30 Transportation Business Ideas You Can Start In 2022

30 Transportation Business Ideas You Can Start In 2022

Looking to start a transportation business but not quite sure of the idea?

A transportation business involves ferrying people or goods and linking them to a destination.

Before starting a transportation business idea, it would help to research what it entails, who your customers are, and their pain points. Then, you can determine what resources you need to fulfill the client's needs.

Typically, some transportation business opportunities require special handling of goods, while for others, you need specific permits and licenses.

The good news is there are countless profitable transportation business ideas you can start in 2022.

We researched and put together a list of the most profitable transport business ideas you can start!

Here they are:

1. Start an auto transportation company

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100,000
Skills

Case Study

Hi! I’m Dvir and I run Nationwide Auto Transportation. NAT is an auto shipping broker, which means that we connect consumers in need of car shipping services with truckers who transport vehicles across the United States.

Since the inception of our company 12 years ago, we have served more than 50,000 customers - many multiple times. We ship approximately 4,000 vehicles per month.

how-i-started-a-20k-month-auto-shipping-broker-business

2. Start a taxi cab business

If you are an experienced driver and know your city well, starting a taxi cab business can be a very lucrative side hustle.

Here are the steps on how to start a taxi cab business.

  • Secure your business licenses
  • Secure financing and purchasing equipment
  • Purchase a commercial insurance

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Skills

Case Study

My name is Albert Williams. I am the President and CEO of The Best Deal Group of Companies. located in the Boogie Down Bronx. Best Deal is a transportation company, who specializes in local community transportation, Corporate Transportation as well as Non Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT).

Below is a picture of our cars gathered to pick up 30+ passengers for one of corporate accounts

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3. Start a shipping business ($2.4M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$65,000 — $2,400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$505,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Ben Elizer, and I am the Founder and President of Velocity International Group, a full-scale logistics company, offering SameDay delivery, Expediting, Distribution, Fulfillment, andmany Warehousing Services. We offer to consult and some other services as well to help our customers succeed in an ultra-competitive environment. Velocity started with 2 vans and many faces to face conversations. We now have 10+ vehicles, including trucks, and have grown to 25k+ square feet of warehouse space as well to best serve our customers.

Over the past 2 years, our revenue has grown over 300%, which has completely contributed to the great people and culture we have at Velocity. After having to move out of my apartment (because I put everything financially I had into this company), and move back into my mom’s house in my mid 20’s, it was difficult, but just 6 months later we had our first small office and warehouse space. I’m fortunate I had a support system to move back into, or else Velocity might not be here today. The business has grown ever since because of hard work, trust, and relationships. We focus on what is important.

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4. Start a moving company ($60K/month)

Moving companies help people move their belongings from one location to another. This can involve anything from packing and shipping household items to actually physically moving them from one place to another. This can involve anything from local moves to long-distance relocations.

Moving companies typically charge by the hour or by the job, so you'll need to price your services accordingly. You'll also need to invest in some moving equipment, such as trucks and dollies.

How Much Can You Make?
$60,000/month
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Max Maher I am a serial entrepreneur, lifelong learner, and a founder of Skinny Wimp Moving!

I am now 23 years old and my locations average $115,000 a month in revenue with record monthly sales of $158,000.

how-i-started-a-1m-year-moving-company-at-19-years-old

5. Start a travel agency

Travel agents offer advice on destinations, plan trips, and itineraries, and make travel arrangements for clients. In addition, travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and admission to entertainment activities.

Starting a travel agency can be fun and rewarding.

To get started, complete relevant tours and travel training, do market research and competitor analysis, then create a website so you can be found by travelers.

How Much Can You Make?
$165,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$43,833
Skills

Case Study

Hello, I am Salman Rashid, Founder & CEO of Flight Expert. It is the first-ever online travel agency in Bangladesh. Our uniqueness was to build a state-of-the-art online travel agency with services focusing on Bangladesh primarily. This country has never before enjoyed taking assistance from any online travel agency.

