Starting The Fashion Mobile in 3 Months

TFM Marketfest1 001 300x225 Starting The Fashion Mobile in 3 MonthsStarting The Fashion Mobile in 3 months was a whirlwind of activity! My wife and I did so much in a short amount of time that it has all been a blur. But it also has been a lot of fun doing it. We didn’t get into too many fights or arguments about how it should look either. That was mainly because I just did what she said and stayed out of the way!

Seriously though we did put this together pretty fast and we are very pleased with how everything turned out. Considering we didn’t even have a truck or know where to even find one to going to our first show last night I think that we did pretty good. So what exactly did we have to do? Let me tell you.

Here is what we did to go from concept to finished product. The order may not be correct but the actions taken are what is important:

  • Find a company name that had a .com domain available to purchase
  • Form a LLC
  • Sign up for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest (need to add some pics here!), YouTube (need to add some videos here!) and other social media sites
  • Find a truck to buy (found it on Craigslist by the way)
  • Get the truck repaired – brakes, oil change, kingpin replaced and more
  • Get a truckload – literally! – of merchandise
  • Build a website
  • Get the truck painted
  • Design a logo
  • Have logos installed on truck
  • Build out the interior of truck
  • Pick out a wallpaper (I messed up one whole roll so what took 3 rolls should have been 1.5!)
  • Find cabinets, hooks, rods and flooring
  • Figure out lighting inside the truck – still working on this
  • Price all the merchandise
  • Build steps and railings to go into the truck. Thanks for the help Brian Posch!
  • Find places festivals and shows to go to
  • Get permits to sell in different cities
  • Schedule a launch party at our house
  • And a bunch of other little things

All of these separate little steps added up to getting our little Fashion Mobile finished in just over three months. A lot of work to be sure. But hopefully all of it will be worth it for our customers to come and find some great deals on some really cool merchandise. Let us know if you have any questions or comments about what we have or how we can help you. Thanks.

 



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Francesca Cabbell June 25, 2012 at 1:58 am

I LOVE this! Do you and your wife do the Rehabbing of the inside of the truck?

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Teresa admin June 25, 2012 at 2:17 am

Yes we did. She picked everything out design wise and I installed everything. Glad you like it! Pretty fun doing it.

David

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Francesca Cabbell July 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Hello!!

Im in the process of wanting to start this where I live (TX) and I’m wondering what size truck do you have? I looked at a 12 foot and it seemed like it was not going to be enough room., however it looks to be the same size as yours.

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Teresa admin July 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Our Truck is 18′ long. The box portion is about 10′ or so. Hope that helps.

David

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betsy July 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Where did ya’ll buy your merchandise and how long did it take?

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Teresa admin August 1, 2012 at 3:22 am

Merchandise was bought in Minneapolis and through various vendors online. How long did what take?

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Teresa admin August 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I built out the walls with 3/4″ plywood then attached the wallpaper to that. It only reduced the width of the interior a couple of inches.

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Kristin August 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Perfect! Thank you for the info. I too am starting a fashion truck-in Orlando, Florida. All vintage! Super exciting! Best wishes to you both!

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Marsha Allen August 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Thank you for your help & advice David! This is very helpful! Looking forward to shopping and meeting you both!

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Will September 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm

How do you accept payments? Do you have any online wholesalers or websites that you recommend?

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Teresa admin September 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

We accept cash and checks from people we know (and at home parties – not festivals). For credit cards we use http://www.squareup.com It is pretty slick and free to sign up with.

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Will September 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Thank you!

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ochoi September 9, 2012 at 11:57 am

hi, I live in Kingston Jamaica and I would like to start the same business but need some help on ho to set up the inside of the unit. thanks

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Teresa admin September 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

It really depends on how big the truck is and what you plan on selling. I would suggest cabinets on one side to display merchandise and a clothes rod on the other side to hang clothes. Hope that helps.

David

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Donna September 15, 2012 at 2:05 am

Did you create your logo or hire someone? What about the paint job? Is that a wrap?

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Donna September 15, 2012 at 2:06 am

Do your vendors ship to your house or the truck?

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Teresa admin September 15, 2012 at 2:40 am

They ship to our home.

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Teresa admin September 15, 2012 at 2:37 am

We hired someone. Should be able to get it done for less than $300. Paint job and body work will be a big expense no matter what. Hire a professional to do it. It is not a wrap – paint job plus some logo graphics.

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Donna September 18, 2012 at 2:09 am

Thanks! This is really inspiring. I am in business plan hell and wondering if I really need a plan to get started??? I’m not good with numbers and forecasting. Did you create a plan and if so, did you use a certain software or website?

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Teresa admin September 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

We had a plan but didn’t really write out a business plan. Taking action is more important than making a big business plan. One page is all you should need.

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Kim January 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I agree, I’m not doing the whole business plan either. Just spreadsheets in Excel that list out what I need to do each month. Hoping to be up and running in May and see you guys soon!!

Allan Smith October 28, 2013 at 12:59 am

Folks might be helped out by checking in to Google Apps … which include ( for free ) spread sheets and WORD-compatible documents.

I suggest these because they are web-accessible. IE: anywhere that you can access the web ( including smart phone ) you can access any spreadsheets you create & use in your business.

Don’t forget TeamViewer, which is a free program by which you can remotely connect to your business computer at home and take control of it, to do work on it … from anywhere you may be, where you have internet access.

Sherika Nicole September 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I currently have an online boutique & looking to start a mobile boutique in my area. Thank you so much for your advance it was very helpful.

Congrats and much success

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Angela September 21, 2012 at 1:40 am

Thank you sooooo much for posting this! I wish you both the best in your business!

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Beauty Moves Me October 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Thanks so much for the wealth of information! It makes it so much easier for others who are interested in creating a business for themselves as well. What was your total cost from start to completion?

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Grace October 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

Does look great! Do you guys charge sales tax? Do you have to as a mobile business? Thanks for helping !

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Teresa admin October 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Yes you have to charge sales tax just like a store.

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Yenny October 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this information with people that you don’t even know. I’ve been looking into having my own fashion on wheels for months and I have been very lost. Your post helped me get started on where to look and where to start. I appreciate your willingness to help other people fulfill their dreams. Wish you success!
#humble

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Teresa admin October 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Glad that I could help you out.

