The 3 Basic Steps To Start Your Own Courier Business
- 04 Dec 2020
Since you can find anything you could possibly want online, it makes more sense to want to shop that way. Now, if you have been trying to think of ways to take advantage of that and make some money then starting your own courier business is a great idea. There are no signs that the trend will slow down anytime soon and there doesn’t seem to be enough couriers to handle the increase.
In this article, I will go over what you need to do to make sure that if you start a courier business that you can succeed.
1 - Choose the right vehicle
To say that the first thing to look for in a vehicle is reliability is an understatement. It is essential that your vehicle is able to function at any and all times. That said there are certain types of vehicles that will be better than others.
For instance, a cargo van is much better than a passenger car for obvious reasons. It doesn’t have to be that big to get started, but if your business does grow you may find that it is too small. However, you may want to add other vans as the business grows and keep the small one for those smaller jobs. This will save you money on fuel in the long run.
Speaking of fuel, it is wise to have a contract with a fuel provider like Beesley Fuels to save even more money. Especially if your vehicle is using diesel fuel.
2 - Get insurance
Another essential is to have the right insurance. Your vehicle is going to be on the road quite a bit and this increases the chances of an accident. You definitely want to have the right kind of coverage, both for the vehicle and for your business.
One issue is that your insurance cost is going to vary depending on where you are located and what type of vehicle you are trying to insure. Make sure that you are covered for your own drivers if they are responsible for the accident, but also for any damage to the packages that you are transporting.
3 - Network
Your business is only going to work when you have businesses that are looking for a reliable courier. Getting the word out there means networking with other small and medium business owners so they know that you exist.
Marketing is also important, but most of your business is going to come from actually getting to know other business owners. Go to some networking events or trade shows and try to get to know them so they will think of you when they are looking for a courier.