How can I run a courier business

How can I run a courier business

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Sue

Melbourne, Australia

#1 Jan 22, 2008
I have a small car and would like to be a courier, can anyone please tell me what/where I should go so I can start soon....please tell me.
Alistair Patterson

Long Stratton, UK

#2 Aug 2, 2008
There is one very helpful way of finding out how to run a courier business without any risks of going bankrupt etc, and that's to play www.fantasycouriers.com . The game launches on the 1st of September but are looking for beta testers
just after the 4th of August, this a very good way to find out running a courier business, and to get you started.
Tell all your friends its great.
Alistair

Since: Jul 08

Australia

#3 Aug 4, 2008
Sue wrote:
I have a small car and would like to be a courier, can anyone please tell me what/where I should go so I can start soon....please tell me.
I also want some work as courier. Please let me know how to get started. No one else in the industry seems to want to help.
Teeker

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Sep 23, 2008
I have (and still am) run a couier buziness for the last 5 yrs. Currently I do it myself (see below). I have most of one of the top companies that I couier for as well as 2 others. Here are some tips i can give you to help you get started.

1. If you do not live in a larg city (pop over 1million) it will be difficult.

2. GET A GPS!!! Time is money. Getting lost cost YOU and the CLIENT. And as a couier it is YOUR responsibility to know where you are going - the excuse "... sorry the construction made me late" is not their fault.

3. You DONT need a "biz" name. Your solo. They'll only remember you by YOUR name.(I have a fancy buz name and they still say ".. hey call joe".

4. DO make biz cards. And start out being open 7 days a week. Once you get a comfy amount of clients and make a fair amount of money, then you can select a day off (if your smart - use excel and log all your income, daily runs etc and you'll know what your busy days are)

-- some cons --

1. This is hard work - and VERY stressful. YOu'll get to see first hand all the OTHER anoying drivers. Bigger the city, the more rude drivers you encounter.

2. be prepaird to put over 4,000 - 5,000 miles on your vehicle a month (i.e. oil changes once a month or more)

3. I spend over $800+ a month on gas. My car gets 22 - 24mpg mixed driving and 29 - 30mpg hwy.

4. If you're skill as a driver is limited DONT DO THIS JOB. My wife tried - and in 6 months had 7 fender benders (3 we reported) Insurance went from $69 a month to $420 - needless to say - I don't let her drive anymore.

-- Who needs you --
If your starting out (even in a small town) Start with the automotive shops. They always need help. And your rep will travel literally within a DAY!! if you're good. Techs and shop owners are as bad as restaurant employees when it comes to gossip.

-- What to charge --
Well that is tricky. its based off 2 factors, your competitors and your mpg. Currently I do about a $1/mile. with a $10 -$13 min run. I know my car does $0.15 a mile so i can get about a 80% profit. Also you will have to budget your gas - dont just wake up in the morning and think "fill her up". because if you get no runs that day - you over spent. Rule of thumb for me, take 20% of my gross from the day before and put it in the tank. That should, usually, equal the amount you spent the day before.

-- WHAT TO EXPECT $$$--
When we first started, our rates were all over the board but first few weeks with a hand full of clients about $200 gross. Now I can get as high as $900+/week (however with the bad economy right now i can only max about $500 -$700/week

Ok now with that information - I've gotten pretty large, what I would like to know from the big guys, how do you hire someone to help? how do you pay them?

this is just a super brief idea for those starting out - if you have any questions, feel free to email me at iam_riki at yahoo make sure the subject line says COURIER HELP.
nare

Footscray, Australia

#5 Dec 8, 2008
pls brief steps one by one i.e. how i going and where i contact.

wallabyedward

“A world full of hypocrites”

Since: Jul 07

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#6 Dec 12, 2008
You need to factor in things like the eventual replacement costs of the vehicle plus ongoing, repairs and maintenance, the downtime involved when these things are being carried out, and the possible loss of clients when you're unable to be there for them.

Vehicles don't come free and clients aren't very loyal; they have their own problems, so if you're not available, they'll grab the first Courier who is, and after that, you'll have a difficult time getting them back..

