As your business starts, you’ll probably do many jobs yourself. Bookkeeping, advertising, HR, and other tasks will be handled in-house until they become large enough to require outside help. Another good example is transportation of goods, which is easy to do with your own truck. Before you hit the road with it, though, there are four important upgrades you should consider.
Improved Maintenance & Mechanics
Driving back and forth to work each day creates far less wear and tear on your truck than a full day of deliveries and pickups. You also have more options to improvise on your daily commute if the truck breaks down. Once it becomes your main delivery vehicle, it must be reliable. Consider installing heavy-duty brakes, a transmission cooler, and better tires, and adhere to a rigorous maintenance schedule to avoid breakdowns.
Transport with Care
A simple payload of product hauled once in a while is not a big deal, but when your load is maxed out daily, you have a much higher risk of breaking or spilling your valuable deliveries. Rather than simply placing things in the bed or floorboard, invest in a ute tray to give you more space, better options for securing your payload, and greater durability. You can even transfer the tray onto a new truck later on, extending the life of the investment. Next time you purchase a truck during an Arrow Truck Sale, speak to the dealership about how to incorporate a new or existing tray.
Sometimes a very small business can market too well, bringing in more orders than it can handle. But once you’ve reached a size large enough for daily transport, it is time to make the push for a bigger market share. Have your truck lettered with logos, or better yet, invest in a wrap to make it a bumper-to-bumper billboard for your enterprise. Include key data like product types and product info, formatted clearly and neatly so that it’s legible in fast traffic.
As your business grows, so do your customer’s expectations. They don’t want late arrivals, and they don’t want to give you step-by-step directions. Upgrade from your mobile phone and install a quality navigation system that can store frequent locations and help you work around traffic jams, construction, toll roads, and other slowdowns. You’ll see your turnaround time and your customer satisfaction go way up.
The need to pick up and deliver items is a sure sign of a growing business. Executing those tasks with your own truck can save time and money, helping your business expand. Following these suggestions for upgrades will help you make the most of your road time.