Have you considered starting your own business? Here’s something to think about: to complete everyday tasks, businesses rely on deliveries. Granted, overnight deliveries can be made by many traditional courier services. But what about when the business needs an odd package type delivered, or needs it within a matter of hours? This is where a non-CDL delivery service would come in handy – and, coincidentally, a great premise upon which to start your business.
If you’re looking to get out of that daily grind, step out from behind that office desk, breakout from that boring factory job, and be your own boss, this could be the answer you’ve been searching for. Best of all, in order to begin, the initial start-up expenses don’t have to break the bank. Let’s look at starting your own non-CDL delivery company.
The first process is a relatively simple one – obtaining a business license. You can apply for this license by visiting your municipality’s licensing office.
Of course, you need an operator’s license, but it is not necessary, as long as your vehicle weighs less than 26,000 pounds, to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
You’ll Need a Vehicle
Of course, you’re going to need a vehicle with which to make your deliveries. A bicycle isn’t going to cut it. What might work best, at least in the beginning, is a truck with a camper or a van. To protect your deliveries from the elements, you want to make sure that the cargo area is protected/enclosed. Though you can purchase a new vehicle down the line, consider picking up a used one for the time being.
Rest assured, you need insurance! In fact, you’re going to need various types. Commercial vehicle liability insurance, in the case of an accident, will protect the property of others. You will also, however, need general liability insurance to protect yourself. If, in the course of your doing business, items that you’re delivering are damaged or lost, you’ll be protected against claims made by the company you were delivering for or to.
Tools of the Trade
With today’s technology, finding addresses (and getting to them via the best route) is easier than ever. No more juggling paper maps! Invest in a reliable GPS system to help get your packages where they need to be on time. Pick up a notebook so that you can, while out of the office, still manage to take deliveries. Grab at least one mileage log book for now, and make sure that you have a cell phone that gets great reception everywhere.
Now all you need are some customers. Remember that a positive attitude will get you further, faster; and do what you can to create some buzz about your business as soon as possible. Be sure to provide stellar service and word will spread like wildfire.
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