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What requirements are there?

You don’t need any qualifications to become a courier driver – the only real requirement is that you have a full and clean driving licence, along with a vehicle that is MOT’d with the correct type of business insurance. Becoming a self-employed courier driver does require certain skills. The most crucial skill for self-employed couriers is that they know where to go. With familiarity of traffic patterns and roadworks, they can plan the best and quickest routes possible, not only to ensure they arrive at their destination in good time but also for fuel efficiency. Courier drivers will also need to manage their bookkeeping, keeping track of packages and costs. People skills and a cheerful personality won’t go amiss either, as you will be dealing regularly with customers when delivering parcels. Finally, it will be handy to know what to do in the event of something going wrong with your vehicle – there’s always the chance of a flat tyre or your vehicle breaking down.