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Kiss Courier is a online messenger service that ships small packages with pick up and delivery within Manhattan primarily below 96st. We also pay more commission (75% ) for each delivery made than other services because we have very low overhead. You’re treated as your own entity, meaning you pay your own expenses, including medical expenses for accidents, and make your own hours.
To be a courier with us, some things we require explained below:
Requirements for bikers & walkers:
A smartphone - you must have a an updated working phone with connection to a network (Verizon, Metro PCS, etc) and not just wi-fi access. We are an online service because all deliveries from placing a pick up to viewing them are processed online; there are no paper orders or receipts to fill out. Couriers will need log into their account on their phone to see current deliveries they are assigned to (called Today’s Pickups) as well as enter information about the delivery (like pickup and delivery times) In addition, couriers must text their approximate pickup and actual delivery time to the customer from their phone. Also, you need Google Maps to look up addresses and to get traffic or subway info, etc. Therefore, a smartphone is required. You should have a fully charged phone that lasts all day, and Androids are preferred since you can change the battery with an extra one you can keep on you; you can get an extra battery to carry on Ebay.
Knapsack / Messenger Bag - you must have this to hold and protect and transport packages, as you may get multiple packages. You can get a bag at a sporting goods store
A Basic knowledge of streets, subways of Manhattan - yes you can find Addresses on Google Maps, sometimes its good to know things offhand. Do you know things like where West 28th street ends and East 28th street begins? How about where East Broadway is and West Broadway? Do you know where Yorkville is and what subway goes there? Things like that.
Clean Presentable Look - we aren’t strict, and we realize the streets can get dirty but please dress and look presentable as you will be meeting clients and holding on to their items. A polo shirt (from Old Navy for less than $10), jeans, pants, cargo or stylish shorts is satisfactory; no clothing with holes, excess dirt, political statements, or shirtless people are permitted. Also, you must speak decent English and have a clean delivery bag.
A Metrocard - you must have this in case you need to deliver something far away where a bike would take longer or if your bike in unable to be used because it needs repair that takes up the rest of the day. Bikers are allowed on the subway but strongly discouraged during rush hours (so 9am-4pm would be good).
Government issued Photo ID - some buildings require photo ID to enter them. You must carry an ID on you (and to be a courier). New York Drivers License/Non-driver Photo ID, Passport, Military ID work best.
A PayPal account - it’s free. At the end of each week, we’ll pay you your commissions to your PayPal account. From your PayPal account you can transfer money to your checking account, write a check to yourself, or use your PayPal card. Currently we do NOT mail out paychecks nor give out cash but this may change. Get free PayPal account.
Requirements For those without a bike:
Since you don’t have a bike, you must get/have:
A Metrocard - you will need the subways and busses to get around. You must have knowledge of the subway and have a bus map so that you can pick up a package and hop on a bus or subway or both to get to your destination. At least a pay pre ride is required and getting a (7 day) unlimited card is up to you, and you may not get enough deliveries to justify it and we can’t guarantee that you will. Visit MTA.info for subway/bus info or download Manhattan bus map here
A credit card for access to Citibike - these stations are all over the city which allow bikers to pick up a bike from one station and return it to another within 30mins without extra charges. You need a credit card at least in case you have to use one if your running late let’s say or there are no buses/subways, or to make deliveries quicker. Citibike offers a day pass for $12 (you can take a bike but must return it to a station within 30 mins) or $163 for the year Get Citibike details here
Via APP Membership - this is a Manhattan low priced taxi/rideshare App (like Uber) that picks up passengers on your way to your destination. Here you can order a flat rate ride of about $5 if there is no direct route or subway/bus or are in a rush. Keep in mind that using a car can subject you to be stuck in traffic. For longer trips in Manhattan or to the burrows, the subway is the best. Get info on the Ride with Via app. I also use it and it’s great.
Remember that Citibike and Via are good transportation supplementals to have since you don’t have a bike and you may be required to use them. You are responsible for these expenses.
Requirements for Cars/Vans
We currently do not have any orders for vehicle services, however you apply as a standby and we’ll use you
A Car/Van with valid inspection, plates and liability insurance. You should have your own but you can actually rent one for the day/week from CC rental.
Commerical Plates (OR) - midtown requires commercial plates to park to make deliveries and leave the vehicle unattended.
(OR) Normal Plates, but 2 drivers - since you cant park legally while delivering in midtown, a second person must accompany you to watch the car while you deliver.
A handtruck - a 2 wheel upright handtruck works and you can get this at a hardware store to transport multiple/heavy boxes.
Additional requirements for everyone are obvious, you must be:
legal in the US
able to lift packages, walk or bike long distances
Other things to know
Couriers do not payments for pick ups as they are all processed online. Occasionally a customer may have incorrectly been charged too low an amount (ie: paid for 1 package and shipped 3). A courier must pick up the underpayment difference in cash. Note that overpayments are adjusted at the office.
All couriers are expected to carry a bag and give out a few Hershey’s Kisses on every pick up. Yes! We’re not kidding, this is part of our promotion for customers to remember or recommend us: “Oh Kiss Courier gives out Hershey’s Kisses to every pick up!”. This is your expense, but couriers over 10 deliveries a week will be reimbursed 1 bag of kisses a week by PayPal.