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How to Start a Personal Grocery Shopping Business

Updated on April 22, 2016
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Shawna is a working wife and mom with a passion for achieving financial freedom. Her family is on track to be completely debt free by 2018!

Imagine this: It's 6:00 pm and Jane, a mother of three, is driving home, exhausted from a full day at the office. After picking up her children from the sitter, she remembers the pantry is empty, the refrigerator is barren, and they've already eaten out four times this week. Fearfully, Jane pulls into the grocery store parking lot and circles for five minutes trying to find a parking space. She drags the kids out of the car. As she walks up and down each crowded grocery aisle, her kids toss junk food into the cart left and right.

For some people, grocery shopping is a dreaded chore.
For some people, grocery shopping is a dreaded chore.

Jane doesn't have a list, so there's no rhyme or reason as to what she puts in the cart. Regardless, it fills up with food quickly, and just when it feels like she's approaching the finish line, Jane sees the long lines at the checkout. Thirty minutes and $300 later, she's loading the kids and the groceries into the car. When Jane and the kids finally get home, it's almost 9:00 pm, and she's so worn out that she throws in the towel and hits the speed dial for the local pizza joint.

This scenario may seem a bit exaggerated, but it highlights the reasons why most people view grocery shopping as a hated household chore. The lines are long, the parking lot is crowded, it takes forever, it's expensive, and it's just not a fun way to spend your precious free time. The stress created by a trip to the grocery store can be eliminated by hiring a personal grocery shopper. Personal grocery shoppers offer an invaluable service to people who are short on time.

If you are looking for a way to earn some extra money, personal grocery shopping might be a great option for you. Unlike other small business ventures, the start-up costs for this endeavor are minimal. The biggest investment required is your time. Personal grocery shopping can be a full time job or a supplement to current income. The earning potential for a personal grocery shopper really depends on the number of clients you serve and how much time you are willing to devote to the success and growth of the business. Fill the most orders you can in the least amount of time to optimize your earnings.

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Getting Started

To get your personal grocery shopping business up and running, you'll need customers. A good marketing plan is essential. Create attractive flyers that highlight the services you provide. Include information on your flyers about how orders can be placed, contact information, and fees. Make yourself available via both phone and email. Potential clients may have a stronger preference toward one channel of communication versus the other.

Be strategic about where you distribute flyers. Seek out neighborhoods where most families have two working parents. Find neighborhoods populated by senior citizens who may not be able to shop for themselves anymore. Post flyers on bulletin boards at libraries, community recreation centers, and public swimming pools. Meet with grocery store managers and ask if you can post flyers on bulletin boards in their stores. Develop a professional relationship with store managers. They may be willing to hand out flyers to customers in exchange for doing a large volume of shopping at their particular store.

Targeting women is a productive strategy, since the female in most households does the majority of the grocery shopping and meal preparation. Place flyers on cars in school parking lots, or other places that employ mostly women. Posting flyers at day care centers might be a worthwhile plan for marketing your services. Parents who use day care facilities usually work full time and are more likely to sign up for a grocery shopping service. Email a copy of your flyer to friends and family, and ask them to spread the word about your new business. Word of mouth can be a powerful marketing tool.

Marketing is really the only start-up cost, as long as you have a reliable vehicle that can accommodate a large number of groceries. If you don't already have one, invest in a large ice chest to keep food cold if you plan on delivering multiple orders in one trip.

Sample Flyer

This flyer is eyecatching and includes pertinent information about the personal grocery shopping business
This flyer is eyecatching and includes pertinent information about the personal grocery shopping business

Placing Orders

Try to keep order placement simple. There are many possibilities for how orders can be placed. Telephone, email, and fax are all good options. A standardized grocery shopping list might be helpful once you establish a large number of customers. Arrange the list according to where items are in the store to make shopping time more efficient.

Fees for Service

Like order placement, there are many different ways to set up a fee structure. If you want to keep things simple, charge a flat rate for each trip. For example, you could advertise a $40 shopping fee, which includes two hours of shopping, delivery, and mileage (cost of groceries not included). The downside to charging this way is that it will not appeal to customers with small orders. No one is going to pay $40 to have $20 worth of groceries delivered.

