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.