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Astral Riles + Nache Snow: Fashion and DIY Bloggers + Owners of Find a Fashion Truck

Nache Snow and Astral Riles are the owners of the directory Find a Fashion Truck and manage the blog Start a Fashion Truck. They are new small business owners trying to figure out what works for fashion trucks (mobile boutiques), online boutiques, and brick and mortar stores. They intend to learn and inspire by providing business tips, interviewing industry experts, and having inspirational discussions with small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Episodes

077: How To Set Your Mobile Boutique Apart From Others + Tips To Grow Your Brand On Social Media
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2017-09-19 17:29:36 UTC 48:21
077: How To Set Your Mobile Boutique Apart From Others + Tips To Grow Your Brand On Social Media

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 077 | How To Set Your Mobile Boutique Apart From Others + Tips To Grow Your Brand On Social Media

Samantha Lynch is the owner/operator of Gypset located in Winter Park, Florida. She started her handmade jewelry business almost 3 years ago and has recently launched her mobile boutique in January 2017.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Samantha makes handmade jewelry and sells in the mobile boutique, at events and on Etsy.
  • She used to work in the corporate world as a Social Media Director.
  • She taught herself how to make jewelry.
  • After her son was born she decided to go into jewelry making full-time.
  • Once she started to learn the flow of the business and the accounting…within 6-9 months she started to make a profit.
  • Before deciding to open the mobile boutique, she had moved her studio workspace from home over to her husband’s company’s warehouse.
  • When she was forced to look for a new office space, she then considered the idea of moving the studio into a trailer that would park in the back of her husbands warehouse.
  • She found the trailer / camper on Craigslist and paid only $2,000.
  • Her husband renovated the entire trailer.
  • She found an artist to do freehand lettering on the exterior of the camper AND hand-painted an accent wall inside of the trailer.
  • She also has been able to hire an assistant for the business.
  • Monday – Friday, she parks the trailer at her husband’s warehouse.
  • On the weekends she does pop-up shops & other events.
  • She is not yet 100% comfortable pulling the trailer, hooking it up and backing the trailer up.
  • In regards to growing your following on social media, she recommends
    • being responsive to comments and messages
    • finding the hashtags that work for your brand
    • being supportive to other businesses by commenting on their photos
    • reaching out to influencers / bloggers that are similar to your brand and who are in your target market.
  • She recommends  paying your Sales Tax every month.

THE WALLPAPER

Gypset hand painted floral wallpaper

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Website: gypsetcollective.com

Facebook: gypsetCo

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076: Taking Time To Plan Out Your Brand + Having a Successful Launch Party with Sponsors
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2017-09-19 17:29:36 UTC 42:55
076: Taking Time To Plan Out Your Brand + Having a Successful Launch Party with Sponsors

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 076 | Taking Time To Plan Out Your Brand + Having a Successful Launch Party with Sponsors

Marisa Folz is the owner of  The Wander Shop in Wilton Manors, Florida. Marisa has always had a passion for fashion. She meticulously worked on her brand and planned out her strategy to start her online + mobile business. Having a background in Event Planning allowed her to plan a successful launch party and get the word out about her business.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • She has a degree in Event Planning.
  • She grew up in the retail industry. Her mom owned 3 stores.
  • She began working at her parent’s store which gave her the flexibility to begin working on her brand + start the online store.
  • She chose the name “Wander Shop” because she loves to travel.
  • She realized that trying to set up shop at an event with a tent/booth was very difficult, so that prompted the idea of opening up a mobile boutique.
  • The online store launched in September 2015.
  • She purchased the Airstream in February 2016.
  • It took her almost 2 months to complete the build out.
  • She checked Craig’s List everyday for about 4 months before she found the Airstream.
  • She finally found the Airstream she wanted and wired the owner $5,000 without even seeing the trailer first.
  • She had an awesome launch party for the mobile boutique and she had sponsors contribute to the event.
  • She had a raffle for the launch party + she had the surrounding restaurants donate gift certificates for the prizes.
  • She made sure to have professional photos taken of the launch party.
  • She secured a “home-base” location where she could be open everyday.
  • One of her favorite parts of the job is inspiring people.
  • She sells both women’s and men’s fashion.

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Website: The Wander Shop

Facebook: @tothewandershop

Instagram: @tothewandershop

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075: Opening Up a Shared Pop-Up Store + The Effects Of Moving Your Business To A New Location
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2017-09-19 17:29:36 UTC 49:59
075: Opening Up a Shared Pop-Up Store + The Effects Of Moving Your Business To A New Location

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 075 | Opening Up a Shared Pop-Up Store + The Effects Of Moving Your Business To A New Location

Sarah Platt is the owner/operator of Urban Izzy. She originally started the business in Texas, but recently has moved to Folly Beach, South Carolina. Sarah has ran her mobile boutique for almost 5 years and has also opened up 2 successful pop-up stores during the course of this time.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Prior to opening the truck, Sarah was a Real Estate Agent + she has a retail background.
  • She has always had a passion for fashion and has wanted to own a store.
  • In 2011, she realized that a brick & mortar store was out of her budget and that led her on her journey to owning a mobile boutique.
  • She used her savings + a family gift in order to purchase her truck.
  • Originally, she wanted an Airstream, but she soon decided against it because it would have been hard to managed by herself.
  • She found her truck and had to get it towed in order to get it fix.
  • She was firm with her budget because she didn’t want to have any debt.
  • She recruited a friend to help her design the truck.
  • She opened the truck for business in 2012.
  • The 1st 2 years were the hardest for her. She had to also maintain a side job in real estate.
  • After 2 years, she built relationships on where she could park.
  • She eventually opened up 2 pop-up stores, which brought in more income.
  • “Fashion Truck Collection” (a group of 4 other trucks) was the 1st pop-up inside of a store that she did in Texas.
  • The pop-up was actually in a temporary space with an open-end lease.
  • The space was so huge, that she brought in 3 other fashion truck owners to share the space for the pop-up.
  • She did the 1st pop-up for 6 months.
  • “Fashion Truck Society” was the 2nd pop-up store and it had more trucks participating.
  • She found an area on Folly Beach where the food trucks park and she was able to setup shop and park. She pays rent and is able to leave the truck there.
  • She believes that one of the best things about fashion trucks is that they are on wheels…you can go to where the people are.
  • She has only been selling online for about 2 years. But it was hard for her to juggle the truck in addition to the online store.

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Fashion Truck Society

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Facebook: @urbanizzy

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074: The Making of Omaha’s 1st Fashion Truck
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2017-09-19 17:29:37 UTC 35:00
074: The Making of Omaha’s 1st Fashion Truck

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 074 | The Making of Omaha's 1st Fashion Truck

Jill Dudzinski is the owner/operator of Hello Ruby… the 1st mobile boutique in Omaha, Nebraska. Jill is currently working on her mobile boutique with the plan to launch on April 1st, 2017.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Jill has a degree in Marketing.
  • She purchased her truck about 3 weeks after making the decision to open a mobile boutique.
  • Before starting out, she wrote out a basic Business Plan. She utilized a Business Development Center in her home town.
  • She used her Business Plan to apply for a business loan.
  • She paid $4k for a Step Van that she found at an Auto Shop about an hour away from where she lives.
  • Her husband and uncle helped with the build-out process.
  • Instead of getting a wrap, she went with having vinyl stickers installed on the exterior of the truck.
  • She started her social media pages before her business actually launched in order to gain a following first.
  • Her goal is to have a modern white, gold and marble style inside of the truck.
  • Her target market 18-38 yr old women. And she will be selling Contemporary women’s fashion & accessories.
  • She attended the Magic vendor show in Vegas in order to buy merchandise.
  • She was on her local news on February 3rd, 2017 and has already had a few online articles published about the new mobile boutique.
  • She will be using Square for her POS.
  • Her local municipality requires her to have a Peddler’s License. And there are no other permits needed that she knows of.
  • She plans to have items in her truck to be priced under $100.

LINKS:      

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Straight Up with Stassi (podcast)

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Website: Hello Ruby

Facebook: @HelloRubyTruck

Instagram: @HelloRubyTruck

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073: A Mobile Boutique That Inspires Consumers To Make Ethical Shopping Choices
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2017-09-19 17:29:37 UTC 47:42
073: A Mobile Boutique That Inspires Consumers To Make Ethical Shopping Choices

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 073 | A Mobile Boutique That Inspires Consumers To Make Ethical Shopping Choices

Rupa Singh is the owner/operator of Love This mobile boutique in Richmond, VA. Rupa prides herself on being part of a movement that drives change and in her mobile boutique she sells products that empower and support others. Her job is not just selling products, but it is also making consumers aware that their choices do matter.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Rupa has a background in Architecture and Art History.
  • Rupa was inspired to start a mobile business after participating in the volunteer program at the Ten Thousand Villages store in Richmond, VA.
  • She researched airstreams and found out that they are all handmade and realized that it would be a perfect setting to sell her ethically sourced, fair trade items.
  •  In August 2014, she found a 20ft Airsteam on CraigsList that was already gutted for only $3k.
  • She thought that it was meant-to-be because the sellers of the Airstream were huge supporters of fair trade.
  • She created an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign to raise the money for the renovations.
  • She started out with just five handmade brands that she already knew about to sell in her truck and then branched out from there.
  • May 2015 is when the mobile boutique actually launched.
  • She has been in business for almost 2 years.
  • She tries to educate her customers that their choices matter and that there are products that do good.
  • She doesn’t operate the mobile boutique everyday, so she has not been able to turn a profit yet and is still in the breaking-even phase.
  • She believes that if inventory is managed properly and you put in enough time, then you can definitely turn a profit.
  • She uses Shopify for her website and POS system.
  • She had professional photos taken for her website.
  • She has chosen a clean minimalist look for her products and interior decor of the mobile boutique.

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Ten Thousand Villages

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Website: Love This

Facebook: @lovethisrva

Instagram: @lovethisrva

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072: The Pros and Cons of Purchasing The First Fashion Truck You Find + Balancing Two Jobs
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2017-09-19 17:29:37 UTC 48:06
072: The Pros and Cons of Purchasing The First Fashion Truck You Find + Balancing Two Jobs

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 072 | The Pros & Cons of Purchasing The First Truck You Find + Balancing Two Jobs

Jennifer McPaul is the owner of High Pockets Mobile Boutique in Cleveland, OH. In her pursuit to start her mobile boutique business, she has also chosen to maintain her full-time career as an Attorney.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Jennifer is an attorney and she did not have a fashion background.
  • She has an undergraduate degree in Marketing.
  • In the Fall of 2013 she decided to open the mobile.
  • In the Spring of 2014 she actually purchased the truck and got started on the business.
  • She found her step van on CraigsList.
  • She purchased the very first truck that she went to look at.
  • The repairs for the truck were around $5k.
  • Her total investment with starting the business was around $20k.
  • The truck was previously painted with household paint, so it had to be sandblasted off prior to getting the wrap installed. It costed $3k to get the truck sandblasted.
  • With her inventory, her best sellers are tops and dresses. She has noticed that pants & shorts don’t sell that well in her truck.
  • Because she also has a full-time job in addition to the mobile boutique she struggles with time because she doesn’t always want to be “working”.
  • She recommends:
    • Making sure to look at multiple trucks.
    • Take a mechanic with you when looking at trucks.
    • “Just Do It”. You have to learn as you go.
    • Develop your own style and don’t compare yourself to other mobile businesses.
    • Wear your brand and advertise the products on your truck.
  • Even after 3 years, she has chosen to keep investing her profits into the business instead of paying herself a salary.

