Small businesses, which are defined as organizations with fewer than 500 employees, account for 99.7% of all companies in the United States.

If you're thinking about opening some kind of small business yourself, instead of renting out or buying an expensive office building, you might want to consider a shipping container. Since you'll likely only need an employee or two while you're first starting out, a container is a great area for dozens of business ventures.

There are roughly 17 million shipping containers across the globe, but only 6 million of them are currently in use. That means approximately 11 million shipping containers are just sitting there, unused, and could be utilized for all kinds of purposes -- including opening brand new small businesses.

You're still going to have to work hard, however, but it can be done. According to a U.S. Bank study, 82% of businesses that fail do so because of cash flow problems. As long as you're working hard and doing what you enjoy or passionate about, you should be in for a very rewarding and lucrative new adventure! Whether you're just trying to get some freelance writing done or want to open a pop-up shop, there are plenty of ways to get creative with shipping containers and actually earn some serious revenue.

Here are some creative ideas for turning a storage container into a brand new small business:

  • Gift shop -- No matter what item you are thinking about selling, opening up a small retail business is a great way to earn some extra cash if you know what you're doing. Consider setting up your continuer shop in high-traffic areas like tourist attractions and community events. Then, keep your container stocked with quality items and start mingling!

  • Mobile bar -- You'll need to acquire all the necessary permits and licensing, of course, but setting up a mobile bar or tap house can be a cool and fun way to earn more during the weekends. These are great for concerts, festivals, carnivals, parades, and so much more. Shipping containers offer quick and easy for patrons to come up and enjoy a fine beverage.

  • Portable classroom -- Whether you're starting a tutoring business or just teaching a few workshops a few times a month, containers make for great learning environments. The overwhelming reason to utilize portable classrooms is the speed of delivery (35%), following by shifting enrollments (26%), and the relatively inexpensive nature of the classrooms (25%).

  • Bookstore -- Do you have a large collection of books that are just sitting in your basement? Instead of keeping them and letting dust pile up, consider setting up a book shop out of your new container. It might be tough to convince passersby to purchase new books, but if you advertise your books on social media, the bookworms will surely make their way to you.

  • Clothing retailer -- Containers have plenty of space to open up a nice clothing boutique. Whether you're selling old clothes or are designing and making your own, people love buying new clothing items for affordable prices.

  • Art gallery -- You can buy, sell, trade, or even make all kinds of art pieces from the comfort of a quality shipping container. You probably shouldn't start with pieces in the tens of thousands, but selling a few nice paintings or trading a few cool drawings is a great way to spend your time.

These are only a few ideas for container businesses, but you can get as creative as you want. Don't be one of the 80% of people who don't keep their resolutions! Stop wasting your free time in front of the TV -- it's time to get out there and follow your dreams.

Saturday, December 22 2018 14:03

A Very Nintendo Christmas: 2018 Edition

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This Holiday Wish Guide™ Special Feature is presented in collaboration between The Rock Father™ and Nintendo of America...

Despite the fact that we play games of many kinds here at Rock Father HQ, I've always made it very clear that I grew up a Nintendo kid and our girls are very much on that same path. We've got the 2DS, 3DS, NES Classic, Super NES Classic, and of course, the Nintendo Switch - a system that continues to surprise. Last year, I featured the Switch in my Holiday Wish Guide, and for 2018 its back again - with the release of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, one of the most-anticipated titles of the year (for any platform. There's also Nintendo Labo, including the new Vehicle Kits, plus new Pokémon titles including Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!  But that's far from all. Nintendo eShop Gift Cards make great gifts, and the gamers in your life can pick out their favorite titles from hundreds available, including many "Nindie" games (those from independent publishers). Beyond that, there's a host of Nintendo toys and collectibles available - including Hallmark's all-new Mario Kart Keepsake Ornament and Hasbro's MONOPOLY Gamer Edition that brings the excitement of Mario Kart to the table. 

This fall, Sony Pictures' take on Marvel's VENOM thrilled audiences with an over-the-top and highly-entertaining adventure. It was a surprise, but this spin on one of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex, and badass characters fast-became a global hit, and now it's come home for the holidays on Digital, 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD! Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), VENOM features an all-star cast including Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight RisesMad Max: Fury Road), Michelle Williams (The Greatest Showman), Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, TV’s “The Night Of”), Jenny Slate (Zootopia) and Woody Harrelson (ZombielandThe Hunger Games franchise). I've already recommended VENOM as a Rock Father-approved movie night title, and now I've teamed-up with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to serve up a chance for you to win a killer VENOM Prize Pack. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a special Holiday VENOM box - the same kind given out to talent at the recent Venom Block Party in Los Angeles. It includes a VENOM Blu-ray, VENOM Santa Hat, holiday "GingerVenom" cookie, and a custom Paper Foldables VENOM Christmas ornament! One additional winner will receive VENOM on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack plus an Exclusive T-Shirt (size small).

This Holiday Wish Guide™ special feature is sponsored by Universal Brand Development in collaboration with The Rock Father™.

This summer,  the dinosaurs returned, but the park was gone as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrived in theaters to thrill audiences as the fifth chapter in Universal’s ever-evolving Jurassic Park franchise. Now it’s time to bring the adventure home for the holidays with an incredible assortment of new Jurassic World toys and products, available at Walmart!

Funko's Pop! Rocks line has been a favorite of mine this past year, and in 2019 we already have an idea of where things are headed. This week, Funko announced their first-ever AC/DC Pop! Vinyl Figure that presents the band's iconic guitarist, Angus Young, ready to rock in his signature schoolboy uniform. Available for pre-order via my friends at Entertainment Earth, the standard figure features a black suit, while randomly-packed Chase editions feature a blue suit with devil horns and an "A" on the hat. Get yours today!

"The streaming wars" are real, and 2019 looks to be the year that they finally start becoming a real issue. While "cord-cutting" continues to rise (we're even about to drop our Xfinity TV subscription here at Rock Father HQ), consumers are quickly seeing their monthly savings shrink as they buy into new services that offer exclusive content a la carte. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon's Prime Video continue to dominate, but Apple's new streaming service is on the horizon along with Disney+ and offerings from studios such as Warner Bros. These majors ride alongside smaller standalone services like DC Universe, WWE Network and many others. Now comes news that DHX Media has inked a deal with Apple to create new series, specials and short-form content based on PEANUTS - the iconic characters created by Charles M. Schulz. If you love Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang and can't live without seeing their new adventures, get ready for another bill when Apple's as-yet-unnamed new streaming service comes online.

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