A van franchise brings flexibility and excitement while achieving financial freedom, but where to start? Uncover these five mobile van business ideas now!
Owning a van-based business not only provides freedom of the open road; it also extends the opportunities for customers compared to a stationary franchise. You go where they are. If one location for your coffee van is not producing results, go to another. If festivals or business events bring in income, focus your efforts on them. A client’s pipes are acting up, and a mobile van from you is on its way.
Whether you start a mobile van franchise in the 21 billion pounds fast food industry or the 15 billion pounds plumbing, heating and air conditioning sector, we got the most profitable mobile can business ideas with exciting franchise opportunities for you in this article.
The best mobile business ideas are:
- Start a car repair business
- Start a sales board business
- Start a mobile coffee van business
- Start a plumbing and drain care business
- Start a cleaning business
British cars are one of the most well-maintained in the world. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Brits are spending upwards of £21.1 billion each year on car repair to the benefit of car repair businesses around the UK. In fact, 37.5 million cars right now are driving around the UK in need of repair.
This is why car repair is one of our best mobile business ideas for 2022. So, take a look below and take advantage of the businesses that already have taken substantial inroads into this lucrative market and become a mobile van franchisee in car repair.
With over 30 years of experience behind them and 41 outlets across the UK, Optic-Kleer is a professional in windscreen repair mobile business. And with this history, Optic-Kleer is a trusted brand which rakes in customers from your first day of business. Naturally, you will get the necessary support and training to find success with classroom and field-based training. Optic-Kleer can assist you with the finances, which are £19,950 in total investment with a potential to earn £65,000 revenue after two years. So hit the open road and start an Optic-Kleer franchise in your exclusive territory.
Whether you take over a turn-key franchise or start anew from scratch, ChipsAway is a unique mobile franchise is a profitable windscreen repair business with £150,000 leads generated in 2020 and a brand that is top-of-mind for Brits. At a minimum, ChipsAway will funnel you over 1,000 customer leads each year, and the rest is up to you to grow through referrals and marketing. In fact, numerous ChipsAway franchises are earning profits of over £50,000 a year. You can start today with a minimum investment of £15,000 and with third-party funding as an option.
Revive! Auto Innovations
The next mobile business idea is Revive! Auto Innovations franchises are provided with an expansive territory with huge earning potential. You will manage your own team of car technicians to smooth out paintwork and bumper scuffs to windscreen repair. Revive! is an award-winning franchise with a proven business model and has the potential to create 1 to 2 million pounds in revenue! Starting requires a total investment of £50,000 and optional support from a third party to help with the finances to get started.
Real estate prices keep soaring from Brits' continued desire to move for multiple reasons, one to upgrade one's financials into a more valuable house, another is to move to quieter pastures as remote working enabled people to live further away from their work. In fact, Rightmove and Trading Economics report that buyer demand keeps rising, with it being 26% higher now than in 2019. In other words, the real estate market and to-let demand mean growth for sales board businesses. And is why it is our most unique mobile business idea on this list.
Enjoying no competition, Agency Express is the only national provider and maintenance for-sale and to-let signs business in the UK. In fact, Agency Express covers the entirety of Britain with a whopping 117 outlets and numerous franchise awards under its belt! And the best part is that the startup investment is affordable, between £12,500 and £24,500, with the option of third-party financial support. If you start, you can expect a yearly £40,000 revenue after just two years.
According to Allegra World Coffee, the UK coffee shop market will pass total revenues of £13bn this year, and it is fuelled by a continued desire from Brits to enjoy a quality cup of coffee. Additionally, it is estimated that 32,000 coffee outlets will span the UK by 2023. In either case, a mobile business idea as a coffee van is common but still proven and flexible as you can cover the street, events, catering, or conferences.
Flexibility is at the centre of Cafe2U's franchise model. Whether you want to run a multi-coffee van empire or manage one quaint van, Cafe2U is there for you. With over 90 outlets around the UK and a British Franchise Association membership, Cafe2U has enjoyed success since its conception in 2004. Without your van, the Cafe2U franchise fee to cover training, licencing, marketing support and business help is £20,950. The franchise investment ranges from £10,000 to £70,900, depending on how much you can finance the fully equipped Mercedes coffee van with third-party financial support as an option.
With the tagline "Curing Your Workday Blues", Coffee Blue has 30 years of experience and 14 outlets covering businesses, events, and festivals with its mobile business. This experience means they are succeeding with its quality coffee and award-winning franchise model. But it doesn't end with quality coffee for Coffee Blue, their vans feature high-grade equipment and temperature control, and you get a Level 3 NCASS qualification during your onboarding as a franchisee.
