wouldn't have anything to do with watching kids, picking them up or dropping them off. Mainly because she wanted her service to allow working parents more time with there kids. I say you need to protect yourself from other people stupidity. The other thing is you really need to be good at meeting people and getting the word out that you are doing this. Have a plan to grow your bussiness.
post #10 of 12
Correct me if I am wrong......but, I think that if you provide transportation, you would need to have a special license (like a limo driver, taxi driver, etc) special insurance too.

I wonder if you would have to have contracts, set fees that the people would have to pay BEFORE you did the service....what would stop someone from not paying you after you already did it?

I would be VERY CAREFUL picking up someones percriptions (sp) too.....what if they accuse you of taking a few pills before you brought it to them......even if you did not do it, how could you PROVE that you didn't.

In todays society, you cannot cover your a$$ enough.....there are always people out there to ruin a good and trustworthy thing.......take advantage of anything that they can, etc.....what if the dog that you were taking to have groomed dies on the way, what if you are in a car accident on the way, what if they say that they gave you $150 to deposit in their account when it really was only $120. What if they wanted a 20oz soda pop and the 2lt was cheaper.......can you make the decision to get the more economical purchase?



Sounds like you have a great idea, that people can really use.....but also something that can be horribly taken advantage of and something that you could lose your whole world over if you were to be sued. Not to mention that you would have to keep GREAT and detailed books on the money made and declare it on taxes as income............so many what-ifs!!!!!!!
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