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.
With Veterans Day placing a much-deserved focus on members of the American Armed Forces, many companies are taking the opportunity to say "thanks" with special offers and promotions that are only available for a limited time. At Great Wolf Lodge, the gratitude is year-round as they pay respect to those who have served to product us all year long. The Howlin’ Heroes discount welcomes veterans with up to 30% savings on each stay with the special code: heroes. Great Wolf Lodge knows veterans have continued to protect our families and it’s time to reconnect with theirs.
For years, tales of haunted toy stores have spread as urban legends, like the fabled Toys "R" Us in Sunnyvale, California - one said to be so frightening, it's inspired decades of theories and once appeared on an episode of Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories, directed by Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist) and narrated by Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy. While the iconic retailer closed its doors here in the U.S. back in June, there is a chance for you to take a stroll through a Toys "R" Us once more, but not one of the many currently inhabited by pop-up stores like Spirit Halloween or Party City's Halloween City / Toy City combos... a haunted Toys "R" Us. For one month only, those who are brave enough have the opportunity to visit ZOMBIES 'R' US - "A New Haunted Experience" located inside the former Toys "R" Us location in College Point (aka Flushing, NY) Queens.
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There's so many wonderful things about being a parent, but for me one of the highlights is being able to look upon our daughters as they explore their own creative endeavors. Imagination is a powerful thing, and as a grownup storyteller there's always a burning desire to return to a simpler time - a time during childhood where it seemed that anything could be possible, and the simple act of putting a pen to paper could bring forth colorful new creations, new worlds and new adventures. Of course that is still possible, the difference being that now I prefer using my words to do those things, putting the duties of artwork in more capable hands when the professional need arises. But creating art is a soothing thing with so many benefits, whether you're drawing or coloring the experience can be magical.
The annual Batman Day may take place on September 15th each year, but on September 19, the City of Walla Walla, Washington will once again honor a man whose portrayal of the Caped Crusader has been loved by generations. The Second Annual Adam West Day will find Walla Walla paying tribute to the life of its favorite son — known the world over as Batman and later the voice of Mayor Adam West on the show The Family Guy — in a way that only West’s hometown can.
From ghost stories to haunted houses, many of us enjoy the thrill of the supernatural—especially in the fall. We share scary tales to invoke feelings of fright at the unknown, but the most unnerving thing about these stories is they are often based on true events and real locations. Several historic places in Montana are known for their own spooky legends and tales of paranormal activity. As you step back in time and discover the past, you might find some of these ghost stories are more than just fiction.
When I stopped by the local Meijer on Force Friday II earlier this month, I noticed some new STAR WARS-themed BIC Pens hanging alongside the Hasbro action figures in one spot. Turns out that they're part of a whole new BIC stationery product range featuring the famous characters from the STAR WARS Saga. Today comes news on the full assortment, which you can check out below...
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Laundry is such a double-edged sword... you have to do the laundry, but what does laundry ever do for you? Okay, trick question - because when your laundry looks good, you can look good... but what about the environment? With families like ours becoming more and more conscious about doing right by the world around us, we're always on the lookout for new products that not only make a kinder footprint, but those that actually work - ones that get the job done. NEW! Tide purclean is the first bio-based detergent with the cleaning power of Tide (and as many of you know, I've written about Tide in the past). So what's great about it? I'll tell ya...
THE ROCK FATHER Magazine has partnered with Hello Products to bring you this friendly feature.
When it comes to oral care and brushing teeth, it’s one of those things that you typically don’t think much about - I certainly never used to. In my pre-Rock Father days, I brushed, but I admittedly did a terrible job and taking care of my teeth the way that I should’ve, and I paid for it when I got back on my dental game and needed some fixes. Being more “friendly” to my own teeth came about by becoming a parent, and caring so much for our little girls, that the desire to make sure they each have a healthy smile turned the tables back on dad (since mom was already ahead of the game). Without knowing it, we were early adopters to Hello Products, having used their “Naturally Friendly” toothpastes back when they still came in their funky-shaped little “designer” bottles. Things have changed for Hello Products over the past few years, but now they’re hitting the scene (and our bathrooms) with products that aren’t just friendly for me and you, but also for the red, white & blue - Made in the USA.
It was a month or so ago that I published an article that was declared to be only "for legendary men." When you're dealing with Old Spice and Product King® Bob Giovanni, there's a certain level of excellence that has to be maintained - a legendary level... if only because we have to represent Legendary Protection for Legendary Men! Now, with Father's Day fast-approaching, we've all decided that it's time to serve-up a giveaway for Legendary Men, or someone who loves them. If you're curious, then I've done my job... and now it's time to give you a chance to win something you can't even buy... a Legendary Toolkit for some of the hardest-working men out there, loaded with items from the Old Spice Hardest Working Collection. Ready to rock?
What makes a man "legendary?" According to some, achieving legendary status is by accomplishing feats that are "remarkable enough to be famous, or very well-known" (thanks, dictionary). The Aquabats! once sang that "The Legend is True" (but the legend was you), while The Bloodhound Gang came closer to my reality with their song "Legend in My Spare Time." Countless others have found themselves simply a legend in their own mind, their accomplishments small in actuality, bloated to legendary status only to themselves. Old Spice knows what legendary means, and they've managed to find and declare a select group of men as being truly legendary. In the eyes of Old Spice, and Product King® Bob Giovanni, your old pal, THE ROCK FATHER is legendary. I have the trophy to prove it. Yes, a trophy, and displayed on fine base of simulated wood that's permeated with the scent of new Sweat Defense Lasting Legend Extra Strong Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant - a blast of fresh citrus balanced with a cool peppery spiciness. I'm saying that my "pits" smell of citrus-y, peppery goodness. Legendary!
As I write this, it’s the height of “Award Season” in the entertainment world, and having worked in that realm before, I can’t avoid thinking about how the season might equate to life at home, as a parent. Surely there could be trophies dished-out for just about everything, from “Best Daily Performance of a Theme Song from an Animated Motion Picture that You’ve Heard 4,000 times,” to “Best Original Song About a Wrestler” (our three-year-old wrote one), to “Best Bedtime Stall Tactic,” “Best Dramatic Performance at a Kitchen Table (Breakfast or Dinner),” and even “Best Performance by a Stainmaker.” Ah yes, that later category is a real wild card… one in which the race to even become a nominee is a battle fought valiantly with an arsenal of colorful armaments.