Arranging your rates according to the size of the grocery order may draw in more customers. For instance, you could charge $20 for grocery orders totaling up to $150, $30 for grocery orders totaling between $150 and $300, and 15% of the total for orders over $300. Once again, these fees could include shopping, delivery, and mileage. Other possibilities include charging separately for mileage, an extra fee for picking up coupons before shopping, or additional fees for shopping at more than one store.

Once your business is soaring, offer referral bonuses and other incentives to keep your customers coming back. Send out a weekly newsletter with outstanding grocery deals for the current week. Include recipes that use items that are on sale. Most of all, remember that one of a kind customer service is the key to a successful personal shopping business.

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      Seraphine 2 months ago

      This is really a nice idea for someone who wants to start a business. I am working on it and will give you feedback. Thanks

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      Cinnnylou 5 months ago

      Do you know of any ways to receive payment prior to shopping? I'd hate to spend 2 hours and $200.00 buying groceries for someone and not get reimbursed or payed for my time and service.

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      10 months ago

      Any suggestions on once I begin to branch out. As of right customers will reimburse me. Does anyone have any suggestions on how future employees can pay for groceries. Can't rely on employees having enough funds on hand to make multiple purchases a day.

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      gh 14 months ago

      hello i want to know if i need any permission or license to give my flyers

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      stephanie 15 months ago

      Im considering do this as well but also extend my services to people out in remote parts of Alaska where they can get a lot of stuff.. Would I need a business license for this??

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      Amy busby 20 months ago

      how can I use the flyer you created so I can edit it and put my name and number

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      Amy Busby 20 months ago

      hi love the flyer that you've created. How can I get a copy where I can edit with my name and number???

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      Jeannie 20 months ago

      How would you purchase the groceries? Do you have a separate debit/credit card set up for just shopping for your business?

      This information is so helpful! I'm so glad I found this post!

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      Shonnica 21 months ago

      I have been wanting to start my own business grocery shopping for years. I work in a grocery store and I see the elderly and working families exhausted from grocery shopping. I am actually sitting down writing the vision right now. Thanks so much, it was very helpful.

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      shawna.wilson 2 years ago from Arizona

      Shauna77, feel free to use the flyer :) Good luck!

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      Shauna77 2 years ago

      Hi Shawna,

      I've been thinking about doing a business like this for a few years now and I think I'm ready to give it a go. I love the flyer you made. Is it ok if I use it -slightly modified?

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      waynegm 2 years ago from California

      now a days you do not have to be a savvy internet users to shop online and have all kinds of grocery items delivered in HOURS.. There are a few good websites that get you the best prices too. http://www.bestgrocerypricing.com , http://www.wegoshop.com/ is another and many more. Best of luck.....

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      Krlatina 3 years ago

      Thank you very much For all this information, I just quit my job because I don't make enoug to pay for my 3 years old daycare and after care for my 10 years old.... So this will be a wanderful idea be a personal shoper I live in NJ is a lot of seniors arroun I will love to help them and make some money too!! Thanks I love the flyer too!!

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      Melanie 4 years ago

      Can we pick up and deliver alcohol as a personal shopper in CA?

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      shawna.wilson 4 years ago from Arizona

      I don't see why not as long as you're over the legal age.

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      4 years ago

      can you buy alcohol as a personal shopper?

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      suzy 4 years ago

      I am from charlotte nc I was thinking about doin that than I saw the article now I really want to go for it contact at amramdianz@gmail.com for some pointer. Thx

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      saty1395 4 years ago

      Now we can save our time instead of shopping in the outside food stores. Spending 2 to 3 hours for buying our daily needs like grocery.

      http://punegrocery.in gives lots of discount and provide free home delivery.

      No need to standing in the long ques for billing, you can pay cash on delivery or simply swipe the Debit/credit card.

