Seniors Helping Seniors – The Perfect Retirement Business?

senior errand service owner

Shopping for Homebound Seniors

Retirees love the newfound freedom of retired life. No full-time job to show up to, the ability to choose your own schedule, and all the other benefits that come from retirement. At the same time, some would still love to make some extra income. But they still want to hold onto that freedom to pick the schedule they desire, to not be tied down to working certain hours every week. Plus, it’d be really nice to help others too. So what could you do? Start your own errand running business for seniors.

Errand runners do just that—run errands for other people and make good money doing it. As seniors age, many become homebound and it becomes difficult to complete daily errands. An errand runner’s job is to do the errands for them. Getting groceries, taking the dog on a walk, picking up dry cleaning, running to the bank, and more. There are currently 40 million seniors in the United States and that number is expected to double by 2030, which means a lot of work for errand runners. As baby boomers age, more and more will need errands run for them.

Running errands is a great way for seniors to help other seniors. Not only is it a way to make great new friends, but it’s an easy way to put a smile on their face. Errand runners are helping them do something they can no longer do with ease, and by doing so, they’re easing their stress.

So how much can an errand runner make? A typical errand service business charges between $18 and $35 an hour, depending on what part of the country they live in.  Still, the national average is $25 an hour. Chances are you run errands all the time, but this time you could get paid to do it!

Say you just want to work five hours a week. How much money could you make? If you charge $25 an hour that means you could make $125 a week or about $600 a month! That’d be nice.

Best of all, errand runners have total control over their schedules. You can work when you want to work. There’s no time commitment. You don’t need to work 40 hours a week. You don’t need to work at 8:00 in the morning or late in the afternoon. You simply pick when you want to work and take the jobs that can fit your schedule.

Seniors often have lots of friends or are involved in a community of other seniors. A good errand runner will quickly become the talk of the group and before you know it, more and more business could be coming your way.

Starting your own errand running business is a great way to make some extra cash or perhaps start a new career during your retirement. It’s the perfect way to help others while getting paid to do it. There’s nothing better than putting a smile on someone else’s face. By running errands for seniors, you could do just that. To learn more, read How to Start a Profitable Senior Errand Service.