However, the best part is that we achieved 50% more revenue in October 2021 than our pre-covid highest number on sales in a month, interestingly, and we are aiming to hit breakeven by March 2022 if all goes well in the market.

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6. Start a vehicle towing service ($1.5M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$85,000
Skills

Case Study

My name is Eric Ray, the CEO, and Founder of Easy Auto Ship LLC, a nationwide vehicle shipping brokerage located in Youngstown, Ohio. About 80% of our business is shipping POV (privately owned vehicles) for the end consumer, and the rest is for dealerships and relocation companies.

We average around $250,000 a month in brokerage fees with a net profit of $100,000 a month. We are ranked as the Best Overall Car Shipping Company of 2020 on Move.org, as well as Movebuddha.com, with over 1,500 reviews on Google and a 4.6 rating! We will do about $18 million this year in sales, but it was not an easy road getting here.

how-i-started-a-18m-year-vehicle-shipping-brokerage-business

7. Start a grocery transportation business

Grocery transportation is a booming business today and it's not just due to the increase in the number of people who work from home. The fact is, as more and more people move into urban areas, grocery stores are popping up in every neighborhood.

The grocery transportation business is a very popular industry. Competition is stiff as Walmart, Amazon and other big-box retailers have been driving smaller retailers out of the market. Due to the competitive market, grocery transportation businesses have many ways of competing with one another. You should be aware of what the competition offers and employ all that you can to get ahead of them.

How Much Can You Make?
$60,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Case Study

Hello, my name is Mohamad Saad, and I am one of the founders of HalalWorldDepot, America’s premier Halal online marketplace. The company started three years ago as meat and grocery delivery service and slowly grew into a full-blown online marketplace offering a wide range of Halal products.

With a simple goal of getting as many Halal items listed, we also focus on building a community of Muslims around the United States to connect and come together. A home formed on a website where all can feel welcomed and comfortable shopping and finding the products they need.

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8. Start a bicycle company ($394K/month)

A surge in exercise and heightened anxiety over public transportation during the Covid-19 pandemic are reasons more people have embraced biking.

Apart from being a form of exercise, using bicycles is also good for the environment as there are no emissions.

Therefore, starting a bicycle company can be a profitable venture. Research the market and choose a niche. Then, register your brand and focus on the production of high-quality bicycles.

How Much Can You Make?
$25,000 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$30,000
Skills

Case Study

My name is Mehdi Farsi, I'm the co-founder of State Bicycle Co. in Tempe Arizona. We specialize in great-looking, great riding bicycles, parts, and accessories that are both attractive and affordable.

We sell our own brand of bikes, clothing, and accessories, as well as a handful of curated complimentary products directly on our website and through over 400 bike shops worldwide. The business has grown to over $50m+ in annual sales and we’ve produced over 100,000 bikes.

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9. Start a RV rental business ($10K/month)

The RV rental business is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to make money selling and renting recreational vehicles (RVs). This is a booming industry that continues to grow each year.

An RV rental business provides an appealing option for travelers and holidaymakers exploring the country. Starting an RV company can be a fun business as it offers you the flexibility to work on your preferred schedule. You can schedule drivers and cleaners, and ensure RV maintenance, without the need of appearing physically.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$25,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

We are Taylor Hood and Gretchen Bayless, founders of ROAMERICA. A company that specializes in adventure vehicles, including 4wd campervans.

how-we-started-a-camper-van-rental-business-and-quit-our-full-time-jobs

10. Start a junk removal business ($23.3K/month)

Households and businesses need help hauling away broken furniture, clearing out trash, and even emptying properties during a foreclosure. Therefore, the demand for junk removal services is high. Starting a junk removal business can be profitable if you own a box truck and are looking for self-employment opportunities.

To begin with, perform market research in your area, and apply for the necessary regulatory permits or licenses. Build a website and market your services.

