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18 March 2019 | Resources

Making Your Man In a Van Business as Professional as Possible



Man in a van businesses have grown in popularity over the last few years. It’s a relatively easy and cost-effective enterprise to set up – all you really need is a good van and plenty of energy and you’re good to go. If you’re looking to create a professional business that people are really going to trust, however, you need to invest in a few areas of marketing that can make all the difference to your future success. 


Quality Signage

One of your biggest assets is your van and making sure it has the right design, along with branded markings and contact details is important. You might also want to invest in site boards that advertise your business and which you can put out while you’re doing a job. There’s no doubt that quality signage gets you noticed and tells people you’re a serious company to do business with.  


Professional Email

Setting up a business email also adds a professional touch to your man in a van service and there are some cheap options available including GSuite which includes plenty of office tools you can access while on the move. It also means you can keep your personal and professional personas separate which is always a good idea for any business.


Great branding

Even a man in a van business needs to think about branding. It’s all about creating a visual image that represents everything your company stands for. It doesn’t matter if you are a single person outfit or you’re looking to expand to several vans, setting your brand from the outset makes life a whole lot easier and prepares your business for success.


Branded Clothing and Company Stationery

Another way to create a stronger professional appearance is to transfer that carefully thought out branding to your clothing. It means you and your staff are easily recognisable and stand out from the crowd and is simple and cost effective to organise. You can also try to bring your brand identity into the company stationary with things like invoices and NCR pads.


Quickbooks Online

Keeping track of jobs, payments, and finances used to be more difficult for small businesses. You could, of course, use a simple spreadsheet or even a notebook but it’s much better to use dedicated accounting software nowadays. Platforms like Quickbooks are available online and can be used on multiple devices, helping you to keep track of payments, produce invoices and list expenses and other outgoings. That makes calculating your tax and the various financial aspects of your business a breeze. 


Google My Business

If you want to get noticed, you’ll need your man in a van business to be visible online. One way to do this is to sign up for Google My Business. It’s free to add your listing and, if you put in the right content, it should make you show up for local listings and on Google Maps when people do a search. GMB allows people to add reviews as well and, if you’re good at your job, this can be a real asset in building your business. 


Quality Website

Finally, you’ll also want a quality website that people can see online. Most man in van businesses pay less attention to this than they really should. It’s a way to highlight what you offer but also an opportunity to set you apart from your competitors as a professional outfit that really delivers for its customers. If you want to stand out, this is certainly an area that you need to focus on and regularly update. 


Feel free to get in touch if you need any help with anything raised above!


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