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Website: High Pockets

Facebook: @shophighpockets

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071: Lessons Learned From a New Fashion Truck Owner
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2017-09-19 17:29:37 UTC 45:40
071: Lessons Learned From a New Fashion Truck Owner

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 071 | Lessons Learned From a New Fashion Truck Owner

Ann Foley-Collins is the owner of Glee Gifts in New England. Ann was previously a guest on EP:039 where she discussed how she started off with a brick & mortar and then transitioned to a mobile boutique. On this episode she discusses how the past year has gone for her business, plus things that she has learned since then.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Going into 2016, she realized that she  over-bought in apparel, so she tried to find ways to off load it.
  • It’s not a good idea to hold on to aging merchandise, so she decided to sell everything for half-off the retail price.
  • For 2016, her sales were $30k less than what she had expected to do for the year.
  • She said that having her brick & mortar store was easier because it was more predictable, whereas with the truck sometimes the weather gets in the way.
  • She recommends attending events with very high foot traffic.
  • She uses a Google Doc to post a social calendar of events on her website.
  • She recommends making sure you have a solid business model.
  • Her goals this year is to look back on the year 2016 and see what worked and what didn’t work.
  • She recommends asking for discounts and negotiating with vendors on event fees.
  • She gets together with four other truck businesses to talk strategy.
  • She found that hair salons have been very lucrative for her.
  • She recommends making sure you have great lighting on the truck so customers can see your product.
  • She also recommends having an “exit strategy” in place in case the mobile business doesn’t work out.

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FIND GLEE GIFTS:

Website: Glee Gifts Boutique On Wheels

Facebook: Glee Gifts Boutique On Wheels

Twitter: @GleeGal

Pinterest: Glee Gifts

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070: Taking The LuLaRoe Clothing Brand Mobile + The Benefits of Doing Live Facebook Sales
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2017-09-19 17:29:37 UTC 47:26
070: Taking The LuLaRoe Clothing Brand Mobile + The Benefits of Doing Live Facebook Sales

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 070 | Taking The LuLaRoe Clothing Brand Mobile + The Benefits of Doing Live Facebook Sales

Lisa Whealon is the owner of Take A Peek Mobile Boutique in St. Louis. Lisa’s passion is to make women of all shapes and sizes feel beautiful, which is why she choose to sell LuLaRoea clothing brand that she believes in.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Lisa has decided to maintain a full-time job in addition to working the mobile boutique.
  • She has a Broadcast Journalism background.
  • Initially, when starting the mobile boutique, she wasn’t trying to replace her 9-5 job, she just wanted a creative outlet.
  • Her husband finding a truck for her is what pushed her to take the next step in starting the mobile boutique.
  • The truck they found was actually a previous fashion truck.
  • She repurposed the previous owners truck wrap.
  • It took about 8 months for her to get the truck up and running.
  • She sell LuLaRoe clothing on the truck.
  • She had a launch party on December 8th, 2016.
  • At the launch party she did a raffle for “free leggings for a year”.
  • She has a VIP Facebook group and she does a Live Sale every Friday.
  • She also does “Album” sales on Facebook.
  • During the winter time, she recommends:
    • Having a backup plan.
    • Being comfortable making mistakes AND being able to learn from them.
    • Research where you are going to park. If it doesn’t look like a good fit, be comfortable saying “no”.

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Facebook: @Takeapeekmobileboutique

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069: Operating a New Fashion Truck Business in a Small Town + The Importance of Offering Sizes For All Women
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2017-09-19 17:29:37 UTC 38:41
069: Operating a New Fashion Truck Business in a Small Town + The Importance of Offering Sizes For All Women

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 069 | Operating a New Fashion Truck Business in a Small Town + The Importance of Offering Sizes For All Women

Carrie Gehrke is the owner of Libby Simone Mobile Boutique in St. Helena, California. With a background in Fashion Merchandising, Carrie decided to follow her dreams and wrote up a business plan to start her fashion truck. She sells women’s clothing & accessories and plans to cater to all women offering sizes from x-small up to 3XL.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Carrie has a degree in Fashion Merchandising from The Academy of Art University in San Fransisco.
  • Dec 2015 is when she actually decided to start a mobile boutique.
  • The mobile boutique was an idea for her that was financially feasible.
  • It took her about 5 months from conception of the idea to the finish of the truck.
  • Her business launch was in May 2016.
  • She found her truck on CraigsList for $9,000.
  • Her total investment for starting the business was around $30k.
  • She took a risk and purchased the 1st truck that she looked at.
  • Carrie’s husband did most of the build-out / interior renovation of the truck.
  • She lives in a small town and there aren’t many events for her to attend with the truck. When she gets out to an event with lots of traffic, she does pretty well financially.
  • She offers home parties as one of her services, but they have not turned out as well as she had hoped.
  • She provides clothing options from X-Small to 3-XL.
  • She found that there is a good market for plus size clothing. She is working to expand her plus size line.
  • Her goal is to make her customers feel good, in addition to helping them realize what they might be missing.
  • She offers free style consulting seminars.
  • Her plans for the future is to add more events and collaborations with other businesses in the area.

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Web: Libby Simone

Facebook: @lsfashiontruck

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068: Operating an Up-Scale Designer Resale Mobile Boutique
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2017-09-19 17:29:38 UTC 46:58
068: Operating an Up-Scale Designer Resale Mobile Boutique

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 068 | Operating an Up-Scale Designer Resale Mobile Boutique

Joslyn Slaughter is the owner of Shop The Thrifty Fashionista Mobile Boutique in Chicago, IL. Joslyn runs the mobile boutique with her mom. The focus of their business is higher-end / upscale designer items.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Her mom is her business partner. They used to own a brick & mortar resale boutique in the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago.
  • The resale shop was open for about 4 years.
  • From concept to completion, it was about 8 months.
  • She launched the mobile boutique back in September 2016.
  • Her mom’s mechanic found the truck for them. It only took him about 1 month to find it.
  • Instead of getting a wrap installed on the truck, she found an artist to paint artwork on the truck.
  • The overall total investment for starting the mobile boutique business was around $30-$35k.
  • She has a very good support system. Her fiance helps with taking photos for social media.
  • She also plans to incorporate an online store.
  • She has a pop-up shop in Bronzeville until February. The pop-up shop includes both men’s and women’s clothing. Located at 646 1/2 E. 43rd St, Chicago IL.
  • The City of Chicago has recently come out with a temporary license that will allow her to park at street meters. The license last for 2-years.
  • If you live in colder climates, she recommends having a set of interior doors to help keep in the heat.
  • She recommends contacting the city to find out any upcoming events that you can participate in.
  • She also does private parties.
  • She uses Square on the truck for her POS system. The website is Shopify.

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Web: Shop The Thrifty Fashionista

Facebook: @ShopTheThriftyFashionista

Instagram: @shopttf

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067: The Benefits of Purchasing a Turn-Key Mobile Retail Business
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2017-09-19 17:29:38 UTC 43:25
067: The Benefits of Purchasing a Turn-Key Mobile Retail Business

066: Tips For The Let’s Talk About Fashion Truck Facebook Group + Why We Love Shopify
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2017-09-19 17:29:38 UTC 34:58
066: Tips For The Let’s Talk About Fashion Truck Facebook Group + Why We Love Shopify

065: Getting an Investor for Your Mobile Business + Opening a Storefront in a College Town
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2017-09-19 17:29:38 UTC 57:13
065: Getting an Investor for Your Mobile Business + Opening a Storefront in a College Town

064: Choosing to Operate A Mobile Business In Addition To Keeping A Full-Time Job
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2017-09-19 17:29:38 UTC 45:58
064: Choosing to Operate A Mobile Business In Addition To Keeping A Full-Time Job

063: Becoming One of Germany’s 1st Fashion Trucks + Building a Clean & Beautiful Brand
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2017-09-19 17:29:38 UTC 50:54
063: Becoming One of Germany’s 1st Fashion Trucks + Building a Clean & Beautiful Brand

062: How Small Business Owners Launched a Mobile Boutique and Opened Two Storefronts In less Than a Year
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2017-09-19 17:29:38 UTC 57:25
062: How Small Business Owners Launched a Mobile Boutique and Opened Two Storefronts In less Than a Year

061: How a Stay-at-Home Mom Launched a Mobile Boutique With Her Handmade Jewelry
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061: How a Stay-at-Home Mom Launched a Mobile Boutique With Her Handmade Jewelry

060: Astral’s Top Online Resources for Branding, Packaging and Retail Supplies
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060: Astral’s Top Online Resources for Branding, Packaging and Retail Supplies

059: How Creating A Vision Board Helped To Launch A Successful Mobile Boutique
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059: How Creating A Vision Board Helped To Launch A Successful Mobile Boutique

058: Expanding A Fashion Brand Into A Mobile Boutique
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2017-09-19 17:29:39 UTC 47:26
058: Expanding A Fashion Brand Into A Mobile Boutique

057: How To Stay Trendy While Catering To All + Choosing The Right Name For Your Business
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2017-09-19 17:29:39 UTC 59:51
057: How To Stay Trendy While Catering To All + Choosing The Right Name For Your Business

056: Fashion Truck vs Brick & Mortar vs Online Store: How To Decide Which One Is Best For YOU?
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056: Fashion Truck vs Brick & Mortar vs Online Store: How To Decide Which One Is Best For YOU?