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Just November 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

How exciting! Thank you for posting the above information. We are in the process of starting a mobile retail truck in our area.
What was the total cost of the truck, renovation of the truck and start-up merchandise?
How did you all decide on the quantity of merchandise to carry?
How long did it take for you all to break even and see a profit?

Thanks again!

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DeeDee November 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

This was beyond helpful. I live in Texas and had trouble finding startup tips in this particular nique! Do you completely dismantle the store when you drive or somehow keep the store up and ready to go?

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Nancy November 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Thank you for all the great info! Now I have an idea of where to start. Do you offer refunds on your merchandise? Where do you park your truck overnight? How do you ring up merchandise? Do they have barcoded tags that you scan or do you enter them manually?

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Teresa admin November 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Refunds – Yes
Park in our driveway
We use http://www.squareup.com – it’s awesome.
Enter them manually though you could do barcodes if you have some other POS system.

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Donna January 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Check the city’s ordinances regarding GVWR and “allowable” trucks that can be parked in residential areas. I ran into this problem with my truck, it is too heavy and I have to park it in RV storage each night. It’s like “going to the office” each day. Not ideal, but something to consider before buying a truck. Eventually we will move to a different city, so I didn’t want to buy a small truck to fit the ordinances when I’m not going to live here forever. Just some FYI!!!!!

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Just Me February 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Wondered about that. Thanks.

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Nicole Johnson November 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

OMG! Great information…I currently have a mobile CPR & First Aid training business, however, I’ve been seriously thinking about starting a mobile plus-size business but more like setting up the store in customer’s living room….having a truck is a wayyyyy better idea! I absolutely love it! I love the fact of you giving advice to other entrepreneurs (reaching back to help others, it is really inspirational). One question….where do you guys see your business’s success in 5-10 years? Still mobile? Hiring others to run your mobile business? Opening traditional locations and shutting down the mobile shop? I’m totally just curious o_O
I wish you all great success….I’ll see you at the top!
Nicole
CPR 2 Go!
http://www.cpr2go-la.com

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Shelby November 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Hi! I am currently working on my own mobile boutique trailer. If you have your home address as your business address, are you still able to buy wholesale merchandise at big markets… ex. (world trade center Dallas) or are you only buying online?
Thank You

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Teresa admin November 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Sure you are. Just about everything is ordered online anyways after you meet the vendors.

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Jacki December 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Hello ,
Thanks so so so much for sharing . What did you do for flooring and lights ?

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Teresa admin December 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Peel and stick tiles with a rug/mat on top of that. Light are LEDs installed in the truck.

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Jacki December 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

How did you meet the vendors. I would love to see the quality of the clothes before I order them . How do you go about picking quality items online ? Can items be returned to vendor if you are not happy with them. Thank you so much .

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Teresa admin December 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm

At the various markets. Once you know what vendors you like/are comfortable with you order it online. Usually you can return it but it hasn’t been an issue.

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Nicole December 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Hi, first great truck and congratulations on your success.
I was just wondering what kind of insurance you needed to get on your truck. And also, if you have parking permits for all the places you operate your vehicle?
Thanks so much for sharing this information.

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Teresa admin December 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Auto insurance and separate business liability insurance. Only parking at festivals that have blanket permits right now.

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Donna January 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Can I ask what company you have the insurance(s) with? My current auto insurance company will not cover a truck of this type, where people come on board. If it was a regular delivery van, it would be OK. Did you run into problems getting covered?

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Kim February 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I’m having the same issue with insurance right now. My regular insurance company won’t cover it because people will be walking onto the truck and they feel it should be under a commercial type of insurance.

Who do you guys use?

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Janice Williams April 4, 2013 at 4:45 am

Hi Kim, I am also Googling like crazy nowadays to try to find insurance info for my truck. The American Mobile Retail Association told me that you can get commercial auto insurance from AAA, progressive, or Farmers. And you can get the concession type of liability business insurance from K and K insurance (www.kandkinsurance.com). The lowest plan is about $1000 something a year. You can go to their website and check it out. I found the K&K insurance via my bank USAA. Wish you good luck!!!
(P.S. The American Mobile Retail Association also offers a 2 hrs business consultation for $180. I think I will get that service and hope to get some answers of some of the questions that I have.)

monica December 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Hello love your site and truck! I have a few questions……
How do you avoid getting asked to move from certain areas? I am worried about that. Also when it comes to festivals and other celebratory events do you park within festival limits or do you park for free and wait for the foot traffic? Thanks so much!

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Teresa admin December 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I only go to places where I don’t need a permit right now. So I don’t drive into the downtown and just set up shop. I pay the festival and fall under their blanket permit. The other way would probably not work and make trouble for yourself.

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Kelly December 22, 2012 at 7:43 am

Great post! Great advice! How do you run the lights and/or AC/Heat on the truck when it is parked? Do you have a generator for the truck? And what is the approx. cost of painting the truck? I am looking into the wraps but noticed you mentioned the painting above. Thanks!

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Aleesha Bradshaw December 28, 2012 at 4:35 am

Thank you so much for the information….. I’ve been on the hunt for a truck. I had a boutique but the rent was so expensive. This was a great idea. Once I find my truck I’m looking to get started in the spring. If you don’t mind I would like to ask for pointers along the way.

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Chloe January 19, 2013 at 1:36 am

Great job on the truck and congrats on getting so much done in 3 months! I hope it’s been a huge success for you two!

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Roxann January 24, 2013 at 8:53 am

Great! really love that idea.

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Kaydian W January 30, 2013 at 2:57 am

I am thinking about doing the same business. How much would you say was your initial startup costs were? How often/how far away from you home base do you travel? What would you say is your monthly budget for gas? How much reno did you have to put into the truck? Sorry that I have a million questions i just think it’s genius what you guys have accomplished in such a short period of time.

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Terri January 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Are the steps stored in the truck after you’re done using them?

