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How easy is it to get into courier-ing?

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fgclark123
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How easy is it to get into courier-ing?

Post by fgclark123 on Wed 29 Nov 2017, 7:38 pm

Just wondering whether motorcycle courier-ing is a valid career outside of London, whether it's on the up or down, whether anyone here works as a courier or has any tips. I'm idly curious, I've just always thought it must be a lot of fun - but then, in reality... ? you tell me.

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Re: How easy is it to get into courier-ing?

Post by Jameshambleton on Wed 29 Nov 2017, 8:16 pm

Badseeds and Andyc were couriers. I asked Badseeds about it a lot as I were interested in doing it too, the only real money is in cities where solicitors are, anywhere else isn't really worth it. They are very long days, self employed, and a hell of a lot of motorway miles.
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Re: How easy is it to get into courier-ing?

Post by ANDYC on Wed 29 Nov 2017, 10:16 pm

There's very little money in it these days.
Even in London and nationwide the ever rising running costs, fuel,  insurance etc make it not worthwhile. 
I can assure you that any enjoyment you get out of riding your bike will wane very quickly. 
Riding all day every day takes its toll on both the bike and Rider.
I gave it up 18 months ago after 30 years and my only regret is that I didn't stop sooner.
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Post by fgclark123 on Thu 30 Nov 2017, 3:37 pm

Thanks Andy, and sorry to hear that. 30 years - that's genuinely impressive, hats off. Your roadcraft must be spot on.
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Re: How easy is it to get into courier-ing?

Post by freeride on Sat 02 Dec 2017, 5:09 pm

From the customer point of view if we do use a courier in London it is a push bike. Also I believe things have changed now in that you don't deal with the actual executed signed documents but signed and emailed scanned documents. Hence you don't need to bike anything anywhere.
Stop and ask a motorcycle courier?
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Re: How easy is it to get into courier-ing?

Post by ANDYC on Sat 02 Dec 2017, 5:45 pm

That would be too easy, very few of them actually speak english nowadays.

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