Many people would like to make some extra money, but don’t have a lot of time to devote to it. Maybe you’re a recent retiree who still has that entrepreneurial spirit, but enjoys the freedom and flexibility of retirement. Or perhaps you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad who needs to take and pick up the kids from school everyday, in addition to some other tasks. Still, you’d like to have a part-time income, some money coming in. But at the same time it’d be really nice to be in control of your schedule, to have freedom to not work if you have other things going on. That’s all possible by starting your own errand running service for seniors – the perfect part-time business.
Errand runners do just that—they run errands for people who are unable to do so, due to age or disability. There are currently 40 million seniors in the United States and according to the U.S. Administration on Aging, that number is going to double by the year 2030. So what does that mean for you? A lot of potential work as an errand runner.
As senior citizens get older, many become homebound or are simply unable to perform errands that many of us take for granted. Taking the dog on a walk, picking up dry cleaning, stopping off at the bank—these are just some of the everyday tasks that people need done, and when they’re unable to do these things, an errand runner is the one they call. In fact, most of the errands you’d be running are ones you probably do every week, but this time you’d be getting paid for it.
Best of all, there are no expensive start-up costs or classes required. You need to be a compassionate, patient person who loves to help others. Chances are you already have that covered. Next you’ll need a car and cell phone. You probably already have those too. After that you’ll need insurance to cover your errand service business.
The expenses—and they shouldn’t cost you a lot—will be quickly covered by the money you’ll be making. So just how much can you make? Errand runners typically make between $18 and $35 an hour, a national average of $25 an hour. That money can pile up pretty quickly.
But won’t this require a big time commitment? Not at all. You can work as little or as much as you’d like. As the owner of your own errand running business, you’re in charge. It’s simply the perfect part-time business, whether you just simply don’t want to work a lot, or have a lot of other responsibilities you need to do too. It’s a flexible job that also pays well. What could be better?
As seniors age, many need someone to run errands for them. These errands are often ones we do everyday and take for granted. As an errand runner, you can make good money helping others. Plus you can work as little or as much as you’d like. Simply put, it’s the perfect part-time business. To learn more, read How to Start a Profitable Senior Errand Service.