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Yvette February 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Hello ! I am so excited for you on your business. You mentioned permits.. Are there any special permits needed to have a mobile business like this. And if so where should I look to obtain or research them. Thanks for sharing

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Just Me February 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Words cannot express how grateful I am to you for sharing this HOW TO. You are the sweetest thing on this earth to share it. I know a woman who has a fashion truck and she would not share how she got hers. I sell handbags and jewelry, hustle style, basically on foot, door to door. I want to attend festivals, etc and thought to get a truck. I started investigating last year and put it off because I didn’t think I’d find info on it. As I stated I couldn’t even get the one person that has one to tell me how to do it. I said I’m sure there is someone who could tell me how. So I clicked and clicked until I found you. The way you’ve laid it out, It’s pretty easy. None of this is difficult to me as I’ve done everything on this list except for acquire a truck. You’re the best. Thank you.

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Teresa admin February 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Glad I could help you!

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Teresa admin February 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Glad I could help you. Go make it happen!

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Kennedy February 12, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Hello, I know that each state has different rules, however can you tell me what licences or permits you needed to get started as a mobile boutique?

Thank You

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C. Tuezday February 19, 2013 at 12:50 am

Hello,

So I’m running into the permit issue!!! I’m not sure what type of permit I should be asking for. I live in NY and they are saying theres no permit that exist for this business idea!! But just because it doesn’t exist why can’t I petition for it…hhhhmmm??? Any suggestions? Thanx so much for any advice you may have. FYI: You have inspired me to pursue my dreams in fashion…thank you!!! Best Always

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Teresa admin February 19, 2013 at 1:20 am

Same thing here in MN. No ordinance to sell merchandise out of a vehicle. We are meeting with the City of St. Paul on Wednesday to find out about setting up in the downtown. Find the right person and stay on them. Also, check out farmers markets and other events that you can go to and don’t need a permit. Good luck.

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Kim February 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Wait, you meet with them tomorrow?? WOW, YEAH!!!! Let me know how it goes. If you see this before then, email me if you think me adding to your request would help at all!!

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C. Tuezday February 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

THANK YOU!!!! I have made some progress and it will start with street fairs and flea markets!!!! At least its a start!!! My next mission is to find the truck….so I looked on craigslist but not sure what title/name I should put in to search…any suggestions?

Just wanted to give yall a SUPA SHOUT OUT for your knowledge and willing to share with us up and coming entrepreneurs!!!! So greatly appreciated and so many blessings to you and yours!!!!
Best,
Tuezday

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Shari April 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Hi, you need a Hawkers and Peddlers permit along with a resale tax id displayed in a window. You also need to know if you can park or idle on town property (ie parking spots and lots)

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Dee February 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm

How much would you say your startup costs were, including the cost of the truck and the renovations?

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Cecilia February 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Hi, I’m starting an accessory and fashion jewelry business and was thinking about a truck. I haven’t seen any of those in my area, even though food trucks are a big thing around here!
Thanks for all the information. I found out that farmers markets and fairs only want merchandise that you made yourself, how did you find venues that allow your merchandise?

Thanks!

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mary holley March 6, 2013 at 3:12 am

I have had a retail business for years and want to go mobile. my concept is a vintage trailer that would be towed. you mentioned auto insurance and business liability ins. my ins. company said that the trailor would have to get commercial insurance and I would need to change my auto over from personal to commercial insurance to tow it.how were you able to get just plain auto ins. if that is what you meant or did you get commercial ins.on the truck? I would consider the truck alone like yours as a second choice but need to know if I would have to get commercial insurance on it as you did not mention that. also did you have to get a commercial drivers license? -it would seem driving a commercial vehicle like yours you would also have to get a commercial license. this is just getting more red tape. I have the designs worked out have tons of sources and all necessary documents to have a business but going mobile seems to be a whole can of worms in itself. I am determined to do this but need to know basic requirements. I live in texas which has its own problems. you can reply on my email as above if you wish. . or respond here. the question was not answered about some of these things. I do organized festivals and events on private property so do not have permit issues as I would continue those venues. thanks in advance for your response.

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Teresa admin March 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm

My vehicle is not a commercial vehicle therefore I do not need commercial insurance. Also I do not need any special license to drive it. Don’t know about trailer insurance. It’s just “regular” insurance.
It is a can of worms but if it was easy everyone would do it :)
Hope that helps!

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Jaleesa Tull March 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Hello, I would like to start a business like this and I was just wondering what I should prepare myself for it. Where is the best place to get a truck? I haven’t really been able to find one. I live in Brooklyn, NY and would like to start one here.

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Teresa admin March 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm

First step: find a truck. Once you get going you’ll figure it out as you go along.

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Katie March 23, 2013 at 7:03 am

I don’t know how to drive a truck. And I have forgotten how to drive a car. I only drove when I was getting my license. But I have a passion for a fashion truck. How can I find a driver?

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Teresa admin March 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Partner with someone who drives! That’s what I would do!

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Jennifer March 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your journey! I am very inspired.
Do you have any space in the truck that serves as a dressing room? And how do you store your displays and merchandise when you’re driving?
Thanks again!

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Teresa admin March 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Yes we have a dressing room in there. We box up the merchandise for the most part and leave the clothes on the rack.

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monica April 2, 2013 at 2:52 am

Hello I have the truck now the issue is getting it painted. Any DIY advice on this?

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Teresa admin April 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Yes – Hire someone to do it. Really. Don’t paint it yourself, it will look horrible.

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Jennifer April 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Do you guys have a generator for A/C, heat, lights, etc.? Is there ever an issue of leaving the truck parked within a festival if it’s for a couple of days or do you drive out at the end of each event?
Thanks!

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Teresa admin April 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

No generator though some people have them. Lights are from the battery in the van. Haven’t left the truck at a festival but I don’t see why that couldn’t be done. Good luck!

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tamarah April 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm

I am stuck with my financial projections for my year out projections!!!!

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Teresa admin April 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Don’t worry about projections. Just get out there and sell!

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Tina Soares April 18, 2013 at 4:15 am

Hi there, I’m looking to start a business like this and am looking for a truck. How many miles do you think is too much for a truck like yours?

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Teresa admin April 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

If it is a fleet vehicle it will have lots of miles on it. It’s all about the maintenance of the truck. Try to get as low as possible for the age. Ours had a lot but it still runs fine.

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Sibellah April 21, 2013 at 4:06 am

So much good information, thank you! I started a accessories business out of a suitcase. The key is just getting out there and doing it. Within a year I had 150 stores across the country carrying my line. The key was being fearless and undaunted. It is possible folks. Thank you SO much for sharing so much valuable information. Best of luck in your endeavors and keep us all posted.

