Mobile business ideas drive profits!
My marketing clients have recently launched mobile businesses to great success. Starting your business on wheels can be a smart move – saving you money on rent and employees.
Plus, mobile businesses have location flexibility. They go where their customers are and can drive to multiple locations within a day – for maximum sales opportunities.
Or perhaps you are considering a mobile service where YOU travel to your client’s location such as a tutor, computer repair specialist or hairstylist. Good idea!
Old-fashioned barbershops have hipster appeal for their vintage style and this is an excellent choice for a mobile startup. Marketing promotions can include parking in office complexes for lunchtime cuts and also being on-site for weddings and other special events. Check out this retro mobile barbershop in Australia.
Because of the high cost of rent, and the specialized demand for vintage clothing a mobile shop could be very profitable and fun.
This company, New York’s 1st, and the only mobile vintage shop have a schedule of locations and hours posted on their website so that customers can find them easily.
Mobile salons have become a huge trend in California. These luxurious and pretty vehicles go directly to the customer for on the go manicures.
This former accountant got the idea for her French-inspired nail truck while ordering her lunch from the food truck. Now her bright pink airstream trailer advertises her services in San Francisco and San Jose, California.
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Headquartering your moving business in the truck is a brilliant concept since you already have the truck and are using it for your services.
Since you have no need for an office, nor an expensive downtown storefront you can invest more heavily in advertising and marketing to increase your customer base.
Local businesses love to hire mobile billboard trucks because of the advantages over stationary billboards, such as the ability to change locations and eye-catching electronic animated ads in full color.
This business opportunity could focus on children’s active play, such as the GIT Fit Mobile or the time-pressed business executive and even boxing enthusiasts. You are only limited by your imagination.
Even with giant online competition such as Amazon and e-books, the independent bookstore continues to be an important community asset. Your mobile book truck can be driven to community events, farmers markets, and begin to sell your books.
This successful mobile bookstore in Los Angeles was created after two writers were inspired by the culture of food trucks.
Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of opening up a charming coffee shop but could not find the right location nor the substantial funding required. Opening a mobile could be the perfect solution for you that is both lower cost and location independent.
You don’t even have to have a truck, some profitable coffee businesses operate out of carts and bikes at festivals and outdoor venues. Another revenue source could be conferences, trade shows, farmers markets, and other indoor events.
As more people use bicycles for the main form of transportation. The demand for repairs, tune-ups, tire changes, and accessory installations is growing.
Your customers will appreciate your mobile bike services because they do not have to transport their bicycle to your shop. Additionally, you could offer bike restoration and vintage bike collector services. Check out this successful mobile bike service in Memphis, TN.
In this era of technology, all businesses want to extend their presence digitally. Becoming a local app development company to provide digital solutions is one of the greatest mobile business ideas. The best example is RodeoApps. It is an app development company in Los Angeles offering digital solutions like custom software development, mobile app development, and web app development.
You can make a full-time living by buying and reselling items listed on Craigslist – called flipping. Most successful mobile flippers focus on a particular category to get familiar with the items and be able to know pricing and deals well.
Read how this entrepreneur earns a full salary on craigslist.
Certainly, you have heard about the major player in the rideshare market – Uber and Lyft. But did you know that ride share drivers keep 75-85% of the fare cost.
You can drive for Uber to make extra money as a side gig or as a full-time living. Learn how to be mobile and make money driving from the Ride Share Guy.com
If you love animals, consider starting a mobile pet groomer service on wheels. Outfit your van with pet grooming equipment and drive to your customer’s location to groom their pets. Your best customers will be busy moms, working professionals and owners of shy, easily scared animals.
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Food trucks are a profitable and less expensive way to launch your restaurant, on wheels! The most successful food trucks carve out a special niche for themselves. Focus on a particular ethnic cuisine (Mexican, Italian or Japanese) or a type of food (healthy or seafood).
A great name is super important to brand your food truck and get customers lining up. Check out my big list of food truck name ideas here.
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Help families and businesses to better organize their homes and offices with a mobile organizing service. You will travel to your client’s locations and improve their filing systems, declutter their rooms, and teach them storage solutions and best practices.
Read our tips on how to become a professional organizer
Prepare food for special events, business meetings and conferences in a mobile catering company. There are many opportunities to sell your catering menu to weddings, birthday, retirement parties, bachelor and bachelorette events.
You can start your mobile photography services with your camera equipment and your car. By making your services mobile you have the opportunity to capture photos in unique places.
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Don’t get tied down to a specific brick and mortar store location. Instead drive to where your customers are.
Sell specialty items such as children’s clothes, vintage wear, wedding or prom gowns and create events wherever you park your vehicle, such as fashion shows, styling clinics and custom fittings and alterations.
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Go where the tourists are and offer tours of sightseeing attractions. You can also set up a visitor information center with maps and brochures of local places of interest.
Being mobile you can drive to many different locations and offer multiple types of tours – haunted, historic, nature and family themed.
Today’s singles need help to meet their true match. You can make money by offering dating tips and training on how to use popular online dating sites (effectively and safely).
Simply drive to your client’s location – home or office. Another idea is to drive to a location with many singles and offer group classes on modern dating etiquette.
