I'm not on my own any more, there are 3 of us now, 2020 and 2021 have been crazy busy for obvious reasons. It's been very hard work, stress levels have been high.
Our biggest challenge has been the supply chain, really hit and miss with getting the bits in to do the jobs. Beds are a 10 week lead time and furniture 14 weeks poptop canvases are 6 to 8 weeks at the moment. So it's been a lot of long term planning and holding more stock than usual.
Most of our customers have been fabulous and understanding with our challengers, but we have had one or two inpatient customers.
The rest of this year is booked up than includes the vans we have on order.
The idea of doing our own vans is to try to get back a decent work life balance and work just to our own dead lines.
Also we can preplan 12 months in advance what we will need, this should simplify our ordering process.
Standardise all our colour schemes etc.
I started off 4 years ago buying, converting, advertising, selling then preselling vans before I even had them in. This turned in to converting customer owned vans, and that's the way its been for a while. Last year I bought a brand new van we threw the world at it and sold it within 10 days for £58k. Actually made twice as much as we would normally.
As it stands we do have a dealer willing to take vans straight off us, needless to say we'll take a hit on the profit. But its good to know we could just punt them straight in to them if we need to turn the cash around quickly.
I know the transition will be rocky and scary at times, you can soon tie a whole lump of dough up in couple of vans.
We reallyy need to work smarter and these are the first steps.