Transport Options for Small Businesses and the Self-Employed
While you may believe that starting up your own business or becoming self-employed means working from home, you would be surprised to know the amount of travel that is involved in creating a success of yourself.
Think about it. While you may be able to tackle certain parts of your business growth from your laptop, you also have to engage with people in real life. From making your way to business meetings, to visiting stockists and suppliers to check up on product development, to attending market research interviews and seminars. So, here are the different transport options available to you. Read on while we guide you through the best options for different situations you are likely to come across.
Business Meetings (Local)
Local business meetings can have a host of purposes. Whether you’re negotiating deals with a client, meeting up with a potential investor or lender, or visiting your accountant to go over your books, you will have to make your way from A to B in the most time and cost-effective way possible. After all, you don’t want to waste funds that could be reinvested into the company or time that could be used to better your brand. If you have multiple appointments in one day, you are probably best using your car. This will allow you to take the shortest and fastest routes possible while avoiding waiting for public transport, which could be delayed resulting in lateness and leaving a bad impression. Make sure that you have reliable breakdown cover and portable Red Diesel for times of need. This will help you to rectify mechanical errors or lack of fuel with as little stress and fuss as possible.
Business Meetings (Long-Distance)
Sometimes, services such as Skype or Facetime can be used to engage with business contacts who are further afield. However, when things get a little more serious and larger amounts of cash or commitment are involved, you are likely going to want to meet potential partners in the flesh. For these trips, you probably have a lot more preparation to undertake. So, if flights are available, book business class. This will allow you to draw together final conclusions and revise your notes in comfort. You might also be able to get a little shut-eye in the build-up to your all-important meeting.
Travel To and From Work
Getting to and from work will become routine, especially if you are heading into a designated office, studio or another workspace. For these regular trips, opt for public transport. You will be able to become familiar with the routes and give yourself a little rest on your way in and out. This is also a more environmentally friendly option. You will miss rush hour traffic and also save a little cash in the process.
So, no matter where your business trips take you, bear this information in mind. You will then be able to opt for the best means of transport – for your wallet, your personal health and wellbeing, and also the environment.