All you need is a set of wheels: A guide to the jobs you can do from your car

If you’re ready for a change of career, your trusty vehicle could be the key to opening new business opportunities. Whilst most of us use our cars and vans to get from A to B – whether that’s to commute to work, to drop the kids off at school, do the grocery shop, or even to take a trip, not everyone relies on their car for leisure purposes. For some of us, our vehicle is a significant part of our job – to the point where we couldn’t do our job without it.

Here with the help of Motorparks Grange, retailers of prestige vehicles such as Land Rover, we take a look at some of the most common careers you can run from your four-wheeled motor.

Painter and Decorator

We are nation that loves to update our homes with the latest interior trends, with the average Brit decorating their home around 36 times during their lifetime. As trends come and go each year, a painter and decorator is likely to always have work on with home improvement projects typically taking around 18 days to finish.

You’ll most likely need a larger vehicle, such as a van or 4×4 where the seats can be put down as you will need ladders and a pasting table if you are going to offer wallpaper services, in addition to your other tools and equipment.

In September 2017, there were around 925 painting vacancies, 1,902 jobs and the average salary was £26,000, with Hampshire noted as the highest paying area for a painter decorator.

Courier

Whether its letters, groceries or parcels, the delivery system is booming in the UK. In 2014, it was reported that parcel couriers had delivered and handled over 1.7 billion parcels domestically in the UK. In a recent report, it was estimated that DPD averages around 1.6 million parcel deliveries per week! Parcelforce average around 70 million per annum, Yodel 135 million per annum, Hermes 190 million per annum and Royal Mail a huge 826 million parcels per annum.

It is clear that there is a demand for more courier drivers, especially with the rise of next day and same day deliveries. With 87% of Brits reportedly either sent or received a parcel in the six months leading up to July 2017, a career as a courier is one that is likely to keep you very busy – and of course, you can run it from the comfort of your own vehicle, whether that’s a van, small car or 4×4.

A courier earns on average around £21,000, according to Totaljobs – and you can expect to work between 30-40 hours a week.

Plumber

It has been reported that there is a shortage of tradesmen across the UK – your country may need you, and you can run your business from your own vehicle, or van. You’ll require a particular set of skills and industry recognised qualifications, but once you have them under your belt, you can run the basis of your business from your vehicle – you’ll need your vehicle to get you from job to job.

According to Totaljobs, the average salary for a qualified plumber is around £31,787.

Uber Driver

The Uber service is now available across 83 countries and over 674 cities worldwide – and their demand continues to increase globally. This year, the service has acquired over 40 million active monthly users, and over 20 million rides in London alone since 2012, growth is expected to continue.

There are currently over 1.5 million Uber drivers worldwide to which 25,000 of those were registered to London alone. Whilst you will need to outlay some initial costs for a private hire licence and to ensure you vehicle is road worthy, alongside the appropriate insurance – the return could be worth it in the long run.

The average Uber driver can expect to earn around $364 a month, which is the equivalent to around £275. However, Uber claims the average driver can make around £15 an hour after its 20-25% service fee.

Driving Instructor

During April and June 2017, there were 546,608 theory tests taken and 485,148 practical driving tests conducted, showing an increase of 7.6% respectively on the previous year, and a 49.2% pass rate. If the level of tests continues to show growth, it’s likely that driving instructors will continue to be needed to meet demand.

As of 30th June 2017, there were 39,373 approved driving instructors across the UK. You’ll require qualifications to run a driving school from your vehicle, and especially for car driving lessons, your vehicle will require dual control modifications.

The average driving instructor can expect to earn an annual salary of around £42,500, according to Totaljobs.