Our tips will also help those who are currently in courier for business but are not wrecking in millions yet. It will help you improve and become a more productive courier company.
As we know delivery business is one of the business ideas with huge potentials and can make you millions if you do it the right way. This includes using the right tools and best team.
You probably have seen the recent exodus of bikers and riders in the delivery business but failed to ask yourself why so many people are delving into this line of business. The answer is very simple. Anywhere you find bees swarming around just know there is some sweet juice inside and in this case that sweet juice isn’t honey but something even sweeter. Wait a minute, is there really something sweeter than honey? Yes, of course honey is sweet but money is sweeter.
The beauty of a courier company is that It can be started small with minimal startup capital. Your best bet to getting started with that pocket friendly capital is to get into courier business now from the comfort of your home. No need to spend cut-throat sums of money on equipment; education or experience is a plus but not a compulsory prerequisite. Not to mention countless potential customers that will come at your beckon.
To get start courier company you need the following;. vehicle or bike, dolly and Phone. Most people prefer bikes to vehicles when starting off a delivery business, fuel efficiency is a major reason for this decision. As we all know, bikes or Motorcycles consume less fuel and reduce overall run-around cost.
Your business phone line If possible your phone should be separate from your personal phone. This will help you deal with business only calls in a more formal way. This reminds me of a popular slogan by my Business studies teacher of blessed memory “Business is business” as she fondly says at the peak of her voice.
Before setting off to start your courier business make sure to settle all legalities, obtain all the licenses required.
Next step will be to outline the kind of business model you intend running.
Set your target, be definite about how much you intend to reach on a daily basis. This will guide you and help you work within your limits and not expend so much energy trying to outperform the already established names. Also set aside how much you spend on each target, how many hours to allocate to work daily.
Have a working business plan will keep your expenses low, you’ll be working from home and no need to use bogus amounts in your business plan.
Make a business contact list of who may require your courier services and also put together how to reach them which can be via print or electronic media. Aggressive advertising, use as many options available to you. This includes social media, television,radio jingles, posters, flyers etc.
Very important is having a budget, work with a definite amount that way you don’t incur loses on spending too much on what
will turn in very little or no profit at all. Losses usually come from spending too much to get the job done in excess of the profit.
Decide your charges per customer, make sure the price is competitive. Don’t go too low or two high. For a start consider shorter routes, so you can deliver more, faster and get better reviews. Don’t forget that a large chunk of your customer base will come from recommendation.
If you’re unemployed at the moment you can start off the courier business by employing just yourself and build the business from scratch. This will reduce your expenses but if your target is to reach more you have to get a few qualified hands to join you. This will include good drivers and delivery riders. Make sure anyone you’re employing can run with your vision and treat clients with utmost respect. And make sure you treat your employees well. Token society can be employed to reward staff who distinguish themselves. Also remember to set up profit goals as you get more hands onboard.
Have a working insurance for your equipment and set aside money daily for maintaining your delivery vehicle, trucks,motorcycles and other working gadgets subject to wear and tear.
The next important step is the reputation of your courier company. Be known for integrity, promptness and customer satisfaction. These are the lifeline of any good delivery business, don’t joke about it. Give customers incentives, you can offer free deliveries after every certain number of deliveries. For example, say after using your services five times, you can offer the 6th for free. Keep a lasting relationship with your customers, reach out to them after every job to know if they were satisfied or if there are any grey areas that need to be worked on.
As you advance in the courier business, decide on some dead zone where you don’t intend reaching, these are areas where the safety of your staff is not guaranteed. Avoid working late nights and deliver in public places not secluded areas.
Lastly start each day with enthusiasm, work to deliver the best quality to every client that comes your way and your delivery business will become a very rewarding venture. That your small courier delivery business can turn to a great courier company tomorrow.