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What Is a Delivery Independent Contractor and How to Become One

What Are Delivery Jobs for an Independent Contractor?

Delivery independent contractor jobs include work in construction, retail, freight, and driver transport, such as being a rideshare or taxi driver. In one of these jobs, your duties may include driving your passengers or your freight to and from a location and ensuring that everything is delivered safely and on time. If you work as a food courier or someone who does delivery for retail, you may need to know how to take payment for goods, fill out invoices, and provide some customer service. As a freelance contract driver, you typically have to maintain your vehicle, pay for insurance, and route your deliveries yourself.

What Are the Qualifications to Get a Delivery Job as an Independent Contractor?

The qualifications to get a delivery job as an independent contractor depend on the size of the vehicle and the type of delivery you do. If you work in freight transportation and drive a vehicle that weighs more than 26,000 pounds, you need to have a commercial driver's license or CDL. Some previous experience with freight transportation is also important. If you work as a delivery person for a retail company or a restaurant, you may just need a working vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and a flexible schedule. Good interpersonal communication and customer service skills are essential for carrying out your responsibilities no matter what type of delivery you do.