How To Get Started Working As A Self Employed Courier

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You will need to contact these companies, by phone, letter or you can visit them in person if you prefer. You will need to be listed as a self-employed courier by the courier company.

A good starting point would be to use Thomson Local or the Yellow Pages to search for local courier companies.
Getting regular work with these types of companies may take some time. However, you should sign up with as many as you can and do a good job on the assignments that you do get. If you do that, regular work will eventually come to you. Assuming that you are reliable, there will always be plenty of work available to you since these types of companies heavily rely on freelance couriers.

We recommend that you have a business card that you carry with you, to either hand out in person to ensure your personal details are on file or to post to companies. The card should include your name, contact phone number and the hours you prefer to work. You may want to include a letter as well that contains a little more information.
I you haven’t heard back in a few weeks, get in touch with the companies again to stay on their radar screen.

Smart and Professional

We shouldn’t even have to mention this, but it is very important to have a smart and professional appearance at all times. Many of the deliveries you will be making will be to professional clients, which is why a freelance courier service is needed. In order to properly represent the courier company you need to keep your appearance up.
The courier company you are working for will make note of your appearance. If it isn’t up to their professional standards, your work will be given to couriers with a smarter appearance instead of you.


Time is money, when you are out on the road. Invest in a smart phone or Sat Nav with GPS to ensure you are aware of congestion or traffic jams out on the road.
If you end up caught in traffic, out of common courtesy you should let your destination know if any changes need to be made to your schedule time of arrival. This is how a professional should be behave and your clients will definitely appreciate being kept informed. They will also be much more likely to be understanding than if you just show up late with several excuses.

Keep in mind that spending time in traffic jams is lost money since you could have potentially picked up additional jobs during the early evening or afternoon.

Administration and Bookkeeping

We recommend that you set aside some time for tracking your client list and invoices every other day. You can either use a paper and pen or computer tools like Google Docs or Microsoft Office.

Additionally, as a self-employed courier, ensuring you have courier insurance of some sort is also important – especially when on the road commercially.

As a self-employed courier, it is very important to keep up with your administrative work and invoices. Once you start to receive regular work, it can be quite easy to get carried away.

However, it is very important to keep track of which companies owe you money and how much. Staying up to date on your expenses will really benefit you, especially at tax time.

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