Make A Courier Delivery And Cover Your Petrol Costs
Thursday, 27 July 2017 at 12:00
If you regularly journey around the UK in an empty car, why not get paid to deliver a parcel en route? You could easily make enough to cover fuel costs.
Delivery auction website Anyvan.com says that it has seen a big increase in the number of private car owners offering to transport goods.
The site was originally designed to connect people – who need items moved around the country – to the 7,000 professional courier and delivery firms listed. Along their scheduled delivery routes, they fill up any extra space with loads from Anyvan, making extra money.
It now says the number of private car owners looking to make deliveries jumped 64% last month, compared to a year ago. On average, it says, they can make around £70 on a single journey of 300 miles, effectively covering the cost of the petrol. If they make one long journey a week, that is £280 a month for the slight inconvenience of picking up and delivering goods.
It works in a similar way to liftsharing in that the site lists the items for transport and the delivery details. If you spot a load that fits in with your travel plans, you offer a price at which you are prepared to make the delivery. It's a reverse auction with the work generally going to the person offering the lowest price – although not always. Users build up an eBay-style rating, and a trusted deliverer should be able to charge more.
And there are lots of things that will easily fit into a family car. For example, someone this week wanted a clay vase moved from Hornchurch in Essex to Nottingham. They were flexible on dates, and, at the time of writing, one user had offered to make the 148-mile delivery for £26.
Anyvan founder, Angus Elphinstone, says: "It's no accident that the rise in private car owners registering on our website coincides with a ballooning in fuel prices. "The majority of our car users who bid are driving 4x4s, people carriers or estate cars, and so have plenty of boot space – although we have spotted a Ford Cougar on there.
"It's a cheaper and greener way to move goods around, and we are currently offering 200 loads a day. Last week, we had a woman who was driving her car over to Dublin. She picked up two chairs from Hertfordshire for delivery and earned £150."
Private car users need to check the weight and dimensions of the load before accepting a job, and check with their vehicle's insurer: if you agree to carry valuable items you need to be clear about who is providing goods-in-transit cover.
Also bear in mind that any extra income earned would need to be declared to HMRC in the normal way, although you would be able to offset the cost of the fuel against the income, plus other costs of running the vehicle.