Hi, I'm local to you (MK) and been dispatching locally now for 12 years now, its true its not what it used to be but to be honest thats more to do with the general economy, soon as its a bouyent market again it'll be happy days. There will always be a need for "the originals" to be needed, tenders (loads still send hard copies), forgotten passports, tickets, breakdown parts. Make no mistake thou its a difficult game to get into, the best rewards are by "going it alone" and obtaining your own customers direct, however this may take up to 12-18 months in this current economy to gain enough to bring in a decent weekly wage or you can work for a courier company, the problem with this is they have many managers wages to pay so want to pay you around 50% of the revenue they make on the jobs, thats great when you've got two or three jobs on but as I've said before its "a bit quiet at the mo" so you'll likely be running with "one's" mostly.
"1 -4 runs a week" !!!
Hes not confident of his work is he?? My guess is his work is mainly van work. (who was it? I may know them)
During bad weather you make the call, if you have a car you may want to swop for the day, remember you will be self employed, the company you work for are unlikely to have a van lying around for you to use and even more unlikely to offer it to you for free.
My advice if you have a job at the mo, stay there, if you dont you are unlikely to have the money to finance a start up , the appropriate bike (unless you trade in your current one) & you may be spending between £500-£700 on fuel before you get paid.
Does it ruin your enjoyment of riding?
Absolutely not (if your die hard that is)