30th March 2023

Becoming a Self-Employed Courier

Are you thinking of starting a career as a courier in 2023? Working as a self-employed courier driver can be lucrative and rewarding, especially when you partner with the right operator.

Here are some of the benefits that come with working as a self-employed courier in the UK.

Earning Potential for Self-Employed Couriers

How much can you expect to earn as a self-employed courier?

Indeed estimates a monthly average base salary of £1 767 for courier drivers working in the UK. Talent.com predicts a higher median salary of £2 326 a month. These job sites calculate average hourly earnings at £15.14 and £14.32, respectively – comfortably above the London living wage (£11.95 per hour).

Is it Worth Being a Courier Driver?

A courier job is ideal for those who want to spend the day ‘on the road’ rather than stay behind a desk. As a self-employed courier, you’re also able to set your own hours, giving you the flexibility to balance work with your other commitments.

While a 9-to-5 schedule can be restrictive, being self-employed makes it easier to structure your hours in the way that works best for you.

How Do I Become a Self-Employed Courier?

To start work as a courier, you will need your full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.

When you work with Addison Lee, London’s largest same-day delivery service, you’ll enjoy excellent pay rates and consistent work, as you help to serve our client base of more than 23 000 high-value customers.

We offer our drivers:

  • Ongoing support from Addison Lee’s backroom staff and controllers at HQ
  • Admin support (including tax returns)
  • Daily electronic job recordings, to ensure you never miss out on a payment
  • Fair distribution of jobs via our bespoke computer application system.

We’re always looking for professional courier drivers to join our team. We have a fleet of vans available for free rental, and drivers don’t pay any Congestion Zone fees. Bikes of all sizes are also welcome in our fleet. Contact Addison Lee to find out more about becoming a self-employed courier driver.

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