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When beginning any new business venture, it’s important to get yourself organised. Everything needs to be in place before you take steps towards gaining clients or customers. This is never truer than when you’re establishing a delivery business, but with the opportunity to be your own boss and a low-cost set-up, the outcomes can be substantial.
Here are some pointers on what you need to do and have in place in order to establish your own delivery company:
Get a Vehicle
If you already own a van or truck, your business is a massive step closer to opening to customers. If you don’t, get one that is fuel-efficient and large enough to transport the items you’ll be delivering.
Consider beginning your business with a car and delivering smaller items. This way, you won’t have to wait to get started. You can still make deliveries and the costs (such as fuel) will be lower, which will help to provide you with the funds you need to get a larger vehicle sooner.
One trip to a specialist store should be enough to pick up the equipment necessary for your business. Ratchet straps and dollies are all fairly easy and inexpensive to obtain. Other pieces of equipment you could get, such as bookkeeping and accounting items, are also important, and it’s worth remembering — the more equipment your business has, the more efficient your business will be.
With this comes the possibility of hiring an employee to help you. Depending on how confident you are in your company’s estimated growth, employing someone could be a sound investment of your money and time.
Once you’re ready to complete jobs, it’s time to think of a name for your business and to get that name into people’s heads. The name of your company needs to be simple, but effective. Potential clients should read your name and know what your service is (e.g. if they see it on your van), but it also needs to stand out from the competition.
Once you’re happy with your name, it’s important to spread the word. Social media is a great way to get your business established. By sharing your company name with friends and family, word of mouth takes effect and you will soon have your first customer.
Further enhance your chances of getting that first job by joining local business networks on social media and by creating your own website. However you get your name out, you need to be clear on what service you provide and the prices you offer.
Insuring your vehicle and business is essential, whatever the size of your company. Get adequate insurance to cover yourself as well as your client’s items. This creates a positive reputation, as many businesses and individuals are unwilling to work with uninsured delivery companies.
Should you already own several vehicles, fleet insurance can provide coverage for multiple cars, vans, and bikes under the same policy, bringing more peace of mind to you and your customers.
Insuring every element of your business not only provides protection for you, but it also establishes trust between your business and your clients.