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    • Iateallthepies
    • By Iateallthepies 28th Jan 11, 11:58 AM
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    Iateallthepies
    DPD Driver Franchise
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    • 28th Jan 11, 11:58 AM
    DPD Driver Franchise 28th Jan 11 at 11:58 AM
    I am unemployed and with a family of 4 (including wife) to support I thought about getting a driving job. Most of these tend to be self employed and PD were advertising in my area for Self Employed driver including use of van so I phoned them. They have sent me a pack which does not say how much I would be paid per delivery or how much the vehicle lease would cost. Merely that franchises start from as little as £1300.
    Can someone here give me some pointers as to cost against potential reward?
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    • Dan-Dan
    • By Dan-Dan 19th Dec 15, 10:12 AM
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    Dan-Dan
    Perhaps the newies, like myself, are making a post because they don't like DPD being slagged off.
    Originally posted by greasyjoe
    Behave yourself , DPD drivers slag DPD off , DPD Warehouseman slag DPD off , its hardly a new concept
    Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
    • 2rossi2
    • By 2rossi2 19th Jan 16, 1:26 AM
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    Hi, I'm new to this whole forum but I am looking for work as I had to leave my old job due to an injury. Looking to get back into work now I'm fit again. Hearing mainly bad things but some good things aswell. I don't want to be conned into a job because I have a young little man and a flat to pay for so it's important I provide for my son. Is this really worth going for. I am extremely hard working and the hours don't put me off nor do the amount of deliveries. For me the start up costs I don't currently have because of my outgoings etc. So that would be an initial hurdle to cover. To me all I need is a job that pays me at least 1200 a month in order to cover bills and childcare etc. Is this possible realistically.
    Thanks for any help.
    • NeilLangley
    • By NeilLangley 28th Dec 16, 10:42 AM
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    NeilLangley
    Your Update on DPD
    Hi, you posted a thread back in April 2013 about just starting as a franchisee with DPD and said you would give updates as to how its going and your relationship with DPD. I am currently out of work but have done some Multi Drop work and am thinking of becoming a franchisee with DPD. I know all the in's and out's of being self employed and that you only achieve good results if you are prepared to put a massive effort in. Just need to know how your business is doing and would you still recommend doing it. love to hear from you urgently. many thanks Neil.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 30th Dec 16, 10:14 PM
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    forgotmyname
    If you know you need to put massive efforts in to be self employed then why risk being a slave?
    Go self employed where the terms are yours?

    They probably forgot how many accounts they created on here.

    Thread from a year or so back says the best jobs with them are internal ones not franchisee ones. And all for £8.90 an hour. Seriously?

    I was doing multidrop work as an employee upto 2006 and earned more than that. Took my HGV because they offered a £90 a week bonus for doing a night out, plus the £20 or so night out money. This dropped to half for newer drivers and the night out money also got cut due to tax changes?

    I told the boss i wouldnt be doing nights out for an extra £45 a week, it wasnt worth it. He said he knows what i earn and i said still not worth it to me.

    I only worked 5 days a week and i could earn more than the night out money doing a couple of hours of car repairs at the weekend.
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    • Locks2303
    • By Locks2303 17th Jan 17, 2:44 PM
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    Currently in the process of trying to get started with DPD (ODF) and would therefore like to hear from anyone currently working with them in such a role RE what current earnings etc are and if it is in fact a route that I should definitely be pursuing??? Private messages would probably be the best bet as this would eliminate any posts from previous workers with grudges / source grapes posting info that is out of date!!! Thanks in advance. �� JUST LOOKING FOR INFO ON CURRENT WORKING CONDITIONS. Cheers
    Last edited by Locks2303; 17-01-2017 at 2:45 PM. Reason: Addition
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 19th Feb 17, 4:26 PM
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    forgotmyname
    Bit late but...
    A private message is more likely to be a problem than a public posted one.

    I get tons of PMs on other forums, i always respond to start a thread or to ask in the thread and link me to it. If i slip up then someone will pick up on it and correct me.

    Current earnings will depend on the location and the number of drops which will vary from day to day and how many hours your willing to put in.
    Read the threads about missing shifts etc...

    Do you want a job where you could potentially be paying the employer if you miss shifts?