Many farmers paid out lots of money to bail their own hay, they'd have an old mower, a crumbling hay rake, and an old baler. Then there was the tractor to attach all those implements to.

If they'd only looked at the long term costs of all that equipment and its replacement, they'd have done what I did, and got a contractor to do all that work for them.

My point here is, you must factor in all costs, otherwise you may be deluding yourself about actual costs and available profits.

Most small businesses like Couriers, are break even at best, but only with a concentrated effort of over 12 hours per day. You can forget any kind of social life if you take on self employment.

My advice is to be an employee and leave all the worry to someone else, especially if you don't have the experience and qualifications to run a business in the first place, oh and then there's working capital, that's your money which most small businesses will soon eat up if you don't know what you're doing.

Good luck, but please tread carefully.
bart

Moorabbin, Australia

#7 Jan 31, 2009
i am a courier and i am looking for either full comp insurance for my ute or business insurance can anyone point me in the right direction
tej

Australia

#8 Feb 7, 2009
i want run my courier business.i have already two tonne van working with one company and my driver working for me.but i am confuse to pay a daily pay bcz the company paiying me as according delivery.how can i adjust pay structure of driver include fuel? i want expend my courier business ,how is possible .can i take lower rented van or ute from some one and i take experienc driver put on that vehicle and do attach with company sugest me plz [email protected]
Beans

Ferntree Gully, Australia

#9 Feb 9, 2009
tej wrote:
i want run my courier business.i have already two tonne van working with one company and my driver working for me.but i am confuse to pay a daily pay bcz the company paiying me as according delivery.how can i adjust pay structure of driver include fuel? i want expend my courier business ,how is possible .can i take lower rented van or ute from some one and i take experienc driver put on that vehicle and do attach with company sugest me plz [email protected]

Dude, do not rent a van or ute from Europe Cars or Budget Cars because it will not be protected against flooding even if you pay Insurance to the Car Dealer. If the Car Dealer say that the van its protected against flood its a lie because you yourself have to go to another Insurance Company and pay for Flooding Protection. Hundreds of people from Queenslanf are in debt and homeless after finding out too late the little secret that Car Rentals Dealers won't tell you. The best thing for you is to sell your old car or get Finance to buy yourself a 2nd hand van or buy a van and pay for it monthly as you get 3 years Insurance if the van crashes but you still have to go to another Insurace Company to protect the van against flooding.
sarah

Mascot, Australia

#10 Feb 10, 2009
I have been struggling finding a job for a long time because of my age. i own a van and have being trying to get a start working as a courier but there is no help.income is extremely low.how do i start off???
Ricky

Garran, Australia

#11 Feb 25, 2009
I'm planning to start a courier business by buying a UTE and probably get a reliable driver too, can anyone out there help me on how do i get contracts and payment structure to driver?
After which once it is successfull i'm planning to drive myself also.
Any kind soul out there or good businessman out there?? dun worry i'm only a small timer.
Cheers
vishal

Clifton Springs, Australia

#12 Jun 2, 2009
I have a small car and would like to be a courier, can anyone please tell me what/where I should go so I can start soon....please tell me
Simon

Ridgewood, NY

#13 Jul 1, 2009
I can help you get started, E-mail me at [email protected] e.com, I can offer you consulting services and show you the ropes.
Simon

Ridgewood, NY

#14 Jul 1, 2009
Simon@ LightningmessengerService .com

Sorry came out distorted for some reason
B and S Mattathil

Camberwell, Australia

#15 Oct 18, 2009
Is it better to buy an existing run from a reputed co like couriers please or fastway?
SILLYTOOBEACOURI ER

