What You Need When Starting Out
With just a few essentials, you can start your own courier and delivery business in no time.
When starting a courier service, concierge service, or other delivery service, there are certainly a few things that you will have to have in order to get off to a good and profitable start.
Some of these things are physical, but many are intangible. All are crucial. Without further ado, it is time to take a look at the things that you absolutely must have to get your business started.
When it comes to tangible goods, there are a few obvious things that you will need. A car is the key element of a delivery service, and is certainly a necessity.
If you will be delivering large parcels or items, a truck may be a good choice for you. When starting, though, you will easily be able to work with what you have by accepting jobs that fit these parameters.
Pay careful attention to your insurance, however, as you will need to ensure that your policy covers business use of your vehicle. You will also want to ensure that you have the money needed to cover gas for your first few weeks of work until your clients have paid their invoices.
With the vehicle covered, you will also need a few other basics, such as a cell phone, a clipboard, and a map or GPS system. A GPS system, even if you use the one integrated into many cell phones, is an invaluable tool that can offer directions even while you drive, which saves you both time and overall money.
You will also need access to a computer and printer so that you can create invoices, tax records, and other important documents. While owning your own computer is preferred, you can make do simply with access to a computer and printer when you are starting out.
In addition to these physical things, there are also some intangible items that are absolutely essential to any starting business. You have to have the free time needed to do the job and to do it properly. If you are planning to make great money without having enough time to do the job, it simply isn’t going to work.
You also need to have a positive and friendly attitude and approach. You aren’t going to become a millionaire overnight, but with friendly, quality service you can build a client list quickly. You will also need persistence and the ability to keep going until you reach the level of success you are seeking.
This is all that you need to start a great business. While you may run into more needs as your business grows, this is what you really need to start. Don’t go overboard with expenses until things are absolutely necessary and you have earned the cashflow to pay for them. If you keep expenses low, you can keep your business profitable.
Posted by Bob Lavendusky on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 7:06 am