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TicketMan
06-10-2003, 10:40 AM
Hi all,

I have a new venture which i am interested in your opinions. i am looking at setting up a courier and leaflet distribution service for businesses in the North East of England. We would specialise in important deadline documents such as solicitors, accountants etc. I know from my own experience working in an accountants we used to pay a taxi driver 100.00 to take documents to the inland revenue!

Also, our leaflet distribution would be servicing both large and small businesses delivering to different postal code areas around the north east.

Any feedback is much appreciated.

Richard

gbox
10-10-2003, 10:58 PM
Hi Ticketman,

I have spent 15 years in the kind of business that you are thinking about and at the moment it is very cut throat, but in saying that you could still make a comfortable living. As in any business there are the down and up sides of it, like if you can listen to the customer screaming down he phone/radio wanting to know where his special delivery is and you're stuck in a traffic jam for the next hour (unless you intend to us motorbikes or bicycles that shouldn't be a problem). Or an up side is that you get out and about meeting a lot of interesting people. One thing about insurance, don't tell the insurance company that you are a courier say you are a collection & delivery service as a courier your insurance premiums will go through the roof for insurance companies think of speed then they hear courier.
The other thing is pressure of the job, you will have very little time to sit around it will be go,go,go everyone wants that package like two days ago as I often grabbed a sandwich and ate it while driving (tut, tut, I know). But the packaged had to be there on time every time.
If you need any info, I'll be happy to help. Good luck with it anyway.

GB

BigHair
11-10-2003, 05:11 PM
Hi Richard,

You've probably already considered this, but there seems to be quite a lot of potential competition for couriers in the north east (6 pages of them on Yell.com!) and slightly less for leaflet distribution. Whilst you shouldn't let this put you off, you definitely need to do a bit of research into what services they offer, pricing etc before pursuing the idea further. What could you do that would make potential customer choose you over them?

Sorry if you've already thought of this, but it's something I found essential in setting up my business.

Good luck!

Judith