There’s no one “right” path to success, but wherever your journey takes you, it’s a lot more fun on wheels. If you’re still looking for an out-of-the-box concept to spark your career, we’re here to help. Why not save on overhead with a mobile office, bus or truck-based business? It worked for Good Humor’s fleet of ice cream trucks. We hunted around to find you some inspiration and decided that these are the coolest mobile business ideas to consider.
The popularity of food trucks made it possible for entrepreneur Marti Lieberman to sell her killer mac and cheese on the streets of Philadelphia after just two years out of college. Within a few years, she had enough success to build a brick-and-mortar restaurant, and even hawk mac-and-cheese-filled egg rolls on QVC.
If you’ve ever fallen asleep on the bus on your way home, you know it’s not too far-fetched to sell people on the idea of staying overnight in a converted bus. They’re all over the United Kingdom’s countryside, and Los Angeles’s Cabin Bus can accommodate 24 overnight guests in individual pods as it ferries them to San Francisco.
Malls may be closing, but the American Mobile Retailer Association says there are thousands of truck-based trendsetters all across American. An Airstream in Austin, Texas, sells designer shoes, and you can buy knitting supplies from a converted Little Debbie’s truck in Southern California.
Business is good for aestheticians on the go. Although mobile salons are not yet legal in every state, clients love getting beauty treatments without having to visit a salon. They’re ideal for special occasions such as weddings, where bridesmaids can duck in and out of an RV for their blush-pink manicures.
Working from home has become the new normal, but that doesn’t mean that it’s good for business. With so many workers craving a break from the distractions of family, mobile office space sounds like a dream come true. One Londoner carved office space out of a double-decker bus, installed five start-up pioneers, and called it the IncuBus.
One of the best things about a company on wheels is that almost any vehicle can be customized. You can convert one of the classics, update a vintage caravan, trick out an old trailer, or just stash a mobile printer in your car’s glovebox. We’re not saying that there won’t be some road bumps along the way, both figuratively and literally. There are plenty of complications, such as government regulations, gas prices, and potholes, but now that we’ve shared our coolest mobile business ideas with you, we know you’re on your way to success.