The world has changed significantly over the past 12 months during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Whole industries have shifted and it’s caused a lot of changes in the way many people work. Many of those unfortunate enough to have lost the jobs they had before 2020 may now be looking at courier work. But what are the best reasons to be a courier?
Well, we decided to create a little video with what we believe are some of the best reasons to choose a career in delivery work. Okay we may be a little biased, because we love being couriers. But we’re also going to create a video with 5 reasons why you SHOULDN’T be a courier so that it evens things out.
Here’s the video:
In case you don’t want to watch the video, here are our top 5 reasons to be a courier:
FREE EXERCISEAlright, so you may be able to do exercise anywhere for free. But what we mean is that courier work will help you stay active simply by the nature of lifting loads in and out of the vehicle. There are occasions where you will be loaded/offloaded by Forklift and not do a huge amount of physical work – but for most drivers it’s probably about 50/50. Lifting 50+ boxes in and out every day will certainly work on your arms, legs and back, and if you get your heart rate going then it will help with Cardio-vascular health too.
MEETING PEOPLEBeing a courier means you get to meet new people every day. I used to work in an office at the back of a building where I would almost never see people, so getting out in the world is very rewarding. And most people are generally happy to see a delivery driver, because you’re bringing something they were waiting for (at the delivery side obviously).
You’ll also meet a lot of other drivers, either at loading bays, or just out and about (places like motorway services). We also recommend joining groups for couriers so that you can network with other professionals.
GETTING PAID TO TRAVELIf you like to travel by road and like seeing the sights of Britain (and Europe maybe?) then being a courier can make a hobby profitable. You are getting paid to drive all over Britain. If you schedule your trips well, and get paid a fair rate on the outbound run, you can take the scenic route home and enjoy yourself. Didn’t someone once say “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”?
BE A KEY WORKEROne major thing we learnt last year is that when a pandemic hits, transport and logistics professionals are essential to keep the country moving. That means your job is more secure in difficult times. The requirement for couriers actually INCREASED during the lockdowns as more people shopped online and more businesses had to transport goods that customers could not collect themselves.
EARNING A FAIR WAGEOkay this might be a bit of an awkward topic to cover. Not all couriers will make good money. But on most occasions it really comes down to how hard you’re willing to work, what effort you put into finding customers and your competency at doing the job. If you try hard and do a good job, it’s fairly easy to earn an honest living. And it’d possible to make a profitable small business if you know what you’re doing.
Just don’t expect work to fall in your lap.
You can see more of our ‘Top 5 Reasons’ video series on our YouTube Channel