Want a new career where you’re the boss? Perhaps you’re looking for a regular side hustle that offers ultimate flexibility? Or maybe you just want to earn some extra cash every now and then.
In all cases, becoming an independent transporter for hire is an excellent way to make money. And registering with CitizenShipper gives you instant access to thousands of shipments that will help fuel your efforts.
While the majority of transport listings involve shipping pets (especially appealing for animal lovers), other items such as boats, cars and motorcycles are often requested. The nature of most transports available on CitizenShipper requires long distance travel which benefits transporters in several ways. Longer trips mean bigger paydays and less wear and tear on vehicles. Plus, there’s the added advantage of seeing new places and bookending transports before and after vacations and seeing friends and family across the country.
Won 77+ shipments so far
I like how I receive SMS messages every time a new shipment is listed on the site that matches my shipping preferences. I have a lot of repeat customers, and I’ve been able to grow my business and do really well.
Won 110+ shipments so far
And BAM just got my 3rd shipment. So easy. Just like they said it's not the lowest bidder that wins the bid.
Won 5+ shipments so far
We really like the fact that we’re emailed every time a new shipment matches our preferred routes and it helps us quickly find shipments that we’re interested in bidding on.
Just enter your contact and driver’s license information. There are no special licenses or training required (most pet transporters usually get USDA-certified – which is not difficult). Next, choose the type of shipment you prefer – we’ll get your account set-up quickly.
Whenever a suitable shipment is listed in your area, we send you an immediate notification. You can message customers directly to discuss payment options, delivery dates, and other transport details that impact the bid you provide.
Once you have all the info you need from the customer and if it’s a shipment that meets your needs, you can start bidding on the transport. Submit your quote and see how it stacks up against your competitors. We provide free driver onboarding workshops you can join to help ensure your quotes capture the attention of shippers and are profitable for you!
CitizenShipper is an online marketplace where people with something to ship connect with individuals willing and able to complete the transport. Once you register as an independent transporter in the CitizenShipper community, instant access is granted to shipments listed by our customers. You are notified immediately of all the shipments we think you may be interested in, based on your put criteria, allowing you to provide quotes to customers. As you win bids and complete shipments, you earn positive feedback and improve your online profile and reputation.
All you need is a driver’s license and vehicle insurance. After registering,you’ll also need to pass a background check, that CitizenShipper pays for, before you can officially book your first shipment. (We screen for felony convictions, DUIs and verify all contact information). If you plan on transporting animals, check out our Help Center articles on obtaining USDA certification – it’s easy and affordable to obtain.
Beyond that, anything else you bring to the table is a bonus! Helpful tip - ourcustomers value professionalism and experience above all else. Be sure to emphasize these qualities in your profile and use each successful transport to capture favorable customer reviews!
The shipper pays you directly for the transport. CitizenShipper is not involved in and does not mediate any aspects of the payment. When you bid on a shipment and win, you arrange the terms of payment with the shipper. Typically, the payment is made upon delivery, but you can request money upfront for expenditures such as gas or lodging. It is important to specify exactly what you expect in terms of payment before accepting the customer’s “book shipment” request. You can use any form of payment you want, as long as it is agreed to by both you and the customer. However, we do recommend using disputable forms of payment such as a credit card or PayPal.
Once you sign up, your recommended shipments tab should display all the shipments listed that match your category and location settings. In case you wish to browse shipments in a different location, you can at all times update this in your notification settings to specify which states, cities, or regions you want to cover, or use our search tool. When shipments are listed in the areas specified, we’ll send you a notification by text or email. Hundreds of listings go up each week, so if you’re in a populated area, you should be able to find plenty of shipments.
It is important to include any costs you might incur during your transport into the initial bid you provide the customer. Examples of these costs include gas, lodging, meals, vehicle wear and tear – whatever you feel needs to be compensated for as part of the transport.
In addition, CitizenShipper is a subscription-based platform but we do offer a three-month free trial plus a 30-day money-back guarantee – in essence, four months of free subscription. We do this so you are not burdened with any fees before you start turning a profit.
Once the trial period is up, the subscription fee is $29.99 per month. We feel this amount is reasonable for the use of the platform, its resources and features that help drive your business and because it brings the business to you without any effort on your part.
There are no additional activation or cancellation costs associated with this service. You can pause, resume, or cancel your subscription at any time.
Yes, CitizenShipper has a robust Driver Onboarding team that offers FREE 1:1 onboarding sessions, building business workshops, tutorials and numerous articles and education on our site’s Help Center. We are committed to helping drivers in our community achieve success and are always available to help.