055: It Takes A Village To Build a Fashion Truck – Utilizing Students and Friends
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055: It Takes A Village To Build a Fashion Truck – Utilizing Students and Friends

054: Custom Door Mats Pave The Way For A New Mobile Boutique In Cali
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054: Custom Door Mats Pave The Way For A New Mobile Boutique In Cali

053: How To Make Money At Your Launch Party + DOT Requirements For Large Vehicles
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053: How To Make Money At Your Launch Party + DOT Requirements For Large Vehicles

052: An “Alice & Wonderland” Themed Mobile Boutique That Runs On Solar Power
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052: An “Alice & Wonderland” Themed Mobile Boutique That Runs On Solar Power

051: Creating A Travel & Bridal Experience In A Mobile Boutique + Protecting Yourself Against Fraud By Upgrading Your POS System
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051: Creating A Travel & Bridal Experience In A Mobile Boutique + Protecting Yourself Against Fraud By Upgrading Your POS System

050: Fashion Truck Owner Transitions To Business Consultant + The Value of Investing In Yourself
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050: Fashion Truck Owner Transitions To Business Consultant + The Value of Investing In Yourself

049: Selling One-of-A-Kind Vintage Fashion + Using Instagram to Promote Your Business
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049: Selling One-of-A-Kind Vintage Fashion + Using Instagram to Promote Your Business

048: How To Secure An Insurance Policy For Your Fashion Truck + The Pros and Cons of Shoptiques
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048: How To Secure An Insurance Policy For Your Fashion Truck + The Pros and Cons of Shoptiques

047: Selling Fair Trade Fashion + The Benefits Of Renting A Studio Space
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047: Selling Fair Trade Fashion + The Benefits Of Renting A Studio Space

046: When A Childhood Passion Becomes Your Career + Valuable Insurance Tips For Future Mobile Boutique Owners
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046: When A Childhood Passion Becomes Your Career + Valuable Insurance Tips For Future Mobile Boutique Owners

045: How Selling a Vision Enabled a Mobile Boutique Owner to Excel
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045: How Selling a Vision Enabled a Mobile Boutique Owner to Excel

044: Raising Funds For Your Truck By Doing Home Parties + Buying A Step Van For Under $3k
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044: Raising Funds For Your Truck By Doing Home Parties + Buying A Step Van For Under $3k

043: Why Sustainable Fashion Matters + How To Get Free Press Coverage For Your Business
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043: Why Sustainable Fashion Matters + How To Get Free Press Coverage For Your Business

2016
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2016

042: Ambitious Small Business Owner Launched Mobile Boutique in Two Months
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042: Ambitious Small Business Owner Launched Mobile Boutique in Two Months

041: NYC Duo Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Purchase Fashion Truck
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041: NYC Duo Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Purchase Fashion Truck

040: DIY Labor Helped a Crafty Fashionista Buildout Her Mobile Boutique
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040: DIY Labor Helped a Crafty Fashionista Buildout Her Mobile Boutique

039: Gift Shop Revamp: From Brick & Mortar to Mobile Boutique
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039: Gift Shop Revamp: From Brick & Mortar to Mobile Boutique

038: FFT Giveaway + How to Boost Holiday Sales
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038: FFT Giveaway + How to Boost Holiday Sales

037: A Suburban Gal’s Success Story + How An App Was Used To Promote New Business
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037: A Suburban Gal’s Success Story + How An App Was Used To Promote New Business

036: The Multi-Year Journey of a Eco Fashion Designer + What Lead To “The Revivall Roadshow”
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036: The Multi-Year Journey of a Eco Fashion Designer + What Lead To “The Revivall Roadshow”

035: A Fashion Lover’s Transition From Blogger To Mobile Boutique Owner
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035: A Fashion Lover’s Transition From Blogger To Mobile Boutique Owner

034: What It Takes to Build a Fashion Truck Brand and How it Can Lead to a Brick and Mortar
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034: What It Takes to Build a Fashion Truck Brand and How it Can Lead to a Brick and Mortar

033: How Maintaining Focus + Tapping Into A Niche Market Can Bring You Success
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033: How Maintaining Focus + Tapping Into A Niche Market Can Bring You Success

032: Don’t Have A Mobile Boutique Yet? Try Doing A Pop-Up Shop!
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032: Don’t Have A Mobile Boutique Yet? Try Doing A Pop-Up Shop!

031: Why Business Cards Are Important and Where to Get Them Designed and Printed
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031: Why Business Cards Are Important and Where to Get Them Designed and Printed

030: Comparing CMS Platforms for Building a Website
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030: Comparing CMS Platforms for Building a Website

029: Starting and Marketing The Pooch House Mobile Boutique
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029: Starting and Marketing The Pooch House Mobile Boutique

028: Gift Shop on Wheels – Branding Tips + What to Expect the First Couple of Months
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028: Gift Shop on Wheels – Branding Tips + What to Expect the First Couple of Months

027: Promoting Financial Literacy With The Finance Bar Mobile Boutique
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027: Promoting Financial Literacy With The Finance Bar Mobile Boutique

026: Get Organized! How Spreadsheets, Word Docs, and Processes Can Take Your Business to The Next Level
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026: Get Organized! How Spreadsheets, Word Docs, and Processes Can Take Your Business to The Next Level

025: Achieving Success With Strong Branding + The Sell of The Nomad Truck
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025: Achieving Success With Strong Branding + The Sell of The Nomad Truck

024: Surviving a Plant Based Diet + Pinterest and Photography Banter
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024: Surviving a Plant Based Diet + Pinterest and Photography Banter

023: Key Things To Consider When Starting a Fashion Truck
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023: Key Things To Consider When Starting a Fashion Truck

022: Photography Tips with Patterns & Pops Boutique + How to Get More Instagram Followers
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022: Photography Tips with Patterns & Pops Boutique + How to Get More Instagram Followers

021: Creating The Lifestyle Brand Love Cork Screw + The Key To Having a Successful Partnership
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021: Creating The Lifestyle Brand Love Cork Screw + The Key To Having a Successful Partnership

020: Legal Tips for Setting Up and Operating a New Business
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020: Legal Tips for Setting Up and Operating a New Business

019: Tips for Starting and Running a Successful Mobile Retail Business With Le Fashion Truck
1:08:04
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019: Tips for Starting and Running a Successful Mobile Retail Business With Le Fashion Truck

018: FREE Online Photography Tools + Apps That Can Increase Customer Engagement
36:13
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018: FREE Online Photography Tools + Apps That Can Increase Customer Engagement

017: How to Improve Your Overall Well-Being With Jessica Murnane From the One Part Podcast
1:03:42
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017: How to Improve Your Overall Well-Being With Jessica Murnane From the One Part Podcast

016: How To Utilize Fiverr as a Business Tool
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016: How To Utilize Fiverr as a Business Tool

015: How the Pursuit for Happiness Drove an Entrepreneur Towards the Swaggin’ Wagon
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015: How the Pursuit for Happiness Drove an Entrepreneur Towards the Swaggin’ Wagon

014: Tips for Managing Multiple Social Media Accounts
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014: Tips for Managing Multiple Social Media Accounts

013: How an Old Cape Cod Potato Chip Truck Was Transformed Into a Traveling Suit Store
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013: How an Old Cape Cod Potato Chip Truck Was Transformed Into a Traveling Suit Store

012: Everything Can Be Found By Googling It!
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012: Everything Can Be Found By Googling It!

011: Battling Anxiety and Depression While Trying To Build a Business
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011: Battling Anxiety and Depression While Trying To Build a Business

010: How Professional Branding Helped The Street Boutique Stand Out In The Crowd
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010: How Professional Branding Helped The Street Boutique Stand Out In The Crowd

009: The Superman Pose: Boost Your Confidence in Minutes
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009: The Superman Pose: Boost Your Confidence in Minutes

008: A Fashion Lover’s Journey to Opening a Mobile Boutique In a Small Town
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008: A Fashion Lover’s Journey to Opening a Mobile Boutique In a Small Town

007: How Determination and Goal Setting Can Lead to Multiple Streams of Revenue
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007: How Determination and Goal Setting Can Lead to Multiple Streams of Revenue

006: Minnesota Teacher Starts a Mobile Boutique for under $10k
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006: Minnesota Teacher Starts a Mobile Boutique for under $10k

005: How the Start of Side Dish Mobile Boutique Led to the Creation of Boulevard of Chic
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005: How the Start of Side Dish Mobile Boutique Led to the Creation of Boulevard of Chic

004: Trendy Vintage Boutique Expands Online Ebay Store to Storefront and Fashion Truck
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004: Trendy Vintage Boutique Expands Online Ebay Store to Storefront and Fashion Truck

003: What it Takes to Become a Photographer + Photography Tips For Your Business
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003: What it Takes to Become a Photographer + Photography Tips For Your Business

002: Sloane Street Style’s Journey to Becoming Detroit’s 1st Fashion Truck
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002: Sloane Street Style’s Journey to Becoming Detroit’s 1st Fashion Truck

001: The Women Behind Find a Fashion Truck
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001: The Women Behind Find a Fashion Truck

077: How To Set Your Mobile Boutique Apart From Others + Tips To Grow Your Brand On Social Media
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077: How To Set Your Mobile Boutique Apart From Others + Tips To Grow Your Brand On Social Media

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 077 | How To Set Your Mobile Boutique Apart From Others + Tips To Grow Your Brand On Social Media

Samantha Lynch is the owner/operator of Gypset located in Winter Park, Florida. She started her handmade jewelry business almost 3 years ago and has recently launched her mobile boutique in January 2017.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Samantha makes handmade jewelry and sells in the mobile boutique, at events and on Etsy.
  • She used to work in the corporate world as a Social Media Director.
  • She taught herself how to make jewelry.
  • After her son was born she decided to go into jewelry making full-time.
  • Once she started to learn the flow of the business and the accounting…within 6-9 months she started to make a profit.
  • Before deciding to open the mobile boutique, she had moved her studio workspace from home over to her husband’s company’s warehouse.
  • When she was forced to look for a new office space, she then considered the idea of moving the studio into a trailer that would park in the back of her husbands warehouse.
  • She found the trailer / camper on Craigslist and paid only $2,000.
  • Her husband renovated the entire trailer.
  • She found an artist to do freehand lettering on the exterior of the camper AND hand-painted an accent wall inside of the trailer.
  • She also has been able to hire an assistant for the business.
  • Monday – Friday, she parks the trailer at her husband’s warehouse.
  • On the weekends she does pop-up shops & other events.
  • She is not yet 100% comfortable pulling the trailer, hooking it up and backing the trailer up.
  • In regards to growing your following on social media, she recommends
    • being responsive to comments and messages
    • finding the hashtags that work for your brand
    • being supportive to other businesses by commenting on their photos
    • reaching out to influencers / bloggers that are similar to your brand and who are in your target market.
  • She recommends  paying your Sales Tax every month.

