Every business has its share of challenges and rewards. The rich and famous say that the challenges are directly proportional to the rewards. Starting a business of courier services can be a very rewarding venture, provided you know what you are getting into and are equipped with the resources, intent and planning to succeed. No business can be a success without knowledge, resources, passion or intent and planning.
Here is a brief but comprehensive guide to start your courier business.
First, you should work on a business plan. Before you can come up with such a plan, you will need to decide a few things. What kind of courier services would you offer? For instance, would you be the local deliverer of a courier network that facilitates sending parcel to USA? Would you acquire couriers and send them to a courier company, would you be a franchise, would you attend to the transit or dispatch, packaging or any other aspect of courier services? You need to identify this niche. You can start a courier services business that involves all facets of the courier industry.
Once you determine the scope of your business, think of the needs. You will need an office space which could be anything from your home to a nice office in or around downtown. You will need vehicles, staff if you expect your hands to be full and you will need all the furniture, stationery, computers and different kinds of equipments, from swiping machines to RFID and barcode readers among others. You will get such extensive resources from a courier network with whom you would sign up. If you are planning to start your independent courier services, then you need to have exposure in the courier industry to know everything that is needed.
Draw up a plan on financing and then get started with putting things together. You can sign up with a courier network. You can start your own. Get the licenses, insurance, register the vehicle, set up the office and start working on a primitive marketing plan so everyone around you gets to know the business you are starting.
Finally, set the ball rolling and keep working on your core expertise to expand your business. Your core area could be delivery, acquiring couriers, facilitating orders or attending to dispatches or possibly packaging. Work on your expertise to become the best in that niche.