Should you become a white van man?

Should you become a white van man?
February 01 10:55 2019 Print This Article

White van men, eh? Tabloid newspaper and some old sweet wrappers on the dash, rude words written in the dirt on the back door, vehicle dumped on double yellows with the hazard lights on while making a delivery. They don’t have a great reputation.

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But it’s a reputation that is increasingly undeserved – In fact, if you own a van, whatever colour it is, and whether you are a man or a woman, you can make a decent income from running your own small transport business.

Setting up

‘Man and van’ businesses are easy to set up, all you really need is a van and a phone. Of course, you’ll need to have insurance and you may want to get yourself a website, but even so, the setup costs are relatively minimal.

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You need to think about what type of work you want to take on. With a small van you can undertake parcel deliveries for mail order firms or deliveries of items for local retailers. You might need to have a garage or other secure, dry space where you can store items before delivery. With a larger vehicle you may want to look at moving items like furniture or machinery. You can also decide whether you want to do only local work or if you are willing to travel all around the country.

One of the big advantages of this type of business is flexibility. You can take on as much or as little work as you want and adapt the hours to suit yourself – this makes it great for parents needing to fit around school runs, for example.

Building your business

When people are looking for a man and van Slough and other towns offer a choice of options like and if you are intending to enter the market yourself it’s important to understand how much competition there is. Ideally, you want to find a niche in the market where there aren’t many people operating.

You can advertise your services locally but there are also agencies you can sign up with that will manage bookings for you and ensure you get a steady stream of business. This can help you to maximise your income by ensuring that you don’t have to make return trips with an empty van.

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