Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Income Earning Idea: Personal Grocery Shopper

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I am hoping to make income earning ideas a weekly feature here at Natural On A Budget. I decided that this blog is about saving money, but why can't it be about making money as well? Do any of you work from home? If so what kind of things do you do? I am sure that others would love to hear and get some inspiration.

Personal Grocery Shopper

I am sure that I am not the only mother out there who wished that there was some way to make money while still staying home with the kids. I have searched and tried so many things. Some that have worked and some that have not. Today I am starting what I hope will become a weekly feature on income earning opportunities that can be done either from your home, with kids in tow, or as your own business.

Today's income earning idea is to become a personal grocery shopper. I have actually considered doing this one myself many times. In fact I asked several friends what they thought of the idea and had a very positive response.

There are so many people out there who could use help getting their groceries...

  • New moms
  • Elderly
  • Home bound
  • Working professionals
  • Working moms
  • Those who have recently had surgery
  • The list could go on and on

Here are a couple of places that you could possibly advertise...
  • Country clubs
  • Doctors offices
  • Grocery stores
  • Office buildings

Some of the ideas that I have had to help stream line this business would be...
  • Ask each client to provide a pre-paid visa or store gift card so that you are not having to pay anything out of your pocket.
  • Get different colored shopping bags so that each client could have their own color and tag them so that you can easily make deliveries.
  • Get a professional catering cooler so that you are able to keep cold things cold and hot items hot. This would be extremely important. Nobody wants to receive melted ice cream.
  • Make up a flyer highlighting what you do, your prices, and the reason why having a personal grocery shopper may benefit the individual. Don't forget your business cards. Vistaprint often has offers for free business cards.

If you still have questions about running your own personal grocery shopping business I have listed several sites below that I have found that explain how to get this business off the ground in much greater detail.

Let me know if anyone decides to try this and how things go. I am sure others would love to hear as well.


  1. What a great idea for a post! I run a non-profit and also have several home-based businesses. I write for Demand Studios ( - the content provider for and I also provide wellness coaching for new moms and moms-to-be and sell Melaleuca products, a line of eco cleaning/personal care products. There are so many great ways to earn money from home - it just takes a little research and dedication to find the opportunities that work best for you.

  2. So funny you should bring this up. I thought about this a couple weeks ago and possibly using the loads of extra coupons that I don't use to help others out as well.

  3. Another idea is to start an Amazon book store. There are tools out there that let you scan the barcodes of book and it will give you their amazon ranking and their going price. You can look for books a garage sales, book sales, estate sales, ect.

    I know multiple people who have done this and make upwards of $500 a month for very little work!

  4. I work at home as a virtual assistant. I provide administrative assistance to small businesses. I do medical transcription, typing documents and correspondence, proofreading,etc. I have often thought of being a personal shopper. Great idea and GREAT blog!

  5. mommyof4 blessings,

    How did you find the work as a virtual assistant? I would love to do that but am unsure of how to find the jobs.