Use your truck and your muscles to pack away and remove junk from people yards, houses, basements and attics. Some of the items you will be asked to remove can be resold to boost your profits.
Go to your customers home or offices to fix their broken screens and faulty mobile devices. You could also offer training sessions on how to use all the mobile phone features – especially appreciated by seniors.
Go to your client’s car locations and wash and detail their cars while they are at work or school. Pack your supplies into your vehicle and you are off to make money!
Go to your customer home and fix their car’s windshields and minor dents or scratches. No need to pay expensive rent for garage space or buy expensive lift equipment.
Offer your services to small businesses and non-profit organizations to manage their bookkeeping and accounting functions. You can log in remotely into their accounting software such as Quickbooks.
Many farmers, small businesses and manufacturers have need of a truck delivery service. Use your pickup truck to sell delivery services. Read my checklist how to start a trucking service.
Busy moms and families will hire you to do their local errands such as picking up items around town, taking the dog to the vet or grocery shopping.
Set up a regular delivery service of firewood during the cold months. Buy the logs wholesale and sell retail with a delivery fee.
Moms who use cloth diapers need supplies and diapers delivered directly to their home. You can pick up dirty diapers and deliver clean ones mobile.
Fill your VW van or truck with fresh, locally grown produce, eggs and flowers and travel to busy urban centers with your mobile farmers market.
Many people have photo prints, slides and video cassettes they want digitized. Make it convenient for them by driving to their home and offer photo scanning, photocopying, document shredding and video to digital archives.
Environmentally families want to compost but do not have space for a compost pile. You can drive and pick up their green waste and compost it. Make more money by selling the nutrient rich compost to gardeners.
Take everyone to the party on your bus – or boat!
Go to your student’s school, the library or meet online to help them with their studies.
Use your language skills to help translate documents. Also you could teach students in your foreign language. Consider becoming ESL – English as a second language – certified as there is a great demand.
Be the mobile tech teacher who teaches people how to use their devices, cameras and lap top computers.
Offer your construction talents to fix homeowners small repairs, such as hanging a door, painting a shelf and repairing tile.
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Cleaning companies can be very profitable. Offer your services to homeowners, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, offices and real estate agents.
Drive people to the airport and pick them up in your van.
Help plan special events for your clients. You do not need an office or storefront since you will meet in your client’s homes. Stage weddings, birthday parties and corporate events. Name your event planning company with one of my catchy names here.
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Writing for clients as a freelancer can be done from anywhere in the world with an internet connection and your laptop – the perfect mobile lifestyle.
If you know how to design websites and HTML coding they you can make a good living creating websites. Even if you are not a technical programming, you too can offer web maintainece and update services on easy to use visual editors such as WordPress, Squarespace and Wix.
Design and plant gardens for your clients. You can also offer lawn care maintenance.
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If you have experience ranking websites that you can sell your knowledge as an SEO internet marketer to local businesses and companies around the world.
Drive to your client’s homes and bring them custom-cooked cuisine tailored to their dietary needs and preferences. Also, you could offer cooking classes and demonstrations from your van.
Help women, and men, style their wardrobes to look their best. Visit them in their homes to evaluate their wardrobe and make suggestions for additions.
Currently there is a trend towards handmade items and crafting. Capitilize by teaching crafts from your van such as macrame, sewing, woodworking and painting.
Go to groups of music lovers, such as festival lovers, and sell records – new and vintage. Have an area in your truck for people to listen to different musical artists.
With only a laptop and an internet connection, you can be an administrator without an office. Help busy professionals to book travel, write correspondence and research markets.
Outfit your van to be a healing center offering services such as massage, acupuncture, reflexology, Reiki and meditation.
Travel to your clients to groom their brows and offer lash extensions.
Put your band into your van and travel to gigs. Or sell your acting or singing talents for event entertainment. Here are lots more of my best entertainment business ideas.
Use your truck or van as a flea market stall to sell antiques and vintage items. Consider including services such as antique appraisals and estate sales.
Help job seekers to prepare their resumes and show them how to distribute them to potential employers and job sites. Also offer one-on-one career counseling services.
Here you can offer to local businesses advice and services to build their sales, increase profits, develop and launch new products.
No need for an expensive office – just go to your client’s offices. Name your firm with one of my catchy consulting business name ideas here.
Companies need help to train their employees in all types of skills such as customer service, sales, computer software and negotiation. Offer your expertise and teach at your client’s offices.
Take care of your customer’s pets while they are away on vacation or busy at work. Walk, feed and train dogs as a business.
A simple cart will suffice for creating and selling balloon art. Park in areas with lots of children and families such as beaches, parks and zoos.
Set up and repair computers at your customer’s homes and offices.
Set up a mobile hair salon inside of a truck and travel to your customers.
Offer services of expert makeup application for weddings, photo shoots, theatre, film and video production. Also you can teach classes on how to apply makeup inside of your van.
Be the MC and play music at special events such as weddings, conferences and corporate events.
Help people with their problems and coach them in their personal development goals.
Go beyond simply delivering flowers, set up a floral shop on wheels. Drive to different locations such as commuter rail stations and busy office buildings to sell your flowers.
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