What Types of Driving Jobs Involve Using Your Own Van?


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Employers often prefer multi-drop drivers and couriers to provide their own vans. Van drivers may also make money by self-employing and providing local courier or carpooling services. Drivers capable of heavy lifting can also provide moving services, loading, transporting and unloading goods for people moving houses locally.

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There is a constant demand for services involving item pickup and delivery. Individuals disposing of old furniture or moving new goods from a store to their home often require more space than is available in their own vehicles. Those moving homes usually have many heavy boxes to pack, move, and unpack. Truck rental companies and moving companies tend to charge very high prices and provide service within restricted hours of operation. For this reason, many van owners make a supplementary income by working driving jobs after finishing work, when most major rental and moving companies are closed.

It is important for a van owner to obtain proper business insurance, to protect both the van and its contents, prior to beginning any courier work. Self-employed drivers can advertise in newspapers, on the side of their van (with a visible slogan and contact information), or on the Internet, using classified advertisements websites such as Craigslist.

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