Special Feature - Mobile Franchises - Issue 1#3

By Wendy Laursen

This article appeared in Issue 1#3 (Mar/Apr 2007) of Business Franchise Australia & New Zealand

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Feeling chained to the desk? A mobile franchise offers freedom and variety that is hard to match in a retail or office environment.

Sue Taylor, an Ecowash Mobile franchisee in Sydney, broke the chains that held her back when she quit the finance industry after 20 years.

“Owning my own business is a complete lifestyle change. I was office-bound for 20 years and now not only do I work outside but I have more freedom in regards to when and how hard I decide to work. I don’t even need to go to the gym because I’m so busy and active in my job,” said Sue.

Ecowash Mobile is a completely waterless mobile car washing and detailing service. They use a 2-in-1 wash and polish that is biodegradable and guaranteed not to scratch. When it is sprayed on a car it encapsulates surface dirt that is then removed with a soft cloth. The polish leaves a protective coating that lasts for four to six weeks.

Sue believes Ecowash Mobile is a great business opportunity, particularly for women. “With Ecowash Mobile, women can work around and manage both their family life and business.”

Waterless car wash systems aren’t the only option for those looking for a mobile franchise in the auto industry. Car Wash Club is a unique, attention grabbing mobile service that uses an inflatable structure for washing cars. It contains a fully integrated car wash system that conserves and recycles water and it is easy to set up at clubs, shopping centres, industrial areas, and events.

Snap-on Tools is another option related to the auto industry. Franchisees sell vehicle and boat repair tools and equipment directly to shop owners, managers, and professional service technicians in a protected territory. They operate a mobile store with the latest high-tech tools displayed to customers where they work.

Mobile Auto Hoses specialise in the manufacture, supply and fit of automotive hoses and fittings. Training is provided but franchisees need to have some technical knowledge. The service is not 24/7 so franchisees have their evenings and weekends free. The work is varied and jobs are managed centrally allowing the franchisee to get on with their work without needing to continually answer the phone.

MHF Systems offers the opportunity for those with a mechanical interest to work fixing hydraulic hoses. Franchisees are fully equipped and supported by a shop base that handles invoicing and clerical duties and it is an opportunity suited to practical, hands-on people looking to make a good income while helping the many industries that rely on hydraulic equipment.

Mini Tankers offers on-site refuelling services in the construction, earth moving, marine, mining, civil contracting and transport industries. Minimal business experience is required and franchisees are protected from cash flow risk as invoicing and payment collection are handled centrally. There is no stock and no staff but there is the freedom to expand and a high level of operational support is provided.

Fastway Couriers is a business opportunity for men and women to work in an exclusive territory and is available in either metropolitan or regional areas. It offers three revenue streams - parcel pick up, parcel delivery, and commission on the sale of courier labels.

The cleaning industry offers a number of mobile franchise opportunities. OZ Bin Cleaning is a franchise in wheelie bin cleaning, industrial bin cleaning, and sanitisation. It is an industry that OZ Bin Cleaning say is vast and their system enables bins to be cleaned easily and comfortably using biodegradable products and minimal water.

Green Cleen is another bin cleaning service aimed at keeping Australia beautiful. With a Green Cleen franchise the bins are lifted hydraulically and the cleaning unit fits neatly onto the back of a ute. The system is capable of cleaning two wheelie bins at a time. Water is recycled and all contaminated water and rubbish are captured, not sent down the drain to end up polluting Australia’s beautiful waterways.

For those who would rather be cleaning something with a waggy tail, Aussie Pet Mobile provides franchisees with an internationally proven business model. The service van is equipped with a hydraulic grooming table, a complete set of dryers and other tools, and a heated hydrobath. Hydro Dog Mobile Grooming Service offers franchisees a high quality grooming salon in a stunning big blue dog trailer. The business has a four way income stream including the sale of pet food and pet care products.

Jim’s Dog Wash is an opportunity to be part of the highly successful Jim’s Group. Franchisees provide dog washing services using biodegradable shampoos and conditioners. They offer flea and worming treatments, deodorising colognes as well as food, treats, and accessories.

