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Work for Yourself: How To Become a Courier

January 31st, 2012 by shawn · 1 Comment

Note: This is a guest post.

One of the most overlooked self-employed careers is the courier driver. You can become your own boss and work on your own terms, all while making a decent wage. Use these tips to get your courier career of to the right start.

Get moving
The first thing you’re going to need is some kind of transportation for your job. There are bike couriers and car couriers, and some people even use airplanes to deliver parcels from place to place. If you’re like most, you should choose a car or van for your delivery jobs because it’s faster than a bike (more deliveries equals more money) and it has relatively low upkeep cost. You can start out with a mid- to full-size car and move up to a bigger van later as business increases.

Get insured
It can be nerve wracking when you’re responsible for other people’s things. What if something gets broken, or you get in an accident during a delivery run? Insurance is the answer to your concern, and it will help make your business more reputable as well. Call your current insurance provider to see if they can help you with their courier rates or a referral. Insurance will give you and your customers the peace of mind that everything is covered in case of an accident.

Get digital
It can take years to build up a good customer base by traditional word-of-mouth marketing. Thankfully, the Internet has changed all of that and a good website will do all that work in a fraction of the time. You can try your hand at building your own website or use a professional company or individual to set it up. Remember, this is the first thing people will see about you and your new business, so it needs to be top-notch.

Get advertising
Your website isn’t going to attract traffic on it’s own, so to start out you’re going to need some advertising. During this time you can supplement your income with companies that list delivery jobs for independent drivers. You don’t have to spend all of your money on advertising, but a big part of your starting expenses will come from this area. When you’ve been around for a while, you will start to get repeat customers and word-of-mouth recommendations so you can lower your ad budget. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on ads in the beginning or you’ll be out of money and work before you know it.

That’s it! Obviously there’s more to being a successful courier than getting off to a good start. You need to become the trusted provider for your customers’ delivery needs, and that will take some time. If you take these first steps, however, you’ll be on the way to being your own boss in no time.

Logan is a writer who spends his time planning for financial freedom when he isn’t pounding the keys on his keyboard.

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    Comment by Hunting Alaska
    2012-02-19 07:19:03

    It’s great to be the boss of yourself. There’s just one thing that we must remember that to be successful means greater responsibility.

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