Courier Exchanges Sees The Demand For Self-Employed Courier Jobs Risen with the Recession

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The credit crunch has forced many middle income families to take on second jobs in order to supplement their incomes, since this move Courier Exchange has seen the demand for courier jobs soar.

It seems that the middle classes are taking on second jobs due to the financial crisis, a move which has seen a rise in the number of people signing up and looking for courier work on the Courier Exchange website.

Everyone seems to have been affected with even computer programmers, lawyers and marketing managers amongst those looking for freelance work outside the office in order to cope with the soaring cost of household bills.

In a survey commissioned by AXA Insurance, commissioned a year ago in 2008, it was reported that 1.15 million people in the UK held down second jobs, a number which must have increased considerably since then. The courier industry has seen a definite increase in the number of people taking on self employed courier jobs and owner driver jobs as households struggle to make ends meet.

Lyall Cresswell, Managing Director of Courier Exchange, isn't surprised by the surge of people who have expressed an interest in joining Courier Exchange as a result of the credit crunch. "Courier owner driver jobs are seen as a simple way to replace lost income brought about by redundancy. It is fairly easy to setup in business as an owner driver."

However Lyall warns that whilst courier work is seen as an attractive industry for those who already own their own transport, they should properly research the industry before setting themselves up as an owner driver, "You will need adequate financial resources to sustain your courier work business and, as you are often required to give credit, it may take up to 50 or 60 days from the date you did a job until you get paid".

Nevertheless if you are passionate about owning your own business then courier work is a great place to start. Overheads are low and, although the work is competitive, building up a successful business from scratch is easily possible; credit crunch or no credit crunch.

About The Transport Exchange Group

With offices in London and Nottingham, The Transport Exchange Group operates two of the largest haulage exchanges in Great Britain. Courier Exchange (, is the UK's biggest exchange for express and same day movements and is now in its ninth year of trading, while its sister site, Haulage Exchange ( is one of the UK's leading independent haulage exchanges for the 7.5 Tonne market and beyond

Membership of the exchange is limited to accredited transport professionals, and offers them the chance to buy and sell domestic and international road transport industry services such as full loads, backloads, return loads, freight forwarding, and road haulage.

For more information, please contact Lyall Cresswell:

Courier Exchange
Cumberland House
80 Scrubs Lane
NW10 6RF

+44 (0) 870 241 1472


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