How to become a Courier
If you love transporting things around and are keen to pursue an exciting career change then you’ve come to the right place. With record demand for goods purchased online to be delivered anywhere, and everywhere, becoming a courier is an exciting business opportunity to explore. From knowing what kind of skills to develop, to understanding all the licensing requirements, this guide will provide you with everything you need to know to become a successful courier in Australia.
Step 1: You’ll need to enjoy driving
Before you start working as a courier, it’s important that you have the necessary skills required for the job. Of course, the most important skill is being able to drive safely and efficiently while rigorously following all road rules. Without this, you can forget about it! It also helps if you are a good communicator, able to multi-task and plan. You should also be comfortable using smartphones and other digital devices to track packages and record deliveries. If you have not driven commercially before, it’s probably a good time to brush up on your skills and undertake a safe driving course. Being on the road for most of the day increases your risk of having a loss in concentration, so refreshing your skills will come in handy.
Step 2: Obtain your licences and qualifications
If you don't have any experience driving professionally then an online course may come in handy. Taking courses in business management or logistics can help set you apart from the competition when you start your business. As a courier you must possess a valid driver's license as well as two other qualifications before you can be hired as a professional courier. Depending on the state or territory that your business operates in, there may also be special permits required for certain types of deliveries (such as delivering hazardous materials). Make sure that all your licenses and qualifications are up to date before pitching for work.
Step 3: Build a strong portfolio of work
A great way to stand out when applying for courier jobs is having an impressive resume and portfolio of previous work experience or education related credentials that demonstrate your knowledge or expertise in delivering goods around Australia quickly and safely. Additionally, it’s important that your resume reflects both your driving abilities as well as your interpersonal ones; highlighting key accomplishments such as how many packages you delivered on time. This will show potential clients just how efficient you are with managing multiple deliveries at once.
Step 4: Complete a police check
For many clients, they are often trusting you with their precious and expensive goods for delivery. As a result, they need to have confidence that you can deliver the goods (pardon the pun). Most clients will require you to pass police and background checks and have a clean driving record. Some companies may also require you to undergo drug testing.
Becoming a successful courier takes commitment and dedication. You can expect to work long hours, often on weekends and holidays, as this is when most people need deliveries made. However, running a courier business can be financially rewarding and give you the flexibility you crave. By having strong driving skills combined with the appropriate qualifications - you should have no problem finding work as a professional courier in Australia. With these tips in mind, it should be straightforward navigating through the process of becoming one yourself – so get out there and start making deliveries today!