5 Tips For Budding Self-Employed Couriers

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Written by Michael Foote, founder of Quote Goat, has over 13 years experience working in the finance, insurance and currency sectors.

If you are planning on becoming a self-employed courier, here are 5 things that you may want to think about to help you start your new career.

  • Register with HMRC

If you are becoming a self-employed courier then you will need to register with HMRC. You can actually do this anytime up until 5th October of your business’s second tax year, however why not start as you mean to go and get registered straight away.

  • Get the right insurance

You need to find out what insurance you will need, some covers will be a legal requirement, others will be optional but could save you a lot of money if you ever need to make a claim. To get expert advice on what type of cover you need, you can get free expert advice when you compare courier insurance quotes through our site.

  • Decide what type of courier work you want to do

The term “courier” covers a lot of areas, you’ll need to decide what type of service you want to offer and whether you could offer multiple services. Example services include:

Food Delivery Couriers: More recently finding work through apps such as Uber Eats & Deliveroo, you will probably be using a car, moped or bicycle. Find out more about food delivery insurance.

Furniture Removals: Typically driving a van, your service will help customers move furniture, whole houses and anything in between. This type of service is covered by hire and reward insurance.

Package Delivery: Working for companies such as Hermes, you will either be using a van, car or motorbike to deliver packages.

  • Picking your vehicle

Choosing the right vehicle is important for two reasons, firstly you will need the right vehicle for the type of service you are going to offer and secondly you will want to consider the costs involved for any vehicle, including insurance, fuel & purchase/financing costs.

  • Where is your work coming from?

You will obviously need clients so you need to think about where they will come from. You could start working with a courier company like Hermes whose drivers are self-employed, you could join a food delivery app like Deliveroo or you could market your man and a van services on home moving websites and locally in village stores & post offices.

As a budding self-employed courier we hope you find this guide useful.