A lot of people wish they had someone at their beck and call, and while that still may be a dream (unless you are royalty), there are people that will do your errands for you which, in turn, will give you more family time. The popularity of errand services has grown immensely and can be just the answer for folks who work a lot and have to balance family life as well, or individuals who work overtime and cannot seem to find enough hours to get errands done.
Errand services are for busy people who wish that there were a few more hours in the day. The services that are offered by these companies are varied, but they are generally separated into two different types of services, depending on your needs.
The personal services can help with tasks such as:
- Grocery and household shopping
- Gift shopping
- Dry cleaner drop off and pick up
- Post office and pharmacy errands
- Library or video returns
- Package and gift delivery
- Appointment scheduling
- Home organizing
- Special events help such as garage and estate sales
The professional services offer all of the above-mentioned things, but with things included like: posting open house signs (set up, etc.), meeting and special event planning (in-house or off-site), delivery of packages containing documents, all copy or bank needs.
Having enough time to run errands can be difficult to manage, and many individuals use their lunch hours to get things done. Rushing back and forth from the office for small items or to deliver packages, even to do groceries, only maintains people’s stress levels and doesn’t allow them time to relax. Having someone else do the jobs for you will leave you the full hour of your lunch break to unwind, which will make you more productive and happier overall at work.
If hiring an errand service is something that seems of interest there are some questions regarding qualifications that should be asked to potential employees. You should find out if the person that you are hiring is good with deadlines. If you need a prescription picked up by a certain date every month, you want to be sure that the person who is handling your errands is capable of remembering something that may not be as important to them as it is to you. Also, you should always ask for references…and actually check them. Errand running is an easy start-up business and it requires no license, education, or qualifications. The person that you hire needs to be dependable, responsible, and organized. Sometimes, ambition can cloud people’s understandings of what they are really capable of accomplishing. Lastly, you need to find out how many clients the service caters to. An errand service that has too many clients will have too many tasks to accomplish in one day, week, or month. Someones list of to-dos will have to be put on a back burner, and you don’t want that someone to be you.
There are people that won’t enjoy errand services, and those individuals are usually the ones that believe “if you want it done right, do it yourself.” Errand services involve a certain level of trust in the individuals that you hired to help you. What’s important to remember is that these services are going to free up time so that you can actually feel like you’re not rushing from place to place anymore.