Really Awesome Coffee
With Really Awesome Coffee, you can drive at your own speed, but for Really Awesome Coffee, they grow at a breakneck pace, with a current of 54 outlets since 2010. Really Awesome Coffee is therefore a viable mobile business idea. Furthermore, Really Awesome Coffee - despite its name - is a mobile café franchise with an inventive, climate-controlled storage system. And the franchise has enjoyed continual growth due to its innovative solutions, such as a point-of-sale app, making the transaction as frictionless as possible between Really Awesome Coffee and its many customers. To start, you need to invest between £6,500 and £69,000 based on the financing of the café van, while a franchise fee of £19,950 covers everything to get you set up for success.
Fourth mobile van business idea: Start a plumbing and drain care business (£1,000,000 annual revenue)
Be part of an industry that saves more lives than doctors. Plumbing and drain care in the UK is worth £17 billion, with over 36,500 businesses operating within. [IBISWorld] Not only does it connect with repair and maintenance it also follows the growth of the building sector for both private houses and business facilities. Plumbing a drain care is our next unique mobile business idea.
Metro Plumb has an alluringly affordable startup investment of £5,000 to £10,000, with third-party funding available. The franchise network of 20 outlets offers 24/7/365 plumbing services for both enterprises and domestic, meaning demand and revenue never sleep. As a respected brand in the UK and a member of the British Franchise Association, you can have your exclusive territory for £17,000.
Owned by the same company as Metro Plumb, Metro Rod is the UK's leading drain care and maintenance business. A franchise network of 40 outlets covering a wide gambit of services from CCTV drain surveys to robotic cutting, with Metro Rod, you will be servicing business and governmental clients, receiving more than 15,000 calls and 8,000 emails monthly through their dedicated call centre. You can be part of Metro Rod for a minimum investment of £50,000 and have the potential to grow either within Metro Rod itself or expand to Metro Plumb.
As more people work from home, either through a remote or hybrid model, cleaning services have transformed from offices to households. As a result, the cleaning industry in the UK has increased in value and demand to the benefit of businesses within. For example, the worldwide cleaning industry will grow 6.3% year over year between 2022 and 2027, achieving a valuation of £72.33 billion by 2026. [Cleaning Matters]
Oven cleaning (£48,000 annual income)
With brand awareness extending across the UK from TV advertising, the Ovenclean franchise - backed by Franchise Brands plc - services over 27 million customers nationwide. Ovenclean offers a mobile business that has been tested for 25 years to achieve success and does it with flexibility for its franchisees at its heart. In fact, Ovenclean funnels £3-4k revenue per month in client requests to your franchise after you have received their comprehensive training to succeed. Invest between £10,000 and £14,995 with third-party funding support to get started today.
The oven cleaning franchisor OvenGleamers is looking for motivated individuals to join its professional franchise network. The British-based business provides services to British homes, making it the perfect opportunity for those who want a family-friendly work environment and profits. One of the reasons for OvenGleamers' successful model is its online booking system as opposed to cumbersome phone calls, and OvenGleamers is a member of the British Institute of Cleaning Science. Begin today by investing a minimum of £10,000.
Window cleaning (£129,000 annual revenue)
My Window Cleaner
My Window Cleaner uses cutting-edge technology and tried-and-true marketing strategies to become the professional multi-van window cleaning business across the UK. Additionally, My Window Cleaner, by the British Franchise Association, was awarded as an 'Emerging Franchisor Winner' in 2020, and you can become part of this growing success with 22 other outlets. It is affordable to start, with an investment between £8,000 and £15,500 with franchising fees of £8,000 and third-party funding as an option. Then you are expected to earn revenues of £129,000 after just two years.
Carpet cleaning (£50,000 annual income)
Zero Dry Time
Dry cleaning carpets and hardwood floors is a science, and Zero Dry Time does it with environmentally friendly products. In fact, Zero Dry Time covers cleaning from leather to rugs, both for households and commercial properties. You can join this opportunity and have the ability to earn up to £50,000 in revenue after just one year. A new Zero Dry Time franchise will be in a network of 60 other franchises, and you can get started with a minimum investment of £24,950.
Vacuum cleaning (£50,000 annual income)
Did you know there are more than 30 million vacuum cleaners in UK households? Well, there is, and that means continual demand for PHC Services, which services and repairs vacuum cleaners. Mobile vacuum servicing & repair franchise PHC Services was founded in 1989 and has used its years of expertise to refine its profitable business model. In fact, you can start today with an investment between £9,495 and £20,945 with franchising fees of £9,495 and options for third-party funding. Then, when you start your franchising journey with PHC Services, it will result in £50,000 annual income after two years.
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