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#270438 10-May-2020 00:43
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I happened to be reading a Stuff article yesterday evening about the current pressure Courier drivers are currently under.

 

They gave a link to Aramex Couriers (who used to be Fastaway Couriers) needing casual or drivers to work as in a Uber type environment.

 

https://www.aramex.co.nz/?gclid=CjwKCAjwqdn1BRBREiwAEbZcR5mhvTnwbNUQVVinHvAolrAyjN_ev0aVdKY6DqQUtHo_-TjLhBpDRxoCPBUQAvD_BwE

 

The page takes you to an area where you can sign up, give your details, license details, insurance details, Police check-except this appears to be an Aussie website, education as to what you are required to do then a test. Excepting this got me in a loop which I cant get out of.

 

They pay you weekly. You can choose your hours.

 

I mention this as someone may want to give it a go for an income in these trying times. Couriers are an essential service as we all know.

 

I thought I would offer my services but the process appears faulty currently. Looks i need to contact someone about it.

 

Ill report back

 

 





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  #2480010 10-May-2020 00:55
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I heard you get paid $3 per delivery and it can take a minimum of 2 days to sign up.




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  #2480011 10-May-2020 00:59
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i thought it was $2 per delivery. It depends on the size of the parcel.

 

I am actually looking into it. I work full time now-essential service but not far off retirement. This could appeal to me.

 

The sign up time appears to be problematic. The test loops and the police check is dodgy in my view





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  #2480012 10-May-2020 01:01
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The other matter that needs looking at on a personal level is GST registration etc if you are to go the full hog on this.

 

Definitely seek financial advice





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  #2480013 10-May-2020 01:04
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psychrn:

 

The other matter that needs looking at on a personal level is GST registration etc if you are to go the full hog on this.

 

Definitely seek financial advice

 

 

Yeah that personally is putting me off as I am not gst registered and don't want to be, because the second you get into that you can't get out. (as far as I am aware)




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  #2480014 10-May-2020 01:08
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With the GST stuff I wonder how Xero might work??





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  #2480015 10-May-2020 01:30
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My brother used to be a cycle courier, and he said it was the hardest job he ever did, and the pay wasn't worth it, and it was also quite high stress. But they also did rush jobs, where you can earn something like  $20 per delivery if you can get it to the business within a certain amount of time, otherwise you get very little or nothing, and you have to compete with other riders. I didn't like the sound of it. Maybe fine and fun as a hobby job for a while.




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  #2480016 10-May-2020 01:34
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mattwnz:

 

My brother used to be a cycle courier, and he said it was the hardest job he ever did, and the pay wasn't worth it, and it was also quite high stress. But they also did rush jobs, where you can earn something like  $20 per delivery if you can get it to the business within a certain amount of time, otherwise you get very little or nothing, and you have to compete with other riders. I didn't like the sound of it. Maybe fine and fun as a hobby job for a while.

 

 

Yes that is sort of my view to start with. Help them out in this busy time. As I said im looking at retirement in a couple of years. so surveying the possibilities now. But then wear and tear on the SUV and other factors??

 

 





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  #2480058 10-May-2020 02:59
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psychrn:

 

mattwnz:

 

My brother used to be a cycle courier, and he said it was the hardest job he ever did, and the pay wasn't worth it, and it was also quite high stress. But they also did rush jobs, where you can earn something like  $20 per delivery if you can get it to the business within a certain amount of time, otherwise you get very little or nothing, and you have to compete with other riders. I didn't like the sound of it. Maybe fine and fun as a hobby job for a while.

 

 

Yes that is sort of my view to start with. Help them out in this busy time. As I said im looking at retirement in a couple of years. so surveying the possibilities now. But then wear and tear on the SUV and other factors??

 

 

Make sure you factor in commercial insurance for your car.


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  #2480075 10-May-2020 07:54
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lNomNoml:

 

psychrn:

 

The other matter that needs looking at on a personal level is GST registration etc if you are to go the full hog on this.

 

Definitely seek financial advice

 

 

Yeah that personally is putting me off as I am not gst registered and don't want to be, because the second you get into that you can't get out. (as far as I am aware)

 

 

You can cancel your GST registration and carry on trading, you just have to obviously be within the law with the max $60,000 turnover per financial year, anticipated or actual


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  #2480088 10-May-2020 08:54
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mattwnz:

 

My brother used to be a cycle courier, and he said it was the hardest job he ever did, and the pay wasn't worth it, and it was also quite high stress. But they also did rush jobs, where you can earn something like  $20 per delivery if you can get it to the business within a certain amount of time, otherwise you get very little or nothing, and you have to compete with other riders. I didn't like the sound of it. Maybe fine and fun as a hobby job for a while.

 

 

This describes exactly the movie: Premium Rush

 

A very good movie, well worth the watch.

 

 

 

Back on topic: I saw the stuff article and put it through to a family member, but even at $2 per delivery you would have to do a lot to make it worth while, they did say that it would only be your local area but still, by the time you take off all the compliance costs you might be left with some beer money rather than rent and food money.

 

John





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  #2481614 12-May-2020 01:58
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SATTV:

 

mattwnz:

 

My brother used to be a cycle courier, and he said it was the hardest job he ever did, and the pay wasn't worth it, and it was also quite high stress. But they also did rush jobs, where you can earn something like  $20 per delivery if you can get it to the business within a certain amount of time, otherwise you get very little or nothing, and you have to compete with other riders. I didn't like the sound of it. Maybe fine and fun as a hobby job for a while.

 

 

This describes exactly the movie: Premium Rush

 

A very good movie, well worth the watch.

 

 

 

Back on topic: I saw the stuff article and put it through to a family member, but even at $2 per delivery you would have to do a lot to make it worth while, they did say that it would only be your local area but still, by the time you take off all the compliance costs you might be left with some beer money rather than rent and food money.

 

John

 

 

Yes I think this would be my view as well





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  #2481649 12-May-2020 08:31
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I guess the uber/contracting style job now is why I don't see many branded vans anymore. Sometimes it's just a car.


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  #2481664 12-May-2020 09:06
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If we use the IRD rate of 79c per km, and $2 per delivery averaging over 3km per delivery is a loss.

 

You would want a small, cheap, very economic vehicle.

 

Might be able to wring some tax advantages out of it - e.g. claim GST back on a new vehicle?

 

 





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  #2481897 12-May-2020 13:36
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snnet:

 

You can cancel your GST registration and carry on trading, you just have to obviously be within the law with the max $60,000 turnover per financial year, anticipated or actual

 

 

Not a tax person but i am GST registered. You have to register for GST if you think your turnover is going to be over $60K. That seems unlikely as a part-time courier. It just means you can't claim back any GST you paid on services. But I think (check with IRD) you can still claim expenses for your work such as mileage/petrol/depreciation etc.  

 

As usual for any advice posted here (mine included) caveat emptor. Call IRD if you can get through :-(





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  #2489876 22-May-2020 23:25
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Aramex has never got back to me-I emailed the  local office. When I ring it just rings and rings.





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