Working as a freelance courier can be a great way to make a living but it does come with some extra responsibilities you’ll need to be prepared for. As well as registering as self-employed, you’ll also be responsible for paying your own tax and finding your own customers.
Below are some tips to help you get started.
Getting a van
Although it’s possible to work as a freelance courier with a car, you’ll be in a much better position to work if you have your own van. When it comes to getting a van you might be better off renting at first until you’re sure you will have a steady stream of work that you can rely on.
If you decide to buy a van then you’re probably better off buying used since brand new vans can be very expensive, although there’s always the option to spread the cost. When buying used be sure that you know what to look out for to avoid buying a vehicle that has problems, or will develop problems further down the line. You’ll be completely dependent on your van for work so you want to be sure you’re getting a vehicle that you can rely on.
Getting courier van insurance quotes is a very quick and simple thing to do now thanks to the myriad of insurance comparison services out there. Getting quotes from different providers is one of the best ways to save money on courier insurance. Some other good ways to keep costs down are –
- Pay for your policy upfront – Paying for your courier insurance upfront is a very good way to save overall. Although you’ll obviously pay more initially, the fact that you pay annually rather than monthly means you’ll be able to make a significant saving on the total cost with most providers.
- Make your van secure – You should take any steps you can to make your van more secure including having a tracker fitted and using a steering wheel lock. You should ideally have a locked garage to keep it in too.
Finding customers can be one of the trickiest aspects of working as a freelance courier. There are job boards online where you can find courier work but you’ll have to compete with other freelancers to find work. Repeat business should always be your aim so be sure to do the very best job you can for any customers you do get.