Courier Driver Jobs
You can't walk through a London street these days without seeing people on push bikes or mopeds out delivering packages to busy professionals in need of important work documents, dry cleaning, or... just a bite to eat. Freelance courier work is a great way to make a bit of extra cash, and it's super easy to get started.
Courier jobs don't necessarily require any formal education achievements - that's why they're ideal for students looking to make a bit cash alongside their studies.
You will, however, need to have a valid driver's licence and - most of the time - a squeaky clean record on the road. If you have been involved in any skirmishes in the past it will impact your chances of finding work, as - although you're a freelancer - the company simply doesn't want to see their name associated with a bad driver.
If you're cycling, then you just need a fully functional bike - although be warned that not all companies accept cyclists (or walkers), so you may need to have access to a set of wheels in order to get the work.
Pouring through popular job search tools like Indeed and Gumtree, although at times vexing, is the best way to establish a client base - but, given the times employers can take responding to ads - it's a good idea to use websites that allow for instantaneous back-and-forth communication as well.
Here are a few sites to get you started:
• Craigslist (predominantly US-based)
Need to knows
Taxi firm Uber has recently taken steps to classify its drivers - although technically "self-employed" - as official employees. Whilst this doesn't mean they are entitled to a minimum wage (to the contrary, they will still be paid according to the hours they put in), it does entitle them to certain employment benefits. Sick pay is one of them - they can claim up to £2,000 when they're laid off work.
Don't make the mistake of thinking this applies to you as a courier driver though - it's not yet written into law and the gig economy largely remains one area where workers don't have many rights. Ultimately, if you need clarification on where you stand you're best served having a word with your employers (and then checking back with a neutral source if you're not happy with their answer).
The other side of the coin is that you could also be hit with charges from your "employer" if you fail to deliver the parcel (e.g. through sickness or an accident outside your control). This is another potential pitfall of working as a freelancer - and again, we recommend establishing the ground rules through clear, open dialogue straight away.
As above, there is no requirement for firms to pay their freelance couriers a minimum wage so your earnings will come down to how many hours you're willing to put in.
Many workers recommend scheduling jobs around your normal daily routine - that way you won't have to spend extra money on petrol, or turn down more lucrative earning opportunities to facilitate a low-paying, one-off job.