How to use a van to inject passion into a career

If you’re a van owner, then there are various types of businesses which you could try your hand at in order to reinvigorate your career. Here are just a few ideas, as outlined by Peugeot vans retailer Van Monster…   

Become a courier

According to Mintel’s Courier and Express Delivery UK 2017 report, there were 2.8 billion packages and parcels delivered across the UK in 2016 — up 65% from the 1.7 billion recorded in 2012. What’s more, 87% of Brits sent or received a parcel in the six months leading up to July 2017.



Entry & skills requirements

·        English and Maths skills are required to keep records of delivery and expenses.

·        A driving licence that matches the vehicle you’ll be using as a courier.

·        Exceptional driving skills.

·        An excellent road sense.

·        Being able to work to tight schedules.

·        The ability to read maps.


The average salary for someone in a courier job is £21,000, Totaljobs claims based on a sample size of 152 people. They will work on average between 30 and 40 hours per week. As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 3,551 courier jobs across the UK.


Become a mobile dog groomer

According to research by, Brits spent £7.16 billion on their animals last year — up 25% from 2010, and factoring in the costs of pet pampering services. When you also consider that 8.5 million of the estimated 54 million pets in the UK as of 2017 are dogs, a career switch to becoming a mobile dog groomer suddenly makes a lot of sense.


Entry & skills requirements

·        Experience with dogs, which can be gained by…


v  Carrying out voluntary work with dogs, such as at kennels.

v  Gaining work experience with a qualified and experienced dog groomer.

v  Undertaking a basic animal care course either at a private training centre or college.


·        The ability to handle dogs in a manner that is firm yet gentle.

·        Know how to calm and control nervous dogs.

·        Communication skills.

·        Customer care skills.


According to the National Careers Service, you can expect to earn a salary somewhere around the region of £13,000-£14,000 a year as a beginner dog groomer. This can rise to between £16,000 and £19,000 once experienced, and then £20,000+ when highly experienced – with the expected working hours averaging around 35 hours per week. As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 219 dog groomer jobs across the UK.


Become a plumber

There’s a skills shortage in the UK’s construction industry, if a report by the Federation of Master Builders is anything to go by. This is an issue that has spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to also effect the plumbing trade. Are you willing to answer the country’s call for more plumbers?


Entry & skills requirements

·        GCSEs (or equivalent) which are at grades 9 to 4 (or A* to C) in English, Maths and Science.

·        An industry-recognised qualification — for example, either a level 2 or 3 Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating.

·        Be qualified to work on gas-related units at level 3, for roles which will involve work with domestic gas heating systems.

·        The ability to follow technical drawings and plans.

·        The ability to follow safe working practices.

·        Customer care skills.


The average salary for a plumber is £31,787, Totaljobs claims based on a sample size of 60 people. They will work on average between 37 and 40 hours per week. As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 2,204 plumber jobs across the UK.


Become a street food trader

Foodservice researchers Santa Maria’s What’s Next in Street Food report has revealed that the average spend on street food was £6.50 in 2016, which is an increase of 30% compared to two years previously. With the percentage of consumers eating street food between two and three times a week also increasing from 20% to 25% over the same period.


Entry & skills requirements

·        A food hygiene qualification.

·        Registration with a local Environmental Health Department.

·        A Street Trading Licence, though this isn’t essential if you’re only working at events on private land.

·        Registration with HM Revenue and Customs.

·        Food safety assessment.

·        Health and safety assessment.

·        Fire safety assessment.

·        Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) assessment.

·        Gas and electrical safety certificates.

·        Public liability insurance.

·        Employers’ Liability insurance, when staff are employed to work on a stall.

·        The ability to prepare food safely and effectively.

·        Customer service skills.

·        An appropriate driving licence to drive the vendor from site to site.


Working out the average salary of a street food trader is tough though. This is because income will vary depending on the working hours, location, type of food and how much food is sold from the stall. When it comes to working hours too, these are often hard to predict. Average working hours can change week to week.


Markets, festivals and appropriate tourist events will all factor in when determining the number of hours worked too. However, expect to work throughout weekends and public holidays to remain competitive. As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 5,329 street food jobs across the UK.


Author: Editor

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