London vendor Mo is the most recent vendor to benefit from our Vendor Support Fund. The fund aims to give a small hand up to vendors who have a specific objective in mind.
Mo is set to trade his Big Issue tabard for a High Vis tradesman’s jacket and move on from The Big Issue after qualifying with City & Guilds and NVQ courses in carpentry. Mo also gained work experience as a handyman between 2000 and 2006 and will be using his new qualifications and previous skills to become a self employed carpenter and handyman.
Mo has been selling The Big Issue for nearly 10 years and in this time he has also developed skills in sales and marketing. Mo has considered his marketing strategy for his new business and plans to use business cards in local shops, as well as a leaflet drop in Hammersmith and Fulham. The market in London is very busy and is notoriously difficult to source a handyman, so he is confident that there will be plenty of work.
Mo had conducted some market research in the local area with both private clients and agency work. He was previously offered a number of jobs, but was not in a position to take them due to lack of tools.
Hardworking Mo has been saving money from his Big Issue earnings to purchase the tools he requires to take on his new role. With a matching grant from the Vendor Support Fund Mo has been able to purchase all the tools he requires to put his marketing plans into action and obtain site and private work as a carpenter and handyman.
We wish Mo the best of luck with his new career! To help us help more vendors like Mo please donate here.