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People are busier than ever and the world around them hasn't changed.

Grocerys still need to be bought, deliveries still need to be made, gifts

still need to be bought, etc. You can take advantage of the needs of these

hyper-busy people by running an ERRAND SERVICE.

In essence, what you do is run errands for people and get paid for it.

Think it sounds like a kid's business? Well, you won't make kid money!

If you are in a good sized metropolitan area with steady clients, you can

make $15, even $20, an hour!

You won't need much to start off with. You'll, of course, need a reliable

car or, better yet, a van. The only real expenses at the start are:

business cards and business stationery; a pager; and postage. Make a

list of large businesses in your area, ones with large numbers of well-paid

executives, such as banks, headquarters of large manufacturers, etc. You

should then compose a letter detailing your services. List as many

timesaving services as you can think of: grocery pickup, dry-cleaning

delivery and pickup, post office errands, gift-shopping services, food

pickup and delivery, etc.

Note: Don't transport people or children unless you have the proper

licenses. Also, if you delivery messages, there may be state utility

regulations you'll need to check into. Emphasize to these people how

they will BENEFIT from your service: more time, less worries, less stress.

Be competitive with your pricing. Call other delivery services in the

area and find out what they charge, whether hourly or by the job. Make

your prices competitive and your services personal, and you'll get the edge.

Four other good ideas for publicizing your services: advertise in charity

event publications that are read by executives; get permission to post

your business card at dry cleaners, grocery stores, bakeries, upscale food

stores and delis, etc.; produce press releases about your services

showcasing a unique aspect of your business, i.e. you specialize in

delivering wedding cakes, for example, and get them to all the newspapers

and local magazines in the area; and notify senior citizen organizations

about the services you offer.

Hints: Know your way around your area extremely well so you can plan the

quickest route to efficiently accomplish all your errands. Be assertive,

both with potential clients and with places you are visiting for a client.

Be friendly, and you'll get more return business. Also, be confidential in

respect for your clients.

If you're willing to hustle, you can make it in the errand business. Once

you get that first steady client, if you're good, you can count on word-of-

mouth business. Then you'll really be rolling!