Brisbane, Australia

#16 Oct 28, 2009
I also made the very expensive mistake of buying a Fastway Courier Franchise. I worked very hard 60plus hours per week and basically was working for about $8-$10per hour!! And it cost me $100k plus to do it!! what a waste of money, buying a courier franchise is a huge waste of money you cant really make a decent living being a courier, most of them are working for peanuts. Don't waste your redundancy on a courier franchise EVER they aren't worth it - despite what these courier companiies tell you - you aren't going to make any real money (certainly won't make money to save thats for sure) In fastway couriers case couriers are handing back their runs all the time and loosing all the money they invested!! i personally know one couple who have recently lost their house due to a failed fastway couriers run. The running costs are very high anywhere from $500-$700plus per week taking in all costs, van, fuel, tax, insurance, maintenance, accountancy, gst, phones, tolls etc, very expensive and vans can cost a huge amount when something major goes wrong with them, and also if you are a courier franchisee gesick you will have to pay someone to do your run, fastways brisbane were charging $500plus per day! you are flat out earning $200per day!! be warned dont become the next person to loose huge amounts of money becoming a courier franchisee. Some courier Franchise companies offer "GUARANTEED INCOMES" the real reason they offer these is because these runs they are selling you don't really earn much money and it works out cheaper for them to give you some money each week, rather than pay an employee to do the run for them (if they have t0operate the run then they have all the running/employee costs which makes them worthless) so they sell you a run with a guaranteed income (you think this would be a good idea wouldn't you) but the reality is that by the time you take out all the cost etc and the costs of the franchise you have paid for you have actually paying yourself to do the run!! and all the expenses that go with operating the franchise! SAVES THEM HEAPS OF MONEY AND IF YOU FAIL THEY WILL JUST SELL IT TO THE NEXT PERSON SILLY ENOUGH TO BUY IT!! AND THE CYCLE REPEATS ITSELF - SO IN OTHERWORDS THEY HAVE BEEN USING YOU!!
let me reiterate

Ringwood North, Australia

#17 Nov 7, 2009
SILLYTOOBEACOURIER wrote:
I also made the very expensive mistake of buying a Fastway Courier Franchise. I worked very hard 60plus hours per week and basically was working for about $8-$10per hour!! And it cost me $100k plus to do it!! what a waste of money, buying a courier franchise is a huge waste of money you cant really make a decent living being a courier, most of them are working for peanuts. Don't waste your redundancy on a courier franchise EVER they aren't worth it - despite what these courier companiies tell you - you aren't going to make any real money (certainly won't make money to save thats for sure) In fastway couriers case couriers are handing back their runs all the time and loosing all the money they invested!! i personally know one couple who have recently lost their house due to a failed fastway couriers run. The running costs are very high anywhere from $500-$700plus per week taking in all costs, van, fuel, tax, insurance, maintenance, accountancy, gst, phones, tolls etc, very expensive and vans can cost a huge amount when something major goes wrong with them, and also if you are a courier franchisee gesick you will have to pay someone to do your run, fastways brisbane were charging $500plus per day! you are flat out earning $200per day!! be warned dont become the next person to loose huge amounts of money becoming a courier franchisee. Some courier Franchise companies offer "GUARANTEED INCOMES" the real reason they offer these is because these runs they are selling you don't really earn much money and it works out cheaper for them to give you some money each week, rather than pay an employee to do the run for them (if they have t0operate the run then they have all the running/employee costs which makes them worthless) so they sell you a run with a guaranteed income (you think this would be a good idea wouldn't you) but the reality is that by the time you take out all the cost etc and the costs of the franchise you have paid for you have actually paying yourself to do the run!! and all the expenses that go with operating the franchise! SAVES THEM HEAPS OF MONEY AND IF YOU FAIL THEY WILL JUST SELL IT TO THE NEXT PERSON SILLY ENOUGH TO BUY IT!! AND THE CYCLE REPEATS ITSELF - SO IN OTHERWORDS THEY HAVE BEEN USING YOU!!
Never buy into a franchise unless you want to hand over all your hard earned money to a greedy middle man.
could someone help

Ashfield, Australia

#18 Dec 14, 2009
I'm in SYD, also wanna run a courier business.Could anyone give me some advice how to get contracts???Thx heaps
josh

