how to starta small shipping business
28 May

Buyer’s Market Inc is the best option for you if you’re planning to launch a small shipping business with minimal startup fees. We provide you with trucks to make your shipping process easy. There’s no needed to spend much money on equipment or education. There’s zero experience required, and you have countless potential customers at your fingertips. To get your courier service off the ground, you need a vehicle, dolly, and cell phone.

What You Need

It’s great if you already have a truck, but FedEx contractors will tell you to acquire all the equipment you need in one trip to the hardware store. Overall, you have to make sure that have all you need:

  • If you’re starting a shipping business, you need a box truck. FedEx contractors recommend one that’s fuel-efficient.
  • At least one dolly
  • A set of ratchet straps to secure cargo
  • You need a cellphone, preferably separate from your personal phone, specifically for business-related calls
  • Don’t forget to notice the legalities. Set up your business as a sole proprietorship or a limited liability company, and check with your local county clerk or revenue commissioner’s office or website regarding requirements for a business license.

Getting Started

Once you collect all the equipment together and any necessary licensing now is the time to outline your business model.

Determine your delivery boundaries. This shrinks your client base and puts a cap on gas and mileage expenditures.

Determine your work schedule.

Create a list of business contacts that might contract you to make deliveries for them, such as local grocery stores, restaurants, law offices, and dry cleaners.

Advertise your business. Post flyers in your service area, hand out business cards, and use online advertising options to target by location, like in Facebook ads. Think about offering coupons, as well, to drum up that initial business.

Create a Budget

Like any small business, you also need a business plan. However, because you’ll probably be working out of your home, your plan will primarily consist of financial expenses and obligations.
Decide your expenditures and price you’ll charge your customers. Fix a minimum price for your services and tack on charges either by the hour or by the mile. On average, couriers using light vehicles – such as cars, pickup trucks, or minivans –decide how much you will charge per hour. Think about adding fuel or mileage surcharges for longer routes.

After you figure out how your income will work, calculate your expenses. Take into account advertising costs and fuel and vehicle maintenance, vehicle rent if you’re renting, cargo insurance, and liability insurance.
If you plan to add more vehicles and employees to your delivery fleet, try to create profit goals that allow you to do so.

As FedEx contractors we are always here to help you achieve your goal. We want to make your business successful. We provide you with a full-service business brokerage that offers a comprehensive range of services for assisting with the purchase or sale of FedEx routes.

Keep Up Your Reputation

After you get your delivery business off the ground, you want to establish long-lasting relationships with repeat customers.

Be loyal to your customers and programs; always deliver your shipment on time because your clients may recommend you. Find out which agreement is the best for your customers, and play to your strengths. Don’t worry; our professional team always here to assist you. You can use our support as needed. We can help you with just about everything you will need to be successful.