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BICYCLE COURIER: Studied The Social Benefits Of Cycling In College

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Dominic shares his story about being a business owner and a courier at a bicycle courier company. He talks about what a typical day looks like for him and shares his career path from studying about the social benefits of cycling, to volunteering for cycling organizations, to landing the job he has today. He gives some great advice for people considering getting involved in the bicycle courier business.

Degree: Community Organization and Advocacy
Job Title: Business Owner/Bicycle Courier
Employer: Pedal Express

Job Summary: Couriers and Messengers

Job Description

Couriers and messengers transport documents and packages for individuals, businesses, institutions, and government agencies. Couriers and messengers usually travel by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public transportation.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Most courier and messenger jobs do not have strict education requirements. However, a high school diploma or its equivalent can be helpful in finding a job. Some employers will only hire candidates who have a high school diploma or GED.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$15,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Organizational skills, People skills, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Transportation
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m='11860'>of</span> <span m='11930'>two</span> <span m='12170'>ways,</span> <span m='12860'>generally.</span> <span m='14250'>One</span> <span m='14500'>is</span> <span m='14700'>we</span> <span m='14810'>come</span> <span m='14970'>straight</span> <span m='15230'>to</span> <span m='15300'>the</span> <span m='15410'>office,</span> <span m='15970'>start</span> <span m='16210'>taking</span> <span m='16480'>calls</span> <span m='16830'>from</span> <span m='16960'>clients,</span> <span m='17910'>and</span> <span m='17970'>start</span> <span m='18230'>scheduling</span> <span m='18640'>the</span> <span m='18740'>day</span> <span m='19050'>for</span> <span m='19620'>any</span> <span m='19800'>deliveries</span> <span m='20290'>that</span> <span m='20410'>may</span> <span m='20560'>come</span> <span m='20780'>up.</span> <span m='21700'>The</span> <span m='21900'>other</span> <span m='22050'>way</span> <span m='22270'>is</span> <span m='22470'>we</span> <span m='22620'>just</span> <span m='22830'>start</span> <span m='23160'>on</span> <span m='23280'>our</span> <span m='23390'>daily</span> <span m='23700'>routes.</span> <span m='24110'>So I'll</span> <span m='24470'>hop on</span> <span m='24550'>my</span> <span m='24660'>bike,</span> <span m='25395'>head</span> <span m='25650'>to</span> <span m='25720'>the</span> <span m='25840'>downtown</span> <span m='26220'>Berkeley</span> <span m='26530'>post</span> <span m='26840'>office</span> <span m='27710'>and</span> <span m='28300'>start</span> <span m='28610'>doing</span> <span m='28840'>our</span> <span m='28900'>regularly</span> <span m='29300'>scheduled</span> <span m='29720'>routes,</span> <span m='30560'>of</span> <span m='30670'>which</span> <span m='30870'>we</span> <span m='30960'>have</span> <span m='31100'>about</span> <span m='31510'>10</span> <span m='31820'>in</span> <span m='31910'>the</span> <span m='31980'>morning.</span> <span m='33560'>So</span> <span m='33950'>just</span> <span m='34140'>riding</span> <span m='34370'>my</span> <span m='34580'>bike</span> <span m='34920'>all</span> <span m='35090'>around</span> <span m='35330'>Berkeley</span> <span m='35670'>in</span> <span m='35780'>the</span> <span m='35860'>morning,</span> <span m='36200'>or</span> <span m='36340'>either</span> <span m='36530'>coming</span> <span m='36710'>to</span> <span m='36850'>the</span> <span m='36970'>office</span> <span m='37370'>and</span> <span m='37520'>taking</span> <span m='37790'>calls</span> <span m='38110'>from</span> <span m='38190'>clients.