October Webinar - Start a Fashion Truck or Mobile Retail Business A cliff notes version of the American Mobile Retail Association's small business educational series, our live fashion truck startup webinar is hosted by the founders of one of the country's 1st store on wheels - Le Fashion Truck! Co-owners Stacey Jischke-Steffe and Jeanine Romo started their mobile business in in Los Angeles, CA, and knows what it takes to get started on a limited budget with a focus on do-it-yourself practices. In this webinar, you'll not only receive step by step instructions on creating a mobile retail store, but you'll also receive insider tips to spare you from unnecessary mistakes and set you up for success! We took our original, 2-hour startup webinar "How to Launch a Mobile Retail Business" and revised it to offer a quicker, more affordable alternative for aspiring truckpreneurs.
Contact How to start a Fashion Truck I get a lot of emails asking me how to start a fashion truck. We just found a truck, built out the inside, bought some inventory and launched it as fast as we could. We figured things out on the fly too. Insurance, payment processing, bank accounts, forming a LLC, social media accounts, websites, finding events to go, marketing, painting the truck, interior design of the truck, graphics, building steps, scheduling home parties and a couple of other dozen things.
And the permits and licenses required vary so much from city to city and place to place that we just dealt with them as they came up. Business Liability, Contents and Vehicle Insurance So for our business we have two different types of insurance. Actually three types of insurance. Our company is a LLC formed online through www.
So our LLC has business liability insurance.
This is for someone who gets injured or hurt while shopping with us. And it protects other businesses that have you come to their place when you do a show there.
Usually they have you add them to the additional insured section and then they are covered. Then we have contents insurance. These policies are usually very inexpensive and just give you a piece of mind in a worse case scenario. Ours is actually rolled into our business liability policy so we only have to pay one policy for both coverages.
Finally we have vehicle insurance for the actual truck. This is a commercial auto policy and like regular car insurance. It covers us if we are in an accident or if something damages the truck. Better to get it covered in your insurance and hope that you never have to use it!
Permits and Licenses Permits and licenses seem to hang people up the most. And because of the newness of mobile boutiques the rules and information about them are spotty at best.
Then you get on the cops or authorities radar and that could make things tough for you. If you want to go to a downtown area then call the licensing office first and check to see if you can. In the city of St. Paul there was no ordinance on books that would allow someone to sell merchandise from a vehicle in the downtown area.
So I met with the business development council a couple of times and brought my truck down there for them to see it. Surprisingly, they loved the idea and invited me back to help them answer questions so that they could draft an ordinance. They did and it passed the City Council vote !
Get the truck up and running as fast as possible and get customers as soon as possible and blow them away with your great products and service.
Get out there to festivals and events and schedule some home parties or private shopping parties. Go as fast as you can and make it happen.Nov 19, · 50 Mobile Truck Business Ideas That Don’t Sell Food Bye Bye Brick and Mortar It seems that the day s of the old fashioned brick and mortar business are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
The truck was the most important part of launching the business. It took about six months to find the right truck. I searched first locally in Cincinnati, thinking it would be super easy. The average cost to start a mobile retail truck is about $20,, depending on the amount of rehabbing and DIY entrepreneurs are willing to do, says Steffe.
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The average cost to start a mobile retail truck is about $20,, depending on the amount of rehabbing and DIY entrepreneurs are willing to do, says Steffe. they took their business mobile by. What is the total investment to start a mobile retail business?
Based on a national survey conducted by AMRA, the average cost to start a mobile retail business is $18, This includes, but is not limited to: filing your business, buying a used truck or trailer, the interior rebuild, painting or wrapping the exterior and purchasing.