THE WALLPAPER

Gypset hand painted floral wallpaper

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076: Taking Time To Plan Out Your Brand + Having a Successful Launch Party with Sponsors
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076: Taking Time To Plan Out Your Brand + Having a Successful Launch Party with Sponsors

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 076 | Taking Time To Plan Out Your Brand + Having a Successful Launch Party with Sponsors

Marisa Folz is the owner of  The Wander Shop in Wilton Manors, Florida. Marisa has always had a passion for fashion. She meticulously worked on her brand and planned out her strategy to start her online + mobile business. Having a background in Event Planning allowed her to plan a successful launch party and get the word out about her business.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • She has a degree in Event Planning.
  • She grew up in the retail industry. Her mom owned 3 stores.
  • She began working at her parent’s store which gave her the flexibility to begin working on her brand + start the online store.
  • She chose the name “Wander Shop” because she loves to travel.
  • She realized that trying to set up shop at an event with a tent/booth was very difficult, so that prompted the idea of opening up a mobile boutique.
  • The online store launched in September 2015.
  • She purchased the Airstream in February 2016.
  • It took her almost 2 months to complete the build out.
  • She checked Craig’s List everyday for about 4 months before she found the Airstream.
  • She finally found the Airstream she wanted and wired the owner $5,000 without even seeing the trailer first.
  • She had an awesome launch party for the mobile boutique and she had sponsors contribute to the event.
  • She had a raffle for the launch party + she had the surrounding restaurants donate gift certificates for the prizes.
  • She made sure to have professional photos taken of the launch party.
  • She secured a “home-base” location where she could be open everyday.
  • One of her favorite parts of the job is inspiring people.
  • She sells both women’s and men’s fashion.

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Website: The Wander Shop

Facebook: @tothewandershop

Instagram: @tothewandershop

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075: Opening Up a Shared Pop-Up Store + The Effects Of Moving Your Business To A New Location
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075: Opening Up a Shared Pop-Up Store + The Effects Of Moving Your Business To A New Location

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 075 | Opening Up a Shared Pop-Up Store + The Effects Of Moving Your Business To A New Location

Sarah Platt is the owner/operator of Urban Izzy. She originally started the business in Texas, but recently has moved to Folly Beach, South Carolina. Sarah has ran her mobile boutique for almost 5 years and has also opened up 2 successful pop-up stores during the course of this time.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Prior to opening the truck, Sarah was a Real Estate Agent + she has a retail background.
  • She has always had a passion for fashion and has wanted to own a store.
  • In 2011, she realized that a brick & mortar store was out of her budget and that led her on her journey to owning a mobile boutique.
  • She used her savings + a family gift in order to purchase her truck.
  • Originally, she wanted an Airstream, but she soon decided against it because it would have been hard to managed by herself.
  • She found her truck and had to get it towed in order to get it fix.
  • She was firm with her budget because she didn’t want to have any debt.
  • She recruited a friend to help her design the truck.
  • She opened the truck for business in 2012.
  • The 1st 2 years were the hardest for her. She had to also maintain a side job in real estate.
  • After 2 years, she built relationships on where she could park.
  • She eventually opened up 2 pop-up stores, which brought in more income.
  • “Fashion Truck Collection” (a group of 4 other trucks) was the 1st pop-up inside of a store that she did in Texas.
  • The pop-up was actually in a temporary space with an open-end lease.
  • The space was so huge, that she brought in 3 other fashion truck owners to share the space for the pop-up.
  • She did the 1st pop-up for 6 months.
  • “Fashion Truck Society” was the 2nd pop-up store and it had more trucks participating.
  • She found an area on Folly Beach where the food trucks park and she was able to setup shop and park. She pays rent and is able to leave the truck there.
  • She believes that one of the best things about fashion trucks is that they are on wheels…you can go to where the people are.
  • She has only been selling online for about 2 years. But it was hard for her to juggle the truck in addition to the online store.

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074: The Making of Omaha’s 1st Fashion Truck
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074: The Making of Omaha’s 1st Fashion Truck

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 074 | The Making of Omaha's 1st Fashion Truck

Jill Dudzinski is the owner/operator of Hello Ruby… the 1st mobile boutique in Omaha, Nebraska. Jill is currently working on her mobile boutique with the plan to launch on April 1st, 2017.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Jill has a degree in Marketing.
  • She purchased her truck about 3 weeks after making the decision to open a mobile boutique.
  • Before starting out, she wrote out a basic Business Plan. She utilized a Business Development Center in her home town.
  • She used her Business Plan to apply for a business loan.
  • She paid $4k for a Step Van that she found at an Auto Shop about an hour away from where she lives.
  • Her husband and uncle helped with the build-out process.
  • Instead of getting a wrap, she went with having vinyl stickers installed on the exterior of the truck.
  • She started her social media pages before her business actually launched in order to gain a following first.
  • Her goal is to have a modern white, gold and marble style inside of the truck.
  • Her target market 18-38 yr old women. And she will be selling Contemporary women’s fashion & accessories.
  • She attended the Magic vendor show in Vegas in order to buy merchandise.
  • She was on her local news on February 3rd, 2017 and has already had a few online articles published about the new mobile boutique.
  • She will be using Square for her POS.
  • Her local municipality requires her to have a Peddler’s License. And there are no other permits needed that she knows of.
  • She plans to have items in her truck to be priced under $100.

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Website: Hello Ruby

Facebook: @HelloRubyTruck

Instagram: @HelloRubyTruck

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073: A Mobile Boutique That Inspires Consumers To Make Ethical Shopping Choices
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073: A Mobile Boutique That Inspires Consumers To Make Ethical Shopping Choices

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 073 | A Mobile Boutique That Inspires Consumers To Make Ethical Shopping Choices

Rupa Singh is the owner/operator of Love This mobile boutique in Richmond, VA. Rupa prides herself on being part of a movement that drives change and in her mobile boutique she sells products that empower and support others. Her job is not just selling products, but it is also making consumers aware that their choices do matter.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Rupa has a background in Architecture and Art History.
  • Rupa was inspired to start a mobile business after participating in the volunteer program at the Ten Thousand Villages store in Richmond, VA.
  • She researched airstreams and found out that they are all handmade and realized that it would be a perfect setting to sell her ethically sourced, fair trade items.
  •  In August 2014, she found a 20ft Airsteam on CraigsList that was already gutted for only $3k.
  • She thought that it was meant-to-be because the sellers of the Airstream were huge supporters of fair trade.
  • She created an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign to raise the money for the renovations.
  • She started out with just five handmade brands that she already knew about to sell in her truck and then branched out from there.
  • May 2015 is when the mobile boutique actually launched.
  • She has been in business for almost 2 years.
  • She tries to educate her customers that their choices matter and that there are products that do good.
  • She doesn’t operate the mobile boutique everyday, so she has not been able to turn a profit yet and is still in the breaking-even phase.
  • She believes that if inventory is managed properly and you put in enough time, then you can definitely turn a profit.
  • She uses Shopify for her website and POS system.
  • She had professional photos taken for her website.
  • She has chosen a clean minimalist look for her products and interior decor of the mobile boutique.

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Facebook: @lovethisrva

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072: The Pros and Cons of Purchasing The First Fashion Truck You Find + Balancing Two Jobs
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072: The Pros and Cons of Purchasing The First Fashion Truck You Find + Balancing Two Jobs

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 072 | The Pros & Cons of Purchasing The First Truck You Find + Balancing Two Jobs

Jennifer McPaul is the owner of High Pockets Mobile Boutique in Cleveland, OH. In her pursuit to start her mobile boutique business, she has also chosen to maintain her full-time career as an Attorney.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Jennifer is an attorney and she did not have a fashion background.
  • She has an undergraduate degree in Marketing.
  • In the Fall of 2013 she decided to open the mobile.
  • In the Spring of 2014 she actually purchased the truck and got started on the business.
  • She found her step van on CraigsList.
  • She purchased the very first truck that she went to look at.
  • The repairs for the truck were around $5k.
  • Her total investment with starting the business was around $20k.
  • The truck was previously painted with household paint, so it had to be sandblasted off prior to getting the wrap installed. It costed $3k to get the truck sandblasted.
  • With her inventory, her best sellers are tops and dresses. She has noticed that pants & shorts don’t sell that well in her truck.
  • Because she also has a full-time job in addition to the mobile boutique she struggles with time because she doesn’t always want to be “working”.
  • She recommends:
    • Making sure to look at multiple trucks.
    • Take a mechanic with you when looking at trucks.
    • “Just Do It”. You have to learn as you go.
    • Develop your own style and don’t compare yourself to other mobile businesses.
    • Wear your brand and advertise the products on your truck.
  • Even after 3 years, she has chosen to keep investing her profits into the business instead of paying herself a salary.

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071: Lessons Learned From a New Fashion Truck Owner
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071: Lessons Learned From a New Fashion Truck Owner

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 071 | Lessons Learned From a New Fashion Truck Owner

Ann Foley-Collins is the owner of Glee Gifts in New England. Ann was previously a guest on EP:039 where she discussed how she started off with a brick & mortar and then transitioned to a mobile boutique. On this episode she discusses how the past year has gone for her business, plus things that she has learned since then.

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  • Going into 2016, she realized that she  over-bought in apparel, so she tried to find ways to off load it.
  • It’s not a good idea to hold on to aging merchandise, so she decided to sell everything for half-off the retail price.
  • For 2016, her sales were $30k less than what she had expected to do for the year.
  • She said that having her brick & mortar store was easier because it was more predictable, whereas with the truck sometimes the weather gets in the way.
  • She recommends attending events with very high foot traffic.
  • She uses a Google Doc to post a social calendar of events on her website.
  • She recommends making sure you have a solid business model.
  • Her goals this year is to look back on the year 2016 and see what worked and what didn’t work.
  • She recommends asking for discounts and negotiating with vendors on event fees.
  • She gets together with four other truck businesses to talk strategy.
  • She found that hair salons have been very lucrative for her.
  • She recommends making sure you have great lighting on the truck so customers can see your product.
  • She also recommends having an “exit strategy” in place in case the mobile business doesn’t work out.

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070: Taking The LuLaRoe Clothing Brand Mobile + The Benefits of Doing Live Facebook Sales
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070: Taking The LuLaRoe Clothing Brand Mobile + The Benefits of Doing Live Facebook Sales

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 070 | Taking The LuLaRoe Clothing Brand Mobile + The Benefits of Doing Live Facebook Sales

Lisa Whealon is the owner of Take A Peek Mobile Boutique in St. Louis. Lisa’s passion is to make women of all shapes and sizes feel beautiful, which is why she choose to sell LuLaRoea clothing brand that she believes in.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Lisa has decided to maintain a full-time job in addition to working the mobile boutique.
  • She has a Broadcast Journalism background.
  • Initially, when starting the mobile boutique, she wasn’t trying to replace her 9-5 job, she just wanted a creative outlet.
  • Her husband finding a truck for her is what pushed her to take the next step in starting the mobile boutique.
  • The truck they found was actually a previous fashion truck.
  • She repurposed the previous owners truck wrap.
  • It took about 8 months for her to get the truck up and running.
  • She sell LuLaRoe clothing on the truck.
  • She had a launch party on December 8th, 2016.
  • At the launch party she did a raffle for “free leggings for a year”.
  • She has a VIP Facebook group and she does a Live Sale every Friday.
  • She also does “Album” sales on Facebook.
  • During the winter time, she recommends:
    • Having a backup plan.
    • Being comfortable making mistakes AND being able to learn from them.
    • Research where you are going to park. If it doesn’t look like a good fit, be comfortable saying “no”.

