Courier Jobs – 5 Steps To Earn Money

Courier jobs are a very rewarding and interesting way to make money. You do, however, have to follow certain steps and include specific tasks or initiatives within your business or you will not make any money. And lets face it if your not making any money there is little point in running a business. Now some of these steps may seem pretty obvious or rather dull but you would not believe how many people don’t incorporate these and wonder why their courier driving business failed.

1. One skill that you must have is your ability to drive, and drive well! We all know that person whose driving is appalling and we wouldn’t want them delivering an egg sandwich let alone our valuable and important documents. So if you are not a confident or experienced driver I would think again. You must also bear in mind that new customers will ask you regarding your driving record so if you have points on your licence be prepared that they might not give you the job. Also if you are hoping to work as a freelancer for another company they will also require to see your driving licence.

2. Map reading or being able to understand and operate a sat nav is essential. Remember people hire specialist couriers because they have something very important that has to be in a certain place at a certain time. You can’t afford to get lost and turn up late. They will not be interested in the fact that you took a wrong turning and spent six hours trying to find your way out of a housing estate. They are paying you to deliver….

3. Communication is an extremely important step if you want to make money. So if you really don’t like people, or just can’t be bothered to interact and go that “extra mile” then don’t bother. You need to talk to your customers and most importantly listen.. Again a rather simple fact but so so many small businesses seem to forget that without good relationships with their customer base they will soon have no customers.

4. Time management – this is so critical to the success of your courier business. You have got to be organised almost to the point of being obsessed. Organisation is the key to how much money you will make. So if you are “all over the place” not sure if you are on your head or bottom then you will almost certainly end up going out of business. This also highlights why you need to have an effective map reading system so your not driving around aimlessly wasting time and fuel. Being organised ensures that you can schedule more courier jobs into your day with minimum outlay. This of course means more net profit for you. So get yourself a diary, wall planner, computer programme – anything that means you can see at any given time where you are going to be and how much more work you can fit in.

5. You must be able to take your calls!! Maybe I should write that again because if you don’t or can’t YOU WILL LOSE customers. The very nature of the sameday courier business is urgency… If it was not urgent they would not be ringing you they would just pop it into the snail mail or use a regular courier. So they ring you up and get an answerphone message asking them to leave a message, well guess what, they wont. They will just ring someone else who will speak to them there and then and confirm the courier job can be done…

The 5 simple steps above will earn you more money. In business it does not always have to be a firework or eureka moment to increase profit – just some good old common sense usually goes a long way. So please if you are not doing the following or can identify with any of those points you need to make some changes.