Are you thinking of starting a mobile business? Starting your own mobile business isn’t easy, but it is possible. APEX Specialty Vehicles wants to give you an idea of what you need to do before starting your mobile business.
What will your mobile business be?
If you already have a business as a brick and mortar you are most likely planning to create your current business into a mobile business. You will need to decide if you are going to create a mobile business in addition to your brick and mortar or if you will be creating the mobile business as an addition to your business. If you don’t already have a business, you will need to decide what your business will be. A food truck? A merchandise truck? Boutique? Hair salon? Mobile businesses aren’t just for selling goods, you can also provide services, like salons, through a mobile business.
What do you have that will set you apart from the rest?
Mobile businesses are becoming very popular, which means there are probably several other mobile trucks that are doing the same thing you want to do. That does not mean you can’t have your truck! You just need to make sure you have value to offer the industry you are entering. Create something unique about your business that nobody else is offering. It could be a menu item, away the service is offered, or even the location you choose to be at. Having something different than others in your industry will set your mobile business apart from the others.
Find a reliable builder
The mobile business industry is exploding with new business and most of those businesses get their trucks built by a mobile business builder. When you are choosing your builder it is important to ensure they are there to help you along the way. You want your builder to be knowledgeable in the regulations for your state, county, and city. You also want a builder that is credible. Some builders will take much longer than anticipated to build your truck. That can cause many issues for you and your business. Other builders may cut corners in the process. If your mobile business truck is not built to last you could encounter many future expenses that were not originally anticipated. You will also want a builder to have a warranty for your truck. If anything goes wrong, and it is the builder’s fault, you want them to fix it. APEX has a 5-year cross-country warranty. Not only will we repair an issue if it is our fault, but we won’t make you drive back to Kansas City for the repair. We will help you find someone to repair the issue you for you and we will cover the cost (if it is our fault).
Be knowledgeable about business— not just producing your product
Even if you are the best chef or have great clothing to sell, it won’t matter if you don’t know how to run a business. Although you may not have a business degree, you can learn from others or use resources on the internet. Make sure you network with someone who does know about business and is willing to help you with yours.
Have a plan before the first day of the mobile business launch
Getting the truck built is only part of the process. You need to ensure your truck meets all regulations for your city, county, and state (a reliable builder, like APEX, can help you with this). You also must get your truck inspected before you can open your business. If your builder is not concerned with the regulations you must meet it can cost you time and money. Also, you need to find the best locations and events for your truck. Having a plan of what you are going to do with your truck and where it will be parked will help you after you open your business and get even busier.
Opening a mobile business is not easy, but we are here to help. Good luck with your future business!