Alternative to Airport Taxi and Long Term Parking
Here’s a new one for you. Provide an alternative to long term airport parking and/or taxi rides to and from the airport.
I’m sure there are plenty of places in your town that are a $50+ one way taxi ride to the airport (from people’s houses… etc.) That’s $100+ that is spent on a taxi ride if they are using it to get to the airport and get back to their house from the airport at the end of their trip.
Long term parking can get quite expensive as well. I know here at the Portland airport, it’s $8 a day (it may have gone up to $10 recently). So, if you’re staying some place more than a week, it’s going to cost you more than $50.
This is where you can come in. Offer your driving services, but not as a taxi. You’d offer to meet them at their house right before they leave for the airport. You park your car at their house and ride along with them to the airport. They drive right up to the departing area at the airport, they climb out and you drive their car back to their house for them. Then you climb back into your car and drive home. When they’re scheduled to fly back into the airport, you go back to their house, park your car, drive their car to the airport and meet them at the arrival curb. When you get back to their house, you climb back into your car and drive home. Mission complete. You are now $60 richer, or whatever.
Now, you’d have to look at the numbers on this. Every city is different and it depends on where you live in relation to the customer and the airport… etc. There are a lot of variables here. But for many people, your services would save people money and be much more convenient for them than either a taxi or long term parking. I know in my case, I could charge $60 and make about $12-$15 an hour if my clients were in Beaverton for example (worse case scenario in my town because it’s the furthest location in the metro area from me and the airport, simultaneously.) That price would include everything to and from airport, roundtrip.
I don’t have any illusions. This isn’t an idea that’s going to make you rich, but it’s actually a perfect part time job for perhaps a retired person who has a lot of time on his/her hands or anyone else that needs just a part time job that has flexible hours. If you had just two jobs a day, that would be about $1200 a month working 5 days a week (under the pricing I just quoted… yours would be different and even different per job, depending on their location and your location relating to the airport.)
You could advertise on google adwords for the keyword, “airport shuttle” coupled with the name of your city. (You don’t want to pay for clickthroughs if they aren’t in your city.) Other keywords would be “airport taxi” or just “taxi”… etc.
Some details you’d have to work out.. auto insurance and bonding. Make sure you are covered for driving other people’s cars. You’d have to be bonded, I’m sure. You won’t have to have a taxi license or chauffeur’s license, though, since you won’t be driving anyone. They’d be driving you when they were in the car. You’d be driving while alone. 🙂 So, if your city is like Portland, and they’ve created a legal monopoly in the taxi business and don’t allow any new taxi licenses, you can stick a finger in the air (pick a finger, any finger) towards their general direction. (Portland has had like 312 taxis authorized to operate in the city limits for over 20 years. No other companies can even apply to provide taxi service here. Oh, did I mention that Portland is the least business friendly city on planet earth and are absolute leftist guerillas, when it comes to taxes and red tape… in my humble opinion. If I didn’t… there you have it!)
Some other alternatives to this idea are to store their vehicle for them if you have a secure location close to the airport. That would keep you from spending precious drive time back to their house if they lived far away. But then there would be other issues regarding how you get to and from everywhere before having their vehicle… etc. There are many variations to this that one can customize to their own situation. You’re an entrepreneur, right? Run with it.