life after covid?

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life after covid?

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So after being a courier /owner driver for over 20 odd years and getting by with 3 customers non contracted the real colours came through during first lockdown.

2 are still there and fairly consistent but my main customer 60% of turnover has been taken over and i went with all senior management.

But hey ho life must go on.....been looking at all sorts of new stuff parcel-force, yodel all the parcel firms but a blind man can see that is not going to pay the bills.

so what to do i tried the canvassing which all seemed positive but nothing as yet and now we are down to exchange sites or friends who seem to disappear when things get tough

in the good days i have told numerous people not to bother with exchanges as you cant run a van on fresh air but still keep paying subscription fees. But here we are anybody got anything positive to say about exchange sites ? :blahblah: :blahblah: :blahblah:

and before you look i binned my website a good while ago because it just caused havoc and i lost count of how many scammers it attracted
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For the last year the exchange sites have been flooded with newbies working for a pittance. The "term" exchange sites should be changed to "back-load" sites..... that is what, they are now effectively used as. Some people make a living off them, but these are mainly trampers...... The overnight boys have been cut to the bone, on-going for a number of years.... I have a handful of my own customers which just about makes me a living, but i also have very few overheads, mainly because i am an old fart. :wave:

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I had one year on cx and although i did not pick up any posted jobs i got some directly. People like Tony at MK bikes and Delivery direct in Taunton continued to offer work long after i left the site. Now i have reached the State Pension age the work is not as important as it was when it provided my only income. Covid shut me down completely and many of my customers had reduced work and did not need my service. Even so i have some remaining and new customers and i still do the odd job for Royal Mail Sameday.
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Post by EnsonExpress »

Sorry, I’ve only just come across this, the site has been so quiet I’m really out of the habit of calling in regularly.

I shut myself down last year a fortnight before Boris put out the very first lockdown and stayed off until some time after it was lifted. As an “essential” business I don’t need ever to shut down, but being long after reaching state pension age I fall into the category of Vulnerable and I haven’t finished with this world yet awhile, so I operate as safely as possible. I’m not doing anywhere near as much work as I would like to, but with few customers (all bar one being courier companies) I don’t get much chance.
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