If you want to start a business from home, you need to find low risk options that don’t require much initial investment. Most people that run home businesses start out doing it on the side and gradually build it up, so they can continue working and earning money at the same time.

There are a lot of great business ideas that allow you to do this, but one of the best ones to start right now is an independent shipping business. We’re buying more goods online than ever, and somebody needs to deliver them all. People assume that you need a big fleet of trucks, but you can actually get started as an independent driver with just one vehicle. The business side of things can be managed from home until you start earning enough to bring more employees in and find premises for the company. If you think that an independent shipping company might be right for you, here’s how to get started. 

Decide On Your Area Of Shipping 

If you are starting from home, you’re not going to be doing big, cross-country deliveries right away. It’s likely that you will start small, so think about the area of shipping that you want to get into. Do you want to work with online retailers and deliver their products? Do you want to work for private individuals that need products shipped? You may even decide that you want to specialize in a certain area. For example, you could invest in a refrigerated vehicle for carrying food products or medical supplies. Visit https://jungleworks.com/types-of-delivery-services/ for some more information about different shipping models. You can, of course, do a mixture but it’s best to focus on one area to start with. If you spread yourself too thin to start with, you will find it tough to get clients. 

Find Your First Jobs 

Once you have a vehicle and an area of shipping in mind, you need to start looking for your first jobs. There are a couple of ways to do this, but you should start with job board websites like https://www.shiply.com/us/shipping-jobs where you will find a whole range of jobs posted. This is a good way to get your foot in the door with a few clients and if you do a good job, you will hopefully get more work in the future. 

As well as using job board sites, you should use your network too. If you know anybody that owns a business of their own, ask them if they need somebody to do their shipping for them.  

Learn To Manage Your Time 

This can be tricky but time management is one of the key things to consider when building a home business. Will you start by doing deliveries at weekends and working your current job during the week? Perhaps you’ll look for a part-time job to do 3 days a week and then spend 2 on the business? The biggest mistake people make is trying to juggle too much at once and taking on too many new clients, even though they don’t have enough hours in the day. Find a good balance and focus on giving amazing service to a small number of customers to start with. 

Starting an independent shipping business from home is tough, but if you can pull it off, you have the potential to be a huge success. 

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Mitch Carvalho

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Hi, Mommy Mitch here, a full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger in my spare time. I’m a BBMomma Influencer, too. I’m 44 and proud. Mom of 2 girls and 1 boy, Derelle, Erchelle, and Elric. I am happy to share my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my husband works miles away from home.