The easiest way to estimate whether or not your bid would be suitable for a particular shipment is to use our Price Insight tool.
Before you place a bid, this tool automatically analyzes all bids accepted for similar shipments on the CitizenShipper platform, and informs you as to where your bid would fall on that specific range:
How much you end up bidding is entirely up to you, but this gives you an estimate of the amount you should bid to improve your chances of winning the shipment.
Of course, accurately estimating your own shipping costs is a more complex matter. Consider the following questions when making this call:
- How much gas will the trip take, including pick-up and drop-off?
- How much does the shipment weigh? Larger items can require more fuel.
- Will you need extra time for loading or unloading? Will you need to hire an extra pair of hands?
- Will there be any additional charges, such as road tolls?
- The typical courier rate is between $.20 and $1.60 per mile — can you afford to go lower than that?
Drivers who are just starting out and have not yet received any customer feedback might need to bid pretty low to win their first few shipments. Once you start getting feedback, and people start to see how trustworthy and dependable you are, you'll be able to increase your quotes gradually.
Additionally, beginners might want to consider folding in the background check fee for their first bid. By paying for your information to be processed instantly, you can complete the security screening before delivering your first shipment. This is by no means a requirement, but it does improve your chances of gaining customer trust early on.