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Discussion in 'Managing Your Business' started by Tom in leeds, Apr 1, 2016.

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  1. Tom in leeds

    Tom in leeds Newcomer
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    Hi guys,

    I currently have a decent 1 man band round which is 99% domestic and is steadily expanding. I'm on the verge of buying another van for my new employee. My main question is what are your experiences of targeting the commercial market? Is it more lucrative and are there more things to think of than meets the eye? Cheers.
     
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  2. Taxlossloz

    Taxlossloz Grand Master
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    It can pay well plus it's a one lump rather than lots of small payments
    But It's more competitive and it can be here one minute gone the next
    Where in Leeds are you Tom
     
  3. Tom in leeds

    Tom in leeds Newcomer
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    Yeah that's kind of what I thought. My round is mainly Weatherby way. I'm based near otley
     
  4. Markyboy 50

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    Personally I prefer commercials to residentials. Get somewhere and stay there for hours. I like starting early as well. Always start at 5am on a Monday. Park my van. It doesn't move for 6/7 hours. Done a school last week. Got another to do this Tuesday.
     
  5. Taxlossloz

    Taxlossloz Grand Master
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    Nice one
    We lived in Otley for years
    Moved up Rawdon way
    my rounds in Bramhope and Ilkley - what's your van I will look out for you
     
  6. Tom in leeds

    Tom in leeds Newcomer
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    I'm in a white 57 plate astra yet to be signed. What are you in mate?
     
  7. Taxlossloz

    Taxlossloz Grand Master
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    An unmarked white despatch '54
    With trail of hypo coming out back
     
  8. Taxlossloz

    Taxlossloz Grand Master
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    I do a costa run - Shipley guiseley. Greengates so you may see me there one morning
     
  9. Tom in leeds

    Tom in leeds Newcomer
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    Nice one I will look out for you
     
  10. Alien Human

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    I like having about 15-20% of my round being commercial and view it as bread and butter. Set days, times and gets cleaned regardless.

    Much more difficult to recruit new commercials as its saturated and highly competitive down here. One tip is if you see a new place being refurbed, built etc get your card in there quick, I sometimes even hand write something and pop it all in an envelope - works for me.

    Also - commercials have a knack of just contacting me out of the blue. Been told that they've seen my van etc so sign writing (with website details) has also been a plus in getting new ones.
     
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