How to Start a Courier Business

By Lanee’ Blunt
Courier service transport documents
 and pakages for organizations.

Starting a courier service is a rewarding and lucrative business. You may find that you are in competition with the big companies. Couriers will transport documents and packages for individuals, businesses, intuitions, and government agencies some companies will prefer working with a small courier business. Your courier service can offer clients in your community convenient delivery or pick-up services.

Start with a business plan
A business plan will be required if you are going to request financing. It can help you by getting you a business loan and -investors. Include in the plan the name of your company, what your business hours will be, and the types of vehicles your company will use for transporting goods.

Business License
Acquire a “Doing Business As,” DBA. Register a legal name for your business if you are going to use a name other than your own name. Apply for the DBA with a registration form with your state and local government.

Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the US Internal Revenue Service if you have hired employees. Take the test for your commercial driver’s license.

Advertise your Business
You can start your business with a small investment and a vehicle. Send direct mail and postcards to dry cleaners, spirits, fast food, medications, event tickets, grocery stores, and pet food stores. 

Entrepreneur: Business Idea Center; Community Delivery Service
Business Ideas: How to Start a Courier Business Today
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Couriers and Messengers


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