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      pirlo 4 years ago

      now i have a job to do ....thank you soooo much..God bless you

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      WeGoShop.com 4 years ago from United States

      Shawna, your article is much appreciated and it certainly raises the awareness of not only the availability of online grocery shopping but also the potential of this type of service being a profitable venture. You are owed a great deal of thanks, if not more, because your article has brought to us many Associate Owners, people who have started their own grocery shopping and delivery business with us. We are WeGoShop.com ( http://www.WeGoShop.com ) and have grown to become the largest, nationally expanding, full-service, personalized grocery shopping & delivery company in the nation simply because of our deployment of the first available online and telephone ordering grocery delivery service supported by a network of Independent Associate Owners. We have been in business since 1999 and have been offering like minded individuals the opportunity to start their own grocery shopping and delivery business since 2002. Again, we appreciate your article and praise you for spreading the word!

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      stella 4 years ago

      I know this company We Shop and Deliver and they are doing great !

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      kdbusiness 4 years ago

      I have three payment options - Cash - Internet - Credit cards and they pay when I deliver the groceries to their residents, so it would be reimbursed, I am using a Hypercom M4230-GPRS unit, portable their door. If it is a customer I have shopped for in the past, then if needed I will accept a cheque from them.

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      shawna.wilson 4 years ago from Arizona

      Kirk, glad to hear your business is starting out on the right foot! How are you handling the payments? Many people ask about paying up front vs. getting reimbursed.

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      Geminibr 4 years ago

      These are great ideas. I have a question to anyone that can help. If you are on a budget yourself and barely getting by, but you have gotten 3 clients to shop for, how do you pay for their groceries, if each is about 150.00 each. I mean if a person only has 185.00 in their checking then how do they pay for 450.00 worth of groceries on the same day? Please advise.

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      dream wever 4 years ago

      Hi ya all ! Its really funny, i been wanting to start a grocery delivery business for about a year now but never really got started with it, and i had been thinking more about pursuing the idea here lately, and last night i had a dream that if i started the business it would go over really well !! So this morning when i woke up i grabbed me a cup of coffee and hit the search engine on how to start a grocery delivery business and WALA !! up came this site ! WOW, what a motivator ! i love it !! it has given me that extra "PUSH" and Desire that i needed to get in gear and get this going, THANKS to EVERYONE for starting this hub and commenting, and giving GREAT IDEAS and insite on how to start and pursue, and be successful in this type of business !! LOTS of great minds and ideas out here ! You all are awesome !! keep up the great posts and ideas, people like myself and others are putting your thoughts and ideas, and concerns to use, Thanks Again !! Ill let you all know how everything works out and the ups and downs as i go along with this business...Best wishes and Best of luck to all of you out there in whatever it is you pursue... or not lol...Keep the posts coming !! Ill be checking in to see what more useful advice you all are posting ! God Bless !!!

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      Lisa 5 years ago

      I am very interested in being a personal shopper. I think this would be a great start/business. However, I am concerned about purchasing the groceries before collecting the money and fees. Do you have any suggestions?

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      Stella 5 years ago

      This is a great idea. I did find a company that sells potential business owners and those interested in starting their own grocery shopping and delivery biz the use of their trademarked name and all of the marketing materials needed and their website is great and they offer their trademarked name to anyone qualified. Their website is weshopanddeliver.com.

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      consumer 5 years ago

      could someone answer troy's question

      One question i have is to do with the shopping list there is so many products on the shelves at the supermarket what is the best way to know what the customer wants?.

      i started putting together a spreadsheet of all the products from the supermarket but that will take years.

      any suggestions on how to simplify it?

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      rock730 5 years ago

      a store in my town that have online grocery list shopping with price are on their web page but they don't shop and delivery how can i go about this please tell me something

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      alicia_g 5 years ago

      I am moving in a week and I will be looking for a job so I am really considering doing this and seeing how it pans out. My concern though is...I don't want to get somewhere with the groceries and have the person "Oh, shoot, my husband has the checkbook" or "I'm sorry I don't have the money to pay you right now". Then I am stuck with these groceries and the bill. Any suggestions on how to avoid this?

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      KC 5 years ago

      I was looking for a home based business myself and got introduced to an incredible opportunity with the home grocery pick up and delivery business. If you'd like information let me know.

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      veronica 5 years ago

      Would it be recommended for the shopper to pay for the items at the store first and then get reimbursed? Do you think one may open themselves up to being taken advantage of or do you think people would be honorable in paying after receiving groceries, since it is groceries (aka 'something they need'...)?