</span> </p><p><span m='38750'>I</span> <span m='38920'>started</span> <span m='39270'>getting</span> <span m='39520'>into</span> <span m='39710'>bikes</span> <span m='40260'>very</span> <span m='40730'>seriously,</span> <span m='41650'>and</span> <span m='42120'>studying</span> <span m='42770'>the</span> <span m='43650'>social</span> <span m='44070'>benefits</span> <span m='44790'>of</span> <span m='45010'>cycling</span> <span m='45820'>when</span> <span m='46020'>I</span> <span m='46070'>was</span> <span m='46220'>in</span> <span m='46330'>college</span> <span m='46720'>in</span> <span m='47110'>Santa</span> <span m='47380'>Cruz.</span> <span m='48300'>I</span> <span m='48460'>studied</span> <span m='48850'>alternative</span> <span m='49280'>forms</span> <span m='49550'>of</span> <span m='49650'>transit</span> <span m='50300'>and</span> <span m='50840'>economic</span> <span m='51310'>justice,</span> <span m='51840'>and</span> <span m='51990'>those</span> <span m='52190'>kinds</span> <span m='52420'>of</span> <span m='52570'>fields</span> <span m='52870'>kind of</span> <span m='53080'>collided.</span> <span m='54270'>After</span> <span m='54590'>college,</span> <span m='56330'>I</span> <span m='56450'>volunteered</span> <span m='57070'>and</span> <span m='57190'>worked</span> <span m='57370'>heavily</span> <span m='57730'>for bicycle</span> <span m='58210'>advocacy</span> <span m='58710'>organizations</span> <span m='59050'>like</span> <span m='59390'>the</span> <span m='59800'>San Francisco</span> <span m='60080'>Bicycle</span> <span m='60470'>Coalition,</span> <span m='61250'>the</span> <span m='61680'>East</span> <span m='61940'>Bay</span> <span m='62060'>Bicycle</span> <span m='62420'>Coalition,</span> <span m='63190'>and</span> <span m='63390'>I hope to</span> <span m='63640'>start</span> <span m='64569'>an</span> <span m='64890'>organization</span> <span m='65470'>called</span> <span m='65680'>Walk</span> <span m='65960'>Oakland,</span> <span m='66270'>Bike</span> <span m='66440'>Oakland.</span> </p><p><span m='67100'>At</span> <span m='67210'>the</span> <span m='67290'>same</span> <span m='67500'>time,</span> <span m='67770'>I</span> <span m='67800'>was</span> <span m='67960'>working</span> <span m='68240'>for</span> <span m='68370'>a</span> <span m='68420'>non-profit</span> <span m='69080'>called</span> <span m='69300'>City</span> <span m='69490'>Car</span> <span m='69710'>Share,</span> <span m='70430'>where</span> <span m='70810'>I</span> <span m='71390'>helped</span> <span m='71560'>maintain</span> <span m='72090'>a</span> <span m='72140'>fleet</span> <span m='72810'>of</span> <span m='73020'>cars</span> <span m='74870'>on</span> <span m='75090'>my</span> <span m='75210'>bicycle.</span> <span m='76690'>Kind</span> <span m='76880'>of</span> <span m='76980'>an</span> <span m='77070'>odd</span> <span m='77800'>job.</span> <span m='79200'>And</span> <span m='79300'>I</span> <span m='79360'>did</span> <span m='79530'>that</span> <span m='79710'>for</span> <span m='79820'>about</span> <span m='80090'>four</span> <span m='80320'>years,</span> <span m='81240'>until</span> <span m='81570'>I found</span> <span m='81730'>an</span> <span m='81920'>opportunity</span> <span m='82600'>to</span> <span m='83200'>become,</span> <span m='83700'>not</span> <span m='83890'>just</span> <span m='84080'>a</span> <span m='84130'>worker,</span> <span m='84490'>but</span> <span m='84650'>an</span> <span m='84810'>owner</span> <span m='85270'>of</span> <span m='85450'>Pedal</span> <span m='85720'>Express.</span> <span m='86310'>And</span> <span m='86590'>so</span> <span m='88070'>having</span> <span m='88430'>the opportunity</span> <span m='88560'>to</span> <span m='88910'>own</span> <span m='89090'>my</span> <span m='89220'>own</span> <span m='89360'>business</span> <span m='89790'>was</span> <span m='89910'>really</span> <span m='90140'>appealing</span> <span m='90480'>to</span> <span m='90590'>me,</span> <span m='90760'>so</span> <span m='91300'>I</span> <span m='91380'>took</span> <span m='91610'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='92820'>The</span> <span m='92910'>delivery</span> <span m='93490'>industry</span> <span m='94040'>in</span> <span m='94210'>general</span> <span m='94840'>is</span> <span m='95000'>not</span> <span m='95240'>as</span> <span m='95400'>cut</span> <span m='95590'>and</span> <span m='95680'>dry</span> <span m='96390'>as</span> <span m='96920'>I</span> <span m='97010'>thought</span> <span m='97610'>to</span> <span m='97710'>begin</span> <span m='98110'>with.