When starting out in the courier industry or launching your own business, it can be difficult to know how to stand out from the competition. Courier jobs can be hard to find for the new kid on the block, but one solution is to focus on a specialist type of delivery service.
Here are a few options to consider if you want to offer something different.
Fragile, Awkward or Valuable Goods
People who want to send goods that are particularly fragile, awkward or valuable may want to use the services of a specialist delivery driver. If you can offer a service whereby you can ensure the safe transport of antiques, works of art and other valuable items you’ll be able to get a foot in the door. If items are particularly large or awkward, you may have to provide a specialist packing service, and you will need to have suitable transport in order to deliver the goods without damaging them. You may also need to consider taking out extra insurance for valuable items.
Sometimes companies need to transport dangerous goods like chemicals and hazardous materials. To offer this type of service you may require special training and vehicles that are suited to carrying such materials. This is a very niche area, but it could be a way for you to win more courier jobs by offering something different.
You could also market yourself as a medical specialist working for clinics and hospitals. They regularly need to transport a wide range of medical items that could include medical records, sterilised medical equipment and even organs. Again, this is a specialist service and there is a large responsibility, so it may not be for everyone. However, with the right training it can be very interesting and lucrative.
If you like animals, you could start up an animal courier service and pick up courier jobs transporting animals around the country and even to Europe. Many people encounter difficulties when they move and want to ensure their pets travel in comfort and safety. If you can provide suitable vehicles complete with the right equipment (like cages and harnesses) you may be able to offer this service.
Start a Niche Business
Specialising can be a great way to make your business stand out from others in the delivery industry. Ensuring you get a regular stream of courier jobs coming in can be a challenge, but if you consider offering a niche service you’ll be one step ahead of the competition.