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Small Business in Shipping Containers?

Why More Small Businesses Are Adopting Mobile Office Spaces

Mobile office space built from freight containers are becoming a prevalent tool in the small business world. Businesses are using these repurposed shipping containers to cheaply and efficiently expand. The extra space the containers provide can have a multitude of uses providing any small business, their staff and storage needs with a multi-purpose space that can help the company expand quickly without breaking the bank.

Small businesses are taking advantage of having a mobile space that is separate from the main office, allowing for you to give yourself a private office that can be taken anywhere or an office for your employees to use for meetings and as a working escape.

What are Shipping Container Mobile Offices?

Small business mobile office Container

Small business mobile office Container

These mobile offices are made of durable steel, and come with the following features:

  • Fully insulated exterior walls
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Compact refrigerator
  • Water heater
  • 3/4 Bath
  • Full size folding Murphy bed
  • 3x 60″ Patio doors (ceiling to floor)
  • Open-side container
  • Container doors that cover all glass

These boxes can be customized to fit your tastes and preferences and come with everything to make it a comfortable for working at a low cost, making them a great fit for small business.

Shipping or Storage containers (also known as Conex containers) come in different lengths. The two standard lengths, the 20-footer, and the 40-footer. These boxes are around 6 to 8’ tall depending on your needs. The units used can be used to ship goods by boat from one port city to another, and this durability makes for a great mobile office as well. They are made of Cor-Ten steel, designed to endure the harshest of weather conditions. But after a certain period of time, usually around 10 to 15 years, the containers reach their expiration date and are no longer approved for use in the shipping industry. However, because the containers are made of durable steel and are usually still weatherproof and watertight, they are often utilized for storage and office space purposes.

How Are They Installed?

Small business mobile Storefront Container

Small business mobile Storefront Container

These mobile offices are elementary to install and can be delivered anywhere within 200 hundred miles of one of our facilities. We use new shipping boxes that are ready to go upon installation and just require furniture for the finishing touches. They are usually carried in by truck and simply placed where desired by the client. This can be in rural areas or more urban areas, depending on available space.

Where Can They Be Installed?

Mixed-use containers for small business

Mixed-use containers for small business

Any piece of land or space that has agreeable landscape can be used to house your job box. If the shipping container is on your property for a temporary amount of time, you will need to either a) pull a temporary use permit from the city or b) do nothing at all because a permit is not required.

Most of this will depend on where your property is located (urban vs. rural) and if there are any neighborhood/local regulations. Be sure to ask us ahead of time if you have any questions about this process!

As you can see, having a mobile office installed is a very easy process that involves just a few easy steps. In addition to being more cost-efficient, getting a mobile office saves small businesses valuable time that can be better dedicated to improving their business and being smarter with their time. For these reasons, more and more small businesses have been opting for mobile office space, whether for use by the ownership, employees, or both.