When you run a small business, vehicles probably aren’t at the forefront of your mind. Chances are that you’re focusing on product development, contacting manufacturers, getting in touch with marketing agencies, and carrying out a whole host of other tasks that keep your business up and running. But believe it or not, having a set of wheels can make running your business a whole lot easier and more efficient. Here’s everything that you need to know on the subject!
How Having a Set of Wheels Helps
Having your own set of wheels can significantly help your business in various ways. Here are a few different ways that a vehicle can benefit you!
When you first start out as a small business owner, you may work from home. This means
However, the average person has to spend a large chunk of their day commuting to and from their place of work and when your business begins to grow and expand, you’re going to have to rent out a commercial property outside of your personal property and go to and from it each day.
After all, you can’t have employees operating from your home office or bedroom! So, a company car can, first and foremost, help you out on your morning and evening commute! It’s much more comfortable than spending time on public transport, and you also won’t be held up by common public transport delays!
As you begin to experience success, you are also more likely to have more meetings to attend. You will need to meet up with manufacturers, potential collaborators, clients, and suppliers. Sure, you could get from A to B on public transport. But you may have things to take with you – files, clip boards, presentation sheets – and this will prove extremely difficult to navigate on busy public transport options alone.
Public transport stops also tend to be a little distance from where your meetings will actually be held, meaning that you may have to walk and you may get rained on or windswept in the process. Being able to drive means you can pull up with everything you need and walk right on in.
Attending Trade Shows
Trade shows are a great business opportunity for your business and many have close access to public transport stops. However, again, you need to remember that you can only carry so much with you when you’re on public transport. For a trade show, you could do with your own means of transport where you can carry all of your display furnishings and stock with you!
Different Types of Vehicle
If you’re looking for a vehicle that can get you from A to B as quickly and conveniently as possible, a motorcycle might be the best option for you. If you invest in a motorbike, you can easily weave in and out of traffic when you’re stuck in a traffic jam. While cars have to stay stuck behind the vehicle in front of them, you could make your way through at a faster rate.
Just make sure that you are qualified to ride the spec of motorcycle that you invest in and to ensure that you go slowly – you don’t want to knock into others’ wing mirrors or to be knocked off your bike if someone happens to open a door unexpectedly. To keep costs as low as possible, you could use a shop for used motorcycles.
A more common option is a car. This is a standard vehicle with plenty of storage room for day to day business activities. It will get you from one place to another comfortably and looking in pristine condition when you get there. If you choose a high-quality vehicle, you can also create a good impression on people when you turn up to meetings and other formal events.
If your main concern is shipping large quantities of goods to clients and stores that stock your goods, you may want to consider a truck. Just remember that you will need to take a completely separate set of driving lessons in order to be qualified to drive one of these.
More often than not, small business owners will hire a truck driver to do this work on their behalf, so check to make sure any potential candidates for the role are sufficiently qualified too!
Making Sure All Drivers Are Insured
You are likely to insure yourself on your company vehicle. After all, it’s a legal requirement that you need to meet before taking to public roads. If you are going to have any other individuals driving the company vehicle, however, you need to make sure that they are covered too. Also check their driving licence. You can’t simply assume that someone is qualified to drive before letting them in the company car – you’ll need proof.
Hopefully, this information will help you to make the best decision possible when it comes to choosing the right type of vehicle for your company. Bear it in mind throughout the entire process and your business will be on the road in next to no time!