12 Jun 2017

Businesses you can run using a trailer

Want to run your own business, but don’t know what to do?  Here are a few options of businesses you can run using a trailer.

Moving van business

Starting a small moving business is relatively easy. Set up and conduct your business professionally, perhaps offering add-on services if you are able, such as space for temporary, in-between moves storage.

Startup costs include purchasing (a vehicle and a trailer) that will accommodate the type of moving you plan to do. And, of course, you’ll need a place to park them.

You’ll need at least one employee — you can’t lift that sofa alone! And you’ll need to train that employee for packing, moving procedures, customer interactions, how to behave appropriately in a client’s home, etc., so your professional reputation isn’t damaged.

Specialty transportation

Specializing in a specific kind of unusual transportation — extremely large items or refrigerated perishables — can provide a healthy income. You’ll likely have fewer clients but can charge higher fees for the expertise you have or gain from specializing.

Livestock transportation

Although you don’t need any specific licenses for transporting personal horses for customers unless you get into commercial-size vehicles that hold many animals, you will definitely need equine or bovine experience for potential clients to trust your ability to transport their animals, and you need to familiarize yourself with the livestock transport regulations for crossing state lines.

Although the livestock owner will be responsible for having their animal ready for transport to its final destination, you’ll want to know the livestock regulations of any state you’ll be entering. Most states have at least minimum requirements of certain infectious tests (including a health exam) and/or vaccinations for entering their state.

Don’t leave it up to horse or cattle owners to know these regulations; while they may be the one lining up and paying the veterinarian who’ll do these tests, you’ll want to be knowledgeable to advise them. It’s to your benefit to make sure they have the proper paperwork for you to show at the final destination or anywhere along the way that’s necessary.

To make sure the trip goes smoothly for the animal, you need to be knowledgeable about livestock or hire someone to do the actual transport who’s knowledgeable. Keep in mind that if you’re transporting any distance and need to overnight, you’ll need to get the animal on and off the trailer several times. And not only do you need to know how to deal with things on the road — tricks to get the horse to drink while traveling and help avoid colic, how to treat or bandage a wound if necessary — you also need to know the basics behind driving carefully while towing a live animal. Getting a veterinary technician license or bringing a certified vet tech with you might be useful and give you an edge for getting customers and word-of-mouth praise.


Transporting boats is another specialty business that can be lucrative and interesting if you’re in a maritime area. Keep in mind that this will be a seasonal business — and extremely busy during the pre- and post-boating season since everyone will want their boat in the water or taken out of the water in the same general timeframe.

You’ll need to decide what kind of boats you want to transport. A speedboat for the lake has a very different trailer requirement than a large sailboat with a mast and a keel. Although motorboat transport would likely be a higher-volume business, it’s also something many boat owners can do themselves. But if you keep your prices reasonable and become known for taking extra good care of the boats you transport, you may find people hiring you to take care of this for them anyway. Motorboat owners are likely to have room in their yard to store them, but if you can provide covered storage, you can have an added-value component to your business. You can also add the service of shrink-wrapping the boat before storage.

The startup funding for boat transport is modest but perhaps surprisingly higher than you might think, especially given the cost of pickup trucks. You’ll need an appropriately sized truck and perhaps two or three different-sized trailers. Also important is liability insurance to cover the boats you transport and the possibilities of things that can happen when you haul things. That storage option is a good expansion aspect to the boat hauling business.

Businesses you can run using a trailer

Source at The Entrepreneur – some of the text modified.