Anacortes, WA (PressExposure) January 03, 2012 -- Most of us spend hours every month driving around town, picking up and dropping off items. What if there was a way to get paid for doing this? Every town, large or small, needs a local courier service to pickup and deliver documents and parcels locally.
A courier service business does not have to compete with Fedex or UPS, because it can offer local, same-day service of time-sensitive items, such as flowers, legal documents, prepared food, parts and supplies or medical specimens.
Starting a courier service is more affordable than you might think. If you have a dependable vehicle and a cell phone, you're almost there. It is possible to start a local courier service business for just a few hundred dollars. A local delivery service is always in demand, even in smaller towns, as there is always someone who needs a package delivered today, not tomorrow or the next day. The list of potential customers includes architects, engineers, contractors, printers, doctors and medical labs, pharmacies, caterers, lawyers and busy individuals.
A recession can be a great time to start a courier business, because when the economy slows, companies lay off workers and out-source more tasks to keep costs low. As a result, couriers are often even busier than in boom times.
A courier service business can provide a full-time income with part-time hours, as the national average rate for courier service with a light vehicle like a car or mini-van is about $36 an hour. That's one reason why many couriers just work a few hours a day.
Headstart publishing has just released a free mini-course to help anyone thinking about starting their own courier service. The 7-part course covers:
* How to make money delivering local packages for profit.
* How to start your courier service business in a week.
* Six things you need to know before you start a courier service business.
* How to find the best customers.
* Five ways to get all the courier jobs you want.
* Six free ways to promote your courier service business.
* Top 10 questions about starting a courier business.
Anyone interested in starting a courier service business will find this free mini-course rewarding. To sign up, visit: http://profitsonwheels.com