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How do I Become a Self-employed Courier?

Courier services are a key part of today’s era of online shopping and deliveries.

A self-employed courier has the freedom to select the jobs they want to take on. They set their working hours and manage their earnings. New opportunities for self-employed couriers has opened up since many individuals and business require their services.

Get started on becoming a self-employed courier by learning these essential pointers.

Get a Reliable Vehicle

A proper courier needs a reliable vehicle for their preferred jobs.

The first thing to consider when picking out a vehicle is the type of job you want to do. Delivering multiple packages or large sets of items requires larger vehicles like a van. While those that want to work smaller can opt to use a car or motorcycle.

Ensure that your vehicle is fully serviced and has a valid MOT before using it for jobs.

Get Liability Insurance

Whilst car insurance is a legal requirement, public liability for courier workers is optional. However, this type of insurance is critical to the success of your courier business. Whilst not cheap, it is not expensive, and it provides with cover against claims from third parties for injury or damage to their belongings. You can choose the level of cover, but Eamonn Turley from InsuranceQuotesNI suggests taking advice from your insurance broker as to which level is best suited to your business risk profile.  To read more, click here for more information.   

Plan Potential Income Sources

The earnings from self-employed jobs are not regular. The average courier salary in England is £123 per day. But you could earn a higher amount in this month, then suddenly earn lower in the next. That’s because your salary is dependent on the number of jobs picked up.

This unpredictability makes it difficult for self-employed couriers to plan their expenses.

A potential solution to this issue is to contract with local courier companies. They can help you find regular work, establish a network, and, depending on the company policy, even reduce operating costs.

Register for Any Needed Licences and Permits

The last thing any courier wants is for their work to get halted due to incomplete paperwork.

In the UK, you need to register with the HMRC and obtain a Universal Tax Reference (URT) number to begin operating as a courier. You’ll need to accurately record all your earnings and work-related expenses, then submit a tax form at the end of every financial year.

It may sound like a lot of trouble, but this will legitimize your business and prevent issues from popping up.

Check in with your local government unit to know which permits and licences you’ll need to operate as a courier.

Build a Customer Base

Don’t expect your business to take off right away. Demonstrate your consistency by completing each job efficiently. This increases the chances of being rehired for other jobs.

Set up a business email address and phone number to let customers know how to contact you.

You can regularly give out simple advertisements through these channels. This spreads and solidifies your name in the minds of potential customers.

Another thing you can do is set up social media channels for your business.

Many people search online for couriers to hire. Creating a business social media account is a simple way to draw in more customers. Just remember to regularly update the account to keep it on top of the search results.

Conclusion

There are more job opportunities out there than people realize. Being a self-employed courier is a great option for people that prefer to be outdoors. It lets you work at your preferred pace while opening opportunities to develop your customer base.

All you need is perseverance and consistency to become a successful self-employed courier. 

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