Students create errand service
Lauren Kelly | Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Is it hard to find time to run errands between schoolwork, sports and clubs? Problem solved: erraNDs-4-U, a new student-run delivery service, will do the shopping for you.
Senior Shea Streeter and junior Angelise Hadley began the business with just $30 as a project for their introduction to entrepreneurship class.
“Everyone here is so busy that it’s often a huge ordeal to have to get off campus for little day-to-day items, especially for the people who don’t have cars. When given the task to start a business, I thought that we’d be able to reach a huge portion of the student population and would hopefully be able to make their lives a little easier,” Hadley said.
Streeter said they began the project because it is often inconvenient for students who live on campus to get toiletries and other essential items.
“Every year I’ve been at Notre Dame it’s been a struggle to try to get off campus to go shopping for the things I need. I know that there are lots of other students who have the same difficulty, so I started erraNDs-4-U with Angelise in order to give students a convenient alternative to taking a taxi or going without necessities like shampoo for days,” Streeter said.
Drivers shop at both Super Target and Super Wal-Mart and service fees are $5 for one to five items, $7 for six to 10 items and $10 for more than 10 items. They make deliveries on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Students also have the option to ride along to the store for a $5 fee. Seats are on a first-come-first-served basis.
To place an order, students can either send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an order form through a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ND.erraNDs4U.
Hadley said feedback about the new service has been positive thus far.
“People who we’ve told about the business or advertised to have all said that it is a great idea and a much-needed service,” Hadley said.
Currently, services are provided solely to students living on campus at Notre Dame.
“Right now, we are putting our focus on the Notre Dame dorms. However, that’s not to say that we won’t expand to Saint Mary’s College and off-campus students in the future,” Hadley said.
Just in its beginning stage, Streeter and Hadley are the sole errand-runners, but they said the business has great potential to expand.
“We hope to be able to reach as many students as possible and maybe expand to have more students working for us as drivers and deliverers,” Hadley said.