Not sure you were refering to my post but if so, thank you very much for your comments.
Just a couple more ideas for those interested.
In some cases you might find yourself doing courier deliveries from your hometown to a major city not far from your hometown, say 40 or 50 miles away.
Once you have your delivery times established you should contact courier companies in the city you are delivering 'too' / and see if they have anything returning to your hometown. Remember that no one in your delivery city knows you are there daily making deliveries. They have no clue that every day you are done and available for a return run back to your hometown unless you take the time to get on the phone and contact as many courier companies as you can.
Just the yesterday (Sat. June 11th) I received a call from a Boston courier company telling me they had deliveries at their location going to Rhode Island which is where I reside. They called me because they had my information on file, license, reg, insurance coverage, contact numbers, and knew I was in their area delivering 4 to 5 times a week looking for return deliveries.
I immediately got on the phone to a local courier I run for and was able to make a pickup for him just around the corner from my house for delivery to the Boston area.. // Got empty and went in to Boston to pick up 5 deliveries for Rhode Island.
The round trip mileage from my house / back to my house / including pickups and deliveries / start to finish was 160.
I left my house at 11:30am and walked in the door at: 4:30pm = total 5 hrs.
My gross for those 5 hrs was just over $200 because of the fact I was loaded up and loaded back.
Anytime you can make over $1.25 p/mile using a small car you're doing great.
The key is you can't just contact courier companies outside of your hometown and give them your number. You have to go meet them in person so they know who they're dealing with face to face, type of vehicle and so on.