10 Delivery Services for Better Work/Life Balance

Save time and still get things done with the help of these services.

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Save time with these home delivery services. Peter Dazeley | Getty Images

At one time, milk and eggs were delivered directly to a homeowner’s front door. Over time, home delivery of food went the way of medical house calls, but today, people with too little time and enough money to pay for convenience are re-creating the need for home delivery.

Many home businesses owners find they’re also strapped for time and look to services to help them get things done. Although home delivery is limited mostly to larger cities, even home business owners in small towns have resources to deliver their necessities to the door.

  Here are ten great delivery services that can save you time on the items you need.

Grocery Delivery

Amazon Prime Pantry

Unless you’re in one of a few select cities, grocery delivery may not be available to you. Amazon Prime Pantry steps up to fill that void. No matter where you live, as an Amazon Prime member you can have non-perishables delivered to your door. Just fill up a virtual box with products like toilet paper, canned goods, and bottled water, and for $5.99 in shipping you can have it delivered within a few days.

GrubMarket

If you’re a regular at your local farmer’s market, GrubMarket is the service for you. Choose foods from local farms, fisheries, kitchens, and restaurants, and your items will be delivered directly to your door. The service is available throughout California, as well as in Chicago, Portland, Detroit, and Denver. All other customers can have select items shipped.

HelloFresh

Do you enjoy fresh gourmet food, but don’t have time to pick out the ingredients? The answer may be HelloFresh. One box contains everything you need to make a delicious meal for two or four people, including pre-measured spices. You choose how many meals you’d like each week and the service automatically delivers them on the day you specify.

InstaCart

InstaCart aims to revolutionize the grocery delivery market, Uberizing the process of getting food from the store to your door. Available in 15 major cities, the company uses the power of crowdsourcing to deliver items for $3.99 within two hours or $5.99 within one hour. You specify a grocery list and shoppers pick items up at stores like Kroger, Whole Foods, and Costco.

Restaurants

Diningin

If you’re in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, or Minneapolis, Diningin is a good choice for meal delivery. The company specializes in delivering restaurant food to offices, but home business owners who entertain clients or have employees may find the service helpful as well. The service can handle large parties with buffet-style catering, as well as providing concierge services to businesses interested in entertaining clients at local restaurants.

GrubHub

Food delivery isn’t just for pizza chains anymore. GrubHub serves as a portal through which customers can easily browse menus, place orders, and pay for food. Some of the restaurants have minimum orders, making the site ideal for businesses placing orders for multiple employees.

Takeout Taxi

Pick from a selection of participating restaurants, place your order, pay, and an independent driver will bring your food to your door.

Takeout Taxi franchises are independently owned, so the quality of service may vary depending on where you live.

Prescriptions

Express Scripts

Traveling to the drugstore to pick up your prescriptions takes time. Express Scripts handles it for you, letting you order prescriptions for delivery to your door. Best of all, you can manage your prescriptions through the portal, keeping track of the prescriptions you currently have and the date you last filled them.

Dry Cleaning

Washio

Tired of trekking back and forth to the dry cleaner? No time to wash, dry, and fold clothes? Washio has you covered. Customers in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. can request a pickup via smartphone and have clean laundry delivered back to them within 24 hours.

Everything Else

TaskRabbit

For everything else, there’s TaskRabbit. Need someone to pick up a last-minute gift for a birthday party or bring your dry cleaning by the office? There’s likely a TaskRabbit who can do it. The site allows everyday people to run errands and provide handyman work for homeowners and businesses that need it. Each TaskRabbit is background checked and you can read reviews before choosing someone to help you.

As mobile-based services continue to grow, you’ll likely find more errands you can outsource. By relying on these services, you can free up time to spend doing things you enjoy.