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Facebook: @Takeapeekmobileboutique

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069: Operating a New Fashion Truck Business in a Small Town + The Importance of Offering Sizes For All Women
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069: Operating a New Fashion Truck Business in a Small Town + The Importance of Offering Sizes For All Women

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 069 | Operating a New Fashion Truck Business in a Small Town + The Importance of Offering Sizes For All Women

Carrie Gehrke is the owner of Libby Simone Mobile Boutique in St. Helena, California. With a background in Fashion Merchandising, Carrie decided to follow her dreams and wrote up a business plan to start her fashion truck. She sells women’s clothing & accessories and plans to cater to all women offering sizes from x-small up to 3XL.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Carrie has a degree in Fashion Merchandising from The Academy of Art University in San Fransisco.
  • Dec 2015 is when she actually decided to start a mobile boutique.
  • The mobile boutique was an idea for her that was financially feasible.
  • It took her about 5 months from conception of the idea to the finish of the truck.
  • Her business launch was in May 2016.
  • She found her truck on CraigsList for $9,000.
  • Her total investment for starting the business was around $30k.
  • She took a risk and purchased the 1st truck that she looked at.
  • Carrie’s husband did most of the build-out / interior renovation of the truck.
  • She lives in a small town and there aren’t many events for her to attend with the truck. When she gets out to an event with lots of traffic, she does pretty well financially.
  • She offers home parties as one of her services, but they have not turned out as well as she had hoped.
  • She provides clothing options from X-Small to 3-XL.
  • She found that there is a good market for plus size clothing. She is working to expand her plus size line.
  • Her goal is to make her customers feel good, in addition to helping them realize what they might be missing.
  • She offers free style consulting seminars.
  • Her plans for the future is to add more events and collaborations with other businesses in the area.

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068: Operating an Up-Scale Designer Resale Mobile Boutique
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068: Operating an Up-Scale Designer Resale Mobile Boutique

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 068 | Operating an Up-Scale Designer Resale Mobile Boutique

Joslyn Slaughter is the owner of Shop The Thrifty Fashionista Mobile Boutique in Chicago, IL. Joslyn runs the mobile boutique with her mom. The focus of their business is higher-end / upscale designer items.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Her mom is her business partner. They used to own a brick & mortar resale boutique in the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago.
  • The resale shop was open for about 4 years.
  • From concept to completion, it was about 8 months.
  • She launched the mobile boutique back in September 2016.
  • Her mom’s mechanic found the truck for them. It only took him about 1 month to find it.
  • Instead of getting a wrap installed on the truck, she found an artist to paint artwork on the truck.
  • The overall total investment for starting the mobile boutique business was around $30-$35k.
  • She has a very good support system. Her fiance helps with taking photos for social media.
  • She also plans to incorporate an online store.
  • She has a pop-up shop in Bronzeville until February. The pop-up shop includes both men’s and women’s clothing. Located at 646 1/2 E. 43rd St, Chicago IL.
  • The City of Chicago has recently come out with a temporary license that will allow her to park at street meters. The license last for 2-years.
  • If you live in colder climates, she recommends having a set of interior doors to help keep in the heat.
  • She recommends contacting the city to find out any upcoming events that you can participate in.
  • She also does private parties.
  • She uses Square on the truck for her POS system. The website is Shopify.

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067: The Benefits of Purchasing a Turn-Key Mobile Retail Business
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067: The Benefits of Purchasing a Turn-Key Mobile Retail Business

066: Tips For The Let’s Talk About Fashion Truck Facebook Group + Why We Love Shopify
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066: Tips For The Let’s Talk About Fashion Truck Facebook Group + Why We Love Shopify

065: Getting an Investor for Your Mobile Business + Opening a Storefront in a College Town
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065: Getting an Investor for Your Mobile Business + Opening a Storefront in a College Town

064: Choosing to Operate A Mobile Business In Addition To Keeping A Full-Time Job
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064: Choosing to Operate A Mobile Business In Addition To Keeping A Full-Time Job

063: Becoming One of Germany’s 1st Fashion Trucks + Building a Clean & Beautiful Brand
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063: Becoming One of Germany’s 1st Fashion Trucks + Building a Clean & Beautiful Brand

062: How Small Business Owners Launched a Mobile Boutique and Opened Two Storefronts In less Than a Year
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062: How Small Business Owners Launched a Mobile Boutique and Opened Two Storefronts In less Than a Year

061: How a Stay-at-Home Mom Launched a Mobile Boutique With Her Handmade Jewelry
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061: How a Stay-at-Home Mom Launched a Mobile Boutique With Her Handmade Jewelry

060: Astral’s Top Online Resources for Branding, Packaging and Retail Supplies
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060: Astral’s Top Online Resources for Branding, Packaging and Retail Supplies

059: How Creating A Vision Board Helped To Launch A Successful Mobile Boutique
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059: How Creating A Vision Board Helped To Launch A Successful Mobile Boutique

058: Expanding A Fashion Brand Into A Mobile Boutique
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058: Expanding A Fashion Brand Into A Mobile Boutique

057: How To Stay Trendy While Catering To All + Choosing The Right Name For Your Business
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057: How To Stay Trendy While Catering To All + Choosing The Right Name For Your Business

056: Fashion Truck vs Brick & Mortar vs Online Store: How To Decide Which One Is Best For YOU?
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056: Fashion Truck vs Brick & Mortar vs Online Store: How To Decide Which One Is Best For YOU?

055: It Takes A Village To Build a Fashion Truck – Utilizing Students and Friends
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055: It Takes A Village To Build a Fashion Truck – Utilizing Students and Friends

054: Custom Door Mats Pave The Way For A New Mobile Boutique In Cali
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054: Custom Door Mats Pave The Way For A New Mobile Boutique In Cali

053: How To Make Money At Your Launch Party + DOT Requirements For Large Vehicles
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053: How To Make Money At Your Launch Party + DOT Requirements For Large Vehicles

052: An “Alice & Wonderland” Themed Mobile Boutique That Runs On Solar Power
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052: An “Alice & Wonderland” Themed Mobile Boutique That Runs On Solar Power

051: Creating A Travel & Bridal Experience In A Mobile Boutique + Protecting Yourself Against Fraud By Upgrading Your POS System
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051: Creating A Travel & Bridal Experience In A Mobile Boutique + Protecting Yourself Against Fraud By Upgrading Your POS System

050: Fashion Truck Owner Transitions To Business Consultant + The Value of Investing In Yourself
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050: Fashion Truck Owner Transitions To Business Consultant + The Value of Investing In Yourself

049: Selling One-of-A-Kind Vintage Fashion + Using Instagram to Promote Your Business
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049: Selling One-of-A-Kind Vintage Fashion + Using Instagram to Promote Your Business

048: How To Secure An Insurance Policy For Your Fashion Truck + The Pros and Cons of Shoptiques
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048: How To Secure An Insurance Policy For Your Fashion Truck + The Pros and Cons of Shoptiques

047: Selling Fair Trade Fashion + The Benefits Of Renting A Studio Space
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047: Selling Fair Trade Fashion + The Benefits Of Renting A Studio Space

046: When A Childhood Passion Becomes Your Career + Valuable Insurance Tips For Future Mobile Boutique Owners
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046: When A Childhood Passion Becomes Your Career + Valuable Insurance Tips For Future Mobile Boutique Owners

045: How Selling a Vision Enabled a Mobile Boutique Owner to Excel
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045: How Selling a Vision Enabled a Mobile Boutique Owner to Excel

044: Raising Funds For Your Truck By Doing Home Parties + Buying A Step Van For Under $3k
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044: Raising Funds For Your Truck By Doing Home Parties + Buying A Step Van For Under $3k

043: Why Sustainable Fashion Matters + How To Get Free Press Coverage For Your Business
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043: Why Sustainable Fashion Matters + How To Get Free Press Coverage For Your Business

2016
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2016

042: Ambitious Small Business Owner Launched Mobile Boutique in Two Months
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042: Ambitious Small Business Owner Launched Mobile Boutique in Two Months

041: NYC Duo Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Purchase Fashion Truck
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041: NYC Duo Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Purchase Fashion Truck

040: DIY Labor Helped a Crafty Fashionista Buildout Her Mobile Boutique
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040: DIY Labor Helped a Crafty Fashionista Buildout Her Mobile Boutique

039: Gift Shop Revamp: From Brick & Mortar to Mobile Boutique
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039: Gift Shop Revamp: From Brick & Mortar to Mobile Boutique

038: FFT Giveaway + How to Boost Holiday Sales
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038: FFT Giveaway + How to Boost Holiday Sales

037: A Suburban Gal’s Success Story + How An App Was Used To Promote New Business
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037: A Suburban Gal’s Success Story + How An App Was Used To Promote New Business

036: The Multi-Year Journey of a Eco Fashion Designer + What Lead To “The Revivall Roadshow”
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036: The Multi-Year Journey of a Eco Fashion Designer + What Lead To “The Revivall Roadshow”

035: A Fashion Lover’s Transition From Blogger To Mobile Boutique Owner
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035: A Fashion Lover’s Transition From Blogger To Mobile Boutique Owner

034: What It Takes to Build a Fashion Truck Brand and How it Can Lead to a Brick and Mortar
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034: What It Takes to Build a Fashion Truck Brand and How it Can Lead to a Brick and Mortar

033: How Maintaining Focus + Tapping Into A Niche Market Can Bring You Success
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033: How Maintaining Focus + Tapping Into A Niche Market Can Bring You Success

032: Don’t Have A Mobile Boutique Yet? Try Doing A Pop-Up Shop!
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032: Don’t Have A Mobile Boutique Yet? Try Doing A Pop-Up Shop!

