If you got to the point where your home business is thriving and you need to start expanding in some ways, it might be time to sink some of your finances into a business vehicle. Delivering products door-to-door is a lucrative business. After all, delivering pizza earns big bucks!
If you need to invest in a vehicle to get your business further then here are a few tips to get your wheels spinning with your money-spinner of a business.
What Type Of Vehicle Should I Get?
A few questions come with this question. Depending on the nature of your business, this will determine the type of vehicle you should buy. If you are working with large bulky products then you are better off purchasing a van. If you are delivering cosmetics, or hand-held products then you are better off with a smaller vehicle. If you already have a car, then this may prove useful enough. Length is a determining factor based on the products that you are transporting. You need to make sure that the products get to the customer safe and sound, while (preferably) in one piece!
What’s The Best Delivery Method?
Depending on the product that you deliver, there may be certain rules or regulations attached to it. For example, if you were transporting blood or organs then you may need to comply with certain rules and regulations. Moreover, you would need to have relevant labelling on these items to clearly state that these are hazardous products. If you need to print your own labels, then companies, like GHS labels, are able to help with this.
How Much Of An Area Should I Cover?
That depends on the demand for your product. If you are receiving large orders from afar, and you can justify it in terms of the fuel costs, then you can cover a large enough area. If you received one order from 150 miles away, while the rest of them are in a local catchment area, financially it is not worth your while. If your business gets to the point of expansion and you can purchase two vehicles then you can start to use one vehicle for a dedicated area that is far away to cover that customer base.
How Should I Get My Customers To Pay?
There are many safe ways to pay now via the Internet, with PayPal and other secure payment transaction methods. It makes more business sense to receive payment upfront, either via the Internet or you can take card details over the phone. If, however, you have got into a sticky situation in terms of payment, you could have a portable credit card machine as a backup method.
Obtaining a vehicle for delivery methods could be the best thing to happen to your small business. You could cover a wider area and give that personal touch to your business. If your business grows then you could afford to set up a dedicated office, and all because of a small investment in a vehicle. So put your foot down!