How To Become A Delivery Driver

If you thrive off varied work that gives you freedom and flexibility aplenty, then a career on the road in a delivery driver role could offer the perfect path for you. Whether you’re already working as a delivery driver or you are wondering how to become a delivery driver, this handy guide will give you all the hints and tips you’ll need to know before you sign-up and get started with SoonAs.

According to a recent study by Glass Door, delivery driver roles topped list of the most in-demand jobs in the UK in 2021. It comes as no surprise, given the huge demand for home deliveries that we saw throughout the pandemic. But this is trend that is set to gain momentum as the rise in online spending continues on a unprecedented scale. Meaning demand for the delivery sector will continue to grow beyond any predictions.

If you’re considering working as a delivery driver and are wondering how to get started, read on. You can sign-up with SoonAs in a flash and get started as soon as you have a few key things in place – we’ll talk you through what you’ll need.

What do you need to be a delivery driver?

1. Vehicle

Delivery vehicles come in all shapes, makes and sizes. And whilst having a van will enable you to accept a wide variety of work, SoonAs enables you to work as a car delivery driver or even get started with your bicycle - ideal if you want to ‘dip your toes’ into the role before you invest in a van, or if you are looking for a flexible role that fits around your current commitments.

The jobs you’ll have access to will depend upon the size of the vehicle you have – so if you have a car you may be limited to delivering smaller items such as documents or packages and parcels,whereas if you have an extra-long wheel base van there will be a multitude of items you can deliver such as furniture & appliances or heavy items. For specialist categories, such as car transport or motorcycle transport, you may need to have a transporter vehicle or specialist equipment.

There are no strict guidelines on the age or type of vehicle you can operate when you become a delivery driver with SoonAs, but having a smart and well-maintained vehicle will help to increase your driver-rating score and will improve your chances of winning work on the SoonAs platform.

2. Documentation

It’s quick and easy to get started as a delivery driver working with SoonAs. You’ll simply be required to upload a valid and clean UK driver’s licence, evidence of a bank account (to enable you to receive payment from work completed), a recent utility bill as proof of address and a VAT certificate, if applicable.

We’ve worked hard behind the scenes to ensure our online onboarding system is simple and easy for you to complete, so you can sign-up and start your SoonAs delivery driver role as quickly as suits you.

If you thought there might be a large amount of paperwork involved to become a delivery driver, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. We’ve streamlined our process to make it easy to get started and by implementing a customer-ratings system, we ensure customer-centric drivers stand out from the crowd.

3. Insurance

Before you get started working as a delivery driver, one of the key questions you might be asking is ‘do I need special insurance to be a delivery driver?’. As a self-employed driver, you will need to ensure you have your vehicle is sufficiently insured with hire and reward insurance. This enables you to carry goods or property as a delivery driver in exchange for payment, on a commercial basis.

If you intend to carry specialist items such as cars or motorbikes, you should also check to see whether you might require Goods in Transit insurance or any other requirement, as SoonAs are not able to provide this on your behalf.

How much do delivery drivers make?

If you’ve been looking at delivery driver roles, you might also be considering how much do delivery drivers make. As a self-employed delivery driver with SoonAs, your earning power lies within your own hands and is completely flexible.

A delivery driver role with SoonAs gives you the flexibility to carry out as much or as little work as you prefer. If delivery work is your full-time career, you’ll be scheduling routes for yourself and even your small team of drivers. But if being a delivery driver is a part-time activity to boost your income, you can bid on work that suits your lifestyle – it’s completely up to you.

At SoonAs, we’ve designed our delivery marketplace in a way that gives self-employed drivers the power to choose exactly what they want to earn for the jobs they take on. And what’s more, drivers receive the full amount, no hidden fees or subscription.

Become a delivery driver – sign up with SoonAs

Looking to kick-start your new career in a delivery driver role? Now that you know more about what it takes to become a delivery driver, the next step is to create an account.

You can sign up quickly and easily with SoonAs, enabling you to start earning almost straight away. Once you’ve registered, you’ll have access to view all jobs currently available on our platform, through our website and our App. Start by downloading our App and enabling notifications, which will allow us to keep you up to date with new jobs available in your area.