PTM 003: Making Money as a Part-Time Delivery Service Driver with Gary Christensen

Part Time Money PodcastIn this episode I speak with Gary Christensen, owner of Christensen Delivery Service. Gary delivers all sorts of things for various companies in the areas south of Portland, Oregon. I talk with Gary about how he got started as a driver, how he made the transition to driving for himself (including what skills and resources he used from his time as a driver for his old company), how he picked up new clients, advertises, makes contracts, and how he maximizes his efforts.

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Here are a few snippets from Gary’s story:

I was beginning to advertise, and to solicit jobs, for my own Delivery Business, while working full time, doing deliveries for another company. That company called one evening and said “Your services are no longer required.” Suddenly I was out of work, but I had already started to build my own business on the side, part time, I then started giving my part time business my Full Time effort. It paid off! I now operate my own “Christensen’s Delivery Service” as my full time business. It began as a part time venture, but, once I was laid off, I doubled my efforts. Now I have 3 contracts with local firms and I am continuing to seek other contracts. In this economy, one has to be thinking ahead, and try to be prepared for “something else” should you lose your job. Be seeking out something you enjoy doing. Start part time and do that, as much as you can, while continuing to work your full time job. Once you have the chance, double your efforts to develop your part time interest into a full time job.

Gary also shares some tips for people who want to start doing this on the weekends.

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  1. casimir Nana says:

    Thx Marcus

    My goals is open my own business but rigth now nothing in hand to do it .So that if you can help meto do something like service delivery mail as a part time job.

  2. Hello All! I’m a Slot & RC Car Hobby Shop, In Willingboro, NJ and I’m thinking of starting a courier/Del. business. I’ve done this for other companies, for yrs and it’s good monies in it, if you don’t mind working and driving. Who all agree, please email me….with your in put. I’m In It, To Win It. The job market sucks. Everybody want to make sure, that you’re not on drugs, but it’s all ok to drink yourself to death over night. I have no problems, with it, but it even takes longer to get hired….because of the extras, that they want. It’s too much BS, to go thru and get pd under the salery cap. I know, that you have to do your home work….That I understand, but these companies, want you for little dollars as they can get you for and then want you to work like their dog at home. It pays to be on your own. This business I thing, Is the way to the for sure future of you own planned income.

    Thx All!
    Marcus/Marie Woodlyn

  3. Thanks, RJ. I really appreciate the feedback. Is there any type of part-time work or business you’d like to know more about? I’m open to suggestions for future episodes.

    • casimir Nana says:

      Mr PT

      Please i would like to do service delivery mail from home or at home like part time job .I don”t know if you can bring something like this.

      Thanks that all for now

  4. I think this series is fabulous! It’s firing up an entrepreneurial spriit I didn’t know I had. Thanks!