I can’t say that I’m really getting tempted by this courier driving malarkey, but I was discussing rates with some of my regulars, and there certainly seems to be a good amount of money in carting goods across the country. I’m not sure how accurate the site I was looking at is, but the rates for taking a van across the country almost make me think it’s worth hanging up my apron and joining the courier ranks:
For example; a delivery from London to Bristol could net you £165. That’s not a long journey, even in my old car. More centrally in the UK, a trip from Birmingham to Plymouth, or a journey from Edinburgh to Liverpool can earn somewhere in the £300 region. Not too shabby for some courier work! These rates are, I’m sure very optimistic, but I’m telling my customers to make the most of return loads to maximise their profits!
Not, of course, that my regulars need any tips from me on the courier business, but it seems to go a really long way if I can talk to them about their job. It’s great for me to be able to understand the pressures and problems, as well as the opportunities. Above all, I want them all to succeed so they can continue to invest in my bacon butties!
Anyhow, look after yourselves, see you next time.
Gertie xView this Post
Well, autumn is well on its way! It seems like the seasons get shorter and shorter – just me getting on a bit, I guess. As the time goes by, it’s interesting how my clientele changes. I’ve got my regulars, of course, but there is always a bit of a turn over, some come, some go. Apparently the current climate is pretty ripe for courier drivers, so, it’s not a surprise that there are many new faces coming in. It seems lots of folks are enjoying a voluntary or enforced change of career, and some lovely lads from Eastern Europe are trying their hand at a new career too.
I was doing a little research into how people get involved in the courier industry. I know it’s something I’ve talked about on here before, but it’s always good for me to know what my customers talk about – and trust me, most of them do like to talk! I’ve been reading this article about getting into the courier industry, it certainly sounds like a lot of work! While many of my regulars are general courier drivers, working for a delivery company, there are a fair few owner drivers, and it seems like there are lots of bureaucratic hoops to jump through that need to be considered if you are running your own business.
Independent contractors need to look after all of their tax obligations, I know it puts me in a bad mood even thinking about it – I’m so glad someone else looks after filling in all the financial stuff, my brain would explode. On top of tax obligations, of course, it’s also their responsibility to sort out their own insurance; another of life’s unpleasant obligations, but one that is very important. I don’t envy them, but I guess when it comes to doing a job that you enjoy, or just putting food on the table, you sometimes have to bite the bullet.
Anyhow, food for thought!
Gertie xView this Post
Hello my dearies,
We’re living in interesting times – many of my courier customers are feeling the squeeze of fuel prices, and at the same time it’s becoming more and more clear that we need to reduce the amount of fossil fuels that we are using as a society. I’ve been reading up on it a little in my spare time. It seems that members of the courier industry are really beginning to take the issue seriously – and I guess with there being no end in sight to the rise of the price of diesel, they have every interest in more cost effective alternatives.
One of the articles I found is about a vehicle known as the Modec. It’s heartening to see that it is built in the Midlands, the erstwhile home of the British motor industry. The company was set up in 2004 by the former chairman of the company that makes the London taxi. The Modec is an electric powered box-van that can carry two tonnes – making it absolutely perfect for courier jobs. While the range issue might still apply to courier deliveries across the country, the zero-emission vehicles can be used perfectly well for the urban based deliveries that comprise much of the industry.
Interest in the Modec has been quite impressive. According to the article, Tesco had added 15 of the vehicles to their fleet by 2009, hopefully that number might have grown by now. As well, the delivery company, TNT, spent a serious amount of money on securing 100 electric vehicles from Britains’s oldest electric vehicle manufacturer, Smiths.
I know electric power isn’t the final answer to our energy problems, but in the short term, it really does sound like an interesting step in the right direction.
Thank heavens for those bright sparks! Talk to you all soon,
Gertie xView this Post
Courier Exchange News – July 2011: The American Trucking Associations’ Martin Rojas addressed a House subcommittee on the subject of transportation security on July 12, aiming to deliver the message that more regulations and requirements (such as TWIC cards) won’t necessarily increase security for couriers, truckers, and delivery drivers.View this Post
Courier Exchange News – July 2011: The closure of the 405 San Diego Freeway will be a problem for couriers and delivery drivers, and has been a frequently-discussed topic in the industry. Many couriers and drivers depend on the 405 freeway. Closed recently, courier drivers in California will now need alternative routes for their deliveries.View this Post