Earn Extra Cash With a Part-Time Courier Service Business

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If you want to make some extra income, but don’t want to be stuck in a low paying part-time job with a strict schedule, consider becoming a local courier.

A courier service business provides a much-needed service for any community. They get packages and other items where they need to be, quickly and effectively. They provide a service similar to UPS and FedEx, but they can do quick last-minute jobs or ones that are on a local level, such as getting a legal document across town. They keep businesses and other companies running smoothly. Every community needs local couriers on a regular basis.

To succeed, you will need to be courteous, dependable and professional. A professional courier looks neat and dresses like a pro. That doesn’t mean wearing a uniform, just a neat outfit. One very successful courier service wears black pants and red shirts to create a consistent professional “look.”

Before you start, ask yourself what you could do better, or faster or cheaper than the “big boys” like UPS and Fedex. How about same-day pickup and delivery in your local area for the same price as the big boys charge for 2-3 day service? You’ll still make plenty of money, and attract customers who want their parcels delivered today, not in two or three days. Especially for time sensitive deliveries, such as medical specimens, perishable products or legal documents, the ability to deliver NOW can give you the winning edge.

Customer service can play a big role in your success as well, so be sure that your courier service business provides exceptional service. That could be something as simple as calling a customer to let them know that you’ll be delivering their package around 2 p.m. or remembering a customer’s special needs. One very successful courier remembers each customer’s birthday with a personal card each year.

Because local couriers have a flexible schedule, it’s an ideal part-time business. You can focus on a specific type of delivery, such as medical or legal, rather than taking all jobs that come your way. Perhaps you have to take care of your kids a certain time of the day. You can build your schedule around your own needs. Sure, you will have the greatest chance at getting work if you can work at least sometime in the 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. time frame, but you can find work other times too. Things need to be delivered at night or on weekends as well. You simply pickup items and drop them off where they need to be. That’s about it. Do good work, convey professionalism and you’ll be a success.

With the current national average for couriers at $36 an hour, you can make an outstanding part-time or full time income by simply being more flexible than the big national or regional delivery companies, and focusing on local service. You won’t need to deliver a package across the country, but you can sure get it across town pronto and make good money doing it.

Starting a part-time courier service is not expensive either – all you need to get started is a reliable vehicle, a cell phone and flyers to pass out to prospects. To learn more about becoming a local courier, read How to Start a Courier Business.