Setting up a mobile business means being highly motivated and organized. Being away from the desk means you will rely on mobile devices. Many service businesses can be mobile.
Things You'll Need
- Cell phone (smart phone preferably with email access)
- Note pad
- Receipt book
- Writing utensils
- GPS device
- Portfolio bag
Select the service type along with a legal structure, obtain local licenses and start with a business plan. The plan will help institute a guide to follow and a checklist to ensure that the law is followed. Keep in mind, additional insurance may be required. To learn more, contact the Small Business Administration (SBA) website. It has sections dedicated to helping entrepreneurs find information on permits and more.
Organize how the mileage will be calculated. The IRS requires business owners to select between two choices. It must remain consistent throughout the life of the business, so choose carefully. To learn more about this and the write-off processes, go to the IRS website. Also when incorporating, it is easy to obtain the tax ID while at the same website.
Open a new bank account or business account for the mobile business to make deposits. It will become important to have this account to get paid or provide change when needed. Parking fees and valet may be an issue in metropolitan areas such as Miami. Always keep a minimum of $20 available for each service job scheduled for the day. Consider electronic payment options for customers to use as well. PayPal or Revolution Money Exchange could be convenient options.
Create a basic website to get started, and upgrade when cash flow is substantial. There is no reason to go all-out with a great, expensive website, then have only a few customers. Usually a service business can have a basic functional website that offers payment tools, testimonials, pictures and background information. Microsoft Live Office provides a package for entrepreneurs for a reasonable fee with a plain website.
Pricing the service should be part of the marketing and business-plan writing. It should cover the costs of doing the job, and leave room for profit. The amount of profit is up to the business person's discretion as long as there is not a law against it. For instance, Florida notaries must charge within a certain price range. If they go beyond that, individual fees must be spelled out in detail. Make a price list and consistently carry it to make deals while on the road.
Tips & Warnings
- Be fair with prices, and provide a survey response form to get feedback. Transportation costs may become excessive; price according to added expenses such as tolls as well. Join associations and attend networking events to get the message out regarding the new mobile business. T-shirts and business cards are great tools to get attention. Wearing a uniform with the company logo may be a good option as well.
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