New to the courier industry? Thinking about giving it a go?

Our real time freight exchange connects courier companies and drivers throughout the UK & Europe. Trade only.

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  • Scope out the best carrier jobs
  • Track drivers’ statuses in real time
  • Register return trips
  • Locate vacant vehicles

1171Courier Exchange is the UK’s busiest and most popular subscription-based website for professional courier companies, owner drivers and freight companies. Our 3,500+ member companies use the website to sub-contract loads and find vehicle capacity. The members trade work among themselves on both a ‘dedicated’ vehicle and ‘backload’ basis. In order to join the exchange you must be established as a bona fide courier or transport company, preferably with experience.

We generally don’t accept applications to join from new start-up businesses unless you can demonstrate a solid understanding of the business and are properly resourced. You will need to supply us with documentation, including insurance, before being accepted into the system.

51Most importantly we do not offer guarantees of work, and our exchange should be seen as a part of your overall business strategy, complimenting other aspects of your marketing and operational plans.

There are quite a number of “How to become a freelance courier” guides available on the web at the moment – you should treat the claims made in these with some degree of caution!

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Are you properly resourced?

Subscribers operate as independent businesses, so you will need adequate financial resources to sustain yourself until you become cashflow positive. You will often be required to give credit, which in practical terms can mean waiting 50 – 60 days from the date you did a job before you get paid.

It’s important to remember that the industry is very competitive, and you should be well funded to see you through the first few months of your new business – we estimate that you need around £5,000 – £7,000 in order to get your business to a cashflow positive stage, depending upon your personal expenditure! It is a good idea to prepare a business plan and take a business loan from your bank so that you can set up and market your business professionally.

Having said all that, we don’t want to put you off – many of our subscribers started from scratch and have built up very successful businesses – but you do need to realise that there is more to the venture than simply hiring a van and buying insurance, despite what some of the ‘get rich quick’ guides may tell you!