Different ways to become a courier driver in 2017
Are you toying with the idea of becoming a courier driver? If you’re over the age of 18 and have a clean, valid driving license and have sorted the right courier insurance out, then you’re pretty much good to go.
There are many benefits – you are very much your own boss, you work your own hours and the job is straightforward, with the potential to earn good money.
And nowadays, there are a good number of options available to would-be couriers, here are just some of the different ways to become a courier in 2017:
Becoming a self-employed driver is not as difficult as it sounds. You can become self-employed under the umbrella of a big couriers. This will involve a training and introduction to the company. The upside is that it is guaranteed work, but because the brand is providing the jobs, you only get a cut of a small percentage.
Starting up from scratch might seem like the most difficult option. However, it could be the most profitable. With no agency or brand supporting you, you will have to find your own jobs, but you will get back 100% of the cost. Flyering local businesses, introducing yourself to companies and signing up with websites like Courier Exchange are the best ways of getting your courier services out there.
While it may seem like you don’t have the initial expenses of a motor, you do have to have the right cycle for couriering – and you should be able to fix it yourself if anything goes wrong. Most often found in city centres delivering food, in-store shopping pickups, legal documents and other small items, cycle couriers are like a band of brothers and sisters who crisscross the city, weaving through traffic to deliver the goods quicker than their four-wheeled friends.
UberRUSH is one of the latest courier models to come on the market and is currently only available in 3 cities in the USA, but could be on it’s way to the UK before the year is out. It works in a similar way to the taxi service Uber – but instead of alerting the nearest taxi driver to pick you up, it contacts the nearest courier driver to pick up items you need to bring them to you. There are other organisations doing similar things like Nimber and PiggyBaggy, all of which rely on having as many courier drivers on the road as possible.
Of course, all these types of inlets into the industry still require you to be covered in some way. Insurance is very important when you are in charge of a vehicle and transporting items, which could be of considerable worth. Insurance Revolution specialises in insurance cover for couriers – so contact us here or ring us on 0330 808 1500.