031: Why Business Cards Are Important and Where to Get Them Designed and Printed
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031: Why Business Cards Are Important and Where to Get Them Designed and Printed

030: Comparing CMS Platforms for Building a Website
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030: Comparing CMS Platforms for Building a Website

029: Starting and Marketing The Pooch House Mobile Boutique
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029: Starting and Marketing The Pooch House Mobile Boutique

028: Gift Shop on Wheels – Branding Tips + What to Expect the First Couple of Months
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028: Gift Shop on Wheels – Branding Tips + What to Expect the First Couple of Months

027: Promoting Financial Literacy With The Finance Bar Mobile Boutique
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027: Promoting Financial Literacy With The Finance Bar Mobile Boutique

026: Get Organized! How Spreadsheets, Word Docs, and Processes Can Take Your Business to The Next Level
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026: Get Organized! How Spreadsheets, Word Docs, and Processes Can Take Your Business to The Next Level

025: Achieving Success With Strong Branding + The Sell of The Nomad Truck
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025: Achieving Success With Strong Branding + The Sell of The Nomad Truck

024: Surviving a Plant Based Diet + Pinterest and Photography Banter
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024: Surviving a Plant Based Diet + Pinterest and Photography Banter

023: Key Things To Consider When Starting a Fashion Truck
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023: Key Things To Consider When Starting a Fashion Truck

022: Photography Tips with Patterns & Pops Boutique + How to Get More Instagram Followers
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022: Photography Tips with Patterns & Pops Boutique + How to Get More Instagram Followers

021: Creating The Lifestyle Brand Love Cork Screw + The Key To Having a Successful Partnership
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021: Creating The Lifestyle Brand Love Cork Screw + The Key To Having a Successful Partnership

020: Legal Tips for Setting Up and Operating a New Business
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020: Legal Tips for Setting Up and Operating a New Business

019: Tips for Starting and Running a Successful Mobile Retail Business With Le Fashion Truck
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019: Tips for Starting and Running a Successful Mobile Retail Business With Le Fashion Truck

018: FREE Online Photography Tools + Apps That Can Increase Customer Engagement
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018: FREE Online Photography Tools + Apps That Can Increase Customer Engagement

017: How to Improve Your Overall Well-Being With Jessica Murnane From the One Part Podcast
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017: How to Improve Your Overall Well-Being With Jessica Murnane From the One Part Podcast

016: How To Utilize Fiverr as a Business Tool
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016: How To Utilize Fiverr as a Business Tool

015: How the Pursuit for Happiness Drove an Entrepreneur Towards the Swaggin’ Wagon
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015: How the Pursuit for Happiness Drove an Entrepreneur Towards the Swaggin’ Wagon

014: Tips for Managing Multiple Social Media Accounts
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014: Tips for Managing Multiple Social Media Accounts

013: How an Old Cape Cod Potato Chip Truck Was Transformed Into a Traveling Suit Store
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013: How an Old Cape Cod Potato Chip Truck Was Transformed Into a Traveling Suit Store

012: Everything Can Be Found By Googling It!
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012: Everything Can Be Found By Googling It!

011: Battling Anxiety and Depression While Trying To Build a Business
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011: Battling Anxiety and Depression While Trying To Build a Business

010: How Professional Branding Helped The Street Boutique Stand Out In The Crowd
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010: How Professional Branding Helped The Street Boutique Stand Out In The Crowd

009: The Superman Pose: Boost Your Confidence in Minutes
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009: The Superman Pose: Boost Your Confidence in Minutes

008: A Fashion Lover’s Journey to Opening a Mobile Boutique In a Small Town
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008: A Fashion Lover’s Journey to Opening a Mobile Boutique In a Small Town

007: How Determination and Goal Setting Can Lead to Multiple Streams of Revenue
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007: How Determination and Goal Setting Can Lead to Multiple Streams of Revenue

006: Minnesota Teacher Starts a Mobile Boutique for under $10k
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006: Minnesota Teacher Starts a Mobile Boutique for under $10k

005: How the Start of Side Dish Mobile Boutique Led to the Creation of Boulevard of Chic
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005: How the Start of Side Dish Mobile Boutique Led to the Creation of Boulevard of Chic

004: Trendy Vintage Boutique Expands Online Ebay Store to Storefront and Fashion Truck
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004: Trendy Vintage Boutique Expands Online Ebay Store to Storefront and Fashion Truck

003: What it Takes to Become a Photographer + Photography Tips For Your Business
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003: What it Takes to Become a Photographer + Photography Tips For Your Business

002: Sloane Street Style’s Journey to Becoming Detroit’s 1st Fashion Truck
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002: Sloane Street Style’s Journey to Becoming Detroit’s 1st Fashion Truck

001: The Women Behind Find a Fashion Truck
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001: The Women Behind Find a Fashion Truck

077: How To Set Your Mobile Boutique Apart From Others + Tips To Grow Your Brand On Social Media
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077: How To Set Your Mobile Boutique Apart From Others + Tips To Grow Your Brand On Social Media

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 077 | How To Set Your Mobile Boutique Apart From Others + Tips To Grow Your Brand On Social Media

Samantha Lynch is the owner/operator of Gypset located in Winter Park, Florida. She started her handmade jewelry business almost 3 years ago and has recently launched her mobile boutique in January 2017.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Samantha makes handmade jewelry and sells in the mobile boutique, at events and on Etsy.
  • She used to work in the corporate world as a Social Media Director.
  • She taught herself how to make jewelry.
  • After her son was born she decided to go into jewelry making full-time.
  • Once she started to learn the flow of the business and the accounting…within 6-9 months she started to make a profit.
  • Before deciding to open the mobile boutique, she had moved her studio workspace from home over to her husband’s company’s warehouse.
  • When she was forced to look for a new office space, she then considered the idea of moving the studio into a trailer that would park in the back of her husbands warehouse.
  • She found the trailer / camper on Craigslist and paid only $2,000.
  • Her husband renovated the entire trailer.
  • She found an artist to do freehand lettering on the exterior of the camper AND hand-painted an accent wall inside of the trailer.
  • She also has been able to hire an assistant for the business.
  • Monday – Friday, she parks the trailer at her husband’s warehouse.
  • On the weekends she does pop-up shops & other events.
  • She is not yet 100% comfortable pulling the trailer, hooking it up and backing the trailer up.
  • In regards to growing your following on social media, she recommends
    • being responsive to comments and messages
    • finding the hashtags that work for your brand
    • being supportive to other businesses by commenting on their photos
    • reaching out to influencers / bloggers that are similar to your brand and who are in your target market.
  • She recommends  paying your Sales Tax every month.

THE WALLPAPER

Gypset hand painted floral wallpaper

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076: Taking Time To Plan Out Your Brand + Having a Successful Launch Party with Sponsors
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076: Taking Time To Plan Out Your Brand + Having a Successful Launch Party with Sponsors

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 076 | Taking Time To Plan Out Your Brand + Having a Successful Launch Party with Sponsors

Marisa Folz is the owner of  The Wander Shop in Wilton Manors, Florida. Marisa has always had a passion for fashion. She meticulously worked on her brand and planned out her strategy to start her online + mobile business. Having a background in Event Planning allowed her to plan a successful launch party and get the word out about her business.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • She has a degree in Event Planning.
  • She grew up in the retail industry. Her mom owned 3 stores.
  • She began working at her parent’s store which gave her the flexibility to begin working on her brand + start the online store.
  • She chose the name “Wander Shop” because she loves to travel.
  • She realized that trying to set up shop at an event with a tent/booth was very difficult, so that prompted the idea of opening up a mobile boutique.
  • The online store launched in September 2015.
  • She purchased the Airstream in February 2016.
  • It took her almost 2 months to complete the build out.
  • She checked Craig’s List everyday for about 4 months before she found the Airstream.
  • She finally found the Airstream she wanted and wired the owner $5,000 without even seeing the trailer first.
  • She had an awesome launch party for the mobile boutique and she had sponsors contribute to the event.
  • She had a raffle for the launch party + she had the surrounding restaurants donate gift certificates for the prizes.
  • She made sure to have professional photos taken of the launch party.
  • She secured a “home-base” location where she could be open everyday.
  • One of her favorite parts of the job is inspiring people.
  • She sells both women’s and men’s fashion.

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075: Opening Up a Shared Pop-Up Store + The Effects Of Moving Your Business To A New Location
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075: Opening Up a Shared Pop-Up Store + The Effects Of Moving Your Business To A New Location

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 075 | Opening Up a Shared Pop-Up Store + The Effects Of Moving Your Business To A New Location

Sarah Platt is the owner/operator of Urban Izzy. She originally started the business in Texas, but recently has moved to Folly Beach, South Carolina. Sarah has ran her mobile boutique for almost 5 years and has also opened up 2 successful pop-up stores during the course of this time.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Prior to opening the truck, Sarah was a Real Estate Agent + she has a retail background.
  • She has always had a passion for fashion and has wanted to own a store.
  • In 2011, she realized that a brick & mortar store was out of her budget and that led her on her journey to owning a mobile boutique.
  • She used her savings + a family gift in order to purchase her truck.
  • Originally, she wanted an Airstream, but she soon decided against it because it would have been hard to managed by herself.
  • She found her truck and had to get it towed in order to get it fix.
  • She was firm with her budget because she didn’t want to have any debt.
  • She recruited a friend to help her design the truck.
  • She opened the truck for business in 2012.
  • The 1st 2 years were the hardest for her. She had to also maintain a side job in real estate.
  • After 2 years, she built relationships on where she could park.
  • She eventually opened up 2 pop-up stores, which brought in more income.
  • “Fashion Truck Collection” (a group of 4 other trucks) was the 1st pop-up inside of a store that she did in Texas.
  • The pop-up was actually in a temporary space with an open-end lease.
  • The space was so huge, that she brought in 3 other fashion truck owners to share the space for the pop-up.
  • She did the 1st pop-up for 6 months.
  • “Fashion Truck Society” was the 2nd pop-up store and it had more trucks participating.
  • She found an area on Folly Beach where the food trucks park and she was able to setup shop and park. She pays rent and is able to leave the truck there.
  • She believes that one of the best things about fashion trucks is that they are on wheels…you can go to where the people are.
  • She has only been selling online for about 2 years. But it was hard for her to juggle the truck in addition to the online store.

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074: The Making of Omaha’s 1st Fashion Truck
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074: The Making of Omaha’s 1st Fashion Truck

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 074 | The Making of Omaha's 1st Fashion Truck

Jill Dudzinski is the owner/operator of Hello Ruby… the 1st mobile boutique in Omaha, Nebraska. Jill is currently working on her mobile boutique with the plan to launch on April 1st, 2017.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Jill has a degree in Marketing.
  • She purchased her truck about 3 weeks after making the decision to open a mobile boutique.
  • Before starting out, she wrote out a basic Business Plan. She utilized a Business Development Center in her home town.
  • She used her Business Plan to apply for a business loan.
  • She paid $4k for a Step Van that she found at an Auto Shop about an hour away from where she lives.
  • Her husband and uncle helped with the build-out process.
  • Instead of getting a wrap, she went with having vinyl stickers installed on the exterior of the truck.
  • She started her social media pages before her business actually launched in order to gain a following first.
  • Her goal is to have a modern white, gold and marble style inside of the truck.
  • Her target market 18-38 yr old women. And she will be selling Contemporary women’s fashion & accessories.
  • She attended the Magic vendor show in Vegas in order to buy merchandise.
  • She was on her local news on February 3rd, 2017 and has already had a few online articles published about the new mobile boutique.
  • She will be using Square for her POS.
  • Her local municipality requires her to have a Peddler’s License. And there are no other permits needed that she knows of.
  • She plans to have items in her truck to be priced under $100.

