There are basically two ways you can make money with a box truck: renting the space inside to move cargo or renting the space on the outside to advertisers. Using a combination of the two could bring you in several thousand dollars every month. Whether you want to work full-time, part-time, or just let your truck sit in a parking lot to bring in revenue, there are several money-making ideas to consider.
Many small businesses need a truck from time to time but don't have the budget to own one themselves. Talk to local business owners to see if they may need a truck on a part-time basis. Good candidates would be florists, hardware stores, furniture stores, carpet stores, landscapers, or any other business that occasionally has more stuff to deliver than they can transport themselves.
Moving Household Items
The end of the month could be a busy time for anyone with a truck, as people move from one home to another. If you're in good shape, you could help them move their furniture and other belongings. Or, if you prefer, you could charge them for your services as the driver only. In 2017, you could expect to charge about $45 per hour for a one-man moving service, or $60 if you have a friend to help.
Insurance and Licensing
To move cargo using your truck, you will likely need to be licensed with your state and have adequate cargo insurance. In Massachusetts, for example, movers must be licensed by the state's Department of Public Utilities. If you are moving cargo between states, you need to be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
If the goods you are moving are lost, stolen or damaged, you can be held liable, so it's important to have adequate cargo insurance. There are two types of cargo insurance. Full-value protection covers you for the replacement value of the goods. Release-value insurance is less expensive but may leave you to pay a large deductible and a portion of the goods' replacement value.
Painting your truck or attaching a billboard-sized banner could bring in extra money every month -- and you won't have to turn on the engine. Simply using the truck as advertising space could bring in anywhere from $250 to $2,000 every month, depending on the market and the number of people who are likely to see your truck. In some cases, parking your truck near a convention center could earn you a few thousand dollars just for a weekend.