Many business people looking to start mobile self-storage operations have opted for franchising as opposed to starting a new business on their own. In general, the franchise option is an attractive one because the new operator doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Mobile self-storage franchises provide name brand recognition, marketing support, and a host of other support services. That having been said, a new franchisee has to be willing to embrace the franchisor’s system. Consequently, by doing so, they will give up some control over the way they run the business.
Alternatives to franchising are available to mobile self-storage operators who can start their businesses through dealerships or by simply purchasing vehicles, containers, and other equipment directly from a source that places no restrictions on how the company is operated. As with a franchise operation, many of these companies offer protected territories where a mobile operator can conduct business exclusively under a particular brand name.
The question is: What is the best way for you to start a mobile self-storage operation?