So the WWE shop didnt work out lol. I suppose these things happen. So ive decided to try a catering van. Ive researched this and done a few things but im a bit confused about what to do next and need peoples advice and help. Spoke to Glasgow Council licensing department who sent me to Environmental Health Services who are sending me a brochure and forms to fill in when i find a van. They will inspect and approve it at a cost of £35. This is where im stuck. The licensing department sent me to them and said speak to them first. The guy i spoke to on the phone asked me where i was thinking of trading, i didnt know what to say as im going to scout for possible spots tomorrow. I just said industrial estates and places like that. He said get onto licensing department and talk to them about granting permission to trade on the place i want to. So both of them are telling me to go to the other one. Which one do i do first? As many of you who read my previous posts know, ive never ran a business before. So from what ive gathered ill be registering as self employed and as a street trader. Now apparantly theres two types of license, one is to trade in one place, the other is to trade in multiple (maximum of 3) so ive no idea if the multiple one costs more money or anything or if i just pay the one off fee of £58 for the street traders license. Can anyone help me on that? The woman from the Licensing Department mentioned something about filling the forms, bringing my passport (expired in 2004) and a passport sized photo and theyll see about approving it. Some other stuff too but it made no sense to me. Yes im aware ill need a hygiene certificate, which the council provide at a cost! lol My main question to you all, including those involved in this business is what the hell do i do next? What exactly do i do first. Do i get a van first. Get it inspected and approved THEN seek permisson to trade? Do i get the traders license first? Or do i have to have a van in order for that to happen? Register as self employed? Im aware of all these things and feel free to correct me but i dont know in what order i should be doing them in. Id like a checklist of things to do. I feel bad for writing so much as i was excited but now im feeling really down and nervous. This is something i should probably create a new thread for but theres no harm in enquiring. I cant drive........and im gonna a little bit of help. I thought maybe family could have helped, but their either in jobs or on benefits and i wouldnt want them to lose current jobs or any benefit money by risking coming working for me. I cant do it alone. I read on one site, anybody working the van has to have photographic ID provided by the council. Dont know if its true. I guess i cant have people work on a casual basis. And yet i hear about people owning loads of vans paying young people to run them and giving them 40 quid a day. i guess they must be employing them. And then i read to do that you need to register as an employer.So does that mean i forget about the whole self employed sole trader thing? i now forget about that and call myself an EMPLOYER? Just because i need some help running the thing. Im assuming i need to pay NI contributions on their behalf. Family want to help aswell. I just dont wanna mess their money and jobs up. All a bit of a mess really. Slightly scary. Im really doing it on my own. Im not getting much help from people which makes me think it could all fail. As for picking spots tomorrow..........dont know what im looking for. What do i write on the form. Name of the street? Hope theres a parking space on the street each day? lol. Someone said take pictures. They make it sound to me as if i fill in the form and hand it in. I wish they could tell you these things over the phone. The idea of trading in 3 places sounds good, but only if one place is really crap, at least you can move on and try another. But if it means paying 3 lots of £58 then forget it. Sorry if ive bored and bothered you all again.