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MTD December 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Hi Sibellah

I would like to see your line, I own few stores in NYC.
Thank you for sharing the link or contact me

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Teresa admin December 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

We don’t have a line. Maybe we should have. Thanks for checking us out though.

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tara May 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm

What kind of truck is that? On looking for one but don’t even know what to look for

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Teresa admin May 3, 2013 at 3:08 am

It’s a step van. Like a UPS or FedEx truck.

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Tameka May 7, 2013 at 7:08 pm

You’re awesome for sharing this info and show great patience in answering some of these questions. lol I just heard about the mobile boutique concept this past weekend and started researching what’s out there just in case I decide to go that route. Thanks and God bless you in your business! Remember folks, entrepreneurs can’t plan to avoid every pitfall. If a business venture is meant for you, just do it, and take plenty of bandages along for the ride!!!

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Teresa admin May 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Thanks for the nice comments. It’s pretty much learn as you go and fix it when it breaks!

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Author Jacqueline McDuffie May 11, 2013 at 2:34 am

Question about work permit I’m in MD. What interior work is needed? Who can I Google? Where can I get a logo for the van? Where can I buy racks supplies for the interior?

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Teresa admin May 12, 2013 at 3:03 am

The permit depends on what city you are in. The interior work needed depends on what you want and what condition the truck is in. Google a local finish trim carpenter or check Craigslist. Get a logo from a graphic designer. Get racks from Home Depot or Lowes or something but it depends on what you want.

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Amaia May 15, 2013 at 1:15 am

Great advice! I am thirteen years old. And I have been interested in doing this business(of coarse I would get some of my parents help) but I was wondering what vendors do you buy from? How much did you buy for your truck, and what exactly is the brand called? And do you travel every day?? If so how often?

Thanks so much!!

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Vendors depend on what you want your style to be. Truck cost $2600 – pretty good deal there. We don’t travel everyday, whenever we have a event.

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Amaia May 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

We’re do you get your shopping bags from? And does it have a design on it?

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Teresa admin May 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

We buy them online and put stickers on them.

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Lexi May 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm

How many times a week do you travel? And is space any trouble?

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Teresa admin May 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Depends on how many events we have. Do you mean space inside? Pack that stuff in there!

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Glenda May 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Great job and thanks so much for sharing!
I wonder…How many people can be in there at the same time? Do you ever have a crowd come at the same time? How do you handle it? This is my only fear when I think of having people coming into my van to shop…

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Teresa admin May 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm

4 or 5 is the most. We usually set things up outside too. People are cool, they usually hang around then go in when someone else leaves. Don’t be afraid of too many people wanting to get inside – that is a great problem!

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Meka May 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm

How did you attach the plywood to the metal of the truck? Thanks again for sharing these tips!!

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Teresa admin May 31, 2013 at 12:49 am

Sheet Metal screws, construction adhesive and some other screws. had to be creative!

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Roxy June 10, 2013 at 5:42 am

This information was beyond helpful!! I’m relocating to NC and I’ve already purchased my truck. I’ve searched high & low for permit info, insurance, etc.. I’m hoping the laws in that state allow for me to conduct a retail accessories business out of my truck, which is also a step van like yours. I couldn’t find a single thing to guide me BUT I’m going for it
thanks to you & your wife ;-)

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Teresa admin June 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Congratulations on your truck purchase! Good luck with everything and glad that I could help. Post any other questions or send us an email if you have questions. Thanks.

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Jasmine June 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

This is Ahh-mazing!!! Your such a blessing to myself && others here.
My question is: What type of license and permits are you operation to sell under in your city?

Thank soo very much

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Permits vary per city and town. Have to check your area.

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chesley williams June 16, 2013 at 12:33 am

I commend you guys on being so open on sharing information about your process. I absolutely love the idea of mobile boutique on wheels and having recently graduated as an artist and designer I’ve decided to open my own mobile business featuring my own designs from a cargo trailer! The best advice you can offer is to just get out there and do it! Look out Texas, here I come! Thanks again for sharing, it is what helps us the most in growing together as a community!!!!

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Great. Good luck and get it done!

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Denise June 20, 2013 at 12:18 am

I love that you are so open as so many folks have already commented. It takes a lot of confidence to do that. I had thought about this concept a couple of years ago when I heard how food trucks would develope a following and tweet their location to their followers. I am wondering if you contact the companies that own large office complexes or medical centers to set up in their lots? As long as it’s private property you wouldn’t need the permit right? Also wondering would you need a business license in each municipality you park in?
I have some great fashion jewelry wholesalers that I would be happy to share with you since you were so generous with your sharing. Just contact me via email!

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Private Property is a good way to go. You probably have to contact the owner of the complex to get their permission though. Licenses vary in every area.

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Regina June 28, 2013 at 4:27 am

I open a bus boutique in mo and I have everything ready the only thing holding me back is the business insurance can you please me I’ve been working it for a month now. They came back with one they said we will cover you but not your inventory can you please help me with what insurance company to use! My husband and I started our fashion on wheels in May I’m so excite to get started completely just need the one insurance. If you could help thank you so much!

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Teresa admin June 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm

You should have insurance for your vehicle, contents insurance for your merchandise and business liability insurance. I have used State Farm for my insurance and had no problems. Good Luck.

Check out http://www.americanmra.com for more info.

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Gayden Shell July 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I live on Anna Maria Island and I just bought a 1965 17 foot silver stream trailer and have gutted it and painted the interior, wallpapered and put solar panels on top for lights, ac, etc. I have found a couple of restaurants that open late that are going to let me park there for a couple of hours. I am going to markets, and benefits and special occasions for different groups. If I park outside a business during a benefit or grand opening, I am going to print up $5. bucks to give the business if they check them out and then I will pay the business or benefit that amount. I will also advertise their place when I am going to be there and so it is free advertising for them too! I bought cameras that are motion sensitive for theft. With signs that say smile you are on camera.
I am a master Photographer and sell my prints and teach, also have funky clothing, odds and ends and I make up cycle jewelry. My question to you all is can you suggest a inexpensive Point of Sale software that has barcoding.? I want it to be mobile so I can be in the trailer or out.

