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wanting to be a courier

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:23 pm
by SonnyLiverpool
hello all on lcf

my name is daniel and i am thinking about becoming a courier as i have access to a curtainsider boxer.
so all advise and links in the direction of a complete courier novice are more than welcome.

has anyone had experince courierexchange.?

can anyone tell how to price a trip? (is it load size, miles or hourly rate)

i am in dyer need of a courier guru or guru's to help me with this new venture


Re: wanting to be a courier

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:55 am
by xLc
Hi there Daniel,
Hopefully someone will be along shortly to help.
Have you thought of advertising on your local facebook group to do house removals etc?

Re: wanting to be a courier

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:26 am
by SonnyLiverpool
Dont think removals is for me causei would need employ other men to load van ect
More intrested in courieing than removals

Have you any links as to courier pricing?

Thanks for the reply

Re: wanting to be a courier

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:17 am
by Schrodingers Cat
You might be better off considering other jobs. I used to be a coach driver and my load walked on and off itself! :D

Re: wanting to be a courier

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:55 am
by xLc
If your going it alone (getting your own work as apposed to subbing) then you need to work out all your expenses and come up with a figure that includes a profit.
Maybe do a bit of ringing round enquiring what others charge. But whatever you do, dont do it too cheaply just to get the work.

Re: wanting to be a courier

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:25 am
by ZERO7
:idea: First thing you need to do (if you have not already) is to get some insurance quotes. That's hire & reward + goods in transit insurance and maybe public liability also.I fear you may find that tricky as you don't appear to own the van?? These type of vans are very thirsty so you will need deep pockets if your doing starship mileage which is quite the norm for sameday.
As for pricing............well that's up to you, how much you need to live on etc etc... no two people are the same, no two areas are the same.You will need to check what prices are in your local operating area.It might be a mileage rate/ hourly rate/day rate etc etc.....
Also bear in mind you will need £4/5k to tide you over till you get paid (it could take months) in the mean time, you still need to live, and run the van.
LOTS of people think this game is easy money, i can assure you it's not.There are lots of scammers out there just waiting to rinse newbies, ie give you loads of work..... and your thinking yep this is great...... till 3 months later he vanishes and you get no money.
Keep your wits about you.................. ;)