Another way of making a little money on the side is to run errands for people
Believe it or not, there are some people out there who have more money than they have time. Around here we have very little of either.
However, there are very busy people out there who just don’t have the time to take care of certain chores.
You may find a local work-at-home person who has a lot of work that needs someone to run to the office supply store to pick up ink or paper.
You may find a local mom-and-pop business where there just isn’t enough time in the day for mom or pop to take off and mail packages.
Busy families may need someone to drive Junior to his baseball game or little Junette to her scout meeting.
There are countless tasks that busy people need to have done, but they don’t have time to do them.
In some places, people have started a complete business just by picking up takeout orders from local restaurants that don’t deliver and taking them to people who don’t have time to get out and pick up the order themselves.
Often these people will have a discount deal worked out with a handful of local restaurants. The restaurant will provide a streamlined menu to the delivery service. This streamlined menu will contain only their high margin meals. The delivery service will pick up the meal and take it to their customer who will pay the retail cost of the meal as well as a delivery charge.
There are many things that one can do. When my father, Robert Bruce McClendon, Jr., was in college, he would pick up clothes to be cleaned from boys who wanted to have their clothes dry cleaned, but did not want the hassle of taking them to the cleaners.
My father had worked out a discount with the local dry cleaner. The dry cleaner would make out a bill for the full amount of cleaning. My father would pay the discounted amount and take the clothes back to the boys.
They would pay full retail price for the cleaning along with a service fee.
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