We’re all getting older, whether we like it or not. But the over-65 population is forecast to grow 35% in just the next ten years, three times faster than the last decade. Blame it on those aging baby boomers, even now numbering over 40 million, who have created a huge opportunity for anyone who wants to start a senior service business.
While many senior service businesses require extensive training or lots start-up money, there is one business that caters to seniors which can be started with a small amount of money – often as little as a few hundred dollars. That business is a senior errand service, which caters to the unique needs of seniors.
As folks get older, getting out to run errands can become more difficult and require more help. Some seniors become homebound because of health issues, or temporarily, while recovering from surgery or a fall. They need help with their errands.
All of the errands that most of us take for granted, like a trip to the supermarket or drugstore, taking a pet to the vet, a simple trip to the bank or post office, can be difficult if not impossible for many seniors.
That creates a business opportunity for those who want to start a senior errand service. As an errand runner for seniors, you take care of the everyday errands your customers are no longer able to do themselves. It’ a great way to help seniors, as well as earn a good income.
As with most service businesses, this is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme. You can definitely earn an above-average income, along with the personal satisfaction that comes from helping others. The average errand service business charges about $25 an hour – less in rural areas and more in big cities. With a normal 40 hour work week, that’s $1,000 a week. Even a half-time senior errand service could bring in $500 a week.
Because it’s a simple business, you don’t need to take classes or get re-trained. In addition, you can keep a flexible schedule – ideal for anyone who has family or other responsibilities as well. Those who do best in this business are caring, kind folks who enjoy helping others and can handle a changing schedule well.
You won’t need to spend a lot of money on advertising to find customers for your senior errand business, as word will spread rapidly from one happy customer to their friends. One good place to start is at your local senior center. Post a simple flyer on their bulletin board with a description of what you do, and a few “senior discount coupons” to get the ball rolling. Then get ready to get busy!
Starting your own senior errand service is a wonderful way to help seniors, make a solid income and feel good about what you do. It’s a service that benefits you and your customers. To learn more about this special business, read How To Start a Profitable Senior Errand Service.