How to Open a Courier Service Business

By Lanee’ Blunt

When you open a courier service business you will have a variety of different options to consider. Will your service deliver envelopes and small packages, or large cargoes?   Some courier services deliver sensitive medical and industrial chemicals, or perishable goods, so deciding what your service company will deliver up front will help because you will have to invest in specialty trucks to handle refrigeration.  Some couriers specialize in court filings and deliveries to and from law offices.

Start your own delivery business
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
You must set up your business as a legal entity. Decide which form of ownership is best for your particular business: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, or S corporation. Obtain a business license from your state.  Take the commercial driver's license exam at your local motor vehicles department. Purchase commercial license plate, commercial vehicle, and commercial auto insurance.

When you first start your courier service business you will need a car, if you are delivering large parcels you will need a truck.  Work with what you have when opening your business. You will need a cell phone, clipboard and GPS system or maps.  A computer with a printer so that you can create and maintain invoices, tax records and contact information.

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