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SELF EMPLOYED COURIER WORK AT ATLAS COURIER EXPRESS.
As a self employed courier van driver for Atlas Courier Express, a typical day would consist of a collection from anywhere in the South East followed by delivery to a single destination, which could be anywhere from London to Glasgow or any other town / city, paid at rate per mile.
You would then be given collections on the way home which pay additional rates for each one. In this way very good earnings can be achieved.
Our financial strength allows us to pay weekly, one week in arrears which will help with your cash flow which is an issue for many drivers working for other companies.
How does Atlas work?
Atlas Courier Express operates in much the same way as a taxi company, except we carry goods rather than people. All of our drivers work from home, similar to how a taxi driver sits on a taxi rank - our rank is the driver’s mobile phone. When we get a job suitable for the driver’s location and vehicle, we give them a ring and they get the job.
What’s the work like?
Typical jobs usually consist of collections from companies anywhere in Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire and the Greater London areas which then get delivered to anywhere in the UK, be it London, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, Plymouth or anywhere else for that matter. These are paid at a mileage rate which, for a LWB Transit type van, would be around 90p per loaded mile. London deliveries are paid at an increased rate to take account of the time involved. For example, if you collected from Southend and delivered to Norwich, the distance is roughly 100 miles meaning you
get around £90. Out of this you need to deduct your running expenses which would typically be around £40 for this run, leaving you with £50 clear.
On your way home from delivering we would usually expect to give you between 1 and 3 collections coming back to the local area, with longer journeys normally giving more collections. The exception to this is, of course, London where we will obviously have many collections. These collections are paid on a set rate per collection. This is based on additional mileage that takes you away from your planned return route and also quantity of goods being collected. Typically this can vary anywhere between £25 and £50 per collection, but with a minimum of £19 and no aximum. This means that occasionally you can hit lucky and get £100 or more for a single collection.
How much will I earn?
The work we provide is designed to maximise earnings whilst keeping dead mileage at a minimum. Typically drivers can earn anywhere between £400 and £1500 per week before running costs. Many drivers average £1000-£1200 a week which equates to a take home pay between £550 and £800 a week. All payments are made on a weekly basis.
Is it for me?
As mentioned, we operate in much the same way as a taxi company, with drivers being available at various times during the day/week so you can choose when you work. Obviously the more that you are available the more money you will earn. This flexibility means the work is suitable for anybody. For example, the semi-retired who may want to work 2 or 3 days a week to boost their pension and keep the boredom at bay!
What about the van?
You can provide your own van whether it be small or large, with larger vans earning more money. However, for promising candidates vehicle hire
can be arranged. Many of our drivers start out like this and go on to buy a van at a later date when they have settled in.
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