In the right hands, courier jobs can be one of the most lucrative career paths in modern economy. Everyone needs parcels delivered at some point, and being at the right place at the right time - as well as developing a rapport with customers - can ensure a driver's livelihood for large periods of time.
This is why, in recent years, more and more individuals with driver's licenses and large-boot vans have been dabbling in the world of freelance parcel delivery. While courier jobs in larger-scale companies are on considerable offer - the sector continues to be one of the least problematic as far as employment is concerned - some drivers are turned off by the policies enforced by such entities, or attracted by the undeniable appeal of managing their own salary, tips, and working hours.
If you are one such driver, and you are unsure of how to go about charging for your courier jobs, this article will provide a few tips that may help you solve that particular problem.
Pricing freelance courier jobs, like pricing any other type of freelance job, is not a haphazard matter. You should not just set prices at random, and neither should you have one fixed price for all of your jobs, regardless of their nature. It is important that you make a clear distinction between different types of services, and that you clearly outline these distinctions, and the prices associated with each of them, when advertising your services or replying to enquiries.
A good starting point when learning how to price your courier jobs would be to research how different companies price their services, and get a sense of what ballpark their pricing lists fit into. You can then work out your own pricing table based off these values. You should also remember to base your pricing criteria around factors such as distance travelled, sizes and weights of the items being carried, time consumed in the delivery, etc.
Other factors you may want to take into account when devising your pricing list revolve around oversized items (these should be taxed with an extra charge) and possibly a discount rate for frequent customers, which will help you develop, and build a rapport with, a faithful clientele, which may very well ensure a large portion of your livelihood in the near future.
As you can see, then, devising suitable charging rates for your parcel delivery services is not an impossible task - but neither should it be taken lightly. By following the tips outlined above, you will hopefully find a price range that will both ensure your financial stability and please your clientele!