Got a Van? Here Are Some Business Ideas!

Got a Van? Here Are Some Business Ideas!
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Starting your own small business is more popular than ever before, as many people want the freedom and flexibility that being self-employed offers. While many people work from their own home, or even rent a shop or other business premises, having a van means that you have a few different options for starting a small business. Here are five businesses that you can easily start if you already own a van:

Clearance and Removals

One of the most popular ways to use a van to make money is by offering removals and clearance services to retail and commercial clients, as Abacus Commercial Clearance do. They clear everything including deceased estates, properties for sale, offices, factories, churches, schools, and much more. Each property is cleared from top to bottom: clothes, blankets, bric-a-brac, sheds, garages, carpets, and even the food from the cupboards!

Mobile Car Washing Service

So many people simply don’t have time or the inclination to wash their own vehicles regularly. Sometimes it’s a matter of not having access to hoses and outdoor taps and other times it’s simply not having the ability to do the physical labour involved. A large enough van could transport large barrels of water to be used on-site as well as the hoses and cleaning equipment needed for the job. This is an especially lucrative business in large cities where outdoor water access is sometimes at a premium.

Cleaning Services

Cleaning services are really popular, as many people are simply too busy with work and family to keep up with cleaning at home. With a large enough van, you could offer both exterior and interior cleaning services because you could carry along a pressure washer for the exterior, as well as any other tools such as rakes and barrels to haul off debris. Whether offering house or office cleaning or pressure washing and gutter cleaning, a van is a necessary investment, as is a quality vacuum cleaner like a Riccar R25D. This will ensure that you have everything you need to hand when attending a job.


If you’re the green-fingered type who likes being outdoors and has horticultural know-how, then you could thrive as a gardener. A spacious van means you can carry all the necessary hefty gardening kit you may need, including lawnmowers, rakes and spades, as well as heavy pots and planters, shrubs and compost. You’ll need to enjoy getting your hands dirty and have a ‘happy to work in all weathers’ attitude. But the pay-off – creating green and pleasant places and spaces  – will be a business that’s a breath of fresh air.

Furniture Upcycling

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and if you’re the artistic type who’s pretty nifty at sanding, painting, distressing or reupholstering old pieces of furniture to give them a new lease of life, then a career as a professional upcycler could be for you. Sites such as Gumtree and Preloved offer second hand furniture at bargain prices, while Freecycle advertises items being given away for free. It’s also worth browsing car boot sales and charity shops for pieces. A van will give you the easy means to transport any large items you get your hands on – and deliver revamped pieces to your buyers, too.

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