Wynnum, Australia

#19 Feb 10, 2010
SILLYTOOBEACOURIER wrote:
I also made the very expensive mistake of buying a Fastway Courier Franchise. I worked very hard 60plus hours per week and basically was working for about $8-$10per hour!! And it cost me $100k plus to do it!! what a waste of money, buying a courier franchise is a huge waste of money you cant really make a decent living being a courier, most of them are working for peanuts. Don't waste your redundancy on a courier franchise EVER they aren't worth it - despite what these courier companiies tell you - you aren't going to make any real money (certainly won't make money to save thats for sure) In fastway couriers case couriers are handing back their runs all the time and loosing all the money they invested!! i personally know one couple who have recently lost their house due to a failed fastway couriers run. The running costs are very high anywhere from $500-$700plus per week taking in all costs, van, fuel, tax, insurance, maintenance, accountancy, gst, phones, tolls etc, very expensive and vans can cost a huge amount when something major goes wrong with them, and also if you are a courier franchisee gesick you will have to pay someone to do your run, fastways brisbane were charging $500plus per day! you are flat out earning $200per day!! be warned dont become the next person to loose huge amounts of money becoming a courier franchisee. Some courier Franchise companies offer "GUARANTEED INCOMES" the real reason they offer these is because these runs they are selling you don't really earn much money and it works out cheaper for them to give you some money each week, rather than pay an employee to do the run for them (if they have t0operate the run then they have all the running/employee costs which makes them worthless) so they sell you a run with a guaranteed income (you think this would be a good idea wouldn't you) but the reality is that by the time you take out all the cost etc and the costs of the franchise you have paid for you have actually paying yourself to do the run!! and all the expenses that go with operating the franchise! SAVES THEM HEAPS OF MONEY AND IF YOU FAIL THEY WILL JUST SELL IT TO THE NEXT PERSON SILLY ENOUGH TO BUY IT!! AND THE CYCLE REPEATS ITSELF - SO IN OTHERWORDS THEY HAVE BEEN USING YOU!!
hi there
josh

Wynnum, Australia

#20 Feb 10, 2010
SILLYTOOBEACOURIER wrote:
I also made the very expensive mistake of buying a Fastway Courier Franchise. I worked very hard 60plus hours per week and basically was working for about $8-$10per hour!! And it cost me $100k plus to do it!! what a waste of money, buying a courier franchise is a huge waste of money you cant really make a decent living being a courier, most of them are working for peanuts. Don't waste your redundancy on a courier franchise EVER they aren't worth it - despite what these courier companiies tell you - you aren't going to make any real money (certainly won't make money to save thats for sure) In fastway couriers case couriers are handing back their runs all the time and loosing all the money they invested!! i personally know one couple who have recently lost their house due to a failed fastway couriers run. The running costs are very high anywhere from $500-$700plus per week taking in all costs, van, fuel, tax, insurance, maintenance, accountancy, gst, phones, tolls etc, very expensive and vans can cost a huge amount when something major goes wrong with them, and also if you are a courier franchisee gesick you will have to pay someone to do your run, fastways brisbane were charging $500plus per day! you are flat out earning $200per day!! be warned dont become the next person to loose huge amounts of money becoming a courier franchisee. Some courier Franchise companies offer "GUARANTEED INCOMES" the real reason they offer these is because these runs they are selling you don't really earn much money and it works out cheaper for them to give you some money each week, rather than pay an employee to do the run for them (if they have t0operate the run then they have all the running/employee costs which makes them worthless) so they sell you a run with a guaranteed income (you think this would be a good idea wouldn't you) but the reality is that by the time you take out all the cost etc and the costs of the franchise you have paid for you have actually paying yourself to do the run!! and all the expenses that go with operating the franchise! SAVES THEM HEAPS OF MONEY AND IF YOU FAIL THEY WILL JUST SELL IT TO THE NEXT PERSON SILLY ENOUGH TO BUY IT!! AND THE CYCLE REPEATS ITSELF - SO IN OTHERWORDS THEY HAVE BEEN USING YOU!!
im looking into this exact same thing that you're recommending to stay away from. can u please give me more info by msg or txting 0433267628 and il call u right back. cheers

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