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If you own a box van, you may be able to earn extra money using that vehicle to make deliveries. Chances are there are a number of businesses and perhaps some individuals who would be willing to pay for your services. Whether you plan to make your delivery business a part-time sideline or a full-time career, there are a number of things to consider before you get started.
Contact your local government to obtain the appropriate business license. The requirements vary from place to place, so it is important to determine what type of licensing you need to start your business.
Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and your state government to apply for a tax identification number. It will be used to report the earnings of your business and submit any taxes due.
Call the company that supplies insurance for your box van and let them know you plan to use the vehicle for business purposes. Chances are your current policy does not cover business use, so it is important to make sure you have the coverage you need.
Design and print business cards and start handing them out in the course of your daily activities. Networking is an important part of establishing a business, and some of the most valuable marketing is word-of-mouth. When you stop at your favorite store, ask the owner about his need for delivery services. Do the same at the dry cleaner, the grocery store and other businesses in town.
Contact businesses in your area to let them know you are available for local deliveries. Have a stack of colorful flyers made and hand those out with your business cards as you go from business to business. Offer a special discount for the first service to entice new customers to give your service a try.
Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.