Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of HarcourtHealth.com and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.

Are you unemployed, underemployed, retired, or simply looking for a way to earn some extra cash? Do you have a pickup truck sitting in your driveway or garage that you could put to good use? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, you’re in luck. As the instant demands and expectations of today’s consumers have changed dramatically, the means to make money with nothing more than a few bucks and a pickup is within reach.

Mobile Businesses

The demands of the average person are high. They’re often too busy to do things on their own and need to rely on service providers to help them out in the most convenient way possible. That’s where having reliable transportation comes into play for you. The average consumer would rather pay for services to come to them then to have to spend the extra time and money to go out and get things on their own.

A few minor investments in your truck like a tuneup or performance upgrade or even some aesthetic updates like chrome exhaust tips, new tires, rims, and an impressive decal with your company information on it could be just the platform you need to rake in some serious cash. Take a look at some of the ideas pickup truck owners has used to start the perfect mobile business:

  • Moving business – Moving is a service that will always be in demand. Whether it’s a matter of helping an individual move from one house to another or hitching a car to the back of your trailer to move it to storage, there are a lot of things that need to be safely transported that people are willing to pay you a decent amount for.
  • Courier Service – You can help interested parties transport packages from the post office or shipping company, you could assist homeowners in transporting building materials to their properties from a home improvement store, you could even offer to deliver packages to the post office for further processing. Courier services are very popular in communities where there are a lot of senior residents who may need your assistance.
  • Truck Renting – Here’s a business that could make you some extra money without having to put forth many hours yourself- truck rental services. There are lots of reasons a person may need to rent a truck, but don’t want to pay the high costs offered by other rental agencies. Try finding different angles like renting your truck out after other rental locations would be closed, for shorter periods (like for instance, someone needing a truck for 2 hours might prefer to rent from you than have to pay for a full day’s rental with another company), or for commercial use (renting your truck to a day laborer or contractor).
  • Deliver Groceries – Doing grocery runs is time-consuming for many busy adults and difficult for those with mobility issues. You can make a killing by offering to deliver groceries to such customers. You can advertise on your own or look for a personal errand or task apps where you’d register through a legit company to be put on a list to shop for and deliver groceries in your area. Since you have a pickup, you’d be able to take on large or multiple orders to get a higher turnaround.
  • Snow Plowing – If you live in an area where the winters are known to get very snowy, then starting a seasonal snow plowing business would be ideal. It doesn’t take much to transform your pickup into a plow. You can help residents tunnel out of their snow-filled driveways, offer to clear out professional developments or retail parking lots, and even look into getting government contracts for plowing smaller streets that larger trucks can’t access.

If all you have is a truck and a few bucks, you have the basic tools needed to start a lucrative business today. Your pickup truck has the size, durability, and performance to be able to handle a lot of different tasks for customers with varying needs. With the right marketing efforts and quality service, whether you start a moving business, deliver packages, or start a snow plowing business, it won’t be long before you start to see the fruits of your labor.