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Instagram: @HelloRubyTruck

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073: A Mobile Boutique That Inspires Consumers To Make Ethical Shopping Choices
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073: A Mobile Boutique That Inspires Consumers To Make Ethical Shopping Choices

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 073 | A Mobile Boutique That Inspires Consumers To Make Ethical Shopping Choices

Rupa Singh is the owner/operator of Love This mobile boutique in Richmond, VA. Rupa prides herself on being part of a movement that drives change and in her mobile boutique she sells products that empower and support others. Her job is not just selling products, but it is also making consumers aware that their choices do matter.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Rupa has a background in Architecture and Art History.
  • Rupa was inspired to start a mobile business after participating in the volunteer program at the Ten Thousand Villages store in Richmond, VA.
  • She researched airstreams and found out that they are all handmade and realized that it would be a perfect setting to sell her ethically sourced, fair trade items.
  •  In August 2014, she found a 20ft Airsteam on CraigsList that was already gutted for only $3k.
  • She thought that it was meant-to-be because the sellers of the Airstream were huge supporters of fair trade.
  • She created an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign to raise the money for the renovations.
  • She started out with just five handmade brands that she already knew about to sell in her truck and then branched out from there.
  • May 2015 is when the mobile boutique actually launched.
  • She has been in business for almost 2 years.
  • She tries to educate her customers that their choices matter and that there are products that do good.
  • She doesn’t operate the mobile boutique everyday, so she has not been able to turn a profit yet and is still in the breaking-even phase.
  • She believes that if inventory is managed properly and you put in enough time, then you can definitely turn a profit.
  • She uses Shopify for her website and POS system.
  • She had professional photos taken for her website.
  • She has chosen a clean minimalist look for her products and interior decor of the mobile boutique.

LINKS:      

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072: The Pros and Cons of Purchasing The First Fashion Truck You Find + Balancing Two Jobs
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072: The Pros and Cons of Purchasing The First Fashion Truck You Find + Balancing Two Jobs

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 072 | The Pros & Cons of Purchasing The First Truck You Find + Balancing Two Jobs

Jennifer McPaul is the owner of High Pockets Mobile Boutique in Cleveland, OH. In her pursuit to start her mobile boutique business, she has also chosen to maintain her full-time career as an Attorney.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Jennifer is an attorney and she did not have a fashion background.
  • She has an undergraduate degree in Marketing.
  • In the Fall of 2013 she decided to open the mobile.
  • In the Spring of 2014 she actually purchased the truck and got started on the business.
  • She found her step van on CraigsList.
  • She purchased the very first truck that she went to look at.
  • The repairs for the truck were around $5k.
  • Her total investment with starting the business was around $20k.
  • The truck was previously painted with household paint, so it had to be sandblasted off prior to getting the wrap installed. It costed $3k to get the truck sandblasted.
  • With her inventory, her best sellers are tops and dresses. She has noticed that pants & shorts don’t sell that well in her truck.
  • Because she also has a full-time job in addition to the mobile boutique she struggles with time because she doesn’t always want to be “working”.
  • She recommends:
    • Making sure to look at multiple trucks.
    • Take a mechanic with you when looking at trucks.
    • “Just Do It”. You have to learn as you go.
    • Develop your own style and don’t compare yourself to other mobile businesses.
    • Wear your brand and advertise the products on your truck.
  • Even after 3 years, she has chosen to keep investing her profits into the business instead of paying herself a salary.

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071: Lessons Learned From a New Fashion Truck Owner
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071: Lessons Learned From a New Fashion Truck Owner

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 071 | Lessons Learned From a New Fashion Truck Owner

Ann Foley-Collins is the owner of Glee Gifts in New England. Ann was previously a guest on EP:039 where she discussed how she started off with a brick & mortar and then transitioned to a mobile boutique. On this episode she discusses how the past year has gone for her business, plus things that she has learned since then.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Going into 2016, she realized that she  over-bought in apparel, so she tried to find ways to off load it.
  • It’s not a good idea to hold on to aging merchandise, so she decided to sell everything for half-off the retail price.
  • For 2016, her sales were $30k less than what she had expected to do for the year.
  • She said that having her brick & mortar store was easier because it was more predictable, whereas with the truck sometimes the weather gets in the way.
  • She recommends attending events with very high foot traffic.
  • She uses a Google Doc to post a social calendar of events on her website.
  • She recommends making sure you have a solid business model.
  • Her goals this year is to look back on the year 2016 and see what worked and what didn’t work.
  • She recommends asking for discounts and negotiating with vendors on event fees.
  • She gets together with four other truck businesses to talk strategy.
  • She found that hair salons have been very lucrative for her.
  • She recommends making sure you have great lighting on the truck so customers can see your product.
  • She also recommends having an “exit strategy” in place in case the mobile business doesn’t work out.

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Website: Glee Gifts Boutique On Wheels

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070: Taking The LuLaRoe Clothing Brand Mobile + The Benefits of Doing Live Facebook Sales
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070: Taking The LuLaRoe Clothing Brand Mobile + The Benefits of Doing Live Facebook Sales

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 070 | Taking The LuLaRoe Clothing Brand Mobile + The Benefits of Doing Live Facebook Sales

Lisa Whealon is the owner of Take A Peek Mobile Boutique in St. Louis. Lisa’s passion is to make women of all shapes and sizes feel beautiful, which is why she choose to sell LuLaRoea clothing brand that she believes in.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Lisa has decided to maintain a full-time job in addition to working the mobile boutique.
  • She has a Broadcast Journalism background.
  • Initially, when starting the mobile boutique, she wasn’t trying to replace her 9-5 job, she just wanted a creative outlet.
  • Her husband finding a truck for her is what pushed her to take the next step in starting the mobile boutique.
  • The truck they found was actually a previous fashion truck.
  • She repurposed the previous owners truck wrap.
  • It took about 8 months for her to get the truck up and running.
  • She sell LuLaRoe clothing on the truck.
  • She had a launch party on December 8th, 2016.
  • At the launch party she did a raffle for “free leggings for a year”.
  • She has a VIP Facebook group and she does a Live Sale every Friday.
  • She also does “Album” sales on Facebook.
  • During the winter time, she recommends:
    • Having a backup plan.
    • Being comfortable making mistakes AND being able to learn from them.
    • Research where you are going to park. If it doesn’t look like a good fit, be comfortable saying “no”.

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069: Operating a New Fashion Truck Business in a Small Town + The Importance of Offering Sizes For All Women
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069: Operating a New Fashion Truck Business in a Small Town + The Importance of Offering Sizes For All Women

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 069 | Operating a New Fashion Truck Business in a Small Town + The Importance of Offering Sizes For All Women

Carrie Gehrke is the owner of Libby Simone Mobile Boutique in St. Helena, California. With a background in Fashion Merchandising, Carrie decided to follow her dreams and wrote up a business plan to start her fashion truck. She sells women’s clothing & accessories and plans to cater to all women offering sizes from x-small up to 3XL.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Carrie has a degree in Fashion Merchandising from The Academy of Art University in San Fransisco.
  • Dec 2015 is when she actually decided to start a mobile boutique.
  • The mobile boutique was an idea for her that was financially feasible.
  • It took her about 5 months from conception of the idea to the finish of the truck.
  • Her business launch was in May 2016.
  • She found her truck on CraigsList for $9,000.
  • Her total investment for starting the business was around $30k.
  • She took a risk and purchased the 1st truck that she looked at.
  • Carrie’s husband did most of the build-out / interior renovation of the truck.
  • She lives in a small town and there aren’t many events for her to attend with the truck. When she gets out to an event with lots of traffic, she does pretty well financially.
  • She offers home parties as one of her services, but they have not turned out as well as she had hoped.
  • She provides clothing options from X-Small to 3-XL.
  • She found that there is a good market for plus size clothing. She is working to expand her plus size line.
  • Her goal is to make her customers feel good, in addition to helping them realize what they might be missing.
  • She offers free style consulting seminars.
  • Her plans for the future is to add more events and collaborations with other businesses in the area.

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068: Operating an Up-Scale Designer Resale Mobile Boutique
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068: Operating an Up-Scale Designer Resale Mobile Boutique

Can I Park Here Podcast Episode 068 | Operating an Up-Scale Designer Resale Mobile Boutique

Joslyn Slaughter is the owner of Shop The Thrifty Fashionista Mobile Boutique in Chicago, IL. Joslyn runs the mobile boutique with her mom. The focus of their business is higher-end / upscale designer items.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Her mom is her business partner. They used to own a brick & mortar resale boutique in the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago.
  • The resale shop was open for about 4 years.
  • From concept to completion, it was about 8 months.
  • She launched the mobile boutique back in September 2016.
  • Her mom’s mechanic found the truck for them. It only took him about 1 month to find it.
  • Instead of getting a wrap installed on the truck, she found an artist to paint artwork on the truck.
  • The overall total investment for starting the mobile boutique business was around $30-$35k.
  • She has a very good support system. Her fiance helps with taking photos for social media.
  • She also plans to incorporate an online store.
  • She has a pop-up shop in Bronzeville until February. The pop-up shop includes both men’s and women’s clothing. Located at 646 1/2 E. 43rd St, Chicago IL.
  • The City of Chicago has recently come out with a temporary license that will allow her to park at street meters. The license last for 2-years.
  • If you live in colder climates, she recommends having a set of interior doors to help keep in the heat.
  • She recommends contacting the city to find out any upcoming events that you can participate in.
  • She also does private parties.
  • She uses Square on the truck for her POS system. The website is Shopify.

