Are you considering whether to become a delivery driver? If you are, we have broken down a cost-benefit style analysis where we look into some of the opportunities and advantages of being a delivery driver as well as some of the downsides and disadvantages of being a delivery driver. Hopefully, it gives you some insight further in whether it’s quite right the move for you going forwards.
What we should realise is that every individual will assign different weightings to each of the pros and cons, so what might be a big benefit to one person might not be to another - likewise - what might be a big factor preventing one person going for the job is a small one to another. So it’s just a matter of figuring out if this is a job that suits your preferences.
Delivery Driver Pros
Let’s explore some of the potential advantages - here’s five of the best:
Away from the Desk
One of the main aspects that being a delivery driver allows you to benefit is being able to see the world. You’re not stuck at a desk, looking at the same scenery day-in-day-out, chances are you are able to explore various places of the country.
Be Your Own Boss
A lot of delivery driver roles (depending on who what kind of driver role you are applying for) allow you to be your own boss - meaning the terms aren’t just dictated to you, you come to an agreement that you’re happy with as well.
Sort of sits in the own boss camp, but what it does allow you is some flexibility. You can decide how much you do or don’t want to work. Whether you would like to do a few hours a day or just a 3 day work week. You can fit it in and around your own personal life.
Depending on the role that you end up with, the money can be pretty good for the work you are carrying on. Of course, this varies and could well be on the cons side for you - but ultimately it depends on your location, what you are delivering, how far and how often.
Listen to Audiobooks, Music and Podcasts
Often one of the man advantages that you can benefit from is basically having the ability to listen to audiobooks or your favourite podcasts, all the time. You can work your way through a couple of books a week or even through an entire podcast season. If you are interested in self-development and improving yourself, you will know this is a great opportunity to essentially get paid to learn - and to learn whatever you choose to.
Delivery Driver Cons
Now let’s look at the less positive sides - this is five of the worst:
Now unless you have a driver’s mate, on the flip side of being ‘out of the office’ is that you can spend a lot of time actually just on your own - apart from the people you are interacting with as you collect and drop of goods. Now, what ‘this is’ that you are delivering and how far will determine the frequency of people you get to meet and whether they are the same deliveries. Doing the same routes can get quite tedious over time.
It’s got to be said. You are going to be likely sitting down a lot. This can cause your bum to start to go numb and you might start to suffer from back pain as well. Make sure you counteract this with some calculated exercise too.
Own Your Vehicle
You will likely have to own the vehicle and in turn, you have to finance all the costs as well. This will include vehicle insurance as well as fuelling it going forwards. Whereas being employed, usually, this is a cost that the employer has to incur. Not only this, but there is the tax returns side that you will have to calculate as well.
Although you are outside seeing the world, you are still sort of stuck within the four walls and contents of the vehicle. So although you are going to different places, you aren’t really exploring it, more passing through as you go about your job. This is particularly true if you are going to be working nights, as you won’t be able to visually appreciate it as much either.
Potential Slower Days
Like all jobs, chances are that this delivery job could produce some slower days as well as some hectic days. The hectic days can be good yet stressful, however, the day goes by quicker. On the other hand, having a slower day can mean there is less to do, but it drags on. This is sort of true of any job, however.
Hopefully, the range of points above gave you some further insights over what you might expect from the job. However, if you are still unsure, we recommend reaching out to a friend or a family member (or someone who knows someone) who is also a delivery driver and ask for their thoughts as well as anything specific that they might be able to provide you with some more valuable insight.
Now, of course, if you do have any potential further suggestions over the pros and cons of being a delivery driver, then please don’t hesitate to mention them in the comments section just below - we are sure we might have missed some - and it will be beneficial to all future readers who are trying to make up their minds going forwards.
Likewise, if you do have any potential questions about the pros and cons listed above about being a delivery driver, then just head to the comments section just below and we will be more than happy to answer.
Better still, if you are a delivery driver yourself - what additional insights can you give from your own anecdotal experience? Let us know in the comments.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Bradley Morrison