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How to become a self employed courier

If you want to be a freelance self employed courier and start your own courier business in the UK then this article shows you how and what you need to think about before you get started.

There are many self employed courier jobs and vacancies in the UK if you have your own van and limited company. Or you could start your own courier business yourself and be an owner driver for one of the main freight based companies and generate your own income yourself.

The earning potential is around the £300 per day if you're prepared to put the effort in. The courier business can be a lonely existence but the rewards are worth it. All you need is a van to start with and then the tough part is getting customers.

If you still effectively want to work for someone else (so they get most of the leads for you, handle customer services calls, handle invoicing to customers and all the marketing) then all you need is your own limited company and a white van. Search in google for self employed courier jobs (or vacancies) and see what's available. There are a few specialist sites that can also help you.

This is a good way to start up initially so you can see what's involved but leaving most of the risk with an already existing player. Then if you believe you can go it alone you'll have the experience required and more self confidence.

Alternatively you can do it all yourself from the beginning. You are effectively starting your own courier business for documents, parcels and freight. You will need to market your business to get customer leads and to carry out all the other activities associated running a company. If you believe that's for you then it's best to think about writing a business plan for your venture. We recommend the self employed courier business plan found at that will show you how to actually construct a plan and put everything together.

By completing your business plan you can see what revenues (how many jobs) you need to undertake on an average day to cover all your costs and make an annual profit that's acceptable to you. It's best to do this before you start rather than starting and not knowing all the costs associated with running you own business and then have limited or negative cash flow.

Another way might be to becoming an owner driver for one of the established courier companies. This is a version of being self employed but you are generally tied to one company. Certainly all the big names such as DHL, Fedex and UPS operate an owner driver scheme where you “own” a route and then you can look for additional business every time you go in to collect or deliver something - you can ask ”can I take those parcels for you as well” - this is a great way to develop your business as you'll act as a sales person as well. But remember you'll be building a business for someone else although you are sharing in the profits you generate.

As an owner driver you'll get paid a fixed fee for collection or delivery of parcels. This is a good way to begin on the self employed courier route as the risk is shared by you and the company.

Comments: I would like become self imployed courier and I have my own van insured as courier , have goods & transit , and puplic libility insurance , Iam ready to start start but dont know where to start I need further help where & how to start if you please give advice I will preciate.
many thanks

Comment: Ian Messinger - I'd like help and advice in setting up my own courier company.I am advertising at the moment.I also want to do small removals and house clearances.My van is all sign written.I'd like to get my own premises for storage etc.Will need a loan but don't have the best credit history.Please help.

Comment by small business : It's probably best to concentrate on either being a courier or doing removals/ house clearance. Use storage companies before you rent out your own space to see how your business develops. Overall we'd suggest you get yourself a business plan undertaken and approach your bank about your loan to see what they say in the first instance.