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067: The Benefits of Purchasing a Turn-Key Mobile Retail Business
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067: The Benefits of Purchasing a Turn-Key Mobile Retail Business

066: Tips For The Let’s Talk About Fashion Truck Facebook Group + Why We Love Shopify
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066: Tips For The Let’s Talk About Fashion Truck Facebook Group + Why We Love Shopify

065: Getting an Investor for Your Mobile Business + Opening a Storefront in a College Town
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065: Getting an Investor for Your Mobile Business + Opening a Storefront in a College Town

064: Choosing to Operate A Mobile Business In Addition To Keeping A Full-Time Job
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064: Choosing to Operate A Mobile Business In Addition To Keeping A Full-Time Job

063: Becoming One of Germany’s 1st Fashion Trucks + Building a Clean & Beautiful Brand
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063: Becoming One of Germany’s 1st Fashion Trucks + Building a Clean & Beautiful Brand

062: How Small Business Owners Launched a Mobile Boutique and Opened Two Storefronts In less Than a Year
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062: How Small Business Owners Launched a Mobile Boutique and Opened Two Storefronts In less Than a Year

061: How a Stay-at-Home Mom Launched a Mobile Boutique With Her Handmade Jewelry
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061: How a Stay-at-Home Mom Launched a Mobile Boutique With Her Handmade Jewelry

060: Astral’s Top Online Resources for Branding, Packaging and Retail Supplies
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060: Astral’s Top Online Resources for Branding, Packaging and Retail Supplies

059: How Creating A Vision Board Helped To Launch A Successful Mobile Boutique
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059: How Creating A Vision Board Helped To Launch A Successful Mobile Boutique

058: Expanding A Fashion Brand Into A Mobile Boutique
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058: Expanding A Fashion Brand Into A Mobile Boutique

057: How To Stay Trendy While Catering To All + Choosing The Right Name For Your Business
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057: How To Stay Trendy While Catering To All + Choosing The Right Name For Your Business

056: Fashion Truck vs Brick & Mortar vs Online Store: How To Decide Which One Is Best For YOU?
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056: Fashion Truck vs Brick & Mortar vs Online Store: How To Decide Which One Is Best For YOU?

055: It Takes A Village To Build a Fashion Truck – Utilizing Students and Friends
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055: It Takes A Village To Build a Fashion Truck – Utilizing Students and Friends

054: Custom Door Mats Pave The Way For A New Mobile Boutique In Cali
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054: Custom Door Mats Pave The Way For A New Mobile Boutique In Cali

053: How To Make Money At Your Launch Party + DOT Requirements For Large Vehicles
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053: How To Make Money At Your Launch Party + DOT Requirements For Large Vehicles

052: An “Alice & Wonderland” Themed Mobile Boutique That Runs On Solar Power
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052: An “Alice & Wonderland” Themed Mobile Boutique That Runs On Solar Power

051: Creating A Travel & Bridal Experience In A Mobile Boutique + Protecting Yourself Against Fraud By Upgrading Your POS System
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051: Creating A Travel & Bridal Experience In A Mobile Boutique + Protecting Yourself Against Fraud By Upgrading Your POS System

050: Fashion Truck Owner Transitions To Business Consultant + The Value of Investing In Yourself
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050: Fashion Truck Owner Transitions To Business Consultant + The Value of Investing In Yourself

049: Selling One-of-A-Kind Vintage Fashion + Using Instagram to Promote Your Business
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049: Selling One-of-A-Kind Vintage Fashion + Using Instagram to Promote Your Business

048: How To Secure An Insurance Policy For Your Fashion Truck + The Pros and Cons of Shoptiques
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048: How To Secure An Insurance Policy For Your Fashion Truck + The Pros and Cons of Shoptiques

047: Selling Fair Trade Fashion + The Benefits Of Renting A Studio Space
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047: Selling Fair Trade Fashion + The Benefits Of Renting A Studio Space

046: When A Childhood Passion Becomes Your Career + Valuable Insurance Tips For Future Mobile Boutique Owners
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046: When A Childhood Passion Becomes Your Career + Valuable Insurance Tips For Future Mobile Boutique Owners

045: How Selling a Vision Enabled a Mobile Boutique Owner to Excel
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045: How Selling a Vision Enabled a Mobile Boutique Owner to Excel

044: Raising Funds For Your Truck By Doing Home Parties + Buying A Step Van For Under $3k
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044: Raising Funds For Your Truck By Doing Home Parties + Buying A Step Van For Under $3k

043: Why Sustainable Fashion Matters + How To Get Free Press Coverage For Your Business
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043: Why Sustainable Fashion Matters + How To Get Free Press Coverage For Your Business

2016
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2016

042: Ambitious Small Business Owner Launched Mobile Boutique in Two Months
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042: Ambitious Small Business Owner Launched Mobile Boutique in Two Months

041: NYC Duo Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Purchase Fashion Truck
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041: NYC Duo Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Purchase Fashion Truck

040: DIY Labor Helped a Crafty Fashionista Buildout Her Mobile Boutique
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040: DIY Labor Helped a Crafty Fashionista Buildout Her Mobile Boutique

039: Gift Shop Revamp: From Brick & Mortar to Mobile Boutique
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039: Gift Shop Revamp: From Brick & Mortar to Mobile Boutique

038: FFT Giveaway + How to Boost Holiday Sales
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038: FFT Giveaway + How to Boost Holiday Sales

037: A Suburban Gal’s Success Story + How An App Was Used To Promote New Business
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037: A Suburban Gal’s Success Story + How An App Was Used To Promote New Business

036: The Multi-Year Journey of a Eco Fashion Designer + What Lead To “The Revivall Roadshow”
1:01:08
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036: The Multi-Year Journey of a Eco Fashion Designer + What Lead To “The Revivall Roadshow”

035: A Fashion Lover’s Transition From Blogger To Mobile Boutique Owner
1:03:53
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035: A Fashion Lover’s Transition From Blogger To Mobile Boutique Owner

034: What It Takes to Build a Fashion Truck Brand and How it Can Lead to a Brick and Mortar
1:00:11
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034: What It Takes to Build a Fashion Truck Brand and How it Can Lead to a Brick and Mortar

033: How Maintaining Focus + Tapping Into A Niche Market Can Bring You Success
51:45
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033: How Maintaining Focus + Tapping Into A Niche Market Can Bring You Success

032: Don’t Have A Mobile Boutique Yet? Try Doing A Pop-Up Shop!
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032: Don’t Have A Mobile Boutique Yet? Try Doing A Pop-Up Shop!

031: Why Business Cards Are Important and Where to Get Them Designed and Printed
28:23
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031: Why Business Cards Are Important and Where to Get Them Designed and Printed

030: Comparing CMS Platforms for Building a Website
47:21
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030: Comparing CMS Platforms for Building a Website

029: Starting and Marketing The Pooch House Mobile Boutique
50:42
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029: Starting and Marketing The Pooch House Mobile Boutique

028: Gift Shop on Wheels – Branding Tips + What to Expect the First Couple of Months
51:59
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028: Gift Shop on Wheels – Branding Tips + What to Expect the First Couple of Months

027: Promoting Financial Literacy With The Finance Bar Mobile Boutique
49:50
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027: Promoting Financial Literacy With The Finance Bar Mobile Boutique

026: Get Organized! How Spreadsheets, Word Docs, and Processes Can Take Your Business to The Next Level
1:03:33
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026: Get Organized! How Spreadsheets, Word Docs, and Processes Can Take Your Business to The Next Level

025: Achieving Success With Strong Branding + The Sell of The Nomad Truck
56:33
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025: Achieving Success With Strong Branding + The Sell of The Nomad Truck

024: Surviving a Plant Based Diet + Pinterest and Photography Banter
23:18
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024: Surviving a Plant Based Diet + Pinterest and Photography Banter

023: Key Things To Consider When Starting a Fashion Truck
50:52
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023: Key Things To Consider When Starting a Fashion Truck

022: Photography Tips with Patterns & Pops Boutique + How to Get More Instagram Followers
1:11:29
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022: Photography Tips with Patterns & Pops Boutique + How to Get More Instagram Followers

021: Creating The Lifestyle Brand Love Cork Screw + The Key To Having a Successful Partnership
46:46
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021: Creating The Lifestyle Brand Love Cork Screw + The Key To Having a Successful Partnership

020: Legal Tips for Setting Up and Operating a New Business
47:27
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020: Legal Tips for Setting Up and Operating a New Business

019: Tips for Starting and Running a Successful Mobile Retail Business With Le Fashion Truck
1:08:04
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019: Tips for Starting and Running a Successful Mobile Retail Business With Le Fashion Truck

018: FREE Online Photography Tools + Apps That Can Increase Customer Engagement
36:13
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018: FREE Online Photography Tools + Apps That Can Increase Customer Engagement

017: How to Improve Your Overall Well-Being With Jessica Murnane From the One Part Podcast
1:03:42
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017: How to Improve Your Overall Well-Being With Jessica Murnane From the One Part Podcast

016: How To Utilize Fiverr as a Business Tool
22:19
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016: How To Utilize Fiverr as a Business Tool

015: How the Pursuit for Happiness Drove an Entrepreneur Towards the Swaggin’ Wagon
32:13
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015: How the Pursuit for Happiness Drove an Entrepreneur Towards the Swaggin’ Wagon

014: Tips for Managing Multiple Social Media Accounts
32:33
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014: Tips for Managing Multiple Social Media Accounts

013: How an Old Cape Cod Potato Chip Truck Was Transformed Into a Traveling Suit Store
57:16
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013: How an Old Cape Cod Potato Chip Truck Was Transformed Into a Traveling Suit Store

012: Everything Can Be Found By Googling It!
12:07
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012: Everything Can Be Found By Googling It!

011: Battling Anxiety and Depression While Trying To Build a Business
52:51
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011: Battling Anxiety and Depression While Trying To Build a Business

010: How Professional Branding Helped The Street Boutique Stand Out In The Crowd
39:02
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010: How Professional Branding Helped The Street Boutique Stand Out In The Crowd

009: The Superman Pose: Boost Your Confidence in Minutes
15:36
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009: The Superman Pose: Boost Your Confidence in Minutes

008: A Fashion Lover’s Journey to Opening a Mobile Boutique In a Small Town
35:09
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008: A Fashion Lover’s Journey to Opening a Mobile Boutique In a Small Town

007: How Determination and Goal Setting Can Lead to Multiple Streams of Revenue
57:25
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007: How Determination and Goal Setting Can Lead to Multiple Streams of Revenue

006: Minnesota Teacher Starts a Mobile Boutique for under $10k
47:36
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006: Minnesota Teacher Starts a Mobile Boutique for under $10k

005: How the Start of Side Dish Mobile Boutique Led to the Creation of Boulevard of Chic
1:00:44
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005: How the Start of Side Dish Mobile Boutique Led to the Creation of Boulevard of Chic

004: Trendy Vintage Boutique Expands Online Ebay Store to Storefront and Fashion Truck
46:15
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004: Trendy Vintage Boutique Expands Online Ebay Store to Storefront and Fashion Truck

003: What it Takes to Become a Photographer + Photography Tips For Your Business
1:04:54
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003: What it Takes to Become a Photographer + Photography Tips For Your Business

002: Sloane Street Style’s Journey to Becoming Detroit’s 1st Fashion Truck
48:08
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002: Sloane Street Style’s Journey to Becoming Detroit’s 1st Fashion Truck

001: The Women Behind Find a Fashion Truck
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001: The Women Behind Find a Fashion Truck