10 Jan 2019

Mobile Business Trailers Success Stories

If you need a little encouragement today – have a look at these ladies making their trailer businesses work!

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Bakersfield.com

TRAILER BUSINESSES YIELD BIG SAVINGS

    Mobile Business Trailers Success Stories

“Morgan Tasos, 22, turned her favorite hobby of making flower arrangements into a business with The Rustic Petal, a mobile flower shop that operates out of a 1959 Aristocrat trailer, which she found in Lake Isabella. It opened in late October.

And sisters Maraiah Bermudez, 19, and Mia Lopez, 14, have transformed an old La Bonita Tortilla delivery truck into Melange Boutique, a mobile boutique, which opened in August.

Tasos said her trailer and renovations cost her a total of $5,000, and Bermudez and Lopez found their van in the parking lot of Los Tacos De Huicho in February for just $3,900.

Not only does the cost relieve some stress that usually comes with owning a business, but the three women have less overhead, which is an advantage, said Drew Sharples, a financial investigator at the City of Bakersfield’s Office of Treasury who handles business permitting.

MOBILITY BRINGS ABOUT BUSINESS

Beyond cost and overhead, the businesses are more nimble than brick-and-mortar establishments. They can go where their customers are.

Bermudez, who plans to go to school for business and accounting, and Lopez, a freshman in high school, drive and park their van in downtown Bakersfield for Third Thursdays, First Fridays and Second Saturdays.

“You are going somewhere where people actually shop,” said Bermudez.

And when Tasos isn’t parked by The Round Up, she is co-hosting pop-up events with other businesses.

“You can go where it’s convenient for the community. And it’s easy to travel and hook up and go,” said Tasos, who works full time and is going to school part time to become a teacher.

THE CHALLENGES OF BEING MOBILE

Of course, owning a mobile business comes with its challenges and disadvantages.

Some mobile business owners have to fill up and drain tanks daily. They also need to change tires, charge batteries and clear countertops when moving so equipment doesn’t break.

Space can be an issue, too.

There is no refrigeration for excess flowers in The Rustic Petal, so Tasos can’t overstock.

However, these disadvantages didn’t stop the young businesswomen from pursuing their goals.

For Tasos, if her trailer business wasn’t an option, she probably wouldn’t have opened The Rustic Petal.

“I don’t think I would have done a storefront because there are already so many of those,” Tasos said. “I don’t think I would have made it.””

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