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Postby DHD_sameday » Thursday 29 March 2018, 10:12

Any advice appreciated
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Re: Starter new to this

Postby DHD_sameday » Thursday 29 March 2018, 10:13

Hi everyone, I am new to this site as heard some good things about it.

My story? Well i worked for a big company in my local area delivering cable drums all over the UK and loved the work. Unfortunately was made redundant and used the redundancy to start my own courier business. So far.. well... it hasn't been a huge success. I've contacted every local company I can think of, I've registered at nearly all the exchanges many of which unfortunately charge me weekly or monthly and I've joined Rico. The problem is as Rico is my main work I spend most my days sat around twiddling my thumbs and have had far too many days where I don't get a call whatsoever which isn't good when you have bills to pay. I've agreed to work weekends on call without fee, evenings till 7am etc. Everything possible but the work doesn't seem to come.

I'd say on average I earn between £150-£250 at best a week. Does anybody have any advice on where I'm going wrong and whether these exchanges and companies like Rico are good as full time incomes or whether you're best using them as side jobs against others?.

I do like how Rico operate but when you have days of no work, say Monday and Tuesday 0 work offered yet you've waited in all day, then you decide to take something else Wednesday from another company and inevitably Rico then call asking if you can do something for them. You have to decline and it feels like you're shooting yourself in the foot.

The best side of my contracted job as obviously the work was always there. I'd wake up whether it was a job to Manchester I'd do 7am start or Portsmouth 4am start. I never minded early starts as it got me going straight away. Today it's now 10am and again I've had no work. I apply for jobs on the exchanges and haven't had 1 accepted yet. They all seem to be car based yet I sold my car to get a van as wanted to look like a professional business. It baffles me that a company would prefer to save a few quid and use a car driver instead thus giving their company a bad image.

Any advice appreciated :)
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Re: Starter new to this

Postby AndyBee » Wednesday 4 April 2018, 05:31

It will pick up, it's been shockingly slow this past few weeks. Where are you based?
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Re: Starter new to this

Postby twrtransportuk1979 » Thursday 5 April 2018, 21:23

Depends on where you are based really. I work out of Heathrow than try and tie up 3 to 4 jobs a day, I generally head north first thing as it gives me more chance for picking jobs up to get home with, I have only started in the last few weeks and only been on the cx for a few days and have managed to pick jobs up, I'm running an Astra van so I am very limited on what I can collect but I have done this before with a company and a large van so have half an idea on prices and where to go and when, I also work with a company like you but not Rico and have been lucky in the sense that they have work for me every day which helps and they are very understanding about the fact that I want to build my own business up, but that said I make sure I am there when they need me i.e first thing in the morning and if I only get a short run I go straight back and try to pick up a longer one so I can then pick up my own job to come home with. Have a look on Google and look for same day and A.O.G specialised companies as they are more than likely looking for owner drivers and that way you will have more of a chance. Also I have heard that Rico pay very low pplm and that will hurt if you ca not get a return load so bear that in mind too.
Sorry for the essay but I seem to write these every time I do something. What area are you in??
Thanks
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Re: Starter new to this

Postby DHD_sameday » Thursday 3 May 2018, 20:08

Thanks for the replies. Ive given CX a go and there rate is fine. I am concerned that my van does around 40mpg but the pay at rico for a lot of the jobs is 45ppm. If i dont get return work im screwed basically. I think another issue is i am based towards the middle of sheff and derby and there doesnt seem to be much work unless its a good 30 mins drive first which tends to mean theyll offer it someone closer.
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