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      resources8 5 years ago

      Hi,

      Thanks so much for the info. I was wondering what would be a good idea in regards to how to schedule business hours? Also, how to plan the expected delivery date after the groceries have been ordered.

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      lmlitz 5 years ago

      My husband and I are starting up a grocery delivery service in Huntsville Alabama. I am interested in knowing the demand for this type of business also.

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      mfriedstore 5 years ago from 176 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn , New York

      Wow, this is great. I've been trying to put up my own grocery store until I found your hub. It is an inspirational hub especially to those who are planning to put up their own business. I thank you for this. Marketing strategies is important to gather more customers in your store yet by giving them comfort while shopping.

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      A Brown 5 years ago

      Do you recommend the shopping paying for items at the store/s, and then getting reimbursed? Or, should they pick up their customers means of payment before shopping?

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      Sister's Shopping 5 years ago

      We're getting ready to launch our shopping service and live in Md. Would you happen to know of anything that might need to be done to cover us legally in providing this service? We're accepting checks or cash. My husband is just concerned that if we have a disgruntled customer that they might try to sue us in some way. Have you every known of anyone experiencing this. And your information has been a tremendous help. Thanks

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      NISHANTHAN 5 years ago

      thank u

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      A.Li 5 years ago

      Great idea. But will you need a business license for this?

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      pale.sa 5 years ago

      im loving the advice you just took a truck load of pressure off my shoulders. I recently thiught of the idea when i say my boses grocery list on the fridge 2 weeks after it had been put up, and i ran the idea past my parents and now im planning on starting with my newly found clients. Thanx a lot.

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      Traci Bell 6 years ago

      This is an excellent article. I was wondering how much I would need to charge and the way you put this makes it very clear and reasonable. Great read!

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      aprilking 6 years ago from United States

      Thats an excellent Idea. Thanks for the resourceful information

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      Troy 6 years ago

      @ Ditto

      im starting over here in australia and all our supermarkets do home delivery yes for $5.00 upwards

      How im doing it is im advertising that i will jump supermarkets to get all the specials most people would only do 1 online shop or get a delivery from 1 supermarket so they wouldent really save anything

      I offer to grab all the specials from the 3 different supermarkets and buy my fruit and veg from a independent fruit barn as they are way cheaper

      the thing is when a customer goes to the supermarket they buy everything in the 1 place they wont go to the independants to save money as people are lazy they will just get it in the 1 place and pay more.

      I charge $30.00 a delivery and am aimig for upto 20 a day but the way i do it the customer will save $30 upwards on there shopping bill.

      more info wanted? 28_weeks_later@live.com.au

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      Ditto 6 years ago

      Hey! I'm from the uk and searched more information about starting a personal shopper for the alday chores that are just time consuming my worry though is that all our major supermarkets are doing the delivery service which you place online only charge £5 per order and delivery can't seem to compete with that but it's a fab idea and I'm glad you posted this on here it's gave me advice. I'm stuck on the pay structure now.. Any ideas? Thank you x

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      Tanya Shores 6 years ago

      I would love to become a personal shopper. I love going to the grocery store and using coupons to save money. I love the idea of being able to do this for someone who doesn't like going to the grocery store or doesn't have time to go. I live in Winston-Salem, NC and am very interested in getting started with providing this service to people. My email is tanyann11@yahoo.com if interested in contacting me.

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      Troy 6 years ago

      One question i have is to do with the shopping list there is so many products on the shelves at the supermarket what is the best way to know what the customer wants?.

      i started putting together a spreadsheet of all the products from the supermarket but that will take years.

      any suggestions on how to simplify it?

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      Troy 6 years ago

      I saw something like this on one of those police shows think it was ncis and thought that would be a good idea.

      then saw your article and everyone who i have said to that im going to see how successful it is has said it sounds like a great idea.

      so fingers crossed just need to build up a cash float.

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      shawna.wilson 6 years ago from Arizona

      Good luck Eric!

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      Eric Ayesu-Boapeah 6 years ago

      Many thanks for this info. This may help me to set up grocery shopping in my area in UK.

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      shawna.wilson 6 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks laydee!

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      shawna.wilson 6 years ago from Arizona

      Troy-go ahead!

