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December 22, 2010
1:33 am
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CraigP
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Hi,

I just recently came across your site, and find it useful and informative. I have been a teacher for nearly 20 years, but have for the past few years wondered how i might start a business of my own, and, in particular, a delivery service. I’ve played around with some ideas, done some research, and daydreamed about it quite a bit, but have not taken the actual step of taking it from the back-burner to reality. I am ready to do that now, perhaps on a part-time basis at first (though I’m not sure how to do that while I’m teaching full time). One of my main start-up questions, however, is do I live in an area with a large enough population to make a go of it. I’m in west-central Colorado. My town/county population (Montrose) is about 50,000, but Grand Junction is only 80-90 minutes away (population over 100,000), and there’s Telluride, Crested Butte and other tourist destinations within an hour that may provide some delivery service opportunities. What do you think. I don’t see any other small delivery services in this area. In your opinion, can my semi-rural area support this kind of business?

Thanks!

December 22, 2010
1:35 am
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Bob Lavendusky_1
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Hi Craig,

You ask a very important question, one that everybody who is thinking of starting a business should ask. Is there enough demand for this business in my area? We include a survey with the kit for you to hand out to local businesses who you think may be potential clients for a courier service. With this survey you can get a pretty good feel for the need and demand in your area. Another thing to consider is from my personal experience, the vast majority of my clients had never used a courier service before becoming our clients. I had to explain the benefits to them to use us over sending an employee out to do deliveries and the downside of sending employees out of the office. I think you have to both research demand in your area and generate demand by educating potential clients about the benefits of using an outside courier to handle deliveries. Have to keep it short, I have to run and do my evening courier route.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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