Starting a Senior Transportation Business

If you want to start a senior transportation business, you need to create a detailed business plan. Make sure that you pick a niche where you will concentrate. This will help you in deciding on the right vehicle to purchase.

Secure licenses, certifications, or permits for the business and don’t forget to purchase insurance.

The Baby Boomers have already reached their aging stage and because of this, starting a senior transportation business can be a great way to make some money. This type of business can be managed from home and your investments will go primarily to the vehicle, licensing fees, equipment, and supplies. Every year, the demand for senior transportation is increasing. It is very important that you pick a niche. For instance, the transportation business can focus more on social status, physical conditions, needs, and many others. Once you’ve chosen a niche, you will be able to determine the ideal vehicle.

Starting Elderly Transportation Business

Today, you can find businesses that cater to wealthy seniors. If you want your new business to succeed, you will need to offer an ideal transportation that is needed in the area where you’re servicing. The transportation business can be used to take seniors to social gatherings, meetings, and special appointments. There are disabled seniors that you can also focus on but before you choose this niche, you will need to determine if there are many disabled people in your area. Choosing the right vehicle is vital. Car manufacturers are now producing special transportation for the elderly.

In this type of business, you will need a skilled driver. You can start with only one vehicle and you can be the driver. That way, you can cut down the costs; instead of paying for the salary of a driver, you can save the money and use it for other investments. You will also need an assistant. Make sure that you and your employees have a certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid. If you don’t, you can also undergo special trainings. Make sure that you have business insurance to cover potential damages or physical injuries. Shop around for the ideal policy that can meet your needs.

You will need a good business plan. This should contain the different areas of the business. Establish your goals and set a timeline to achieve them. You need to make the necessary arrangements for the phone line. If you want, you can also enlist the business with the Yellow Pages. This is a good way to reach customers. You also need to decide on the ideal advertising methods to use. The biggest investment would be the vehicle. Make sure that you also secure the needed license to operate a legitimate business. Find out if you need special permits as well. Start looking for clients and enjoy a steady flow of income.


  • Zainab Awadelkarim said on January 3, 2011
    I want to start my own business which is transporting elder and disabled people, so could you tell me how can I start and which department i can contact. Thanks
  • Marty Buckwald said on January 21, 2011
    I have helped my friend, by taking his mom to Dr appts. occasionally. I have recently retired myself and thought that offering this service as a small business would not only be helpful to seniors, but also make good use of my time and add to our monthly income. Any advice and thought would be appreciated. Thank You, Marty Buckwald
  • Mike Kimmel said on March 4, 2011
    Marty, Good move, a friend of mine has been working with a local chiropractor getting seniors to and from his office in the area. Mike
  • Leslie Yothers said on September 27, 2011
    Grand Rapids, MI United States. I am researching and thinking about starting a transportation service for elderly and disabled persons. I am a nurse and my husband is a displaced carpenter. I suggested to my husband that we start this business, where he would be the driver (I believe he would have to obtain a cdl license). I am just wondering what i need to do to get started with the legalities. such as a business proposal, i know there is a great need and i would like my services to help those that have difficulties getting to where they need to go.. It is not all about money for me.. I have worked in health care for over 17 yrs and mainly with the geriatric population and i hate seeing them not have the resources they need. any advice would be appreciated. thank you
  • Joel @ said on August 19, 2012
    Starting a medical transportation company can be a very profitable opportunity. However, there are many things to consider that are not mentioned on the many websites offering "free" advice. For example, no one is explaining the details related to handling Medicaid brokers (which is an art within itself!), creating niche markets, and the How-to's of dispatch and logistics. Starting an non-emergency medical transportation company requires far more than purchasing a vehicle and passing out business cards. Our industry is in a state of flux and is continuing to change. You need to equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to ensure your success and profitability. Therefore, ALWAYS consider the source. In most instances, FREE advice is typically the most expensive advice!!
  • Valerie Ware said on November 30, 2012
    Dallas/Desoto, TX How to start my own non-emergency transportation for the elderly
  • Anthony Bishop said on January 7, 2013
    I have been thinking about transporting the elderly. on the south side of chicago, I have worked in senior citizens home for some years and like to know to get started and will there be any grants available to me
  • aida cruz said on May 15, 2013
    I will like to start a small senior transportation business. I have not money and my credit is bad? Is there a change for me? I do have lots of love and lots of caring towards this business and want to help seniors without transportation at low cost. I'm in the Pennsylvannia Lehigh Valley. Help!!!
  • Jacqueline Mintz said on July 29, 2013
    I am in Broward County, FL. I am interested in starting a senior concierge service that would encompass doctor visits, transcription/recording of appointments, shopping, trip planning, event planning.
  • Barbara Wells said on December 7, 2013
    I am located in Charlottesville, Va and would love to start my own "transportation for seniors" business!! I don't have much start up money! Can you advise me as to the most economical way to start up this type of business?
  • Bryant N. said on January 3, 2014
    Any idea on how much it costs to start this whole business up?
  • lorna said on February 28, 2014
    I am planning to start a senior transportation business in Fort Myers, fl
  • lorna said on February 28, 2014
    I would like to start a business transporting seniors in fort myers, Florida. I would love to take them shopping, to the casino, movies etc. What special licenses and permits do I need?
  • DENNIS LEE KEMP said on March 16, 2014
    I am planning on opening my own transportation service for the elderly in Fort Lauderdale fl. How do I start
  • Willie Haggins said on August 14, 2014
    need help to start a senior transport business in FORT PIERCE FLORIDA
  • Ngongoseke,Dotto said on December 7, 2014
    Need help to start a senior transport business here in san Rafael,ca.
  • Antoinette D Blackmon said on May 8, 2015
    I live in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. I would like to start a Senior Transportation service. Please help me, email me all the in's and out's of what I'm supposed to do. I think you so very much for all of your assistance.
  • Ms. Young said on June 3, 2015
    I live in Florida and I'm looking into starting a transportation company for the elderly but i need help where to start when it come to the medicaid part. Please help
  • Brenda Moore said on September 14, 2015
    I am currently a bus operator.I transport seniors along with others. My heart goes out to seniors cause of the hassle to get on and off the bus.I want to start my own transportation for the seniors. What steps do i need to take?
  • Bhavani Muvvala said on November 6, 2015
    I am interested in starting transportation services for seniors and disabled in the area of Rutherford and Wilson Counties, appreciate if you kindly provide the guidance.
  • Antonio Milligan said on July 11, 2016
    I'm considering starting a non-emergency transportation company for the elderly in Charleston South Carolina where do I need to start.
  • Audrey Sanders said on March 20, 2017
    I'm planning on starting my own non emergency transportation services to anyone in need Milwaukee Wi..How do I start
  • Charles Butler said on January 8, 2018
    hello my fiance and i are thinking about starting a transportation for senior citizens in annapolis md. we would like to know what steps we need to take. And what type of permits do we need. And do we need cdl licenses? WE WANT TO BE A INDEPENDENT SERVICE. DO WE NEED TO GO TO OUR LOCAL TRANSPORTATION OFFICE HERE IN OUR STATE AND CITY TO GET PERMITS AND LEGAL PAPER WORK? WHAT TYPE OF INSURANCE DO WE NEED? WILL WE NEED COMMERCIAL INSURANCE OR JUST FULL COVERAGE. WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE DRIVING A VAN. WE WILL BE DRIVING A PASSENGER CAR. WE COULD USE ANY AND ALL INFO THAT YOU COULD OFFER US. THANK YOU.
  • Nick Velasco said on April 2, 2019
    I need to have information on how to start my own non-transportation company


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