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Sounds like a good plan! Good luck!

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yhani July 6, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Hello. I was wondering about the lighting and a/c for the back of the truck. Did you all have to add a unit? What did you all do for lighting and a/c? How does you keep the power with the truck being off?

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm

LED lights inside run off the truck battery. No A/C or heater for now.

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gail July 8, 2013 at 12:50 am

Hello-

Just wanted to add to this helpful post, as I know many of you may live in markets where you don’t have access to great inventory. You can order from a catalog but the merchandise may not always be exactly what you want. I have a shopping business here in LA and also buy for a few stores. I’d be happy to ‘shop’ for you; there are wonderful buys here as well as unique items. We are planning on starting up our own mobile boutique too. You can contact me at the above email and let me know what you may be looking for and we can go from there.

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Thanks for the offer but we do go to the markets around the country. Good luck with your boutique.

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Meka July 18, 2013 at 5:57 am

Hi,
I just wanted to thank you for answering my question back in May! I have my truck, it’s built out and decorated and now just need my logo!!!! Thanks for the advice, I have 1 last question… Do you have a portable a/c unit? Thanks so much and check us out on fb PinkCultureTruck or Instagram @PinkCultrtruck thanks again

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Glad that I could help. No I do not have a A/C unit. Gets hot sometimes! Good luck!

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really?? July 23, 2013 at 5:11 am

wow, this was a nice piece to read.. But oh my seriously people I respect your interested I am too, was looking for info on permits, legitimate info and ran into this… what I cant figure out is why only a few people had real questions while so many are basically just avoiding doing any research on a business they suppossedly want to own.. You should atleast be able to get answers for some of these very basic questions from sources in your areas by using your phone and actually calling places!!!! what are you asking him about gas for unless you live on the same block and travel the exact same time!! did you paint your truck or hire someone? really if you can paint something nice you do it if not you hire what the heck does what he did have to do with what you can or cannot do.. Im just saying enthusiasm and support is nice but from someone who works hard to get information and make the connections needed I dont appreciate people who want every single secret like wholesale prices and vendor info handed to them on a silver platter. fyi retailers its not good for any of your future businesses to be posting all that for everyone to see.. the buyer is not supposed to know where and how you get every little thing… geez….

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I like your comment! But I just try to help when I can.

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clever July 29, 2013 at 12:27 am

Amen to that

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Deasia August 2, 2013 at 7:21 am

Hi!!!
Your advice and comments have been so helpful! I am looking to start a “fashion mobile” soon as well. I would like to know how big is your truck? Where do you think is best to but clothes? How much did it cost overall?
Thanks!!! xxoxxo [♥]

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Truck is 18′ long. Buying clothes depends on what you want your style to be. Costs were less than $25K to get it going. Good luck!

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Deasia August 2, 2013 at 7:36 am

Do you think I will need to buy a truck BIGGER than 18″? How much did your truck cost? What are some of the little things you had to do that you mentioned in this post? :)

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Bigger than 18″ – Yes. Just kidding! Truck size depends on what you want. I wanted something smaller so that worked for me. You may want bigger. The little things – too many to remember. You just have to get out there and do things and take things as they come.

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Analy August 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

This is awesome! Did you need a special permit to sell from your truck? And is it a good market as far as the sales go, is this your full time job?

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Not our full time job but could be if you make it. Permits vary per city.

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Snijders August 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Hello,

We want to start this in Holland.

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Well then find a truck and go for it!

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Sarah August 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Hi there!

As everyone else has said, THANK YOU and THANK YOU for sharing. No one else I have contacted has been helpful, but I understand that they are protecting their business and work they put in already. Anyways, I am DETERMINED to start this business. I am a college graduate, working in the 9-5 corporate world and I hate it. Uhhg. I have found the truck… but my problem is funding. I’m guessing you invested your own money. Any suggestions on small business loans?!? Im SO frightened that I will take a loan, spend it all on fixing up a truck and getting insurance, and then going broke for not making enough within the first year. Does ANYONE know of goos smal loans? And if I get someone to approve a loan, how much should I get the loan for? I’m guessing $15,000…. (estimated $11,000 for a truck; $1,000 insurance/ year; $2,000 on merch/supplies/permits) ??? Any input would be appreciated ;)

Thanks to you!!
-Sarah

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Glad I could help. Corporate 9-5 is not guaranteed ever so work for yourself if you can. We invested our own money yes. I don’t know about loans or SBA loans. Maybe Kickstarter or try and get a grant for a woman owned business?
We spent less than $25K to get started and you could do it for less if you wanted to. Some people spent more. ($50K+). Do as much work as you can yourself to save money. Good luck to you!

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Alice August 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Hello there,
Again thank you for sharing your experience. This is very useful. You answered a lot of questions below and thank you for that. I have just two:
-How much money – approximately – you had to invest at the beginning (truck, reparation&inside/out decoration), permit, insurance, first batch of clothes)?
-With your kind of truck, how far can you travel? Could you go to Milwaukee for example?
Thanks a lot,
Alice

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Less than $25K to start for us – YMMV. We try and stay in the Twin Cities area – about a 60 mile radius or so.

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Amy August 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Hi, what was your total start-up cost of the truck and renovations, and did you need outside funding?

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Less than $25K and no outside funding.

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cece August 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Thanks for sharing your knowledge!!! How much approx did you spend to get it started.

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

See above.

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Jose PaBlo September 17, 2013 at 1:21 am

Hello,

I am planning to open teh 1st truck in Costa Rica. Thank you so much for all the information.

I plñanning to buy a truck from teh states and bring it to Costa Rica. How should I look for that? Is there an specific brand? Model?

Thank you

Jose

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Costa Rica! Can I come down there and be your adviser?! A step van. Like a UPS or FedEx truck is the way to go.

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deedee September 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

hello! i am looking to start a mobile boutique and live in Northern Va. Your blog is awesome and has provided me with a lot of information especially from other peoples questions and comments. I have a couple of questions. Did you have to register your boutique as a business and obtain a tax ID number and all that good stuff? I’m so confused as to where to start because I obviously want to do everything the legal way! Thanks for your help!

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm

We are a LLC so yes. We used http://www.legalzoom.com to register the business.