</span> <span m='98530'>The</span> <span m='98610'>bicycle</span> <span m='99480'>riding</span> <span m='99950'>part</span> <span m='100320'>and</span> <span m='100750'>running</span> <span m='101070'>the</span> <span m='101150'>business</span> <span m='101580'>part</span> <span m='102050'>is like</span> <span m='102240'>one</span> <span m='102460'>thing,</span> <span m='103230'>but</span> <span m='103510'>it's</span> <span m='103720'>more</span> <span m='104330'>along</span> <span m='104630'>the</span> <span m='104700'>lines</span> <span m='105050'>of</span> <span m='105260'>owning</span> <span m='105570'>a</span> <span m='105630'>small</span> <span m='105900'>business.</span> <span m='106800'>There's</span> <span m='106960'>a</span> <span m='107020'>lot</span> <span m='107260'>more</span> <span m='107500'>work</span> <span m='107840'>than</span> <span m='108510'>I</span> <span m='108660'>had</span> <span m='108770'>initially</span> <span m='109490'>realized.</span> <span m='110580'>But</span> <span m='110740'>it's</span> <span m='110860'>also</span> <span m='111770'>the</span> <span m='111870'>most</span> <span m='112120'>fulfilling</span> <span m='112590'>work</span> <span m='112810'>that</span> <span m='112940'>I've</span> <span m='113060'>ever</span> <span m='113310'>really</span> <span m='113540'>done</span> <span m='113860'>in</span> <span m='113950'>my</span> <span m='114050'>life.</span> </p><p><span m='114640'>We</span> <span m='114750'>don't</span> <span m='114910'>have</span> <span m='115050'>a</span> <span m='115100'>boss.</span> <span m='115910'>There's</span> <span m='116210'>nobody</span> <span m='116580'>to</span> <span m='116730'>tell</span> <span m='116860'>me</span> <span m='116980'>what</span> <span m='117160'>to</span> <span m='117240'>do,</span> <span m='117520'>necessarily.</span> <span m='118780'>But</span> <span m='118940'>I</span> <span m='118980'>work</span> <span m='119260'>cooperatively</span> <span m='120470'>with</span> <span m='120650'>my</span> <span m='121110'>co-owners</span> <span m='121690'>to</span> <span m='121820'>make</span> <span m='122000'>sure</span> <span m='122290'>all</span> <span m='122500'>of</span> <span m='122610'>the</span> <span m='124050'>daily</span> <span m='124460'>day-to-day</span> <span m='124930'>tasks</span> <span m='125510'>of</span> <span m='125680'>running</span> <span m='125980'>a</span> <span m='126030'>business</span> <span m='126740'>gets</span> <span m='127050'>done.</span> <span m='127700'>So</span> <span m='127850'>some</span> <span m='128050'>of</span> <span m='128289'>those</span> <span m='128430'>day-to-day</span> <span m='128669'>tasks,</span> <span m='129169'>like</span> <span m='129940'>doing</span> <span m='130550'>the</span> <span m='130639'>billing,</span> <span m='131180'>sending</span> <span m='131520'>invoicing,</span> <span m='133010'>calling</span> <span m='133360'>clients,</span> <span m='133940'>searching</span> <span m='134300'>for</span> <span m='134450'>new</span> <span m='134700'>clients,</span> <span m='135430'>all</span> <span m='135680'>that</span> <span m='135970'>stuff</span> <span m='136260'>makes</span> <span m='136630'>the</span> <span m='136720'>riding</span> <span m='137110'>part</span> <span m='137390'>look</span> <span m='137670'>easy.</span> <span m='138250'>And</span> <span m='138390'>that's</span> <span m='138550'>something</span> <span m='138870'>that</span> <span m='139290'>I</span> <span m='139770'>knew</span> <span m='140650'>a</span> <span m='140720'>little</span> <span m='140950'>bit,</span> <span m='141250'>but</span> <span m='141360'>I</span> <span m='141590'>didn't</span> <span m='141800'>really</span> <span m='141980'>know</span> <span m='142220'>the</span> <span m='142360'>reality</span> <span m='142840'>of</span> <span m='143320'>it</span> <span m='143800'>necessarily</span> <span m='144440'>until</span> <span m='144700'>I</span> <span m='144770'>was</span> <span m='145390'>in</span> <span m='145670'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='145970'>The</span> <span m='146170'>advice</span> <span m='146590'>I</span> <span m='146650'>would</span> <span m='146840'>give</span> <span m='147110'>to</span> <span m='147250'>anybody</span> <span m='148380'>considering</span> <span m='149870'>a</span> <span m='150200'>career</span> <span m='150700'>in</span> <span m='151660'>bicycle</span> <span m='152040'>courier</span> <span m='152360'>industry</span> <span m='153450'>is</span> <span m='153630'>to</span> <span m='153750'>try</span> <span m='153990'>to</span> <span m='155610'>look</span> <span m='155920'>for</span> <span m='156140'>an</span> <span m='156220'>employer</span> <span m='157220'>that</span> <span m='157410'>will</span> <span m='157520'>treat</span> <span m='157770'>you</span> <span m='157870'>fairly.