New self-employed taxi drivers need a business plan. Preparing a plan is well worth doing because it will help you identify whether your idea is viable.
So you're planning to drive a minicab or a taxi to make a living. We salute you! It's a well-established job and one where you can be your own boss. Many have succeeded; and many have failed. For the best chance of success you need a business plan.
In preparing to write a business plan the questions you need to ask yourself are:
A written-down business plan is a very useful guide; see it as a roadmap to help keep you on track as you as you start and grow the business. It’s a very good idea to talk to others who have set up their own businesses to find out what their business plan looks like (they don’t have to be in the taxi trade).
Did you know?
Almost all vehicles used in the taxi trade are bought using finance.
How is your credit rating?
You can do a soft search here to find out whether you will be considered for finance by taxi market lenders.
A formal business plan might be a requirement for a bank or other lender, so it is with doing it properly.
In simple language your plan should contain:
Josh Rhynas, sales director here at The Taxi Shop:
“There is good money to be made for drivers with energy, enthusiasm and determination. We’ve helped many drivers get started over the years. Interestingly, even with the pandemic situation over the last 18 months, we get a lot of enquiries every week from people starting out for the first time, either on their own or building up new fleets.
We an advise on the most suitable vehicles, whether they are cars, MPVs, minibuses or wheelchair accessible vehicles. We can introduce people to trusted lenders if they want finance. Finally, we do have an taxi insurance partner that specialises in the trade.”
This is the third post in a series on starting a taxi or private hire business. The earlier posts are: