Everything You Need to Know About Working as a Courier

Working as a courier is a job that holds a good amount of appeal to a lot of people. You have a freedom that you don’t have stuck behind a desk and as long as you’re prepared to put in a decent amount of hours, then the pay is very respectable.

If you’ve ever considered becoming a courier then you should find the information below very valuable. It covers everything from the skills you need to the pay and working hours. Lastly is a section on courier insurance.

Required skills

Below are some of the skills you must have in order to work as a courier –

  • The ability to drive to a competent level, including the ability to find new addresses
  • A friendly demeanour
  • Good mental and physical health
  • Your own vehicle (ideally a van)
  • A driving licence and good driving record
  • You should ideally enjoy driving and interacting with people


The pay that you can expect to get as a courier will depend on numerous factors, including the company you work for, the area of the country you live in and your experience in the job.

For full time hours, the salary for a courier is approximately £12,000. This goes up to £20,000 for experienced couriers. As you might expect, working in London as a courier enables you to earn more money, with motorcycle couriers earning up to £23,000 per year.

Working hours

The full time working hours for a courier are much the same as any other job i.e. 30 to 40 hours per week. The good thing about working as a courier is that there are often extra shifts available at the weekend if you want to earn more money.

You also have the option to work freelance as a courier and pick up your own jobs. However for new couriers, it’s usually better to gain some experience working for a company before you go out on your own and start looking for freelance work.

What a day in the life of a courier looks like

Although the job might seem fairly self-explanatory, it’s always useful to know exactly what a typical day looks like as a courier before you make the plunge. Below are some of the basic tasks you’ll carry out every day –

  • Collect packages and delivery addresses from the depot
  • Plan out the best routes and organise the parcels into
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Is Taxi Driving the Right Job for you?

If you can drive then you may have thought about becoming a taxi driver at one point or another. A lot of people consider driving a taxi at one point or another but a lot fewer actually look into it seriously.

If you’re currently considering becoming a taxi driver then below are some of the main pros and cons as well as the necessary requirements for becoming licenced in the UK.


  • Regular work – Once you’re licensed and on the road, finding regular fares isn’t too much of a challenge, especially if you work for a minicab firm. If you do work as a minicab rather than taxi driver then you should know that you cannot pick up fares off the street.
  • Meeting new people – If you’re a people person then taxi driving is a job where you’ll meet new people all the time. The people you meet will be from all walks of life so it’s a great way to expand your horizons and learn more about people generally.
  • You’re not stuck behind a desk – This is a big pro since a lot of jobs in the modern world require you to be sat a desk for 8+ hours a day.


  • Can be dangerous – One of the biggest downsides of driving a taxi is the potential dangerous. Inebriated passengers can be particularly troublesome and it’s not too uncommon for taxi drivers to be attacked on the job.
  • Non-paying passengers – There are times when every taxi driver has to deal with non-paying passengers and unfortunately there’s not a lot you can do about it at the time. Fortunately, the growing number of taxi apps where the fare is paid in advance, are helping to combat this problem.
  • Stress – There’s no denying that driving a taxi can be very stressful at times, particularly if you’re working in a large built-up city like London. This is part of the job and cannot be avoided so it’s definitely something to think about.
  • Insurance and running costs – Running a taxi can become quite expensive and cut into your earnings significantly. Being on the road all day dramatically increases your chances of being involved in an accident and the fuel costs are predictably high too. Getting a good taxi insurance policy that includes cover for accidents, breakdowns and liability claims is a must.


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Thinking about Becoming a Motor Trader?

When you work in the motor trade, whether on a part time or full time basis, it’s your responsibility to ensure you have proper insurance. Working with customer vehicles means you need to a get a special type of cover known as motor trade insurance.

There are many providers of motor trade insurance so finding a competitive quote won’t be too much of a challenge. Before looking for quotes though, it’s a good idea to have a look through the information in this guide so you can make a fully informed decision.

Types of cover

  • Third party – Third party cover is the minimum level of insurance you need to be able to work on customer vehicles and move them around. It provides basic protection but isn’t always enough for every type of business.
  • Third party, fire and theft – You can make a third party policy safe by adding fire and theft to it. This is very useful for businesses where customer vehicles might be at greater risk.
  • Comprehensive – A comprehensive policy will enable you and your staff to drive customer vehicles and be covered for all types of collisions. This type of insurance is recommended wherever possible.
  • Combined – A combined policy will provide cover for not only vehicles but also your premises, tools, cash and assets. It’s an excellent type of cover for those who work in the motor trade since everything is protected under one easy-to-manage policy.
  • Part time – If you only work in the motor trade on a part time basis then you can get a part time policy to cover you only for the period of time that you’re active.

Requirements for eligibility

Not everyone is eligible to apply for motor trade insurance. In order to meet the minimum requirements you must –

Be at least 21 years of age

Ways to save money

  • Make your premises secure – One of the best ways to save money on motor trade insurance is to make your premises as secure as possible to cut down on the risk of break ins and vandalism. Installing alarms and CCTV cameras is a must and will go a long way to reducing the cost of your policy.
  • Pay annually – Paying annually rather than monthly is another good
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6 Tips When Changing Career Path

It’s very easy to find your self stuck in a rut when it comes to your career. Many of us would like to do something we’re more passionate about for a living but real life gets in the way.

