Are You Looking for an Affordable Way to Start a Small Business?

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When you made plans to be a chef all of those years ago you really did not thing that you would be spending three nights a week preparing and serving meals out of a group of modified shipping containers, but you would be a fool to turn down the profits. In fact, you are making more money from the three modified shipping containers in three nights than you are out of your traditional brick and mortar restaurant that is open six days a week.

In a town where the community loves to support local businesses it really should not have been a surprise that a locally sourced farm to table menu would be popular, but you did not imagine that you would be able to feature three completely different menus within such a short distance from each other. The popularity of the three night a week food truck style gathering, however, has totally taken over the local eating scene. The street truck customers come visit your brick and mortar restaurant and the regular restaurant patrons love to come out to the street venue at least once a week.

Customized Shipping Containers Can Serve a Wide Range of Purposes

From booth shipping containers that serve as pop up businesses at large sporting venues to locations for restaurants, there are many ways that modified shipping containers, former train trailers, can help small businesses succeed. Consider some of these facts and figures about the many ways that both new and used shipping containers can offer a start up opportunity for many investors:

  • Nearly 11 million unused shipping containers around the world could potentially be used for a variety of purposes.
  • At either 20 or 40 feet long, most shipping containers are eight feet wide, nine and half feet tall.
  • By opening a 450 square foot shipping container store in Washington, the container store trend is thought to have been pioneered by Starbucks back in the year 2011.
  • One of the reasons these containers are so versatile is that durable, steel shipping containers average a life span of 25 years, while requiring minimal maintenance.
  • Currently, only 6 million of the 17 million shipping containers in the world are in use.
  • Although there are smaller spaces across the country, Las Vegas’s Downtown Container Park spans approximately 19,000 square feet with a mix of 30 shipping containers and 41 multifunctional modular cubes forming the perimeter.

Whether you are an aspiring chef or you are looking to open a small boutique, one of the greatest challenges is making sure that you can find the right kind of retail space. Fortunately, there are many times when a modified shipping container can serve the perfect purpose.

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