I grew up in a teeny-tiny Montana town. The Flathead valley, where we live now, isn’t exactly a big city. But we have Costco. Thank goodness. Living in a more rural area made me especially excited when I found out my friends were creating a side hustle app that would shine in rural areas.
That is a rare thing. There are lots of apps or business that help people to earn money from the sharing economy. Almost none of them work here. And exactly zero would work where I grew up. Except this one!
My Hometown Delivery is a versatile app that gives people the tools to launch an errand running/ delivery kind of business. In some ways it’s similar to services like Uber, or Air B and B except that the user is able to customize the type of work they want to do, and find customers that they want to work with.
Where other apps aren’t able to launch in small markets My Hometown Delivery actually shines in smaller communities.
How it works:
After you sign up as a My Hometown delivery driver, you are able to decide what kind of work you want to do and what opportunities would be in your community.
In very rural areas, you could batch shopping trips from the big box store. You are able to 100% customize your fees. So if you live 60 minutes from Costco, you could charge people in your community $30 to pick up their Costco groceries. If you picked up groceries for 5 people a week, that could bring in an extra $150 every week. All while doing your regular shopping.
There are dozens of options from partnering with restaurants for food delivery, shopping for elderly, dropping off and picking up pets from the groomer, or doing weekend deliveries for antique shops.
Holly and Korey, the designers of the app, have created a really powerful and user friendly interface. It makes placing orders really simple for customers. It also tracks all aspects of your business. I like how low the fees are compared to other services. You pay a small monthly fee for access to the app and training. Then you pay only 10% of the delivery fee. So if you earned $20 on a delivery, you would keep $18 of that. The $2 charge is a great value for the ease of use.
Pros and Cons
The pros and cons really depend on the user. The very things that will make it a great fit for some people, will make it a bad fit for others.
Working with your own customers:
People might love or hate this. Unlike other companies where you open an app and start working with strangers, with My Hometown Delivery, you find your own customers. You can better find the niche you want to work with. But it also means it requires a bit more hustle on your part.
Rural vs. City
Most sharing economy apps are launched market by market and only in big cities. This app is more personal. You will work with the same customers or business week after week. It is more relational. Maybe you have a nursing home community that you serve. You run errands for the same group of ladies every month. You know their names and they know you. Their kids think you are a god-send. It’s much different that driving strangers in your car and never seeing them again.
Most apps aren’t even available in smaller markets, and probably won’t ever be. My HomeTown Delivery can be used in a town with just 500 people. Out of 100 households, how many can’t or don’t have the time to drive an hour to the big grocery store? We live in the Flathead valley now (about 100k people), that this app is perfect for this size community. We have lots of retirement homes, restaurants without drivers, small furniture shops without delivery personal, elderly who don’t like to drive in the snow and very busy professionals.
Random jobs vs. Your own business
My Hometown delivery works best if it’s run as a business. It could be a very part time, one afternoon a week business, but at the end of the day, it’s your business. You build a clientele. You manage your business. You pick your hours and niche. You set your fees (based on per delivery, per item or per mile, or a mix of all three)
It takes a bit more planning, marketing, and thought than just turning on an app. But you are also creating an ongoing side business.
I’m excited to help introduce this app. In part because Korey and Holly are amazing folks, but mostly because I think they have created something really special that meets a need other apps just can’t. I read about a lot of great side hustles, and think, “Well, that would be cool, but we probably won’t ever have it here.”
If you want to learn more about how it works, check out their website!
Disclosure: No, it’s not a sponsored post. There is a small affiliate bonus ($10, I think, if you want to sign up.) But mostly, I think Holly is great. She is just an incredible person with a kind heart and fiery entrepreneurial spirit. Plus this app was built in the Flathead Valley in Montana where we live. And I just think Montana companies are awesome. I tried to give you an honest, both sides of the story information. But I am obviously biased. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!