If you are thinking of changing your career then below are 6 tips to help you make the right choices.

1. Find something you’re passionate about

When most people make a conscious decision to change their career it’s because they are no longer fulfilled by their current work and want to do something they’re more passionate about. Therefore in order to find a career that you’re going to be happy with you want to think about what it is you’re passionate about and try to find a way that you can make money from it.

2. Do you research

If you already have a good idea about what it is you want to do then you should research your new career thoroughly. Find out about what skills you’ll need, what the employment opportunities are like and what the average salary is.

3. Acquire useful skills

If your new career path is drastically different to what you’re currently doing then it’s likely you’ll need to acquire some new skills. The skills you need will of course depend on what it is you want to do. Fortunately there are now an abundance of great resources available online for learning new skills, whether it’s writing, coding, graphic design etc. If you have transferable skills that you’ll be able to use in your new career then all the better.

4. Think about the work environment

Nobody knows your own personality better than you so you should think not just about the type of job you want to do but also the environment you want to work in. If you get bored easily and don’t like being sat a desk all day, then a driving job might be perfect for you. There are countless jobs you can do in the driving/motor industry, from deliveries to truck driving or even buying and selling vehicles.

5. Will you need training?

Some careers require very specific training for you to able to do them. You should out what training is required in order to be able to break into the industry you’re considering. In some cases you might find that the amount of training required is restrictive, either …

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5 Tips for New Landlords

Letting property can be a very profitable venture, however it’s not without its drawbacks.

If you’re completely new to letting property then there are certain things you need to be aware of in order to make it a worthwhile way to make a living.

With this in mind, below are 5 key tips for new landlords.

1. Make sure you have the time

This is extremely important. Many new landlords underestimate the amount of time that’s required to let a property. Even if you just have one property that you’re letting, you might find that you’re unable to do it while also working another full time job. You should think very carefully before investing in more property unless you’re certain that you can dedicate yourself to it fully and make it a success.

2. Get the right cover

When you own property that you’re leasing to tenants, it’s absolutely vital that you have the right cover in place. Landlord insurance is a must since it will cover you for all the risks associated with letting property, including building insurance, liability claims, rent guarantee and contents cover. You can tailor a landlord insurance policy to meet your exact needs.

3. Try to keep your properties occupied at all times

It can be tempting to set your rent prices high and wait until the perfect tenants come along but there is an inherent risk in this approach. This is because unoccupied property is at much greater risk of being broken into and vandalised as well as attracting squatters. For this reason you should try to keep any property you own occupied whenever possible.

If you do have properties that are unoccupied then you need to get them covered with vacant property insurance. 

4. Be selective with your tenants

One of the best ways to avoid problems as a new landlord is by being as selective as possible with your tenants. It’s never a bad idea to go through an agency, who will do all the necessary checks on any tenants you’re considering. You shouldn’t rely on background checks alone though since they only tell you so much. Always be sure to meet with any potential tenants yourself so you can make a fully informed decision.

5. Make sure you have a proper tenancy agreement in place


Being selective with tenants is a great way to avoid problems further down the …

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Finding Employment When You Have a Conviction

If you have a conviction of any kind then it’s likely been a source of worry when it comes to finding employment opportunities.

There’s no double that a conviction can be off-putting to potential employers and without any good advice, getting regular work after a conviction can seem like a lost cause.

Below are some of the most common concerns that people who’ve had a conviction have when it comes to finding employment again.

Do I have to declare my conviction to employers?

One of the first questions that people with a conviction want to know the answer to is whether they need to declare it to employers, insurers etc. The answer to this question is dependent on whether your conviction is spent or unspent. ‘Spent’ and ‘unspent’ are simply terms that are used to determine how long it is until you’re no longer obligated to disclose your conviction. Less serious crimes that come with a fine or community service are spent in 5 years, whereas more serious crimes that come with a jail sentence of 2 and a half years or more are never spent. Click here for more information on spent and unspent convictions and employment law. 

It’s important to point out that even if you’re not obligated to tell an employer that you have a conviction because it’s spent, there’s still a good chance that they will find out about it due to their own background checks.

How do I make myself more employable?

There is no point in sugar-coating things and saying that your conviction will not count against you in the eyes of some employers because it will. However that is not to say that all hope is lost. There are plenty of employers who will be prepared to give you a chance, especially if your conviction wasn’t for anything too serious. Below are some ways you can make yourself more employable –

  • Dress well
  • Acquire useful skills
  • Work on your communication skills

I need to drive for work but can’t get cover

A major concern that many people with a conviction have is being able to find car insurance at an affordable price. It’s definitely true that a lot of insurance providers will either not insure convicted drivers at all; or if they do the price of policy will not be affordable. The good news is that there are specialist providers of insurance for …

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