I get at least 3 or 4 phone calls a week from young people asking what they need to do to become a bicycle courier. I tell them move to New York. I hear there are still some jobs there. Most of them don't like my advice. New York is cold. You see, I'm in San Diego, so when they call me they are hoping I tell them, "Yes, I'll hire you, there has never been a better time to become a courier." Unfortunately I don't believe that. But is it just me?
When I started over ten years ago I knew that the cycle, (no pun intended) was on it's way down. We had survived the fax, the email, but could we survive the economic crash? Maybe it's just a bump in the road, (no pun intended) for the industry but I can't help but think that in smaller markets like San Diego you just can't make a living as a courier anymore. Sure, you can make minimum wage. And of course I'd rather make minimum wage as a courier then I would making minimum wage flipping burgers. Now I am getting off on a tangent.
My point is this. Should rookies looking for work really go into this business? Maybe some fresh blood would do us all good. But when I get those, "please give me a job because I think it would be so neat to be a courier, I just love to ride my bike everywhere" phone calls. I can't help but think the best advice I can give them is, "Good, ride your bike to the grocery store, ride your bike to a party, ride your bike to church, but for God's sake ride your bike to a better apying job than this."