Getting Started as a Van Courier

If you enjoy driving and working with the public then working as a courier could be the perfect job for you.

Below are some of the most important things to think about when getting started as a courier.

 

Finding work

When it comes to finding work as a courier you can either choose to work for a major courier firm or set up on your own as a freelancer.

When working for a company, you have the guarantee of a steady income and regular work. You also often get benefits such as a company vehicle and paid holidays, depending on the company.

Working as a freelancer on the other hand comes with its own challenges. There are lot of pros and cons of working as a freelancer generally, and this certainly applies to working as a courier.

One of the biggest challenges of working as a freelance courier as opposed to working for a company is that you’ll need to find your own stream of steady clients. This certainly isn’t impossible but with so many trusted courier firms out there now, it can be quite difficult to find customers who are willing to trust their parcel to a freelancer with no name/reputation.

However there are also some major benefits that come with working as a freelancer, such as being able to choose which customers you work with and also choose when you can take time off.

Ultimately you should think about what’s most important to you and how flexible you are.

Getting a vehicle and insurance

The most fundamental thing you’ll need in order to work as a courier is your own vehicle, preferably a van. Vans are not hard to find so you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting one at a reasonable price.

As well as a van, you’ll also need to get the right type of cover. In this case you’ll want to get a good courier van insurance policy that will not only cover you for road risks but also protect the parcels you carry too. Courier van insurance policies can be very highly tailored and in addition to getting cover for road risks and goods in transit, you can also get cover for things like breakdowns, liability claims and windscreen repair.