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Holiday Shopping and Gift Wrapping Working From Home
By: Stacy Perez
Because some subscribers have emailed me about
working from home gift wrapping or shopping, I decided
to write about it. The following article is based on my
own ideas and opinions, but they should help give you
ideas in providing a gift wrapping or holiday service.
Providing a holiday shopping and/or gift wrapping service
maybe a way to create an income for you during the month
of December plus throughout the upcoming years.
Today, people are busier then ever before, whether they
work outside the home or inside the home. Offering a
service to help people locally is a great way to tap
into extra income.
Whether you decide to offer a holiday shopping or a gift
wrapping service, you have to come up with a business
plan for how you want to start it, marketing, and expenses.
Gas Mileage -
If you are traveling to someone's home to wrap presents or
travel to shop, I recommend charging gas mileage.
Keep a record of the starting mileage and the ending
mileage, and also where and what places you visited for the
customer. You want to take the total miles multiple by
about $.30 per gallon. I believe this is about the
average cost per gallon. You could figure out your
cost per gallon taking the total money spent to fill
your tank divide it by how many gallons you put in.
The idea of this is to take into consideration how much
you are spending for all the driving for the customer.
You can choose to charge the customer the fee for your
gas mileage based on your log.
Because this is a business, and if you choose to report
this as a business on your taxes, realistically you can
write off mileage. I recommend speaking with a local
tax professional like H & R Block and talk to them about
Supplies for Gift Wrapping -
You will want to make sure you have plenty of holiday paper,
ribbons, bows, boxes, and gift tags available. Having a variety
would be good to have available so the customer has a wide
assortment of colorful gifts.
You will want to keep a log of how much you are spending
for the supplies and keep all the receipts. Again, because
this is a business expense you will want to consult with
your local tax professional for advice on deductions.
What to Charge for Your Service -
If you are offering a holiday shopping or a gift wrapping
service, you may want to charge an hourly rate. I would
pick something where it is worth it to you and affordable
for the customer. I would think around $10 an hour would
be a good price to start.
For gift wrapping, if you decide to choose a charge per package,
then you will want it to be affordable to the customer
plus worth it to you for the compensation for the supplies. I
would think realistically $2-$10 per package would be
fair. You would have to take into consideration
how big the package is when determining prices. You
should visit stores or malls that offer holiday gift wrapping
to see how much they are charging for each size box so
you have an idea what to charge your customer.
For holiday shopping, I would charge per hour. I would start off
around $10 an hour. You will want to keep of a log of when
you started, times you arrived at the different stores,
times you left a store, and a time you finished. This
way you have it logged if a customer questions the final
Getting Customers -
Put up flyers on bulletin boards about your new service, tell family
and friends. Also, ask people you know for referrals. You may
find that either people that are very busy, new moms, sick people,
single men, or people that are elderly may want to use your
You will want to put your customer's name, phone number, mailing
address on index cards. You can keep the cards in an
index card box to keep them organized. You may want
to include how many kids they have, ages and genders.
The reason for this is, as different occasions
come up, you can contact your customer and offer
your services again.
Think about this... If you provide a good service, people
will refer you or consider using your services for other
Make sure you either purchase or create business cards.
This way your customer will have your information available
to them for the future. There is business card software you
can purchase from Best Buy, and office store, Walmart, etc.
I also recommend mailing your customer a thank you card!
Thank you cards or gifts can impact your business. People
will remember a thank you card or gift!
This information should get you started in starting your own
gift wrapping or holiday shopping service.
Copyright 2000-2008, Stacy Perez, successful work from home mother who has inspired and helped many parents work from home. Visit:
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