As people age, they often need help with their daily tasks. In particular, many senior citizens have difficulty leaving their home to run errands. Many are more than willing to pay someone else to do the things they no longer can easily do. As an errand runner, you can turn your caring for senior citizens into a profitable new career.
Errand runners simply run errands for other people. As the owner of your own errand running service, your main customers will be senior citizens. Think about your weekly errands. That’s the kind of stuff you can expect to do for senior citizens. Whether it’s grocery shopping, running to the bank, or picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy, you could help stay-at-home seniors get their to-do list completed without them having to leave the house.
Your start-up costs are very low. If you plan to transport senior citizens, drive their car, or pet and house sit, then you might need additional insurance. Check with your insurance company to find out more.
Next it’ll be important to have a reliable car to get you to and from customers and to transport you to the various errands you’ll be running. You also need a cell phone and computer as the best way to get in contact with your customers. You also should buy some business cards to get your business’s name out there. And don’t forget a day planner or some way to keep track of all your appointments and customers.
So the expenses are small and the profits are big. How big? Errand runners typically make between $18 and $35 an hour. The national average is $25 an hour. If you work a 40-hour week, that could mean $50,000 a year, or more! Plus, most errand runners charge more if they’re being asked to run errands outside of their normal business hours or on holidays.
As the owner of your own errand running business, you decide what you want to charge. You decide when you want to work and what jobs to take. Simply put, you’re the boss. It’s the perfect career for those wishing to escape the 9 to 5 rat race, and it’s a great way to ease the stress on senior citizens in your community.
There are currently 40 million seniors in the United States and that number is expected to double in 2030 as the baby boomers become seniors. More and more people will need help performing their daily errands, and you could be the one to provide that service.
You can make a nice profit—a really nice profit, in fact! – by starting your own senior errand running business. You’re the boss, and you can charge what you want and work when you want. Simply put, it’s a great way to help others and make good money doing it. To learn more, read How to Start a Profitable Senior Errand Service.