Getting to finally run your dream business can be exciting, especially in the first two weeks. By week three or maybe after a month, the stress starts to kick in and you are left wondering whether you made the right choice with the whole entrepreneurship thing. You know what else can really pile om the stress? Owning a business van. You might decide to get a van for your business at any point of course, but you must know what to expect before you proceed to buy. So what are the problems you are likely to face and how do you tackle them?
Financing your van
As a business owner, a lot of what you do revolves around efficiently managing a budget and when you intend to spend on a business asset or liability, as the case may be, you are going to have to spend money. The last problem you want is a business van that causes unnecessary strain on your budget. Experts suggest three models of financing that business van you need, and whichever one you go for eventually depends on your financial situation. Your options are:
- a hire purchase agreement,
- a balloon hire purchase, and
- a contract hire arrangement
Also, there is always the option of buying a second-hand van outright if you find one at a good price you can easily afford. However, you must make sure the automobile is in excellent working condition and looks good enough to represent your business. You don’t want to slap your brand logo on a rusty old bucket.
Drivers complaining of stress and strain
Unfortunately, (or fortunately), driverless vehicles are not yet commonplace, so you have to deal with real humans driving your van. Van drivers in the UK are driving longer distances and spending longer on the road, causing them a great deal of strain. All the driving they have to do can result in stress, fatigue, lumbar pain, stiff necks, and a host of other health issues, the most notorious being higher blood pressures.
Experts suggest van drivers adopt simple exercises they can do even in their vans, cut their time on the road, and take a break for 15 minutes every two hours when on long journeys. How you implement these suggestions depends on exactly how your business runs. You must design a system that lets your drivers get the rest they need and drive in a healthier fashion. Having employees miss work due to ill health or fatigue is not a problem you want to have to deal with.
Keeping your van safe
The safety of your van is another major headache to deal with, but it doesn’t have to be a headache at all when you know exactly what to do. Listen to the experts when they say you should invest in the latest technology for your van. The best part is you don’t have to spend too much.