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March 31, 2016 at 4:34 PM

In the UK today, there is a large shortfall of skilled tradesmen in all areas of industry. Whether qualified time served electricians, plumbers, gas fitters, HVAC engineers, bricklayers, or painters and decorators, this shortage seems set to increase for the foreseeable future, especially as the construction industry begins to pick up.

With this in mind, many young tradesmen are taking the opportunity to branch out on their own, buy their own van, and become the engineers of their own success.

Professionalism in all things pays dividends:

No matter what career path is chosen, a professional appearance, and professional approach to each new project is paramount when building a database of clients. Nowhere more-so than if you choose to go down the domestic/commercial property maintenance and repair route.

Today’s modern commercial vehicles are a far cry from the old vans of yesteryear, when the prime concern was to be able to shift goods and materials from A to B, with no concern for driver comfort or aesthetic appeal. Now, commercials have cab comforts and looks which will match those of their saloon car cousins. 

Whether your chosen van is a Fiesta or Transit, a Berlingo or Dispatch, a Kangoo or Master, or one of the many other makes and models, you have taken the first step to promoting your new business in a professional manner.


Promote your business on your van:

Just like old style commercial vehicles, old style sign writing is out. Today it’s all about vinyl, either wrap-around or stencilled. Unfortunately, in the society in which we live, there are certain drawbacks to having your vehicle sign written. None-the-less, your van parked in a client’s driveway displaying company name, trade, and contact number, can bring in a substantial number of enquiries during those early days. 

Add to that working trousers and jacket with the company logo emblazoned on the pocket and you’ve about reached the professional appearance. Now we need the professional approach. Having proudly parked outside the client’s house or on the driveway, rung the doorbell, introduced yourself and discussed the job with the client, you return to the van to get tools and materials.

First appearances count:

With client standing in the doorway you open the van’s rear doors - and buckets, spades, drills and transformers tumble out onto the concrete. Not the most auspicious beginning to the job. By the time you’ve finished untangling the different electrical leads the client is beginning to wonder if maybe they should have chosen that other firm.

Fitting out the cargo bay doesn’t have to cost a fortune:

There are a number of companies who specialise in complete van fit-outs for all trades, or supply sets of plastic drawers and racks which can be fitted by oneself. As a skilled tradesman more than competent when using electrical equipment, fitting out your new company van yourself will save some much-needed cash, and allow you to customise the van to your own needs. Fitting plywood sheeting to floor, sides, and roof prior to shelving and racking will help keep the van free from internal dents and scratches and help reduce depreciation when it comes to trading it in for a later or larger vehicle.

Pencil in a little extra cash for having your new van sign written and fitted out, and promote your business with a professional approach – both outside and in.



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