So I need a new Job / Career or Business Direction, any advice welcome !

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HGV driver , been a big uptick in wages recently
 
Uber/Transport sector ?

Not my bag being the antisocial git that I am.

To the OP, not trying to disillusion you, but I'd look elsewhere.

Fully aware that if I do go down the construction route, which is probably the only career where at my age can earn reasonable money I'm going to have to do a year's or so worth of labouring whilst training to stand any chance of getting a job !
 
Not my bag being the antisocial git that I am.



Fully aware that if I do go down the construction route, which is probably the only career where at my age can earn reasonable money I'm going to have to do a year's or so worth of labouring whilst training to stand any chance of getting a job !
You know it. Good luck.
 
Mobile pole-dancing club. Install a pole in each van, the warehouse, etc... and watch the punters come!😉🤣
 
Are you anywhere near a University or college with loads of students in landlord houses? if so try and get in to supplying beds and cheap furniture to the landlords, maybe go round to the letting agents or people that clean and look after the rented houses pay them a visit and leave your details with prices for beds furniture etc that you can supply! this is your field and you know prices etc, the way students wreck beds is unbelievable they need a new one every let, good luck
 
I spent some disillusioned time a couple of years ago looking for alternative wage earning employment. I spent my time driving to & from work looking at vans I passed or who passed me.
Best I could come up with at the time was smart meter fitters. Saw offers of employment on the back of major electric company vans with full training offered. I never followed it up but it may be an option for you.
 
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Good luck with the search.


Not fat enough for me !


Are you anywhere near a University or college with loads of students in landlord houses? if so try and get in to supplying beds and cheap furniture to the landlords, maybe go round to the letting agents or people that clean and look after the rented houses pay them a visit and leave your details with prices for beds furniture etc that you can supply! this is your field and you know prices etc, the way students wreck beds is unbelievable they need a new one every let, good luck

Unfortunately been there done that, got the t shirt, never again. There is only one thing tighter than self important, filthy destructive university students and that's student dig slum landlords ! I have less aggro selling to mental health care homes and half way houses !
 
The dog walking, day care is a sound option. With 2 vans and some flyers to get you started. Keep the shop on for grooming in the future with trained staff. Ring around for quotes from other companies to get an idea of income, 2000 flyers wont cost a lot, knock on doors and check out the interest. Best of luck. 🐕🐕‍🦺🐕🐕‍🦺🐕🐕‍🦺. There's the added bonus of keeping fit.
 
My brother in law, a keen gardener, was made redundant from an executive job a few years back, and decided to take up gardening as a business. With a very well liveried van and probably less than a week's worth of leafleting, he hasn't stopped or advertised since. Good gardeners are in demand, but if it's not your thing it's of no help. Good luck!
 
You've got valuable skills and contacts here.

With contacts and knowledge of letting and estate agency generally, there's still potential in expanding into other services, from cleaning, via maintenance, inventorying, to show house / listing preparation. Agents are always looking for people to take a problem off their hands.

With that Ebay experience, there must be more scope around that. No physical presence required - just focus on the profitable rather than the low value volume stuff.

And then there's "personal services," like dog-walking, and glorified DIY in more prosperous areas.

Maybe avoid the man and van stuff: it's low margin, me-too stuff, best left to incoming foreigners, unless you have the contacts. (As ever)

Good luck
 
The dog walking, day care is a sound option. With 2 vans and some flyers to get you started. Keep the shop on for grooming in the future with trained staff. Ring around for quotes from other companies to get an idea of income, 2000 flyers wont cost a lot, knock on doors and check out the interest. Best of luck. 🐕🐕‍🦺🐕🐕‍🦺🐕🐕‍🦺. There's the added bonus of keeping fit.

Unfortunately there is a dog grooming parlour on the ground floor where my shop is.

My brother in law, a keen gardener, was made redundant from an executive job a few years back, and decided to take up gardening as a business. With a very well liveried van and probably less than a week's worth of leafleting, he hasn't stopped or advertised since. Good gardeners are in demand, but if it's not your thing it's of no help. Good luck!

Unfortunately I hate gardening and 30 years of carrying furniture the old knees have had it !



I pretty set on going down the training for some form of Construction job, whether it H & S, specialist machinery driving, compliance whatever.


But what I need now is ideas of what to do with the shop and the vans for the next year.

I'm just wondering if there are any interesting franchise opportunities out there ?


P.s

Before anyone mentions it, I hate car washing so a mobile detailing is a definite no no (plus there are shed loads in my area)
 
With contacts and knowledge of letting and estate agency generally, there's still potential in expanding into other services, from cleaning, via maintenance, inventorying, to show house / listing preparation. Agents are always looking for people to take a problem off their hands

Unfortunately that's what the problem is. There was a massive explosion of property maintenance agents that did all of this. But it's them that are now feeling the pinch. There is just not enough work around as landlords are just not spending the money anymore.

When, I moved 9 months ago I did look into setting up a "Clean, tosh out , supply furniture" service to agents. I have researched with my good Estate Agents what they pay for cleaning/maintenance and dressing and me, without access to cheap labour it's just a non starter.

Hence the reason for looking for something completely different
 
Mrs Me takes care of logistics at a local company.
Rates and deliveries have fluctuated recently. Delivery firms chasing business went to not needing it. Rates are now at a high rate and when I calculate the charges and costs I can see the possibility of a reasonable living from it.

You can offer some minimal warehousing also.

Might be a thought.
 
Unfortunately there is a dog grooming parlour on the ground floor where my shop is.



Unfortunately I hate gardening and 30 years of carrying furniture the old knees have had it !



I pretty set on going down the training for some form of Construction job, whether it H & S, specialist machinery driving, compliance whatever.


But what I need now is ideas of what to do with the shop and the vans for the next year.

I'm just wondering if there are any interesting franchise opportunities out there ?


P.s

Before anyone mentions it, I hate car washing so a mobile detailing is a definite no no (plus there are shed loads in my area)
What make and what years are your vans? Are they sign-written?
 

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