Running a mobile business

July 12, 2010 - Tags: E-business Managing

Do you want to expand your client base or maybe just start a low-cost business? Many entrepreneurs are now starting or expanding their business by using vans, trucks and recreational vehicles as their offices. Gone are the days when the only mobile businesses you would see were ice cream trucks and hot dog stands!

Some examples of mobile businesses that are now hitting the pavement include:

  • veterinary and pet grooming services
  • food vending and preparation services
  • professional services (consulting, accounting, computer repair)
  • personal care services (massage therapy, beauty services)

As with any business, it is always good for you to survey the competition in your area and ensure you have a business and operating plan in place. The key to making money in the beginning is to arrange jobs close to home to cut down on travel and fuel costs.

Here are some advantages to having a mobile business:

  • easy office set up; low overhead costs
  • flexible hours and days of operation
  • less expensive than maintaining a store or office (that is rent, furniture, utilities)
  • one-on-one contact with the client
  • opportunities to expand and find niche markets

For further information on business start-up or business expansion, check out the Business start-up checklist and our section on Managing and growing.


Posted by on January 6, 2012
Hello Anthony,

The Government of Canada's Establish a Business page of the Invest in Canada website has information on topics such as trade agreements
Posted by on January 6, 2012
Hi Jay,

Your gourmet food truck will have many of the same requirements as a restaurant or catering business. To get you started you can use our Restaurant Start-Up Checklist and the How-to Start a Restaurant or Catering Business in Ontario guide.
Posted by Anthony on December 22, 2011
I have the following question. I want to start a mobile business in Canada. I am european and live in Europe.
My business is a low investment business. Also my dad already lives in Canada for over 35 years.
My question is: What are my possibilities to get this up and running? Mind you, i already have this same business in Europe.
Hope to see your reaction soon.
Posted by Jay on December 22, 2011
Hi there,

I would like to start gourmet food truck in Toronto Ont. Where do I start? I need information on how to apply for a permit and other related requirements.


Posted by on October 11, 2011
Hi Cindy,

First visit to find out about the industry regulations relevant the municipality where you wish your business to be located, then contact the city hall of that municipality to find out about any zoning restrictions for the location.

Comprehensive food safety training programs are available through FoodSafe BC. Courses are available face-to-face, online, and by correspondence, and are recognized throughout BC as meeting the requirements for food safety training for food service industry workers.

Good luck with your mobile concession!
Posted by Cindy on October 7, 2011
I'd like to start a mobile food concession on Vancouver Island. Where do I get information on permits and other related requirements.

Posted by Alexander on July 20, 2010
My situation is that I am a person with a disability and I would like to continue my efforts to grow a business as it should be.
I am an artist and have been working towards a business operation that is mobile with the hope of a transient traders document license to travel to many parts of Canada . ' to paint.' Yes to paint any & everything that this country has to offer , its beauty.

Have open shows in locations and markets .I am please to say that I have the honour of having my art all over the world with many private collectors.

I see myself as a good will ambassador to promote the culture experiences of our great heritage.

True , I am a person with a disability . All this means is I haven t given up.

Some how this medical situation has allowed me the opportunity to create and share what is beautiful in this our modern world.

From me to u- something happens when you do something . Thanks for sharing
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