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Drive for money: the four-wheel courier

07 August 2020
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Do you love sitting behind the wheel? Would you like to drive for money?

Being a courier could be just the thing for you! Delivering items to anywhere from John o’ Groats to Land’s End, courier jobs allow you to choose which jobs you would like to take.

It’s a job that can fit in with any lifestyle – courier work can be completed on a freelance or full-time basis. You don’t need to invest any money or quit your current job to become a courier, and the wages can be as much as £300 per day.

Is this too good to be true?

Read on to find out whether being a courier is suited to you, and what kind of pay you could be picking up on the job.

Becoming a Courier – What’s involved?

There are over 60 courier companies in London alone, and more than 4,438 across the whole of the UK. Most companies have offices at key areas across the country, from Manchester and Birmingham to Plymouth and Aberdeen.

Courier jobs involve carrying parcels in your vehicle to their destination; on time and while keeping products in good condition. Couriers are usually self-employed, but they contract out to various courier companies. All deliveries are recorded by you, and you send an invoice to the company at the end of the week.

Beginning as a freelancer means you can start in your spare time and work around your current job while you build your business network. If you don’t work, you don’t earn. But the further you go and the more you can carry, the more you’ll get paid.


Within London, the pay is usually worked out on a postcode-to-postcode basis. Outside of London a per-mile-per-load levy is applied, so you’re paid a certain amount for each mile you transport each item.

The work is not regular, so if you want to take on more, it’s a good idea to contract yourself to a few different companies. You don’t have to take every job that comes your way. You can pick and choose the ones that suit you in terms of location and time needed to complete the journey.

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