contract driving work - Work from home catalogue and home delivery van
Earn extra money with catalogue delivery
Driving a van or your own car for catalogue delivery
and directory distribution can provide an occasional extra earner, or
can develop into a steady and regular income.
There are several direct sales outfits, like
Kleeneze or Avon, who you can work for and build into a useful part-time,
or full-time income, if the demand is there.
With this kind of work, you deliver a catalogue
and order form to private residences, and then call back a couple of
days later to collect the catalogue and any orders. The orders are then
fulfilled and dropped off usually a few days later.
you enjoy keeping fit and getting out in the open air then catalogue,
directory and leaflet delivery might suit you. Work can be seasonal
(catalogues), or regular (leaflets) and can be carried out during the
day or evening.
Catalogue delivery jobs can be quite physically
demanding as the catalogues normally have to be delivered within a set
time period. One of the major players in the UK is Home
Don't forget that there are also catalogue sales
opportunities like Kleeneze
where you distribute catalogues and take orders for a variety of domestic
products. Or you could join over 5 million women and become a representative
for the biggest direct selling beauty company in the world Avon.
There are also opportunities with some companies to increase your earnings
with party plans.
You can find freelance catalogue delivery jobs,
or work using your own car as a courier driver, by looking in your local
press or contacting your local free-ads paper.
Although you can still make money by doing catalogue
delivery and collection, the home-distribution market isn't as good
as it used to be for new starters. Internet shopping has captured the
high end purchases while cleaning product sales have fallen with the
growth of 'pound shops' and other cut-price high street outfits.
Also it's worth asking any companies that publish
free magazines in your area, to see if they have any local magazine
and free paper delivery work available.
Yellow Pages, BT and other directories are delivered
in the UK by Deya Limited. More on delivery
Jobs with Deya. Jobs delivering Thompson
Local Directories. TNT
Post also offer jobs delivering leaflets and directories
How to find home delivery driver jobs
As well as checking out the local ads for driving jobs, it is quick
and easy to find driving work online. There are useful links below to
some of the major catalogue, home delivery and courier companies. You
can also find driving work by leaflet drops, placing cards in newsagents
and post offices and visiting likely businesses which may need a driver.
A final word of caution - watch out for guides and agencies that promise
you work in return for an up-front registration fee. Do your research
and google for reviews and scam warnings. There
have been a number of instances of people paying a fee to get a guide
on becoming a courier and failing to see any work materialize.
List of car and driving jobs
to make money from home
Buying and selling cars - Car repairs
Car home delivery and collection -
Catalogue delivery - Courier driving
Driving Instructor - Limo driver - Lorry
Mini cab driver - Motorcycle courier
- Pizza delivery
Restoration of cars and bikes - Rickshaw
Taxi driver - Van driver
Jobs as a courier - using your own car as courier, motorcycle courier,
cycling courier jobs or
self-employed courier jobs
you live in a big city especially London then there can be opportunities
to work as a courier. You'll need to be fast and reliable and own your
own bike, cycle or car. Contact the courier companies direct, watch
local ads, or check out the Motorbike weekly and monthly magazines.
Most of the work tends to be during business
hours, so it's not generally an easy job to carry out on a part-time
basis, although it might suit you if you're working shifts.
But beware, as this is a job you need to be alert
It's a great job when the sun is shining and if you love driving or
biking, but there are generally plenty of traffic hazards and discomforts.
(To name but a few - you can be too hot, too
cold, too wet, get saddle sore, suffer an aching back, experience lorries
turning left when you are between them and the curb, everyone wanting
to turn right in front of you, and of course car doors opening in your
The author speaks from experience here - biking
artwork and pre-print around London and Essex on a Honda CB250 back
in the seventies ( and SyQuest drives on a 400F in the eighties). Great
in the summer but switched to van driving in the winter...)
In London particularly, there is also the option to do cycling courier
jobs, but many find the exhaust fumes difficult, so it is wise to wear
a mask if you are likely to be stuck in lots of heavy traffic for a
good part of your journey.
Reflective clothing, good lights and a helmet
are a must for anyone on a bike.
Over the past few years, bicycle couriers have
been more in evidence as cities become ever more congested, especially
during rush hours. Read about one person's experience
as a bicycle courier.
Also if you are interested in learning more about
working as a cycle courier, watch this video on the BBC about the courier
who cycles 100 miles a day - every day!
Additionally, for the car or van owner, home
delivery driving jobs are also often carried out by owner-drivers using
their own vehicles.
You'll usually be asked to pick up a car or van
load of catalogue goods from a distribution depot or warehouse, and
then carry out a multi-drop route delivering items to customers' homes.
You can find courier driver work on sites such
where you post your details and can search for courier runs starting
in your area or return runs stc.
Finally a caveat - be careful and do your research
before parting with any cash for guides or e-books etc that promise
to tell you how to become a courier and earn up to hundreds of pounds
Pizza and Food
Delivery Driving Jobs
Highest demand for this driving job is at nights and weekends again,
so it's great part-time work.
Some companies supply mopeds or scooters, or you can use your own vehicle
to do the delivery driving. Find work by contacting take-aways and restaurants
in your area. Pizza or take-away delivery driver jobs are still plentiful,
as even during a recession people often order a take-away as a treat,
in preference to a more expensive restaurant meal or night out.
Essentials are a mobile phone and A-Z or satnav as even if you've lived
in the area all your life, you're guaranteed to get orders from places
you've never heard of. Downsides are that you'll be out late at night
carrying cash and leaving your vehicle unattended in sometimes rough
areas and dealing with drunk and stroppy customers. The plus side of
evening work is that you'll generally collect a lot more in tips.
Van Driving jobs
The ever popular man with a van is there to help customers with all
kinds of jobs, from removals to collecting and delivering large purchases
and getting rid of rubbish.
If you have a van and you're physically fit and friendly, then this
could be the ideal way of earning a part time income for you. There
are loads of potential customers for the van owner driver - everything
from house moving to a taxi-van service, where clients pay by the hour
for the services of a van and driver.
Note that if you're disposing of waste on a commercial basis, you'll
need to obtain
a waste disposal licence. You'll also need an assistant for some
jobs. Plus for any commercial use of your car or van you'll need to
talk to your insurer or a reputable broker to make sure you have the
correct insurance cover.
The proper insurance is vital both from a road traffic accident point
of view and also to cover goods that you might damage while moving.
What happens if you drop that top-end plasma TV when you're lifting
it off the van?
Man and van businesses operate in most major cities and towns in the
UK including Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester,
Portsmouth, Southampton, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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