Whether you’re a new entrepreneur looking to get stuck into providing local services to local people, or you’re an established tradesman ready to take on a new vehicle to enhance your working routine, there are a number of vehicular responsibilities to take care of in 2020.
Not only do you need to make sure your trade vehicle is secure and reliable, you also need to ensure that you’re operating within the bound of the law. In this article, we’ll examine all of the facets that make your trade vehicle work perfectly for 2020 and beyond.
You may have a brand-new trade vehicle which still smells like the factory finish, or you may have opted for a secondhand model for your new local business project. In either case, you need to make sure that your vehicle will run throughout the year, so that you don’t miss business. The solution? Book in a quarterly check-up at a trusted mechanic who will ensure your vehicle is well-maintained for the future.
As a local tradesman, you’ll know just how much business you drum up from having your brand, your website and your phone number on the sides and back of your van. The small investment of sticking these onto your van or truck is paid back many times over by the people who spot your branding and decide to get in touch. As such, with any new van, you should prioritize attaching branding so that you can attract new customers as you work.
All trade vehicles need insurance: if you crash without insurance, you’ll have broken the law and you’ll have no financial cover to help you pay for repairs and damages. As such, this is the moment to look out for motor trade insurance brokers online, who can help you protect your vehicle — or multiple vehicles in your fleet — under one policy. It’s essential to have this organized for your local business before you take to the roads.
Tools and Layout
If you’re a tradesman, the chances are that you’re well-equipped with tools and equipment which you take onto sites in order to do your job. Electricians carry wires and cables of all lengths and sizes in their vans, while plumbers carry pipes. Those who clean windows attach ladders to their vehicles, while gardeners opt for larger trucks into which can be loaded lawnmowers. All local trades are different, but setting up your truck to reflect your business’ needs will help you run a more efficient firm in the future.
Finally, though you’ve already insured your vehicle, it’s important to ensure that you’re also ticking all the boxes required by law in order to be able to operate your vehicle in your locality, and to make a business from your local trade. This is something that you should discuss in a one-off meeting with a lawyer, to ensure your business is registered properly and that you’re free to operate in the local area.
Set up your local trade with these five tips for preparing your vehicle for work.