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $37,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$9,233
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Sam Evans. I am 23 years old and a recent graduate from Penn State Altoona. I am the founder of You Call We Haul Junk Removal, a junk removal company that removes anything from single items to hoarder home cleanouts. We’re located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and have been in business (part-time) since May of 2016.

Our main customers are middle-aged and up adults, typically with a higher income that do not want to or are unable to do the work themselves. We complete over 75 jobs per month, bring in about $20,000 in revenue per month profiting about 65% per job.

how-i-started-a-18k-month-junk-removal-company-before-graduating-from-college

11. Start a logistics business ($150K/month)

Logistics businesses focus on transportation and storage/warehousing, which are critical components of the supply chain. Without elaborate logistics, businesses will deliver goods to their customers efficiently and reliably.

A logistics business connects manufacturers and consumers through transportation and safe storage of products. Logistics may be a good place to start if you are interested in a supply chain-related business but not sure which one. You can work as a driver, connect manufacturers to storage warehouses and transportation companies, etc.

How Much Can You Make?
$125,000 — $2,083,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,250
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Ben Elizer, and I am the Founder and President of Velocity International Group, a full-scale logistics company, offering SameDay delivery, Expediting, Distribution, Fulfillment, andmany Warehousing Services. We offer to consult and some other services as well to help our customers succeed in an ultra-competitive environment. Velocity started with 2 vans and many faces to face conversations. We now have 10+ vehicles, including trucks, and have grown to 25k+ square feet of warehouse space as well to best serve our customers.

Over the past 2 years, our revenue has grown over 300%, which has completely contributed to the great people and culture we have at Velocity. After having to move out of my apartment (because I put everything financially I had into this company), and move back into my mom’s house in my mid 20’s, it was difficult, but just 6 months later we had our first small office and warehouse space. I’m fortunate I had a support system to move back into, or else Velocity might not be here today. The business has grown ever since because of hard work, trust, and relationships. We focus on what is important.

how-i-started-a-100k-month-logistics-and-delivery-service-company

12. Build a transportation service software

How Much Can You Make?
$150,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Hi, my name is Alexi I am the co-founder and the owner of AwardWallet. AwardWallet started out as a website that helps individuals track all of their loyalty accounts in one place. It works by asking users for their credentials to their loyalty accounts, once the credentials are provided it retrieves things like account balance, elite level, expiration date, historical transactions, etc. and displays this information in a simple report.

AwardWallet also runs a travel blog that focuses on the loyalty space and a few Facebook groups such as Award Travel 101 and Award Travel 201. We educate our users on the subject of playing the “loyalty game” and make affiliate revenue from credit card offers that we have on our pages. If you don’t take into account the current COVID-19 situation in the world, which affected AwardWallet’s revenue, we are making about $150,000 per month on average.

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13. Start a cargo tracking business

Cargo theft is a serious issue that has affected the logistics industry seriously. Cargo and vehicle tracking use technology to ensure cargo safety.

Cargo and vehicle tracking involves tracing goods, their containers, and conveyances from the origin point to the destination and helps manufacturers and supply chain stakeholders monitor the movement throughout the supply chain.

With the increased demand for cargo shipping services, cargo and vehicle tracking is becoming highly in demand as well. You can build a cargo and vehicle tracking business and earn profits from the business.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

Hi There! I'm Arthur Co-founder of Deepfinity, a proptech/logistics company. We've built an internal parcel tracking software tool to help large buildings' mailrooms and receptions deal with the influx of online shopping. I started the business four years ago with two friends while we were at university as a side project and now work full time on the business.

It took a while for us to get our first client, but we managed to make our first revenue 1.5 years ago and since have been growing 20% Month on Month. We are currently making $6K/Month.

