It is the way you look at it: good and bad at the same time.
Website is very easy to use, though I got charged a setting up fee of about £125, on top of the £300 or so for 6 months, and £60 for the 6 month mobile alert, which I didn't know anything about, didn't ask for it, haven't been told about, and didn't need. And for the privilege of getting charged the £125 set up fee I had someone ring me, keep me on the phone for over 30 minutes, trying to explain me how to use their website. I guess most of us, already posting here, are computer literate, don't need tuition to use a website, and don't want to be harassed.
And then every so often I was getting phone calls from CX, telling me how to run my business, how to ring people up, network (like anybody is bothered about me). I don't need anyone phone me up, waste my time, and harass me basically. How am I doing?(rubbish) Oh I am very well thank you! How is business? There's no business! -Oh you should try and contact people.- Yes I am already bidding on jobs I don't get.
Nobody advises about the charges you should apply, like on other trades, for example the recovery trade.
So I've started out asking £1.10/mile, couldn't get anything, tried £0.90, getting nowhere. Then £0.75, then £0.70. I guess £0.65 started to bring some attention, and also remarks: Oh you're the cheapest. That's a very good price.
I must have listed the jobs I've done on a recent post. These have been the only ones. So a first and a last at those prices. I did get my fair share of "experience", thank you very much.
So the only way of me doing any work at all was asking these prices.
- £260 Aylesbury to Glasgow
- £50 Hatfield to Basildon
- £50 Hatfield to Croydon
- £100 Basildon to Manchester
- £60 Manchester to Birmingham
- £750 London to Milan
- £300 Leicester to Milan
- £600 Milan to Peterborough
- £350 Northampton to Frankfurt
- £700 Milan to Skegness
Twice I've taken the jobs waiting for a second job to be confirmed, but it didn't happen.
So I've subsidised most of the trips.
CX is good if you want to get out of the house. It feels good when you come back home and get some diesel money back.
BUT it is very bad for not getting a decent price out of it, and allowing all the europeans with insurance that costs £300 for an artic for a year on the UK site. I pay £290 a month for a van, direct debit. My home is in the Uk, and I pay the UK rent.
Do not join it unless you want the "drive not empty" money or you've got too much time to spend ringing numbers that are busy as soon as the job is posted. and 5 minutes after you'll get through and it'll say sold.