Secrets of Successful Personal Grocery Shoppers - By Douglas Combs

A personal grocery shopper does just that—they purchase and deliver groceries for people who are unable to, typically seniors. It’s a great way to help others and make a good profit doing it. It’s a common sense job—we all run shop for groceries and run errands every week so it should be no problem to do. But there are some secrets that could help you get ahead in the grocery shopping business. Here are just a few:

Take advantage of what your local newspaper has to offer. Send a press release telling them of your exciting new errand service. You might get an article written about your business, which means great press about you without any cost. Many senior citizens read the newspaper everyday, so they might also see the article and give you a call.

You should also consider doing “home checks” for your existing customers. When a customer goes out of town for a long period of time, you might think there will be no more business for you from them until they get back. Not true. Offer to perform home checks for a small fee. While they’re out of town you stop by their house and check to make sure the house is in good condition, give it a lived-in look, check light bulbs, flush toilets, and more. It’s quite easy and can be done once a week for a flat fee, such as $20 – $25.

There are many ways for you to increase the efficiency of your business. If you have several customers in the same area that want similar things, consider combining them into one day. For example, maybe Mondays and Thursdays are grocery shopping days for those on the South side of town, while Tuesdays and Fridays are for customers on the North side. This will greatly speed things up and spare you from running back and forth all over town. To learn more about this little-known, but profitable service business, go to and to learn how to start fast and inexpensive.

Also, when going to the grocery store (or other store) for multiple customers at the same time, be sure to pay for their orders separately and keep their items separate as well. Each customer will want their own receipt, and keeping the orders separate before you deliver them will ease any potential confusion.

Top grocery shoppers put a notice on their information sheet that appointments canceled without 24-hour notice will be charged a fee. Last-minute cancellations are often too late for you to find a job to fill that time, so a cancellation fee is appropriate. Many grocery shoppers charge their full hourly rate, while some charge $10 or another amount.

It’s also a good idea to mention on your information sheet that “If you don’t see the service you’re looking for, ask us.” Each customer might have a special need, one that you haven’t included on your sheet, but one you’d have no problem doing. Encouraging customers to give you a call if they can’t find the service they need will greatly increase the amount of business you can get.

These are just some of the secrets of successful grocery shoppers. Try them out and see what works for you. Before long you could become a highly paid grocery shopper.To learn more about this little-known, but profitable service business, go to and to learn how to start fast and inexpensive.

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