Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2012
If you are tired of working for other people and not getting paid enough most probably you are considering starting your own business. as you do not have enough resources to start a big one you will definitely want a small business from the comfort of your home. A business that does not require a lot of investment at first. a business idea that will meet all these requirements and offer you great chances for success is the so called "man and van hire service".
All you need to start such a business is a van, preferably medium size, a computer, a cell phone and friendly attitude towards costumers. There are no specific skills you need to have like any selling or trade skills, but you must be prepare to put in a hard day's work. If you develop a good business plan which you follow strictly you will succeed for sure. This plan does not need to be very complicated. Start with small tasks that will see you reaching very small goals in the first week. You need to work just a couple of hours in the first weeks while you manage to see the whole picture, get your mind together and prepare yourself for what could be your career.
As this will be a man and van company the first thing you need is a perfectly working van. This way you will not face bad surprises like finding yourself in the middle of nowhere with a van that have broken down and clients waiting for you. Make sure you have a GPS in your vehicle. This is really important as a big part of your job will be to find and reach different locations. It will be smart if in the beginning you stick to familiar locations. This way you can provide a fast service that will meet your client's needs, because being on time is essential for a good man and van business start.
To develop your business and make it profitable you should find a way of receiving requests from potential customers. Use the internet, the local newspapers and radios to promote your company.
You will need also to make your own schedule. although you have no boss you need to stick to strict schedule to help you keep everything well organized. Only if you keep your business affairs in complete order you can achieve success. This is not an easy thing to follow especially when working from home as there are many things that can distract you. Make sure you manage to stay focused and offer a professional service to your costumers.
You need to be very well organized, as well. In this kind of business, speed is the essence. Hence, you have to keep things very well organized to make sure that you will not end up with piles of work and very little time to complete them. For example, if a client calls in with a work request make sure to write down his address correctly, to note the deadline your client need to meet and any additional details for the job then carefully check your schedule before you set the date and time of the delivery assignment. Lack of organization will not only be an inconvenience, it will also be a major disturbance for your business.
As you are dealing with limited resources it would be best to take smaller, more achievable tasks until you accumulate enough resources to move on to the bigger ones. Never bite more than you can chew.
Follow these tips to start a successful business.