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Jennifer October 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

Hi. I too am starting a Fashion Truck in NYC/NJ area. I have had a webinar with AMRA (Le Fashion Truck) which was super informative except for the permit issue. They had info in regard to West Coast/ LA permits. Do you know if it has gotten any easier to obtain a permit for a mobile fashion truck in NYC/NJ. They told me to call City Hall… I did try this but no one knew how to help me !? Any loop holes? Any info will be helpful :)
Thank you!!
Jennifer

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SAn October 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Reach out to the American Mobile Retail Association. They are very resourceful.

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Permits vary per city. Start with the department that deals with food trucks and go from there. Good luck.

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nana August 18, 2014 at 2:46 am

Hi Jennifer, have you gotten started on your fashion truck? I am looking to start on in nyc/nj area as well. Let me know if you would like to collaborate on the research!

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Allan Smith October 27, 2013 at 9:31 pm

I’m looking for do’s and dont’s of starting up such a business.
What are some of the most common mistakes made by people starting up such a business ?
What prices should we be paying for inventory and what percentage should we be trying to make ?
What inventory works best ? I’m considering whether to open a “thrift store” on wheels or a “boutique” on wheels, wondering which would result in the best positive cash flow / profits.

I’ve not seen any ADMIN posts here from the last few months. Is the Fashion Mobile still in business ?

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Allan Smith October 27, 2013 at 9:34 pm

BTW, I live in Saint Lawrence County in the northern part of NY, up near the Saint Lawrence River and the Canadian border, where cold weather can interfere with sales.

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I’m in MN. Cold does interfere with sales. Be creative and sell online to help.

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Teresa admin October 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Still in business! Mistakes will be made but you have to do things for yourself and see what works for you. Buy low and sell as high as you can! Your inventory depends on what you want to sell and your brand to be.

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Erik Henneghan October 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I have a clothing line already and wanted to expand to a retail truck. I want to carry other merchandise for my truck as well. Are you available to chat for about 15 minutes , I just a have a few questions. My email is EHenneghan@gmail.com Thanks

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Kim T November 2, 2013 at 3:10 am

When not in use where do you store/park your truck?

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Teresa admin November 3, 2013 at 12:35 am

In my driveway. In the winter I store it a friends warehouse.

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Lydia November 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

How long did it take for renovating the truck? and did you do it on your own?

Thanks,

Lydia

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Teresa admin November 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I took me about a month. I did it myself except for the painting of the truck and the mechanical work (I hired those out).

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Flor Clampitt November 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Thank you for all the information you are providing. I mentioned this to my husband and he’s a bit nervous since he says a Retail Store are on the top business list to eventually fail. I really want to do this! Can I continue to work full time and start this retail mobile business part time? ( weekends only ) or do you advice me to do it full time? I live in Orange County and I really think it will do great! But I need some income coming in to take care of all expenses. So I’m not sure if I should quit my job?

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Teresa admin December 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Start it on the side first and see if you like it. You have to commit resources to it first but living in CA certainly can’t hurt you for location. Good luck.

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Flor Clampitt November 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Its me again! also one more question….how long did it take for your business to make a profit? in other words, when did you see it making money for you?

Thank you for your time and your advice! I wish my husband would be more supportive like you have been for your wife! :)

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Teresa admin December 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

It can be profitable right away with the right merchandise and market. But you have to try it out to find out for sure!

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Gia November 16, 2013 at 6:09 am

This was a very inspiring story! I love this idea! #AWESOME

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Teresa admin December 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Thanks! Good luck to you.

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Dawna November 18, 2013 at 3:59 am

When will y’all be visiting st Pete? Love this entire concept. Brilliant.

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Teresa admin December 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I wish I could visit there right now as it is cold as hell here! lol

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HEAVEN November 29, 2013 at 1:30 am

i just wanted to say thank you so much for helping other people make there dream come true. I am a boutique owner, but only online i would love to do the wheels boutique, but i don’t have the fund’s i want to try and get a loan BUT I’m afraid they will look at me crazy about my idea of a boutique on wheels! What should i do?

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Teresa admin December 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I’m sure that a bank would think it is a crazy idea. If you can fund it yourself first. If not try a crowdfunding source. Good luck.

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Keithra December 12, 2013 at 1:15 am

How much did it cost you to start a mobile fashion truck and do you help others start one?

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Teresa admin December 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm

It can cost as little as $15K or more than $50K. Depends on what you want to do.

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Jenne December 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Very awesome truck! We are in the process now of putting together a step van for a mobile jewelry boutique! What kind of income would you say someone could make hustling their butts off?

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Teresa admin December 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Thanks! Depends on what you are selling and the market you are in.

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Beth December 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Thanks so much for all the amazing info and answers that you have given! I am planning on opening a mobile clothing boutique- the goal is to launch by spring. I was wondering do you focus more time on home parties or festivals? Also I’m in Ohio- so not as cold as MN but its a long winter. Do you completely shut down for the winter? Thanks!!

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Teresa admin December 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Well good luck to you. I grew up in Massillon, Ohio so I know that the weather can be difficult! We shut down for part of the winter here. Home parties seem to do better for us but festivals are a good way to promote brand awareness.

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Beth December 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Thanks for your quick response- two more questions when you have a chance. We are looking at a 1985 Chevy step van that seems really similar to yours. Have you had any major mechanical problems? You mentioned you use square for credit card payment, do you use it for inventory as well? Thank you!!

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Teresa admin December 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Trucks are machines and machines break down sometimes. Have a mechanic go through it best they can and keep up on the maintenance. Square has been great though I don’t use it for inventory. You can though.

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Beth December 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Thank you! Appreciate your help and all the information on your site.

Courtney December 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I’m looking to start a fashion truck business and I came across your page and found it very insightful. Thank you for your help I wish you guys much success & I love your spirit
BE BLESSED
Courtney

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Teresa admin December 30, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Thanks Courtney!

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Monica December 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I was wondering which is the cheapest (paint job on a truck or wrap job on a truck)??

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Teresa admin December 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

In our case it was about the same. The paint job was $3000 plus the decals. They did an awesome job with it though so it was worth it.

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Shelly December 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm

What year and make is your van? I am being told that step vans are commercial but you said you do not have commercial ins. How were you able to do that?

