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Drive Your Career with a Business from a Van

Has your current career route hit a roadblock? Are you tired of your typical 9-5 job and looking for a new career adventure? If you have your own van, then you’ll be excited to hear that there are so many types of businesses using Commercial Vans that you can get involved in to reinvigorate your working life…

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. It’s clear to see that courier and express delivery services are in demand throughout the UK.

Expected day-to-day duties

Entry & skills required

Average salary

According to Totaljobs, in a sample size of 152 people, the average salary for a courier job is £21,000.

Average working hours

Couriers can expect to work between 30 and 40 hours per week.

Number of jobs available

As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 3,551 courier jobs across the UK.

Plumber

The UK’s construction scene is currently experiencing a skills shortage, with a study by the Federation of Master Builders suggesting that this issue has spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to also effect the plumbing trade. Are you willing to answer the country’s call for more plumbers?

Expected day-to-day duties

Entry & skills required

Average salary

According to Totaljobs, in a sample size of 60 people, the average salary for a plumber is £31,787.

Average working hours

Plumbers can expect to work between 37 and 40 hours per week.

Number of jobs available

As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 2,204 plumber jobs across the UK.

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, there’s plenty of reasons to get involved with this dining experience.

Expected day-to-day duties

Entry & skills required

Average salary

It is very difficult to work out the average salary of a street food trader, as income will vary depending on the working hours, location, type of food and how much food is sold from the stall.

Average working hours

Average working hours can change week to week, though a competitive street food trader should aim to trade similar hours to neighbouring stalls. The amount of hours worked can change depending on when markets, festivals and appropriate tourist events are taking place, though expect to work throughout weekends and public holidays to remain competitive.

Number of jobs available

As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 5,329 street food jobs across the UK.

Mobile dog groomer

According to research by TotallyMoney.com, 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.

Expected day-to-day duties

Entry & skills required

Average salary

As a guide, the National Careers Service states that a beginner dog groomer can expect to be earn a salary of between £13,000 and £14,000 a year. This can rise to between £16,000 and £19,000 once experienced, and then £20,000+ when highly experienced.

Average working hours

Dog groomers can expect to work 35 hours a week.

Number of jobs available

As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 219 dog groomer jobs across the UK.

Painter & Decorator

The average Brit will redecorate their home 36 times during their lifetime,as research by Anglian Home Improvements has suggested -with jobs within the home usually taking 18 days to finish and each task typically leading to three arguments. Become a painter and decorator and you should be able to reduce the stress among households throughout the nation.

Expected day-to-day duties

Entry & skills required

Average salary

According to Totaljobs, in a sample size of 60 people, the average salary for a painter is £26,406. Meanwhile, in a sample size of 36 people, the average salary for a decorator job is £22,492.

Average working hours

A painter and decorator can expect to work between 35 and 40 hours per week, though overtime may be required to meet an agreed deadline.

Number of jobs available

As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 1,902 painter and decorator jobs across the UK.