The Best Creative Small Business Ideas

I have been teetering with the idea of converting our old stock trailer into a mobile pop up shop. Now I’m trying to do some research on it before we start. 

Stock Trailer Conversion

The 4 main conversions we are looking at (but not limited to)

  • Farm trailers – they have usually been through the ringer and seem like the most work to me. They usually have lots of rust to deal with and need a big cleaning. You will need a welder or some welding experience but they seem to be the easiest to come by. They also need extra protection from the elements because they are not water tight  
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  • Buses – they are harder to find, but usually in better shape. They are usually element proofed already. With buses you have to deal with more mechanical stuff. 
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  • Campers – easily found but prices vary a lot. Conditions also very a lot.
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  • Complete build ups – can usually find trailers pretty easy, but they can be very expensive. This route you can do exactly what you want, but the materials could be more expensive. Also no demo.  
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Reasons for a mobile shop

  • You can travel wherever you would like to go. If you have to move you can take your shop with you.
  • No monthly rent or utilities. You can also use solar panels if you need some energy. You still have to pay for some shows or festivals but only the ones you choose to go to.
  • You can set up the store where ever they will let you, like shows, events, weddings, festivals, bars, etc.
  • It will also be less money upfront than a brick-and-mortar shop.
  • You can also use it for different things, like an office, a she shed, storage, or moving and delivering large pieces. 

Business Ideas

  • Bar
  • Boutique 
  • Coffee shop 
  • Farm stand
  • Food
  • Crafts
  • Furniture 
  • Art studio
  • Greenhouse/ nursery
  • Hair salon
  • Any mini version of a brick and mortar store really
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So I think for us we’re going to go with our stock trailer because we already have it and it goes with our brand Emory Farm. We want to do different festivals and farmers markets to sell our homemade products, like farmhouse tables, cutting boards, candle sticks, jams and jellies, eggs, and etc.

I can’t wait to get started on this project. My husband and I are going to start a #husbandwifebuildoff challenge to start stocking our inventory faster, and make some extra money for this project. Once we get a few things built and sold, then we will start on the trailer. If any of you have some prior experience or knowledge about conversions I would love to hear from you and maybe pick your brain. Thanks so much for reading about our new adventure! 

Next week I will be hosting a #diyprojectchallenge our theme is Organization. I have chose to organize our corner kitchen cabinet! Check back next week for the build and other organization projects/hacks from other bloggers! If you missed it please check out my posts DIY Floating Shelves and DIY Window Farmhouse Trim!


DIY Inspiration for St Patrick’s Day

Most of these could be easily made or found on Etsy to purchase. Check out the links below!! I love St. Patrick’s Day! I was browsing the internet trying to find some projects that weren’t too gaudy and found these! Hope these 33 projects inspire you this St Patrick’s Day. 

Signs

Most of these signs are farmhouse inspired. 


Banners

I love these banners, not tacky at all! 


Crafts

Sweet crafts for Patty’s Day that could easily be great gifts for family and friends. 


Decor

It’s so hard to find cute sophisticated, decor for St Patricks Day. 


Apparel

I’m a sucker for a good drinking T-shirt! I need to break out the silhouette and make some of these!!! 


Thanks for browsing through my St Patty’s Day inspirations. I hope you find something useful! Please pin for later. Also check out my Valentine’s Day Post and my goals for woodworking this year!

DIY Floating Shelves and Skillet Rack

Need more storage in your kitchen? Especially for pans?

 

We use our cast iron skillets everyday and they are so heavy to get in and out of the cabinets. So I came up with this idea to hang them where everyone can reach. I also wanted some storage above so we added these inexpensive, easy floating shelves

 

 

Materials

1x4x8

2x4x8

1x6x8

Stain

Poly

3” wood screws

1 1/4” nails

Wood glue

Square head nails

 

 

Tools

Miter saw

Table saw

Drill

Kreg jig

Sander

Nail gun

Tape measurer,straight edge, pencil, safety gear

 

 

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Make the frame. Join with pocket holes and screw from the opposite side straight in for extra strength.

 

 

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Attach the frame to the wall with 3” wood screws 2 per, each stud 

I nailed the top and bottom pieces on first then the sides

Then the front piece

 

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