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At Vanquotes we have over 300 drivers/companies around Ireland who do a man and a Van service. Some use Vanquotes a lot and other use it occasionally when things drop off in their normal day. We have asked some to account for their days as a van driver. This is a blog of their daily activity. A normal "day in the life" of a Van driver.
My name is Peter Robinson. I’ve been asked to give an account of a day in the life of a van driver working with vanquotes. What Vanquotes lets me do is fill up my schedule. I work for a few companies who give me about 20 hrs work a week between then. It is regular, but there are always gaps in my schedule. As I am living in Wicklow and the majority of my work is in Dublin, I can’t drop home between jobs for a break. With Vanquotes I can get some work and fit it in my schedule. It keeps me busy and earns that vital few extra euro that pay the bills. Last week, the 8th was a busy day but not unusual.
I’m Dermot Long. I’ve been a van driver for 6 years. I started just before the recession took a nose dive and have been plodding away at it since. I have a Luton Box body van that I bought for €5000 from an auction. I was told there would be some work available from a local nationwide furniture retailer so I took the plunge and bought the van. I got about 3 days’ work delivering beds and sofas around the Cork and Limerick areas. That was all I needed to keep going as my wife has a part time job. The recession hit the store and I ended up only doing about a day and a half’s work a week. I needed to supplement my income so looked into working for myself. I joined Vanquotes on the recommendation of a friend who had done some work for them before. I’m not from the city centre so any work I do has to be local or I need a few jobs lined up to make it worth my while going into town. I’m from the Clonakilty area so do most of my work around there. The N71 is my road and travel from Bandon to Skibbereen most days. This is an example of a day’s work with Vanquotes.
Hi, my name is Thomas Redmond and I’m a van driver in Wexford. I’m from a small village about 10 miles from Gorey called Cahore. It’s a seaside village that fills up in the summer months and empties come the start of school term in late august. The areas that I mainly work are Gorey, Enniscorthy and Everywhere from Arklow to Wexford Town.
I started out this morning at 9am. Went to Clondalkin to pick up a kitchen table and bed with locker and dropped to Mullingar. The customer wanted me to reassemble the bed which had been dissembled. I also had to remove an old bed and I dropped it to Ballymount recycling on my return to Dublin. I do some work for a promotions company on a regular basis. This was my next port of call. They are based in Crumlin and needed some props dropped off in City centre, abbey Street. This was a quick in and out job and I was finished it in an hour. I grabbed a bite to eat and went on to my last job in Swords. This was a small apartment move and all was ready at the front door. It was in and out in an hour and a half and included a piano. The drop off was in Milltown. They had 2 lads there to help with this and I had brought my ramp for the piano. I was home in Sandyford at 6pm. This is a normal day for me. I use vanquotes when I have quiet days to fill up some gaps in my schedule. My name is Thomas Ryan and I have a Sprinter LWB.
Most weeks I start with a schedule that is about 50% full. The main type of work I do is house removals. I have a web site that generates work for me but I rely on other web sites like VanQuotes to fill my schedule. With Vanquotes I can organise other moves around the areas will be on that particular day. I get sent leads and I reply to the ones that may suit. Vanquotes sends me all types of jobs. One day I may be moving some people out of an apartment in Newbridge and into a house in Maynooth another day it may be a sofa move from Blackrock to Monkstown.