There are far too many websites that promise couriers extra work.
Luckily, Same Day Courier Network (SDCN) is a real-time UK & EU work exchange that actually lives up to the promise. This is one of the few sites that is showing the promise of standing up to the Courier Exchange (CX).
It uses that old management acronym to perfection. K.I.S.S. – Keep it Simple, Stupid
The Same Day Courier Network isn’t overwhelmed with options and menu systems unlike some other courier work websites. That makes is extremely user friendly and simple to get to grips with from the start.
Whether searching for loads or selling one, you don’t have to search through page after page to get what you’re looking for. From your account screen it’s one click to find available jobs, one click to list a job for sale.
Okay I know I go on about this too much, but the whole point of any work exchange site is WORK. And SDCN is actually fulfilling it’s purpose on that count.
It’s still some way behind the Yellow team (Courier Exchange) currently, but it’s doing alright and seems to be growing steadily.
What helps separate SDCN from lesser sites is that the work being posted here is more commercial work being sold peer-to-peer. Not the eBay/budget/removal type work of other sites (which will remain unnamed here). What does that mean for you? More likely to earn a half-decent rate. More likely to make good contacts too.
In reality there are still not enough loads on here to make you rich. It’s a good addition to your options, but don’t plan on surviving on this alone.
I can’t speak for all regions of the UK, but the North West is getting enough work posted on it that, if you’re quick, you could probably win a job a week, easily offsetting your £10/month fee.
More members often means more competition for work, but it can also mean more loads – so I think it’s worth trying.
So it’s not ALL perfect. There are a few little niggles that could be improved.
I’m not a fan of the fact that empty vehicles and loads are mixed in together which can sometimes be confusing. You think you’ve spotted a load on a route you want, but it’s actually someone else running that route.
As I’ve not actually worked with anyone on SDCN yet, it’s also not easy to be sure how good the feedback system is and who you can really trust. That improves with time though.
Nothing I can really think of right now. It’s just so… simple.
I can’t confirm the price for all members currently. But if you can get it for what I’m paying (£10/month) then you’d be daft not to sign up for this. I’m not guaranteeing you’ll get any work off it, but it’s an affordable opportunity to give yourself the chance of more work.
At that price it’s not going to hurt you if you don’t get any work off it, but it’s a good tool to have because one load extra will cover your costs.
This platform really is a giant in waiting. All it needs is for one or two large-scale couriers to post regular work and it would start to cause a gravitational pull.
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This review is the personal opinion of Stuart, written for publication on Couriers TV.