May 27, 2021
A bookmobile is a powerful tool for reaching people across vast areas. These vehicles can be driven to schools, offices, rural communities, and more to bring books to people that might not be able to visit a brick-and-mortar location.
Not only do bookmobiles make it easy to bring a collection of books to any location, but they are also a great fit for both libraries and private businesses.
Whether you are a library director working to expand your district’s reach, or a book store ready to increase your customer base, starting a bookmobile business is an effective way of achieving growth.
Check out the following tips on how to start a bookmobile business.
With any new business or business expansion, you should begin your bookmobile business with a clear plan.
This plan should answer all of the following critical questions:
Having a clear plan defined for your bookmobile business is the first step toward success. From here, let’s take a look at how you will create profit streams with your new mobile unit.
Whether you are running a for-profit business or a non-profit library, you will want to consider how your bookmobile will contribute to the success of your business.
For a bookstore or other for-profit business, consider all of the following profit streams:
For a library district, consider how a bookmobile might contribute to funding in the following ways:
As you look to start a bookmobile business, make sure that the vehicle you build is customized to be used for a myriad of purposes. Rather than simply a place to house books and allow patrons to browse shelves, design a bookmobile that is multi-faceted.
The following are all great examples of customizations that can help contribute to future uses of your new vehicle:
There are countless ways to customize your bookmobile to make it useful for your business. Be sure to discuss all your ideas during the early stages of design to ensure that you end up with a vehicle that will serve you well for years to come.
If you are thinking of starting a bookmobile business, come talk to our team at Summit Bodyworks. We have over 30 years of experience customizing specialty vehicles. We can help you build a bookmobile that will not only help you launch a business, but will also allow you to expand as your business grows.
Interested in seeing the previous bookmobile builds from our team? Check out one of our latest builds, a bookmobile we designed for Fountaindale Public Library District. This bookmobile was designed on Freightliner M2 chassis and offers ample space for this library district to expand its community offerings.
Not only do we have years of experience assisting clients with their specialty vehicle builds, but we also are proud to provide premium customer service.
From the first moment you reach out to our team to discuss your needs to the day you drive away with your custom build, we will provide you with efficient, friendly service. Reach out today to learn more about starting your own bookmobile business
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