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Franchise on Wheels – Owning a Van-Based Business

Have you ever wished you could own a business where a vehicle acted as mobile headquarters? A business that allows you to get out and about instead stuck in an office? Well, you can – there are all kinds of van-based franchises that provide mobile services to customers. Mobile services cover a wide spectrum of possibilities and are not limited to automotive repairs or rigid gender stereotypes. For instance, Closet Tailors® brings space organizing services for closets, pantries, basements and garages to customers’ homes. Pressed4Time picks up and drops off dry cleaning – a real time-saving convenience for busy people.

There are van-based businesses that cater to other business such as FiltaFry, which services restaurant equipment, and Skookum Tools that delivers tools and sharpening services.

And of course, there are many van-based opportunities in home improvement ranging from general services to interior décor. College Hunks Hauling Junk is self-explanatory, with a unique marketing angle. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK provides custom moving services. Both require minimal equipment and a moderate investment for franchise business ownership. KWIK DRY comes right to the customer’s home for carpet and upholstery cleaning.

Some mobile businesses work with both commercial and residential customers. Suburban Cylinder Express delivers propane tanks to homes and businesses.

Branding is a good reason to buy a van-based franchise rather than simply trying to start such a business on your own. Having an established brand reassures your customers about the proven quality of the products and services you’ll be offering. For homeowners, a recognizable brand alleviates security concerns about allowing strangers into their homes. Most franchises have marketing strategies in place, making it easier for you to get customers for your business.

A franchise provides a great shortcut to starting up your own van-based business. You won’t be spinning your wheels re-inventing the wheel as the franchise systems and services are already established and proven successful. Most require a modest investment, typically less than $50,000 with some as low as $10,000 – an inexpensive way to start up a business that comes with tried-and-true systems and a known brand And though your vehicle may be the biggest part of your investment, it’s not your most important business asset. It’s your attitude that counts most!Being a mobile services provider implies close interaction with customers. Your ability to combine a friendly manner with a professional business demeanor is absolutely crucial to the success of your business. If you are entering peoples’ homes, you must be respectful of that space no matter how messy, out-of-date or hideously decorated.f course, you’ll need a great back-up mechanic to service your vehicle, because when it’s out of commission, so are you. Many van-based mobile franchises also offer expansion opportunityto own multiple vehicles, such as GoMobile Advertising, which has scrolling technology that acts as a mobile billboard anyone can own and drive. You could eventually own a fleet and service a large territory. If your business does grow to multiple vehicles, you’ll probably spend more time managing logistics, schedules, people and money.So get moving now!

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