More companies - especially smaller ones - are depending on drivers who have their own van, rather than shouldering the expense of running their own fleet, to complete last mile deliveries.
Although this job can easily be done with a car, a van is much bigger and has more capacity to carry larger and heavier items. There are plenty of opportunities out there for van owners to use their commercial vehicle for courier work.
You can either choose to find your own clients or to team up with businesses. Your van could be used to deliver goods and parcels, or you could partner with a service-based business such as an events management company that needs to transport lighting and decorations.
Unlike cars, there isn't a sophisticated nationwide system to transport motorbikes to a buyer that wants a delivery service. Depending on the size of van you've got, you could easily fit one or more motorbikes in your cargo area.
All you need to complete a motorbike transport job is a ramp and some straps to safely secure it in the back. You could team up with a dealership, or a few sellers in your area, and either charge by the mile or by the job.
Most larger vans have a decent towing capacity that you could use to provide towing services to people who need help moving trailers, horse boxes, boats and other large objects.
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Believe it or not, you could make money from your van without having to put anything inside, or having to do any manual labour. Some companies will pay for the opportunity to advertise on your van.
With lots of large surfaces, a van makes the perfect blank canvas for a mobile billboard, and in much the same way as a bus or taxi, you could offer prime advertising space that you're not using.
"Man With a Van" Services
Without trying to be sexist, 'man with a van' is a well-known phrase. It advertises the availability of a person with their van to do a mix of random jobs that people need completing who don't have access to a van.
The difference between this and the other money-making ideas on this list is that it isn't specific or specialised. It could be delivering a sofa bought on eBay or dropping off some rubbish at the tip. If it fits in your van, you can take the job.