If you are looking for a job and you haven't had much luck, how about becoming a courier. If you cannot find a local courier service to work for, you might want to start one yourself. The following segments will give you all kinds of ways and paths you can look into.

Your needs:

· For Local Couriers: Driver's license, insurance, a bike, scooter, auto, or truck depending on your situation, and a good sense of direction.

· For Air Travel: folding suitcase, light briefcase, visa, and passport

· For Both: Maps, GPS unit (optional)

Becoming a courier is easy. You look for a courier service to hire you for quick and safe local deliveries. You really don't need a high school diploma, but you should have good communication skills and of course, read and write. If you have trouble with spelling, carry a pocket dictionary.

Couriers have been known to make anywhere from $15,000 to $40,000 per year, depending on their aggressive commitments. Owning the business could double or triple your income if you do it right.

Cycling or riding a scooter would be the cheapest way to do the job, but winter may be somewhat of a detriment. You may want to get a vehicle for those cold months unless you reside in Florida or one of the other warm states. If you opt for the bike, you need to be in good physical health and have a good sense of direction. A map or a GPS would be handy.

If working for someone else is not for you, I recommend you get some experience under your belt first and then open your own service. It doesn't take much to begin, and you or a writing agency can write up an advertisement brochure and do a mailing to announce your new venture. Many places may need your service such as:

· Law offices

· Hospitals

· Courthouses

· Laboratories, both medical & diagnostic

· Companies' information packages, (they can't email or fax a package)

· Doctor offices; eye, medical, psychiatrists, ophthalmologists, Chiropractors, Dentists, etc.

· Government agencies

· Blood and donor deliveries

These are just a few, but you can be creative in your search for business clients.

Another option is becoming a 'Driving Courier'. There are dealerships that require driving a vehicle cross-country. You drive through states and you can enjoy the sights as you head to your destination. Many older retired individuals do it for something to do. Some couriers drive new RV's to many destinations in the U.S. You can always use Google or use your favorite search engine to look for various job site opportunities. Once you are comfortable and familiar, you can contact businesses at your destination and then drive something back, doubling your efforts. If you have to wait a few days in between, you can take in the sights.

You can fly to destinations around the world for little (50% of actual cost) or nothing. This is a courier job I, myself, will be looking into when I retire. I wish I had done it when I was young, but the Navy did it for me. There are certain restrictions for this job. You give up your space in the cargo area because you will be escorting the 'package' to its destination. The 'package" takes the place of your cargo luggage. However, you can take two (2) small carry-on bags when you board. You can carry a soft-folded suitcase inside one of your small cases and perhaps a briefcase. You'll have the extra folded suitcase for the trip home if you buy any souvenirs or clothes. You will also be given a manifest at the airport by the company that hired you. If your schedule is flexible enough, you might get a call at the last minute. That's when you may get the free ticket to your destination. Remember, even though you might be paid to be a courier, you still need money to stay where you are going. You need to eat too. Payment is usually after you return.

Remember that you may need a passport and/or visa if you travel to another country. Before you go to your destination, try to find a travel package where you can stay if you wish to stay for any length of time. Make sure you plan where you are going to go and what you will do before you leave. Look into hostels. They are cheap but you may have to share a room with two beds and one 'community' bathroom. Hostels have a 'Great Room' or 'Common Room'. It's a place where you can sit, relax, and share experiences with other travelers. One advantage is that you may meet someone from a country where you may travel to in the future. The new friend you may meet might invite you to stay at their home. I've offered to have foreign friends stay in my home and I have gone to another country as their guest. Remember the invitation should always go both ways. It is a nice way to travel and take in the sights with a friend who is familiar with the area and it lowers cost for your trip.

So start researching the internet and look at each area for the type of courier you want to be. Some websites have contacts for jobs in practically every state. Check out www.jobmonkey.com because it has many contact points. Try the travel website www.frugalmonkey.com and see what they have to offer. If you really intend on becoming a courier, get Mark Field's book entitled, 'The Courier Air Travel Handbook'. Do your research, good luck, and happy trails.