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Teresa admin December 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm

1996 Chevy p30 Step Van. It may be a “commercial” vehicle but you do not need a special license to drive it. The vehicle insurance wasn’t a problem at all.

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chasity December 30, 2013 at 3:55 am

hi I was wondering how did you attach your plywood to the metal without the screws going through it to the outside?

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Teresa admin December 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm

There is a metal channel at the middle of the truck that I glued and screwed some 2x4s to and then attached the plywood to that. I also used some angle iron and screwed them into the floor. I was pretty lucky because it just worked out this way for this truck.

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Christian January 2, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hi David, Thanks so much for posting this great information. I’m planning on doing a fashion truck selling high-end fashion Chanel, Louis Vuitton etc. Do you think this high-end merchandise will sell out of a truck? Meaning, will people spend $1300 on an item off the truck. How big of a truck do you recommend for my type of business?

Warm blessings to you both. Thank you, Christian

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Teresa admin January 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Christian,

Well it depends on your market and where you are selling. Also the value proposition that you are offering: The merchandise has to be real (not knock-offs) and it will have to be priced right (less than retail normally is) in my opinion.
The size of the truck really depends on what you want. Bigger truck = more inventory to fill it up.
Good luck!

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Portia January 5, 2014 at 4:30 am

Thank you so much for all the information, it has been very helpful! I know you said you charge sales tax, if you ship out of state how do you keep up with all the different state, county, city sales tax rates? That is the most daunting part of the start up I can think of. My daughters are wanting to start a mobile boutique, I’m just trying to get all the steps we need to take lined out and haven’t found a good answer to that question yet. Thanks again for all the help you give everyone!

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Teresa admin January 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Your welcome.
As for the sales tax, worry about it after you have a lot of sales. Really.
If they live in your state charge them tax (if applicable). If they don’t live there, don’t.
Worry about getting sales and satisfying customers first.

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Alice January 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Hello!

I’m from Yucatán, México. A friend and I want to start our own business based on the idea of ​​fashion truck. we investigated and Mexico there is this type of business in any lugar.They could give us a tip. is very difficult to achieve doing business? that was the hardest for you?

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Teresa admin January 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Hello Alice. Depends on what your goals are for the business. Inventory Management is part art and part science. Concentrate on getting sales and booking events.

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Crystal January 10, 2014 at 7:27 am

Hey not sure if my message went though before but this was soooo helpful! Just curious if you have made a decent profit yet? Starting a justness is so scary so I’m just wondering if it’s worth the risk. Thanks so much for all this info!!!

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Teresa admin January 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Depends on what your definition of a decent profit is. The risk is there anyways. Will you regret not risking it 20 years from now?

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Carey January 19, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Hello,
In case any one is looking for a turnkey oportunity, there is a sweet fashion mobile boutique for sale in Orlando, Fl. Here is some preliminary info –
-1984 Chevy P30 step van.
-Automatic transmission
-power steering
-new paint job (pearl white)
-4 new tires
-The back of truck (boutique) measures appx. 9’6″ x 6’6″. +/-
-Independently operated lights inside that run off a marine battery. Simply plug it in after appx 15 hrs of use and it charges the led lights
- carpet tiles, racks, fitting room, shelving, stairs…all included.

I can be reached at careyferrante@gmail.com if interested.

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Meka January 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Can you suggest a good program to track inventory and profits? Thanks so much!!!

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Teresa admin January 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I think square has it built in if you want to use it otherwise Quickbooks would have it. There are others out there just depends on how much you want to track.

Dave

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Jewels January 25, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Hi
What is the make and model, year of your truck. And key elements to look out for while seeking a vehicle? Thank you and love all your input.

Jewels

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Sarah Gutierrez January 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm

This is so inspiring!!! I currently own a travel boutique (sans truck) so I do have some steps done such as inventory, website, name and social media pages. We currently do at home fashion parties and vendor events. Without having a storefront I’m having a hard time creating cash flow, but I love being a travel boutique, so in doing research on what would be the next step for us, I found these amazing ideas for fashion trucks! Perfect next step for us! The problem for me is finding the funding. Starting my own business has effected my credit score, so I’m wondering, do you know of any grants or small business loans that help start up costs for this with bad credit? My next step might be some sortf of crowd funding… but I want this to be my last resort, I don’t think I could raise that much money! Any help at all or suggestions would be appreciated!!!

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Tiffani February 3, 2014 at 2:35 am

Hi there!
I am trying to write a business plan (for a loan) in order to get my business going and can not for the life of me find any examples of “projected financial statements” or examples of how fashion trucks are doing financially. I know the lender wants to have this information but i just do not know how to get it! help?
Tiffani

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Teresa admin February 5, 2014 at 1:27 am

Well that may be tough to get. I am sure most businesses won’t want to give that out. The lenders will be hard on any new business let alone a mobile boutique. Try and find what a brick and mortar store would do and make a guess off of that.

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Kandis February 10, 2014 at 1:20 am

Hello! Thank you for this blog. I read through almost all of the comments and done recall how you renovated the inside. Are you skilled by trade? I feel like I’ll have to pay someone to this, but do I hire a carpenter? Or my friend who renovated homes?

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Teresa admin February 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I do some carpentry but I never went to trade school. A carpenter/friend that works on homes could certainly do the work.

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erika February 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Hi

Can you tell me what permits I would need to have? I want to go all around Florida

Thank you Soo much for the info.
Erika

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Teresa admin February 14, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Permits vary per city. So check with the cities that you want to go visit.

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Bani February 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Hi, your website had been the most inspiring I have come across. I was wondering if you could help. As a mobile store, were there any additional legal avenues you had to explore to register your company? And we’re the permits based purely in the areas you went to? Can’t wait to hear from you. Thanks

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tiffani March 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Do you use a generator or just run off of the battery for lights and ac in the rear? is there an easy way to run that all to the box?

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tab March 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm

what is a good source for merchandise? shipping is insane on all of the otherwise affordable sites i have found!

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Bridget March 5, 2014 at 1:34 am

So what kind of permits will be needed? and what are the price ranges for those permits?

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Sasha March 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Hello,

I own a retail business and the comments have been very helpful. However, I’d like to ask if anyone knows where I could buy a step van? This has been a major challenge as most car dealers i’ve come across don’t sell them.

