Interested in small one van transportation business ideas? If YES, here is how to start a transportation business with one van.

Starting a Transportation Business with one Van

Have you ever traveled by car before? The answer to that question is yes. Travelling is one thing all humans engage in. It has a long history since humans have always engaged in this process long before some of us were given back.

A transport business will always pay, no matter your location, age, or sex, going into the transportation business is a good idea. But with just one van, you may start to wonder is it possible to start a transportation business?

In this article, I will be discussing how one can juxtapose measures to be able to achieve much success in the transportation business with just a van.

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Step 1: Develop a Saving Plan

See, truth be told you can’t last for a very long time in the business if you are not making plans to improve yourself.

Granted you have limited resources as of present and you must survive from the only van you have, but you must also make sure you’re saving a reasonable amount of money either daily, weekly, or monthly to increase your van from 1 to many.

We’ve heard numerous stories of those who started with just a van and now have become gurus building a transportation business with thousands of vans. Save for raining days is another philosophy that would help you, you raining days in this context is specifically the need to grow your transport business if you don’t get another van as an addition when that one breaks down you’re definitely out of business.

Step 2: Affiliate with a Transport Company

One will argue right if he/she says starting a transportation business with one car is hard and close to impossible. But when you become attached to an already existing transportation company you tend to suffer less stress and enjoy more.

Yes, established transportation industry like Uber, Maersk, etc. have what it takes for you to succeed in the industry, after attaching yourself to them, they give you a certain amount for the services you render and most of those industries might even help with covering other expenses incurred while working for them.

Step 3: Start your Own Private Transportation Business

Another viable option is starting your own private business. This will make you more money than you could ever imagine. You tend to define your price, you pay no bill to anyone and you define how you’ll work yourself.

Starting your own private business will only be successful with some steps put in place and these steps are very important. You need to get a good business name that will catch the attention of your prospective customers. And you must also take good care of the car to by keeping it in perfect condition as this will help improve your sales.

Step 4: Advertise Yourself by all Possible Means

One popular African saying says, if Muhammad doesn’t go to the mountain, the mountain will come to Muhammad.

That’s true, you’re running your business alone and the competition in the transport industry is high.

The only way people will get to know you is by advertising yourself. Explore all possible means from the internet to the news media and other means possible and use them diligently. You may have heard, “Advertisement is the soul of business”.

Step 5: Register with the Right Authorities

It doesn’t matter if you’re using a single van or more, registration of your van with the right authorities is very important. If all your documents are not complete, you might end up spending a huge amount of money when you eventually get arrested by the appropriate authorities and this will either slow down your work or drain you financially, so why take such a risk.

Step 6: Decision on Who Would Drive

The success of the business depends on just one van if done well the one van can in years turn into two or three. One thing that may define this also is the one handling the car. Driving yourself is somewhat advantageous owing to the following facts:

  • You record exactly how much you made; at least you won’t be deceiving yourself.
  • You are more cautious with the way you drive, at least that’s your only investment
  • You take note of everything happening to the car.

There are times though when you might need to hire others to drive the van, at those moments, make sure the person you’re using can be trusted. Make sure he has needed documents to drive and that he’s mature.


As earlier discussed, starting a transportation business with one van is not very easy neither is it impossible. When you have a good financial plan, and when possible become affiliated to a reputable transportation company, handle your van in the best way and decide to either drive or hire others, then you can be sure that your success is guaranteed.