Another opportunity for being involved with animals is Pets Pantry, a premium pet food and accessories delivery business. Franchisees undertake an initial training program that includes studies in small animal health and nutrition and they also complete a TAFE Small Business Management Certificate. Pets Pantry stocks only the highest quality products and customers can see a health difference in their pets that keeps them coming back for more.

Cafe2U's Xpresso Mobile CoffeeQuality is the cornerstone of the hugely successful mobile coffee franchises operating in Australia. A perfect complement to the outdoor lifestyle enjoyed across the country, a mobile coffee-making franchise is a fun way of mixing work and pleasure.

Cafe2U’s Mercedes Benz platform features all stainless steel fittings and the highest quality espresso equipment. All franchisees have exclusive territories, receive 24/7 support, and are fully trained in safe food handling and barista techniques.

Espresso Mobile has built a reputation for quality and style. Franchisees operate in exclusive territories from a van that stylishly accentuates the great coffee experience they offer.

Xpresso Mobile Coffee has an established business model and sets a high standard in professionalism in the business and barista services they provide. Full training and support is provided and Xpresso Mobile Coffee handles the initial marketing in a newly franchised area. They offer a variety of franchising options including the ability to specialise in weekend events.

Van Go is a mobile coffee service with a unique, eye-catching brand name and logo. They provide around-the-clock support and are committed to providing high quality business and marketing support to their family of franchisees. Van Go Juice vans have recently been launched.

Tasty Trucks offer a mobile lunch service to factory and office workers. Franchisees arrive at a prearranged time each weekday stocked with their exclusive Tastyfresh sandwiches and rolls, Tastybake pies, and hot food. Tasty Trucks offers potential franchisees a paid trial period before they buy and promise a profitable business where the working day ends at 2:30pm.

Nic’s Mobile BBQ provides corporate, private and event catering for any number of people. Full event management can be organised including the supply of all food, drinks, cutlery, tables, chairs, linen, and staff. All food is cooked on-site and franchisees enjoy a fun working environment and exclusive operating territory.

Jumping J-Jays is another opportunity to help people enjoy themselves. They deliver jumping castles for children’s parties or other occasions. Bookings are handled centrally so it is a great weekend business for people wanting a second income.

Poolwerx is a mobile pool and spa service operation that gives franchisees a great lifestyle in the outdoor living market. Poolwerx offers pool products, equipment installation, maintenance and repairs, chemicals delivery, and expert servicing.

Pool-Force is a domestic and commercial pool services business that provides expert pool care and maintenance services. Franchisees provide cleaning and sanitation services as well as equipment supply, installation, maintenance and advice.

Peals on Wheels is such a flexible franchise opportunity that it could be used as a way of having a working holiday around Australia. The wedding bells are high quality bronze cathedral bells imported from Europe and almost any song can be played with the touch of a button. It makes for a beautiful wedding experience and for the franchisee it is a no sweat, enjoyable business.

Beauty on Demand is a concept that meets the beauty needs of busy people. Each franchisee is a qualified therapist in their chosen service including beauty therapy, nail technology, make up artistry, hair dressing, or massage therapy. It is a business opportunity for people wanting an exciting, flexible and professional business of their own.

Wigs on Wheels is a service to help those that have been touched by cancer and provides a private home experience for those needing a wig as the result of chemotherapy. The wigs are ordered centrally and training is provided. It is a great opportunity for compassionate people looking to make a difference to the lives of people in need.

Helping clients build a strong corporate identity is a flexible franchise opportunity offered by AAA Uniform Central that is well suited to women, couples, or the semi-retired. Run from a home or retail base, franchisees have an exclusive territory plus a high degree of business and marketing support. AAA Uniform Central sells exclusive, market leading brands and offers high returns in a recession resistant industry. 

PC Masters is a business-to-business computer repair opportunity suited to business managers or computer-minded franchisees. Their market leading system offers franchisees full business, technical, training and marketing support. They have purchasing alliances to ensure the business is competitive and their business coaches help franchisees achieve their financial goals.

Mobile franchises abound, offering good financial returns, job satisfaction and enjoyment through flexible working hours and the freedom to move. With so many opportunities on offer, there is no need to feel chained down any longer.