</span> <span m='158730'>There's</span> <span m='159010'>a</span> <span m='159070'>lot</span> <span m='159250'>of</span> <span m='159310'>people</span> <span m='159630'>who</span> <span m='159980'>want</span> <span m='160270'>to</span> <span m='160360'>become</span> <span m='160700'>bike</span> <span m='160940'>messengers,</span> <span m='161690'>and</span> <span m='162090'>they will</span> <span m='162240'>work</span> <span m='162670'>for</span> <span m='162780'>incredibly</span> <span m='163220'>low</span> <span m='163400'>wages</span> <span m='164740'>and</span> <span m='166170'>will</span> <span m='166570'>be</span> <span m='166770'>exploited.</span> <span m='167640'>So</span> <span m='167850'>be</span> <span m='168030'>on</span> <span m='168140'>the</span> <span m='168210'>lookout</span> <span m='168930'>for</span> <span m='169070'>people</span> <span m='169390'>like</span> <span m='169560'>that,</span> <span m='169910'>and</span> <span m='170190'>companies</span> <span m='170470'>like</span> <span m='170730'>that.</span> <span m='171480'>You</span> <span m='171610'>want</span> <span m='171750'>to</span> <span m='171790'>become</span> <span m='172160'>an</span> <span m='172230'>employee,</span> <span m='172930'>you</span> <span m='173090'>don't</span> <span m='173350'>want</span> <span m='173730'>to</span> <span m='173900'>be</span> <span m='174520'>a</span> <span m='174630'>contractor.</span> <span m='175480'>Because</span> <span m='175920'>you</span> <span m='176270'>want</span> <span m='176420'>to</span> <span m='176460'>have</span> <span m='176600'>benefits,</span> <span m='176880'>and you</span> <span m='177160'>want</span> <span m='177450'>to have</span> <span m='177790'>legal</span> <span m='178060'>protections</span> <span m='178880'>that</span> <span m='179000'>are</span> <span m='179120'>afforded</span> <span m='179530'>you</span> <span m='179995'>if you</span> <span m='180460'>are</span> <span m='180620'>an</span> <span m='180680'>employee.</span> </p><p><span m='181710'>The</span> <span m='181810'>best</span> <span m='182390'>thing</span> <span m='182650'>that</span> <span m='182790'>you</span> <span m='182960'>can</span> <span m='183100'>do</span> <span m='183300'>if</span> <span m='183400'>you</span> <span m='183530'>want</span> <span m='183670'>to</span> <span m='183740'>be</span> <span m='183910'>a</span> <span m='183970'>bicycle</span> <span m='184430'>courier</span> <span m='185240'>is</span> <span m='185530'>to</span> <span m='186010'>try</span> <span m='186280'>to</span> <span m='187190'>become</span> <span m='187460'>a</span> <span m='187530'>part</span> <span m='187760'>of</span> <span m='187900'>a</span> <span m='187990'>cooperative.</span> <span m='189120'>There's</span> <span m='190340'>many</span> <span m='190740'>bicycle</span> <span m='191200'>courier</span> <span m='191470'>companies</span> <span m='191940'>that</span> <span m='192080'>are</span> <span m='192340'>collectively</span> <span m='192960'>owned</span> <span m='193180'>and</span> <span m='193290'>operated,</span> <span m='194600'>and</span> <span m='194710'>they</span> <span m='195005'>afford</span> <span m='195300'>way</span> <span m='195440'>more</span> <span m='195650'>benefits</span> <span m='196410'>and</span> <span m='196780'>better</span> <span m='197040'>pay</span> <span m='197400'>than</span> <span m='198660'>other</span> <span m='199260'>bicycle</span> <span m='199630'>messenger</span> <span m='200080'>companies</span> <span m='200830'>who</span> <span m='200910'>are</span> <span m='201000'>not</span> <span m='201200'>structured</span> <span m='201500'>that</span> <span m='201800'>way.</span> </p>","file":{"id":290528,"video_id":"2710883599001","name":"1163-Dominic-p-BikeCourier","duration":202316,"thumbnail_url":null}});