What Do You Need to Set Up a Motor Trade Business?


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Setting up your own business can be a great way to get free of the rat race and gain financial independence. However you have to go about it in the right way. Below are some key requirements for setting up in the motor trade. Insurance In order to be eligible for motor trade insurance you need to meet the following criteria – Be at least 21 years old – You must be at least 21 years old to get a traders policy. The risks involved with running a motor trade business mean very few providers will offer cover to those younger. Have a full UK driving licence – Holiding a full driving licence is another minimum requirement to qualify for cover. Be able to prove you work in the motor trade – You must be able to provide some proof, usually in the form of customer receipts, that you do in fact work in the motor trade. Experience In order to start a motor trade business, you’ll want to have at least some experience in…
Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Types of Truck Insurance


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If you run a business that relies on the use of trucks then you need to take out the right type of insurance to protect yourself. Truck insurance will provide the protection you need and can be tailored to the specific needs of your company. Finding truck insurance is now easier than ever. There are many insurance comparison sites online that enable you to obtain truck insurance quotes very easily. One such site is Multiquote Truck which can provide quotes for hgv insurance from the market leading insurance providers. Some common types of trucks that require truck insurance include – HGVs LGVs Refrigerated trucks Recovery trucks Gritter lorries Skip bed lorries Flat bed lorries Types of cover Road risks – Road risks are the most common type of cover with a truck insurance policy. You can choose from third party cover, third party, fire and theft or fully comprehensive. Goods in transit – Goods in transit cover is extremely important when you’re transporting goods that are of high value or at risk of damage or…
Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Preparing for a Horse Show


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If you’re planning to take your horse to a horse show then you want to ensure that you’re properly prepared for it. Below are some of the main things you need to take care of. Transportation The two main ways to transport a horse to a horse show are by using a horse trailer or a horsebox. Whichever you have you’ll want to take out horsebox insurance from a site such as cleangreencars.co.uk to be fully protected for all risks. Preparing your horse The first step when preparing for a horse show is to get your horse ready. Below are some of the key areas to focus on – Bathing – When it comes to bathing your horses, it’s a good idea to do it the night before the show. This means you don’t have to worry about doing it on the day of the show and also means that there’s not much time for the horse to get itself dirty beforehand. Clipping – Another key part of preparing your horse is clipping the longer…
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Do Black Cab Drivers Need to Get Their Own Insurance?


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If you’ve ever considered working as a black cab driver then you might have wondered if you have to take care of your own insurance. The answer to this question is usually yes. In addition to getting your own insurance as a black cab driver, there are other things you must do in order to be able to work legally. These include – Apply for a private hire licence The first step to becoming a black cab driver is to obtain a private hire taxi driving licence. In order to be eligible for a private hire taxi driving licence you should meet the following criteria – Be at least 21 years old – You can technically apply for a private hire licence at 18 but you cannot be fully licenced and work until you’re 21 Have a full driving licence – You need to hold a full UK or EU driving licence in order to a apply for a private hire taxi licence You are able to live and work in the UK – You…
Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Insuring a Fleet of Taxis


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If you run a taxi firm then one of the biggest overheads you’ll have is insurance. Any reasonably sized taxi firm will have multiple vehicles of varying values that need to be insured for road risks, liability claims and breakdowns amongst other things. For most taxi firms, fleet insurance is by far the best option. Why get fleet insurance? Fleet insurance comes with a few key advantages over insurance vehicles individually. Firstly it is much more convenient to insure all your vehicles under one policy than it is getting separate policies for each. With fleet insurance you can not only insure vehicles of differing values but also insure different vehicle types. For example if you have a fleet of cars and minibuses then you can get them covered on the same policy. Another big advantage of fleet insurance is that it normally ends up being cheaper in comparison to getting individual policies for your vehicles. Factors that affect cost Below are some of the biggest factors that affect the cost of taxi fleet insurance. Public…
Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Setting Up as a Freelance Courier


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Working as a freelance courier can be a great way to make a living but it does come with some extra responsibilities you’ll need to be prepared for. As well as registering as self-employed, you’ll also be responsible for paying your own tax and finding your own customers. Below are some tips to help you get started. Getting a van Although it’s possible to work as a freelance courier with a car, you’ll be in a much better position to work if you have your own van. When it comes to getting a van you might be better off renting at first until you’re sure you will have a steady stream of work that you can rely on. If you decide to buy a van then you’re probably better off buying used since brand new vans can be very expensive, although there’s always the option to spread the cost. When buying used be sure that you know what to look out for to avoid buying a vehicle that has problems, or will develop problems further…
Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Creating a Successful Business Plan


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One of the most important aspects of starting a new business is coming up with a clear business plan. A good business plan will clearly lay out a roadmap for your business so you know where to focus your energy and how to measure your success as you go. This excellent infographic shows the steps you need to take in order to create a successful business plan.…
Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Creating a Great Employer Brand For Your Business


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When you run a business it’s very easy to solely focus on branding from the perspective of customers and neglect your employer brand. However your employer brand is vitally important if you want to attract the best talent. Below are some of the best ways to improve your employer brand Create a great working environment When potential employees visit your business, one of the first things they’ll notice is what the working environment is like. If it seems dull and lifeless then it’s not going to be the type of place where people want to work. For this reason it’s highly recommended that you create a working environment that’s inspiring and where people would want to come each day. Be crystal clear on your company message In order to create a strong employer brand, you should be clear on what it is your company stands for and what you strive to achieve. Having a clear message will help you to stand out from similar businesses and to attract the best talent to your business. Another…
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

5 Great Ways to Use Social Media to Advertise Your Business Effectively


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Social media can be an extremely effective way to advertise a business. However you have to go about it in the right way in order to get the most from it. Below are 5 great ways to use social media to advertise your business effectively. 1. Use the right platforms When it comes to advertising your business on social media, you need to pick the right platforms. There are a lot of social media platforms out there but you don’t need to use them all. Picking 2-3 and using them effectively is much better than signing up to every service there is and spreading your content too thin. Facebook and Twitter are suitable for almost all types of businesses and enable you to share your content very easily and effectively. 2. Share a lot of visual content Visual content is extremely popular online, which is why sites like Instagram and Pinterest have become so big. In order to fully engage your audience you should share a good amount of visual content. Good visual content…
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017