I often get asked by people looking to become a courier ‘When is the best time to start out?‘. They usually want to know how much work is available at any given moment. I’m not a psychic and I can’t perfectly predict what’s going to happen, but there are seasonal trends.
Courier work, and logistics in general, works around the patterns of what’s going on in all other industries. So if you keep an eye on what’s coming up ahead, you can get an idea of what kind of work will be available.
Holidays, Special Occasions and Sporting Events
For example – take Football. When it’s a World Cup and the national team are involved, you can see an increase in Beer deliveries. Makes sense, right? How about Valentines Day? Local Florists possibly needing an extra hand to deliver flowers and such.
But when it comes to picking one period that delivery work is at its peak during the average year, it has to be the last quarter. More specifically from Halloween through to Christmas and New Year.
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
In the space of just around 9 weeks, Britain squeezes in Halloween, Bonfire night, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas. Possibly more. In recent years the old ‘Boxing Day Sales’ have started earlier and earlier.
This means goods moving here, there and everywhere.
Retailers, manufacturers, restaurants and bars, airports. It’s a busy old time. Not to mention many offices ramp-up their work rate prior to Christmas in order to close for the holidays.
So if you want to be a courier, that’s your best chance to get started. The next-day parcel carriers are crying out for help during this period. Companies like Yodel, DPD, Parcel Force will all see their work loads increase. Then there’s Amazon’s own delivery services – they do well during the Black Friday period.
But there’s a word of warning here. Whilst the last quarter of each year is busy, make sure you save some money for the first quarter of the following year. January to March can be a killer for courier businesses. The level of courier work can often gets so quiet that businesses with a lot of bills can struggle.