How to Start an Errand Running Business

Woman holding shopping bagsIf you are looking for a simple business – yet you don’t want to be bored staying at home, this may be the ideal work for you. By helping people out with their daily or weekly tasks, this work can be extremely gratifying – as you are helping people accomplishing necessary tasks.

If you have limited business experience and start-up capital, errand running is an easy business to start. Many times, you can use the skills you already have and earn between $25 and $50 an hour. Errand runners work with companies, individuals or both.

What Type of Work Can You Do?

Do you like doing a variety of different simple tasks, prefer working outside an office or your home and enjoy helping people? Becoming an errand runner or personal assistant may be the perfect type of work for you – and can ultimately become a full-time business.

Errand runners need to be able to take direction from others, and the ability to multi-task can be an asset. The more efficient, organized and reliable you are, the more jobs you can get.

Duties can range from errand-running to completing administrative tasks. Hours and location of work can also vary, making this a very versatile business.

This means that there is no set personal assistant job description – but rather you choose the ideal tasks that you want to take on and go after those jobs.

Here are some examples:

  • Grocery shopping, picking up dinner or pre-made meals
  • Gift buying, wrapping or delivery
  • Mailing packages or picking up mail
  • Taking pets to the groomer or vet
  • Picking up medications
  • Banking chores
  • Taking cars to the car wash or auto repair shop
  • Dropping off or picking up up books at the library
  • Light housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning drop off & pick up
  • Dropping off items at the resale shop
  • Providing transportation for children or seniors
  • Watering plants
  • Taking out the trash
  • Housesitting
  • Dog walking or caring for pets
  • Making flight or travel reservations
  • Event prep or decoration

There are also more specialized services that are not generally thought of as errands. However, if you possess these skills and are willing to do these tasks, advertising these services can only make you more valuable to clients. Some of these jobs include notary services, occasional cleaning, small repair jobs, mowing the lawn, food prep assistance, etc…


How to professionalize your concierge skills, conduct a successful client consultation and arrange payment for services. Plus – tips on setting fees and putting together profitable service packages.

Where to find clients (including high-paying corporate clients) and how to get referrals so you don’t have to spend lots of time advertising or searching for customers.

Need Samples? They’re included! Invoice, contracts, forms, hourly rates, prospective client meeting and more. The experts show exactly what to do and how to do it – so you can make more money.

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Advertising tip

Care4Hire is a website that connects caregivers with clients who need to hire help. If you offer miscellaneous errand services, you can register as a “Misc Helper” so that clients can find you online.

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