Please if you have any helpful pointers send an email to eclecticbysasha@gmail.com would really appreciate it.

Thank you.

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Steph March 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm

how you doing? I’m from Mexico city and i wonder you can tell me if there`s any place in Mexico with this type of business. i tried to find something in google, but still have no answer!… thanks for your help

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Teresa Teresa March 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I don’t know of any in Mexico City or Mexico. Thanks.

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Crystal March 13, 2014 at 5:25 am

First, I have to tell u congrats!! LOVE this concept and to be totally honest I didn’t even think this sort of thing existed!! I have been doing markets and shows for the last few years and LOVE LOVE LOVE my job!! I am a stay at home mom and I own a boutique business that is ALL HOMEMADE items so a little different. I am tossing the idea of a traveling boutique but Very different from this sort because I’m looking at a vintage camper with an awning. I want to be able to set up at these markets with a WOW factor!! So I just have to tell u that this was an awesome read and I give u props for answering the same question 8000 times!! Good luck with your future in the traveling business!

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Mona barton April 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Sources for apparel are wholesale markets like Dallas Atlanta or NYC..I’m in wholesale and rigging mine out now. My plan is to Switch out from wholesale samples to open stock on best sellers for retail on weekend at select events or stops in certain towns.. I’m thinking the best way might just be doing small orders w my supplier since I’m already selling their product wholesale.
Call me if you need merchandise ..I’m going sprinter route to due a 7 state area I travel. Good luck out there!

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Anne April 13, 2014 at 11:43 pm

This info is great!! I’ve got my list together and everything that I need to do makes sense. BUT, how do I find vendors to buy clothes from?? I don’t even know where to start?? Is there a website that lists the trade shows??

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Laticia April 15, 2014 at 1:20 am

Hello! Thank you so much for all you are sharing and have shared. I am I the process of starting a traveling boutique. I am having a hard time finding quality wholesalers. Can you recommend a few of your favorites.

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Beth May 4, 2014 at 2:01 am

I found your website the first day I started googling mobile boutiques and found this to be such an amazing resource! I just finished my first month of operation with my Roaming Boutique and wanted to say thank you so much for offering all of this information. We have had so Much fun building our boutique and the first month has been amazing! I do not think it would have happened the way it did without your blog posts and answering my initial questions. THANK YOU!!!!

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Telma Reid May 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I custom make children clothing and other things. My children and I always wsnted to have a rolling boutique. Your story is so inspirational, we have been looking gor a truck o a school bus in the New York area yo make over. Sll yhe ones we sren online are out of town and some are up for a bid.
Any advise or helpful tips, we dont have a lot of cash to buy it but we eould borrow from motr family and ftiendd if we find tje right price. I make everything my drlf so my apartment is kinda crazy. Any advise is apreciated.

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tin May 29, 2014 at 11:46 pm

is this truck still up and running weekly? I have noticed its been sometimes since you have answered any questions. I get that a business owner never tells what they make, but why would someone steer a person into a business if they didn’t do good. I see a lot of these trucks for sale within a year. Please let me reword the question, do you cover your business cost monthly with your business without adding any of your own money? To me that is doing good. thank you in advance.

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cheng June 5, 2014 at 1:58 pm

do you know how much i have to pay for the Renovations????
thank you~~~~~~

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Nikki June 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Hello-

What did you use for clothing rods–where did you get them?

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Sharlene Plescia July 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Hi There! Well, I have my mobile boutique ready to go a 6×10 cargo trailer…stocked with inventory, interior done, graphics wrap done. Now all I have to do is find out how most boutiques do this…generally…..how do you go out on the road and sell? City to city permits? (I have a county business license working out of my home currently). Permission of businesses to sell on their property (like food trucks do?). And are there mobile boutique events, where a bunch of boutiques convene and sell together (which sounds fun to me since we all have different product). I did send in my application for the Northern Cali Mobile Boutique Association, however, have not heard from them yet. Let me know your processes in general. I am excited to get out there! Going from Cali to Tennessee in October with my boutique and would LOVE to meet up with other mobile boutique owners on the way :-) Thanks in advance for your response! Sharlene

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ANGELA July 7, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Hello,
I love your fashion truck so much!
i am working on starting my own in Central Phoenix, Az.
i was just wondering how you figured out all the city permits? How does that part work?
did you have to get city permits from all the cities you travel to?

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Mary July 8, 2014 at 1:25 am

Will I need a CDL to drive the truck. I’m wondering about that… I love your ideals

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KJM July 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm

I have a gorgeous mobile fashion truck and turn key business for sale. Here is a link to our website: http://www.laboutiquetruck.com and YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbd3qLrIj2I

The business would also include our facebook page, twitter, established vendor relationships and more…basically EVERYTHING you need. It is the most beautiful mobile boutique out there!

If this is of any interest please contact me for more information.

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KJM July 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Oops. Please contact me at kelly.malatin@gmail.com or 813-927-1558 Thanks!!

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Cathy July 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Just found your website today and I’m pumped about all the information available! Thank you for being so generous with your thoughts and advice. Excited to begin the journey. Planning on moving to Texas soon and am currently looking at trucks to purchase (I see a few that will work). My inventory is satisfactory and I’ll be adding more before the move. My biggest hurdle seems to be tackling the license and insurance issue but now that I’ve read through some of the requirements (and comments); I’m a tad more confident in the process. Wishing you continued success!

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Nache' July 25, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Great info! We’ll be sure to add a link in our new FindaFashionTruck.com site. Thank for inspiring others to fulfill there dreams.

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Savan Patel August 1, 2014 at 10:19 pm

How much did you pay for the truck? how are the Monthly expenses? How many employees work at a given time? is the business profitable? How much revenue does it generate and how much are the expenses? I would love your help.

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Jamie Coster August 14, 2014 at 5:29 am

My daughter is in the process of opening a mobile fashion trailor not truck. The trailor will be pulled by her SUV. Will she be able to go to the same places as mobile trucks?. She went with a trailor instead of a truck to save money, but now she thinks she made a mistake and should have just gone with a truck. Do you think a trailor will do just as well as a truck? Any unique suggestions for a trailor? Thank you so much for your expert advice!

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Teresa admin December 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

You’re welcome and good luck!

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