By Talya Adams
Given it’s a new year, and I’d like to buy new things that I don’t necessarily need, but want, and I’ve started working as a courier on the side. I know what you’re thinking, big deal, almost everyone works in delivery now days. True, but does everyone do it on a motorcycle?
Initially, I had second thoughts about jumping into this field of work. Heck, I had third thoughts as well. What if I was unable to securely deliver the product I’d be hauling? What if I damaged my bike while working? What if the money was not worth it? What if? What if? What if?
After doing the job for a while, I think I’ve finally got a handle on working as a motorcycle courier and can offer some insights. As with anything there are pros and cons to this line of work. I’ll break down my top three pros and cons of riding your motorcycle for work.
1. Make your own schedule
My favorite thing about working as a motorcycle courier is that I get to tailor my work schedule around my needs. Every day is different and it’s nice to not be obligated to working a set schedule. It’s also helpful when I feel like taking a week off, or taking on extra hours. The choice is mine.
2. No supervision
I love not having a boss to answer to. LOVE IT. There’s no one micro-managing me and trying to tell me how best to do my job. I decide what my workflow is and what actually suits me.
3. Extra Cash
Yep, money. This is the whole reason I got into delivering in the first place. It’s nice to have extra cash in your pocket. It helps me buy more expensive items faster, and extra money in my pocket has yet to make my life worse.
Yes, I’m mentioning gas. Because despite the fact that it costs me ten dollars to fill up my tank, I still don’t want to have to fill up multiple times a week. If I’m delivering a lot I may fill up four to five times in a week. Fifty dollars yes, not much to a car driver, but I’m a motorcyclist accustomed to the perks of not spending this much on gas.
2. Far distances
There have been times when I’ve ended up on the west side of LA driving between Santa Monica and El Segundo. This irks me no end. I think the mileage limitations should be shortened in these instances because it’s not that close. And it eats up my gas.
I hate waiting for orders, especially at restaurants, even more so at popular ones. I’ve waited for up to forty-five minutes at restaurants, and it’s a waste of my time as far as efficiency goes. I could’ve completed two other deliveries in that time.
So, yeah – that’s my summation of working as a motorcycle courier. In my opinion, the pros currently outweigh the cons. The fact I get to pick and choose my time spent doing it is the best of all, and the extra cash really helps out. Give it a shot if you’re in need of additional funds.
Stay safe in these streets!