Before I move on I feel like I need to state the following. A lot of these tips and tricks depend on one thing…YOU! That’s it. You are the only one that can make them work for you. You are the only one that can adjust them to make them work even better. It will take time and effort. But you will be rewarded.
I suggest abiding by the following.
Be nice! Smile! Be courteous and polite! Help another driver load their car on the way in. Ask their name. Tell them to be safe out there!
Use the same manners when dealing with the warehouse staff. Get to know them. They are the link to your future shifts. No one wants to be around an a**hole. Don’t be one. In the beginning, there were a few at our warehouse, but guess what? They were weeded out quickly. As you will learn, there will be about 10 to 15 hustlers (other drivers who get shifts regularly) you will see a lot. Get to know them. They are really cool people.
Don’t get caught up in the complaining. Set yourself apart from the negatives. Politely walk away from heated discussions and remember that you are there to make money, maybe some friends and be back the next day to do it again.
And lastly, if your route sucks, do it anyway. That’s the job. Stay in line and go in order. There are a lot of weasels out there who look at the addresses on packages and pass on them because they are too far or too many. I’ve even seen drivers head to the bathroom right before they are called or pretend they didn’t hear their name, most likely hoping they will get back into the rotation and the next route will be better. Guess what? I don’t see those people delivering for Flex anymore.