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14. Start a school bus shuttle

In today’s busy time, parents struggle between managing their professional life and kid’s daily schedule. It can get difficult for parents to take out time from their busy schedule to dropping off & pick up their kids from school daily. Plus, school kids will also need to travel for extracurricular activities like arts, music, or sports.

School bus shuttles ensure the convenience and safety of school children while traveling to school. Therefore, starting a school bus shuttle business can be profitable. You may associate your bus to any school or reach out to parents in your neighborhood.

15. Start an air cargo business

There is a high demand for air cargo services, but according to IATA, the capacity is constrained. The reason being there aren’t enough airplanes to meet the demand for air cargo transportation.

Therefore, starting your air cargo transportation business is a viable idea. You will need freight-forwarding skills and acquire the necessary licenses and certification, among other requirements to offer the service.

16. Start a courier business

Courier service is a premium, all-inclusive service that collects and delivers shipments within the shortest possible time frame. Courier services serve individuals, e-commerce stores, law offices, banks, hospitals, etc.

If you dream of owning a courier service, you can start as a delivery driver, and rely on self-employed delivery drivers to get the goods to customers. As the business grows, you can invest in delivery vans to handle bulky deliveries.

To run a profitable courier service, ensure you have a reliable delivery car and proper time management skills.

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$1,000,000
Skills

Case Study

My name is Shaerul H Joarder (Neel), Co-Founder and CEO of Parcelmagic, a delivery service company.

It is indeed a great pleasure that within just 6 months of operation, we have onboarded 100+ merchants, with the monthly transaction being 5000 dollars. Over 10000 parcels are delivered to all 64 districts in Bangladesh each month.

my-local-delivery-startup-in-bangladesh-reached-30k-month-in-6-months

17. Become a building materials transporter

Construction of industries and commercial and residential properties continue increasing at a furious rate. Consequently, the demand for construction materials is massive and there is no sign of slowing down on the horizon.

The trucking industry is responsible for hauling a huge percentage of overland freight served to the construction industry. Therefore, if you are looking for a potential opportunity within the trucking industry, consider the haulage of construction materials.

To start, research the market and identify which areas have more opportunities. Then, buy or lease a suitable truck for the specific items you prefer to transport. Networking with construction site managers, foremen, and engineers will help you get more repeat business opportunities.

18. Start a bike rental store

Bike rental is one of the most profitable rental business ideas most people overlook. Today, bike rental is in high demand, especially among people who love outdoor activities. Today, people prefer renting a bike as opposed to buying one. Moreover, bikes offer a hassle-free and quicker ride option for daily commuters. In that regard, starting your own bike rental business is exciting and can be a profitable business.

If you are starting a bike rental business, some avenues you could use to increase business profitability include:

  • Targeting tourists
  • Reaching out to biker clubs
  • Biking training schools
  • Cater to employees in organizations that encourage the use of bikes

Use bike rental software to manage bookings, and market your business on social media and biking clubs, to maximize bookings.

19. Start a private jet business

A private jet is an aircraft designed to transport small groups of people. Private jets offer a controlled, flexible experience, which commercial flights cannot offer. Demand for private jet charter services has soared, a trend that has created a business opportunity for entrepreneurs.

Business people, celebrities in the entertainment industry, and politicians are some people using private jets more often. If you are interested in aviation and looking to start a business, you may consider the private jet sector.

Your options include becoming a private jet pilot, buying and selling private jets, a private jet service center, or a private jet charter service.

20. Start a pedicab service

A pedicab is an environmentally friendly tricycle powered by a cycler's legs. Riding a pedicab around parks is the most unique and memorable experience. Besides, pedicabs provide a great transportation option within colleges and residential areas.

If you are interested in starting a transportation-related business, you may consider starting a pedicab line. You can start manufacturing pedicabs or become a pedicab distributor.

More business ideas

  • 21. Start a livestock transportation business
  • 22. Start a medical transportation business

23. Start a transport and logistics business

How Much Can You Make?
$125,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,000
Skills

Case Study

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