25 Profitable Transportation Business Ideas

25 Profitable Transportation Business Ideas

Looking to start a transportation business but not quite sure what to start?

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and provide an innovative product/service in this line of work.

If you're looking to start your own transportation business, there are several incredible options you can choose from.

We put a list together below of the most profitable transportation business ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start a logistics business ($1.2M/year)

Ben Elizer from Nashville, TN, USA started Velocity International Group about 6 years ago, a logistics business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 16
  • Location: Nashville, TN, USA

Velocity was born back in 2015 after months and months of research. I have a degree in logistics from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, and a Masters’s degree in Business Management from Tennessee Tech University. I worked at a logistics company as a Manager in Training in Nashville, directly after college. After almost 5 years at the business and earning my MBA while working, I wanted more responsibility, but they didn’t want to expand the business or take on those new jobs to help me grow as an individual personally or professionally.

If you want to attract customers, show them how you can save them money, save them time, reduce a level of stress, and overall make their lives easier.

After interviewing for a few jobs, and applying for many more without much success, I decided to take the knowledge I had acquired over the past 4 to 5 years and put it to work. I left my previous employer, with a colleague, and started Velocity International Group. Validation of the company came from my previous experience in business and building trust in our customers by going above and beyond with great service.

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Ben Elizer, on starting Velocity International Group ($100,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a taxi cab business

Examples of a successful taxi cab business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a taxi cab business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a taxi cab business ➜

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3. Start a tricycle transport business

Examples of a successful tricycle transport business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tricycle transport business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a tricycle transport business ➜

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4. Start a limousine service business

Examples of a successful limousine service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a limousine service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a limousine service business ➜

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5. Start a car shuttle service business

Examples of a successful car shuttle service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a car shuttle service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a car shuttle service business ➜

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6. Start a shipping services business ($30M/year)

Examples of a successful shipping services business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shipping services business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a shipping services business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nicholas Daniel-Richards's story on creating ShipHero a read:

My name is Nicholas Daniel-Richards, and I co-founded ShipHero in 2013, along with my partner Aaron Rubin.

We also provide outsourced eCommerce fulfillment for stores that want us to handle their warehousing and shipment of orders through our in-house network of owned warehouses. In the seven years since our founding, we bootstrapped the business and grew revenues from zero to $30 million annually, with only $435,000 in outside capital investment (no VC money raised to date). We process over $5 billion of e-commerce gross merchandise volume (GMV) annually, which is more than Shopify at the time of its IPO.

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Nicholas Daniel-Richards, on starting ShipHero ($2,500,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start an outstation car rentals business

Examples of a successful outstation car rentals business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a outstation car rentals business:

Learn more about starting an outstation car rentals business ➜

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8. Start a cargo tracking business

Examples of a successful cargo tracking business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cargo tracking business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cargo tracking business ➜

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9. Start an interstate commuting business

Examples of a successful interstate commuting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a interstate commuting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an interstate commuting business ➜

10. Start a livestock transportation business

Examples of a successful livestock transportation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a livestock transportation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a livestock transportation business ➜

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11. Start a medical emergency transportation business

Examples of a successful medical emergency transportation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a medical emergency transportation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a medical emergency transportation business ➜

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12. Start a transport and logistics business

Examples of a successful transport and logistics business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a transport and logistics business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a transport and logistics business ➜

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13. Start a packers & movers business ($69.6K/year)

Examples of a successful packers & movers business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a packers & movers business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a packers & movers business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Debendra Prasad's story on creating Assure Shift a read:

Hello! My name is Debendra Prasad. I'm the founder of Creatisoul a web development and digital marketing company, and AssureShift, an online moving companies directory for finding nearby professional packers and movers in Delhi and other metro cities.

We have a strong network of more than 700-800 packers and movers under our wing, and they are spread across various cities in India. We have extended our reach to moving companies as well as customers from major metro cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, and others to tier-2 cities like Thane, Noida, Navi Mumbai, Patna, Nagpur, and so on.

We have successfully served more than 50,000 customers across approximately 23 cities in the country to date. We plan on expanding our reach to smaller cities where relocation services are currently absent. On average, we earn a yearly revenue of approximately 1 Cr ($250K).

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Debendra Prasad, on starting Assure Shift ($5,800/month) full story ➜

14. Start a travel agency business

Examples of a successful travel agency business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a travel agency business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a travel agency business ➜

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15. Start a school bus shuttle service

Examples of a successful school bus shuttle service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a school bus shuttle service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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16. Start a vehicle towing service business ($18M/year)

Examples of a successful vehicle towing service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vehicle towing service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a vehicle towing service business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Eric Ray's story on creating Easy Auto Ship a read:

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.

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Eric Ray, on starting Easy Auto Ship ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start an air cargo business

Examples of a successful air cargo business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a air cargo business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an air cargo business ➜

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18. Start a courier service business

Examples of a successful courier service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a courier service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a courier service business ➜

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19. Start a double decker bus tour business

Examples of a successful double decker bus tour business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a double decker bus tour business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a double decker bus tour business ➜

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20. Start a valet parking service business

Examples of a successful valet parking service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a valet parking service business:

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21. Start a private jet charter business

Examples of a successful private jet charter business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a private jet charter business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a private jet charter business ➜

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22. Start a boat charter business

Examples of a successful boat charter business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a boat charter business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a boat charter business ➜

23. Start a tipper business

Examples of a successful tipper business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tipper business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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24. Start a pedicab service business

Examples of a successful pedicab service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pedicab service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a pedicab service business ➜

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25. Start a grocery transportation business

Examples of a successful grocery transportation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a grocery transportation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a grocery transportation business ➜

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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