Interview With Courier Expert Pat McGuffy

Courier Questions

Starting your own courier service isn’t too difficult. Still, to be on top you have to be hard working and ready to give great service. Pat McGuffy has been making a great living as a courier for several years. He was kind of enough to share some of his tips and secrets that led to his success.

Question: What made you want to become a courier?

Pat: It was a lot of things. I had been working in insurance for years, but frankly I was just getting bored with that. I woke up everyday, very unhappy to be going into work. I wanted something where I could be the boss and make good money. Life’s too short to be unhappy at your work, you know? Then I heard about couriering. It sounded like something I could do. After all, everyone has to drive around town, picking up and dropping off things, probably on a regular basis. I thought I could turn that into a career.

Question: Did you dive right in or were you unsure at first?

Pat: I’ll admit I was a little scared at first. Could I really make enough money doing this? But I knew I just had to try. So I decided to work really hard. I put a lot of effort into building a successful business. I used to be a pretty shy person, but I knew if I was going to make it with my own business, I needed to talk to people, to get the word out. It’s amazing now to look back at it all, because now I have several friends that I met through couriering. Hard work led me here.

Question: Did you make a lot of mistakes along the way?

Pat: Oh sure, definitely! I still make mistakes. Obviously I try not to, but it does happen. If I could give any advice, I’d say you really have to learn from your mistakes. People say that and then they make a mistake and they just ignore it. That’s not learning. Actually look at the problem and come up with a solution that makes your customers and yourself happy. That’s my advice.

Question: What have been the best parts of your job?

Pat: A lot of things. It is hard work, but it’s just rewarding. I like the fact I’m not stuck behind a desk all day. I drive around in my car, listening to music and helping to keep businesses running smoothly. I can set my own hours. Plus the money’s been nice. When I started I wasn’t sure if it was really possible to make a good living at this, but it really is.

Question: Any advice for people considering starting their own courier service?

Pat: Yeah. If you’re tired of the 9 to 5 rat race, then you should really give it a try. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to get started either. Like all businesses, hard work is the key. You won’t have to work insane hours to get there, but you can be a success if you just keep working hard and learning from your mistakes.

Pat McGuffy has turned his desire to avoid a desk job into a successful career that’s still going strong. If you work hard and learn from your mistakes, you too can be a success. To learn more, read How to Start a Courier Business.