Starting a Grocery Shopping Business in 6 Easy Steps


grocery shopping businessAs people get older they’re less capable of managing daily tasks, such as grocery shopping, and more. Senior citizens often hire personal shoppers to do the tasks they no longer can, or want to, do. Grocery shopping businesses typically charge about $20-$25 per order for grocery shopping and delivery. On an hourly basis, that works out to around $27 an hour. With a grocery shopping  business, you stand to make a nice profit. So what are the steps to getting started?

1. Legal Structure. First you need to decide on the legal structure of your business. Is it a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability corporation? Whichever you choose will affect what taxes you pay and what your liability will be. Also, while you’re doing this, make sure you license your business based on whatever your state’s procedures are. You’ll also need to get a federal tax identification number.

2. Name Your Business. Now you’re ready to name your grocery shopping business. Think of something catchy and memorable. Consider putting your city name in it, or even your own name. Make sure no one else is using your name and that it hasn’t been trademarked already.

3. Insurance. You must have insurance. It can protect you in the case of a lawsuit or claim. Check with your insurance agent about auto insurance. Some require it if you are using your car for commercial purposes. There are other insurances you might need, such as liability insurance for unexpected events. It’s best to check with your insurance company agent to learn what is required.

4. Gather Supplies. A grocery shopping business is easy to set up, because you won’t need a lot of supplies. In fact, most you probably have already. You’ll need a reliable car to get you to and from your customers and wherever the job takes you. You should also have a cell phone and computer as a way to be contacted. After this you should consider purchasing business cards as a great way to get your name and contact information to prospective customers. And don’t forget a day planner or other way to stay organized. You need some way to keep track of all your appointments and customers.

5. Choose Services. It’s a good idea to make a list of what services you offer. You should also put something that says, “If you don’t see the service you need – just call and ask.” Many grocery shopping businesses also offer pickup and delivery of other items, such as prescriptions.

6. Set Your Prices. Most personal shoppers charge by the job, not by the hour. If the task involves a lot of driving, you might want to charge for mileage. You should also charge differently if you’re being asked to work outside your normal business hours or on a holiday. Consider offering package deals as a way to get customers. If they’re only using your services for grocery shopping, pick a special rate for that. Experiment and find out what works best for you.

Starting a grocery shopping business is quite easy. In just six easy steps you could be up and running before you know it! To learn more, read How to Start a Profitable Grocery Shopping Business.