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Hiring the Right Driver for Your Small Business

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4 Dec. 2018. When you start up a small business, you tend to be able to manage most of your business process yourself. The independence that comes hand in hand with this is great! However, as your business grows and expands, chances are that you’re going to have to start taking on a little help. If you don’t, you’ll quickly find yourself falling behind on work and failing to fulfill orders in the period of time that customers are expecting you to. This can reflect badly on your business and could lose loyal customers.

Now, there are various areas of your business that you might want to consider staffing as you go along. But one area that isn’t quite so frequently talked about is hiring a driver. Here’s everything you need to know on the subject!

Why hire a driver?

As your brand begins to expand, you will find that suppliers will want to start holding and selling your stock. This means that you will have to get vast quantities of stock from your storage to their storage. While you may use couriers or private delivery services when delivering individual items to customers, this will prove too expensive and inefficient for large volumes of stock. Having a driver who can take a company truck from A to B will prove a whole lot cheaper in the long run!

Coming up with a protocol

Before you even think of hiring a driver, you should come up with a protocol that drivers must follow when working for you. This means that when you take on a driver, you will be able to put them to work straight away. Making sure all drivers follow a particular set of rules and conditions will reduce the chances of them being involved in an accident or collision on the roads, and the less likely you will be to have an injury claim filed against you. Consider:

  • Training
  • Company policy speed limits
  • Checking in and out of destinations

Double-checking qualifications

Many people think that when they pass their driving test, they are qualified to drive any vehicle. But this isn’t necessarily the case. Generally speaking, someone will have to have a specialist driving license for larger vehicles that carry larger quantities of goods. Ensure that any potential drivers have the relevant qualifications to complete the job legally.

Consider expanding further

If you find you have more and more orders, you might want to consider hiring further drivers. Avoid overworking one single driver. Spending long periods of time on the roads can be extremely tiring, and you don’t want people to feel pressured into committing to hours that are not comfortable working.

These are just a few things that you need to do when it comes to hiring the right driver to meet all of your business’ needs and requirements. Hopefully, it will come in useful when the time is right.

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