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      Troy 6 years ago

      would u mind if i used that flyer? slightly modified?

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      Laydee 6 years ago

      Hi , thank you for great article . It's been really helpful .

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      Lydia Drummond 6 years ago

      thanks so much for this. I am keen to try it out. I have actually been toying with the idea for sometime and found your site. Later on I would like to expand to owning a website and organizing some of the orders online. I live in Zimbabwe and I've noticed that people in general just don't have the time like they used to to grocery shop, its become such a chore. I hate it but I reckon that if I make a business of it, I'll enjoy it. I'm keen to liaise with the supermarkets and see if they'll give me a percentage of their margin if I bring more business to them thus increasing my profit too. I guess the minimum spending would be $100 or I was thinking of going to businesses and having individuals group their orders... will do more research and start it up. will update you on how it goes. thanks

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      shawna.wilson 6 years ago from Arizona

      Tina-I'm glad you found this information helpful! I wrote the article after seriously thinking about starting my own shopping business. I love to grocery shop and I thought it would be fun to have a business doing something I enjoy :) I just earn a lot more money at my "real job" as a nurse, so it didn't make a whole lot of sense for me. Glad I can share it with others though!

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      Tina 6 years ago

      This is a great idea, and I’m getting excited about planning and executing this idea into a business plan for myself. There is obviously a market and thanks for sharing, but, I am curious to know Why you gave this idea away ?. (Im glad you did : ) )..Obviously not for selfish reasons, by the all the replies, you had nothing to lose or gain by sharing. Thanks so much again.

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      shawna.wilson 6 years ago from Arizona

      Shuan-I know there is a grocery store in my area that offers that service. You place your order online, and they deliver it to your house. I am not sure what they charge for delivery. I suppose you'd need to know a thing or two about web design and programming, etc. Good luck!

      Jill-I'm a coupon queen too, and I've often wondered how I could put that hobby to use for other people. Sounds like you have a great idea brewing! Good luck and have fun!

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      Jill 6 years ago

      This is an awesome Idea that I have just started looking into doing for a side job.

      I use tons of coupons and I was thinking I'd not only get the peoples lists but I would offer the sales I found and if I saved them $10-$20 with using my coupons I would charge an additional $5. If I saved them $20 and beyond I would get an additional $10

      I have many receipts to prove my shopping record, plus if my coupons did save them more then 10 my clients will be happy to save some money and have the convenience of me shopping and lugging the groceries inside is a plus.

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      shuan76 6 years ago

      I am very interested in starting this business. I'd like to create a website that includes store items from the grocery stores I will shop from so the customers can pay online. I want the site to include prices as well. I want customers to be able to pay online, so all i have to do is shop and deliver. has anyone done this?

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      Nutritionrx 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great article.

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      Brian Muniz 6 years ago

      We provide that service in the South Florida area. If any one would be interested. Please contact us at www.timemattersconcierge.com

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      nasinda 6 years ago

      this is absolute for some of us in the third world, i had the chance to travel other parts of the world and saw how amazing things work, i want to start a grocery store and i need all the help i can get pls anyone email nasindac967@yahoo.com for advices,and strategy on how to start and grow in this biz.

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      shawna.wilson 6 years ago from Arizona

      Monica-

      I wouldn't think so. Say you owned a vending machine, and you bought all the snacks to fill it at the grocery store. You wouldn't need approval for that. How is this any different? I'm just thinking it through! Plus, you're really just delivering, not buying and re-selling, right? Hope this helps :)

      skye2day-

      Thank you for such sweet comments!

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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I believe you are a little angel offering divine intervention for opportunity that is very likely and possible. God is so Good how he uses one of His to help many. Praise GOD. SO many side jobs or quick jobs have a down side I do not see any with this. Get the cash up front make it worth your time never sell yourself short. God thinks we are worth good pay!!

      It is a tuff job and many people would easily come up with the bucks to be free of this resposibility. Thank You for caring and sharing. Are you an angel? I think so.

      Love n Hugs DO come for a visit to my hubs when you are not shopping lol

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      Monica  6 years ago

      Hi Shawna,

      Do you need any approval from the grocery stores to purchase their groceries to sell and deliver to others?

