You’d like to have a career where you could help people, while making good money doing it. Certainly being your own boss would be nice. Working when you want to work, charging what you’d like to charge. But what could you do that would fulfill all those wishes. Simple – starting your own grocery shopping service.
Grocery shopping for seniors is a great way to make good money, while doing something positive and helpful for senior citizens. Many are homebound and unable to do their own grocery shopping or other errands that most of us take for granted, such as picking up a prescription, stopping at the hardware store for an item, and more.
Starting your own grocery shopping service is not a get-rich-quick scheme, nor do you need specialized training to be able to do it. You can make a solid, dependable income without working long hours. How much? Grocery shopping businesses typically charge $20 for a small grocery order and $25 for a larger one. It usually works out to an average of $27 an hour. If you work a 40-hour week, that could mean over $50,000 per year.
When pricing your service, keep in mind that most grocery shopping services charge by the job, rather than by the hour. If a customer asks you to shop for groceries at a store that’s outside your normal range, consider charging a surcharge as well. The I.R.S. currently allows 55 cents a mile for business-related travel. Many grocery shopping businesses have adopted this rate for themselves.
In addition to your normal grocery shopping you’ll be asked to do, consider offering other shopping and errands, such as personal errands. Those can be a profitable sideline to grocery shopping, as you’ll be working with your existing customers and reducing your travel time. If you’re asked to do grocery shopping or other errands outside your normal business hours or on a holiday, it is customary to add a surcharge.
A typical surcharge would be $6 extra per hour for after-hours jobs and $10 per hour for those on holidays. It is also customary for a customer to schedule a grocery delivery 24 hours ahead of time, as well as giving 24 hours notice in the event of a cancellation, otherwise a surcharge is added.
You can make good money by offering a grocery shopping service for seniors. You get to help seniors and get paid well for your time. To learn more about this little-known, but profitable service business, read How to Start a Profitable Grocery Shopping Business.