    Im sure someone will be joining very soon to tell you what a brilliant business it is and how they earn a ton of money and only work 2 hours day.
    Last edited by forgotmyname; 19-02-2017 at 4:28 PM.
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    • The Oveys
    • By The Oveys 16th Mar 17, 8:45 PM
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    The Oveys
    Calling all DPD Franchise owners
    Guys, Please can you let me know if this franchise is suitable for a husband and wife team. Willing to work hard but our family is important so 5 days is preferable. Can we do that?
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 16th Mar 17, 9:21 PM
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    DCFC79
    Guys, Please can you let me know if this franchise is suitable for a husband and wife team. Willing to work hard but our family is important so 5 days is preferable. Can we do that?
    Originally posted by The Oveys
    I dont see why not, do you mean both driving separate vans or sharing the driving of 1 van ?
    Can people stop loaning money/being a guarator to family/friends, it rarely ends well and you lose out as your money is gone or you get shafted with being a guarantor.
    • Tiktak
    • By Tiktak 13th May 17, 8:22 PM
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    honest opinion
    I'm an ODF with DPD. Anyone looking for an honest, unbiased appraisal or just has general questions can ask me at tiktak63@virginmedia.com
    • Kadimaslam1980
    • By Kadimaslam1980 1st Jun 17, 11:10 PM
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    Advice from somebody with experience
    I was wondering if I could have some advice!..
    I have my own brand new van and courier insurance however I'm unable to find anybody who will give me the chance to work... I have in the past served a prison sentence for a drugs offence, I made a mistake and have paid a heavy price I have applied for 100's of jobs only to be told they won't employ me!. I was wanting to apply as owner driver for DPD but to be honest couldn't take another knock back and at the point of rock bottom
    • bugslet
    • By bugslet 2nd Jun 17, 7:52 AM
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    bugslet
    Hello Kadim


    When you say you can't find anyone to give you work because of your past conviction, who are you approaching? Firms with a similar set up to DPD, City Sprint etc, which will give you work pretty much every day, but you will be locked into only their work?

    I ask because I set myself up with my own van back in the early 90s, when such systems weren't in place. I got work directly from a company that did plastic trunking and made a bit up by working for freight forwarders bringing freight back. Modern day is prob ably to look at some of the courier freight exchanges for a back load. You may even get loads out, but they are notoriously poorly paid. If you are working like that, no-one is going to ask about past convictions, so it might be worth toughing out the rejections and seeing if any local firms can give you work.

    It will be tough and it will require a lot of luck, but it is an option.
    • Kadimaslam1980
    • By Kadimaslam1980 2nd Jun 17, 2:47 PM
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    Kadimaslam1980
    Thanks mate I've looked into city sprint and wages are below minimum wage especially as the cost of lease and insurance!. But will keep trying will have a go at DPD AS A SELF EMPLOYED DRIVER can only say no cant they?
    • bugslet
    • By bugslet 2nd Jun 17, 5:26 PM
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    bugslet
    It's more secure than the way I did it, just make sure you do your costings with DPD.

    Good luck.
    • Interlink/DPD questions
    • By Interlink/DPD questions 4th Jul 17, 7:04 PM
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    Interlink/DPD questions
    Info please
    Hi you seem to know what your talking about so I feel like you would be the best person to ask.
    I recently had a accident at work (well about ten months) and went through a rather large puddle which because of the location was hard to tell the depth. It caused around £500 of damage to the van and my company said that I have to pay it. I have no contract and signed no documentation agreeing this when I started. They haven't taken anything out of my wages so I haven't questioned it yet. But today a similar thing happened but this time it's a write off and I've been told I have to pay £1000 plus damages to parcel. Do I have any rights or is there anyone I can contact about this? Your thoughts would be appreciated. Many thanks C
    • niclovin07
    • By niclovin07 22nd Jul 17, 1:02 PM
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    Self employed!
    I myself have just stumbled across this thread! A £150 for a day off sick? Are you serious? Must be a Tory voter!

    If YOU ARE self employed,why does somebody have the right to charge YOU £150 for not working for them? Sounds to me like a contract of employment has been agreed somewhere. Otherwise how are they legally entitled to charge a self employed person, for doing something they went contractually entitled to do?

    Even in my job,if I am unwell and can't do my job,I don't get fined!!!!!
    • niclovin07
    • By niclovin07 22nd Jul 17, 1:18 PM
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    Really?
    If it is that good,why doesn't everyone work for them?
    Sounds like a con to me.
    • niclovin07
    • By niclovin07 22nd Jul 17, 1:44 PM
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    ?
    Why should the company charge you £150-£200 a day? They're still getting paid? It's only the same as paying you?
    • BorisThomson
    • By BorisThomson 22nd Jul 17, 1:46 PM
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    BorisThomson
    You might want to learn to use the quote function nic, your posts make little sense without knowing who you are responding to.
    • Gridley
    • By Gridley 3rd Sep 17, 2:52 PM
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    Gridley
    Advice.
    Sorry to bother you i am thinking of leaving a tescos driving job for a dpd franchise job, i realise your post is old but if you were still working there could you give me any advice re the job.
    Thank you.
    • Jimmy225
    • By Jimmy225 29th Sep 17, 2:52 PM
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    Jimmy225
    ODF - avoid at all coats
    Take it from a DPD ODF victim who has suffered because of this.
    When I initially became an ODF with DPD, I was promised a certain number of stops per day but I never got that amount and this I was being paid far less then national living wage after direct expenses (which employed drivers do not pay).
    I ended up having to give the franchise up as I felt I was being used as slave labour.
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