A door-to-door delivery business puts success in your hands.
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Every day, millions of people have items such as groceries, gifts and medical supplies delivered to their doors. Starting a door-to-door delivery business gives you the opportunity to be your own boss and make your own schedule. As with any business, as the boss you will have some tough decisions to make, such as how far to expand your delivery area and whether or not to hire extra drivers. With the right vehicle and a winning personality, however, the road to financial freedom can begin with a simply door-to-door delivery service.
Identify the style of business you wish to run. For example, you will need to identify which types of parcels or mail you plan to deliver. Determine whether you will specialize in the delivery of one mail form or if you have an open array of products. Also consider if you will employ a driver or handle all of the deliveries yourself.
Create a comprehensive business plan for your business. Form a detailed business blueprint that outlines all of your ideas and plans for your delivery business, including your start-up capital, advertising campaign, mission statement and vision for the business. Research delivery market trends in your area and determine how wide your delivery area should be. Compare delivery supply versus demand and determine if there is a niche industry that is profitable for your situation. Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration website at SBA.gov for templates and information on building a business plan.
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Purchase delivery vehicles that will hold and safely transport your chosen products. Find an insurance company that protects you as well as the items you are delivering. If you are hiring a driver, ensure that your insurance plan covers all personnel.
Register your business. Use your business plan as a guide to determine what type of business you are beginning: sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC or corporation. Also apply for any and all state and federal business licenses or permits associated with door-to-door delivery. Contact the IRS to register for your Employer Identification Number.
Accumulate a client list. Since you will be delivering door-to-door, take the time to talk with neighbors and friends in your area about your business venture. Join a delivery organization or parcel association. Build a positive reputation within your local community; word-of-mouth can be a powerful advertising tool.
Find ways to build credibility within your industry. Be polite, punctual and, most of all, drive safely. Understand your targeted market base. Network with other industry professionals to learn the pitfalls and privileges associated with door-to-door delivery.