      Thank you!

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      Gnatryit 6 years ago

      Hey Shawna, I googled grocery shoppers and found you, I see you started this 2 years ago and it's still got momentum! Well I was looking for ideas and like yours the best! Thanks for the advice and can I use your template as well?? Anyways I'm a stay at home mom and have some time in the afternoon so why not get some cash huh?? Here's to hoping it'll all work out! Scared out of my mind!

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      shawna.wilson 6 years ago from Arizona

      cgarwriter- Thanks for your comment. A cash only policy would prevent that problem. That's the best solution that comes to mind.

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      cgarwriter 6 years ago

      What happens if you buy the food, receive the check and it bounces? Just curious.

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      shawna.wilson 6 years ago from Arizona

      Sure, Sarah! Glad I could help :) Good luck!

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      I am in love with this idea! I had thought of offering it along with the local coupon deals as a service for those who don't have time to go to 5 different stores to get the best deal each week. I googled how to start & came up with your page. Thanks for all the info! Do you mind if I use your flyer as sort of a template for mine? I would re-make it, but it could be pretty similar.

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      meri 6 years ago

      I also came across your Hub while researching this idea. Great and very helpful information. I lost my job this summer so I was thinking of something to do for extra cash. I have printed flayers already. I'll definitely keep you post it. Thank you one more time

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      shawna.wilson 6 years ago from Arizona

      Kim-thanks for reading! I think you would have to shop for a much larger number of customers per day to make it a full time job. One or two wouldn't cut it for most people. You could start small as a secondary income source, and gradually add clients until it seems large enough to become your primary means of income. Just my two cents!

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      Kim 6 years ago

      Great article, thanks Shawna. Just did a rough calculation and it doesn't seem feasable to do this full time, which is such a pit - if I shop for one or two clients a day, I will only be earning half of what I do now. Any recommendations for those wanting to do this full time?

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      shawna.wilson 6 years ago from Arizona

      Jenny-Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you found this article helpful. Good luck with the business and let me know how it goes! Also post any other tips or ideas that you have to share with others thinking about this type of endeavor. :)

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      Jenny 6 years ago

      I actually came across your Hub while researching this idea. I plugged the idea into a search engine and came across this page. So far, it has been the most helpful article on the topic. I had some good ideas but you (and the others leaving comments) just added a lot more! I am a 31-year-old widow looking for something to give me some extra income but, more importantly, a place to show my creativity and to help others. I already started a business (glass and metal engraving) with my mother a few years back and it's still doing well. Unfortunately, most of our customers order items for their wedding and that doesn't happen a lot over the winter months. Anyway, thank you so much! I hope to read more posts from others that have tried this idea. If I decide to do it, myself, I'll let you know how it goes! I live in a fairly small town in WV and I think it would just BOOM here!

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      shawna.wilson 6 years ago from Arizona

      Unless you live in a city with an outstanding public transportation system, I don't see how this could be done without a car. The income potential really depends. You could do this on the side to supplement your primary income or try to make it a full time job. Good luck!

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      carols 6 years ago

      This is a great idea but what is the potential income for a business like this. Do I need a car?

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      shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona

      I agree this type of business would do better in certain markets than others. There is one grocery store in my area that delivers, but I don't know of any that do curbside pickup. Thanks for your comment!

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      Wife Who Saves 7 years ago

      I enjoyed your hub. Unfortunately, in my area the grocery stores deliver any size order to your front door for $20. Pick-up curbside at the store is $5. Place your order online and choose a pick-up or delivery time. It would probably work in a smaller community without grocery stores across the street from one another.

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      shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona

      Rebekah-Honestly I don't know. Maybe someone else can answer that by posting a comment here.

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      rebekah 7 years ago

      do you need a business license or a DBA to do this sort of thing? I'll have no employers and working from home...

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      shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona

      Robyn-I'm so glad this information was helpful. Sounds like your mom is an experienced saver when it comes to grocery shopping. I hope her business is a success!

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      shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona

      Prepaid cards are a great idea, Sarah. Thanks for your feedback!

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      Sarah 7 years ago

      As for payment,I would suggest the clients purchase prepaid gift or credit cards that can be used and returned after each shopping trip or cash that can be used then change returned with the receipt after each trip.

