Part Time Man With Van Needs Help!

Hello fellow money savers!

Since my hours at work at being cut I need to find something to make up the lost income. I am one of those gormless individuals who, at 41, still deosnt know what he wants to do when he grows up. Consequently I dont have any really marketable skills. I have been looking into one or two ways of making extra cash and one of these ways is to buy a van and start advertising my services as a man with a van. since I work 4 days on and 4 days off this would give me a fair bit of time in which I could carry out this work. I have looked into van prices and I can see second hand diesels with under 80k on them going for very good prices. My idea is to buy one of them and then to advertise in all the local rags, customer service notice boards, DIY shops, Gumtree, IKEA etc. My service would be local deliveries in the South Wales area.

I am not very business minded and what I need help with is identifying the needs and pitfalls. I have taken a look around and I think that as long as I offer good VFM I should be able to pick up work. What else do I need to do?

I appreciate that this may be a pretty open ended request but I am on a learning curve having never had to do anything like this before.



  • diso
    diso Posts: 80 Forumite
    if you do get the van, take a look at this site you might be able to pick up some nice jobs from there.
    LBM Sept 08: (Loans: £20,108) (Cards: £5,713)
  • diso wrote: »
    if you do get the van, take a look at this site you might be able to pick up some nice jobs from there.

    Many thanks Diso! That looks very handy!
  • vangirl_2
    vangirl_2 Posts: 1,956 Forumite
    Hi, Before you buy a van i would check what your insurance would be. Its also avisable to get goods in transit insurance and liability insurance too.
    For work you could try the charity shops. They require owner drivers to exchange stuff between shops and the book bins need emptying about once a week, its part time hours but the moneys not bad. The british heart foundation is often good for that. Try putting an ad in the local paper for man with van. this time of year theres always plenty of stuff that needs delivering. Also people with vans advertise on ebay, not sure how much it costs but you do see vans going round with ebay logos on them. you can also try haulage companies but its all a bit quiet at the moment and we are all fighting for work. Good luck
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