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.
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.
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 dropping off order
- Sign for any packages you pick up and collect signatures from customers when delivering packages
- Keeping track of paperwork as you go
When you work as a courier, you’ll often need to arrange your own insurance (vehicle and goods in transit cover), especially if you’re working freelance and not using a company vehicle.
There are many courier insurance providers who specialise in providing cover for those who work in the industry. A typical courier insurance policy will include protection for collisions as well as the packages you’re transporting and public liability cover. Always be sure to get more than one quote so you can make sure you get a good deal.