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      Robyn 7 years ago

      My mother is currently starting one of these businesses with me and my brother helping out. If you are in the North East Florida area, there will soon be a Facebook page with information you will need to know before going to our website. It isn't currently up yet, but should be up and fully detailed in the next two weeks.

      On a more personal note, I appreciate this site for helping my mom do what she has always wanted to do, work for herself! She is an amazing money saver and knows all the great places to shop. She can help someone who maybe just doesn't have time to do the research she has done to save the same way she does. (It has also given me, a college freshman in desperate need of money, a job! THANK YOU!!!!)

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      Deborah J. Graham 7 years ago

      I have been thinking about this since 1989 I think its a fantastic idea.

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      hipchecker6 7 years ago

      I've also been thinking about setting up a grocery delivery service. The one thing that concerns me is not knowing the demand for such a service. I haven't been able to find a business in my area (major metropolitan area) that does this and I'm wondering why. I find it hard to believe nobody else has tried this. For those of you who have started a business, have you seen a lot of interest? Thanks.

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      Richard  7 years ago

      i thought of starting up a personal grocery business in March 2010. i did it for a while with only 2 clients. Unfortunately for reasons best known to them, they stopped placing their orders. im currently struggling to hook new clients. its a great business and can really become full time employment. Kindly provide advise

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      shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona

      Glad I could help!

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      loretha 7 years ago

      I have had this idea since I was in college but not to shop myself but to set up as a business with multiple shoppers working for me. Just want tho thank you for all the information. So much of it is totally in line with my thoughts and ideas. I know this will work and I am in the process of setting it up. I was searching to see if anyone had actually been successful with the idea. I have found several businesses set up similarly but not exactly like the idea you have here and the one I hold dear in my mind. I have picked up several pointers from you and thanks again.

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      euqinod 7 years ago

      you really helped me out, i thank you so very much and i will not forget about you. to God be the glory!

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      MrsMike 7 years ago

      Also, what would you suggest be the best type of schedule... tell people the days and times you are available to shop or shop according to people's schedules. I don't feel that you would make much of a profit shopping according to their schedules, but will you use your client numbers if you only use your own schedule?

      And maybe have a set rate for delivery within a certain radius, and anything past that be so many dollars per mile more?

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      MrsMike 7 years ago

      I am a military wife and a new mother who has been looking for something to implement our income!! I tried babysitting, but honestly do not like dividing my time away from my own new baby to someone elses child!! And because we move every year or so it's hard to find a good part time job. I have been thinking about maybe doing something like this! I am still trying to think over what to charge and how to collect though. I am a college graduate with a business degree and was working as a store manager before my son was born, and it has been hard living on only half our original income!!

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      tohru rikku 7 years ago

      There is portable interac machines. I am not sure how much the cost though. But if you are running large customer base then it may work out in the end.

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      shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Adrienne!

      Larissa-shopping only at one store would definitely simplify things. You would need to ask customers ahead of time if they prefer organic vs. conventional produce. Is that what you mean?

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      Larissa 7 years ago

      It's a good idea but I am worry how to pick correctly all needed items to avoid any mistake, maybe I should prepare a list of 1 supermarket to make it easier to the person who has orders. and (for example:if someone is asking fruits and vegetables, in our country there's lot of levels of same vegetable/fruit).

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      Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

      Shawna, this is a very creative way for busy moms or anyone looking to start their on business. Great article!

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      shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona

      Good luck with your shopping business. Keep me posted on your success!

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      conciergeatyourservice 7 years ago

      Hi Shawna,

      It's funny that you put this article out here, because I actually started this business about a month ago, because I was looking for a fairly easy busy to start up with less capital to start and right now I'm targeting grocery stores with a proposal of partnership. This is a great idea and it works for everyone, especially during those nasty days when you just really don't want to go out of the house or your just to ill. I'll let you know how it goes.

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      jimbo9 7 years ago from Kettering, Northants. UK

      Hi.

      Thank you for a very well researched business idea. It is a viable and practical idea and would work well in almost any place it is set up. Many thanks for a great idea.

      Every success.