Start A Profitable
Service For Seniors
ever thought of starting a business
that's in real demand, A Senior Errand
Service should be at the top of your list.
boomers” are reaching their retirement age. The senior population is
exploding. There is close to 40 million people of retirement age, and is
expected to double in a couple of decades. This is the ideal business
for anyone wanting to start a a business from home.
Most aging people prefer to stay in their own homes as long as they can.
Often families are separated by distance today with their children and
grandchildren living too far away to help their elders. As seniors age,
they need more help with daily activities that younger people take for
granted…such as running errands.
If you’ve ever dreamed of a profitable business that helps others, this
could be the perfect opportunity for you. Running errands requires no
formal training, and costs next to nothing to get started. You probably
already have what’s needed. A telephone and a car…possibly a bike.
may include almost anything needed by the elderly. Walking their dog, and
take the dog to the vet. Cat
or pet house sitting,
everyday errands such as: grocery
picking up prescriptions and dry cleaning,
a trip to the post
If your town is small, your business could cover the entire town. If
you live in a larger city, you may want to limit your area to within a few
The rewards can be great - not just in dollars and cents - but in helping
seniors live better lives, by helping them retain their independence as
long as possible. You'll have a flexible schedule -an
advantage for those who need to balance family needs with earning an
income. The charge for senior errand services is around $18 to $35
an hour. More or less depending on the area where you live. An
eight hour work day means $200 in earnings- or $1000 for a five day week.
That's $50,000 per year in potential earnings for a business you can start
on a shoestring!
the area around your home doesn't offer enough business, you can target
other types of customers. Go to your senior citizen center or assisted
living facilities and offer to pick up dry cleaning, medicines from the
pharmacy or food from the grocery store.
Contact home business owners and offer to make daily runs to the post
office or office supply store.
You will need insurance if
you're transporting a senior or driving the senior's car. Pick a
name for your business. Make sure it isn't copyrighted. Print
up some flyers and business cards. Distribute them around to senior
complexes, bulletin boards, small ads in your local newspaper
Once you've found your customers, treat them well. The service you provide
is a convenience for them, but not always a necessity. Your customer
service and reliability are essential in establishing repeat business.
Before long you'll be up and in business as a
senior errand runner.
easy to expand your business beyond errand running. You could chauffeur
people who have difficulty getting out of the house by themselves, or you
could start a transportation service to take children to school. You
could work with home business owners as a personal assistant, helping them
so they can focus on building their business. And,
with a strong sense of customer service and demonstrated reliability, you
can have a successful business of your own. Learning how to start an
errand business can get you into your own business quickly and will
provide a solid foundation upon which to provide valuable add-on services.