You’ve been thinking about starting your own courier service business. Still, you have some questions, and you want answers to before you start. So what are some questions you must ask before starting a courier service business? Here are the top five:
1. Am I motivated?
Like any business you start yourself, you need to have a lot of motivation to be a success. If you’re not ready to work hard and deal with people, then maybe a courier service business isn’t the right fit for you. While not generally a physically difficult job, couriering is a fast-paced world where the quicker you can work, the more work you can do. You can be a success in no time, but you need to be determined to do so.
2. Can I provide “stat” or “rush” service?
“Rush” service is picking up an item and delivering it within two hours. “Stat” service is picking up an item and delivering it within an hour. If you can provide these speedy services, you’ll see a lot of work coming your way, especially from medical professionals. Companies and businesses want deliveries completed quickly and effectively. If you can provide that, you’ll go far.
3. Do I have a reliable vehicle?
You must have a reliable vehicle. You don’t have to have a semi-truck or a huge van to be a success, but you need something that can transport your deliveries on time and be dependable. If your car breaks down a lot, then you don’t have a reliable vehicle. Customers are counting on you, and you need to be able to meet those demands.
4. How could I promote my new business?
Simply starting a business won’t get you customers. You have to let people know about your business. There are many ways to advertise, such as business cards, newspaper ads and magnetic signs you place on the side of your vehicle. Or maybe you’d prefer free ways, such as Craigslist, a website or blog and writing a press release. Think about how you want to promote your business. If you can work hard to promote, you’ll see a lot of business coming your way.
5. What supplies do I need?
You’ll need a reliable vehicle, a cell phone and a computer. The cell phone and computer are how you get business and keep track of finances and records. In addition to these items, there are some others you’ll want to consider, including a day planner or other scheduling device, a GPS unit for finding your pickup and drop-off sites, a hand truck for carrying heavy loads and moving blankets for fragile items. While you don’t have to have these additional items, they will greatly improve your business.
These are some of the questions you must ask before starting a courier service business. Think about the questions and find the answers that work for you. Soon enough you could be on your way to becoming an all-star courier with your courier service business. To learn more, read How to Start a Courier Business.