Haircuts, home restyling and high teas are just the tip of the iceberg as the mobile workforce gathers force.
Once upon a time, the only businesses that came to your door were the cleaning lady and door-to-door salesmen. Now, you can open your front door to a range of business services making housecalls around Brisbane.
Mobile travel agent Deanne Scanlan can plot your itinerary in your lounge room. Previously in retail travel, Deanne, from Caboolture, visits clients all over Brisbane, saying her business is all about relationships. “It generates a great deal of trust when people let you into their homes,” she says.
Peter Dolley has owned IEQ Indoor plants service for 25 years. He runs a fortnightly watering, trimming and replacing plant service in hundreds of workplaces. His business has boomed since the introduction of the Green Building Council, with star ratings according to a building’s plant life.
Negotiation is a strong point for mobile lawyer Ian Field, from Aylward and Game, who meets clients in their home, workplace or even their local cafe. Ian has noted a growing demand for professional advice on estate planning, wills, family law, loan guarantor arrangement and document signing. “It suits people who need to make appointments out of hours,” he says.
Rebecca Parry is a mobile party girl – she brings her wedding and festive party decorations business, Splendid Occasions, from her Narangba home to you. With help from husband Ian and her extended family, the mother of four can dress a lavish wedding, birthday or Christmas party, dress an office or house for Christmas or a special gathering.
Kelly Clarke often wonders how her business/ accounting and health science degree took her to grooming dogs for a living. But she loves every minute of it. Kelly bought Heidi’s Mobile Pet Grooming 11 years ago and now calls on around 2000 clients. “I had always had dogs and I am a people person, and this is the nub of this business,’’ she says. “Each client is like family.”
John Shaw’s Crazy Parties for kids morphed from his time as a speed cop at corporate golf days (he has a radar gun that measures how fast a golf ball travels). He was approached by a mother, watching him record the speed kids ran and kicked at a soccer game, to run her son’s eighth birthday party. He’s now running parties designed for kids aged five to 12.
Courtney Cox travels all over Brisbane setting up and catering high teas for baby and bridal showers and a range of other occasions with her business High Time for High Tea. The idea came from lamenting the fact that her mother’s antique tea ware was never used. “I decided to dust it off and host a high tea for a small group of my friends, and it went so well I decided there must be a business in it,” she says.
Property stylist Josie Bowers loves going through people’s cupboards. “I’m a natural snoop,” she says. Luckily, it’s in her line of work as she and her partners run Simplify Home Stylists, rummaging and re styling home owners’ goods and chattels in their drive-in décor business that preps properties for sale.
The workforce has changed and now anything goes – choose from the traditional brick and mortar office, the cottage industry at home, the online business or the mobile business, you’re bound to find a workplace that suits your lifestyle.
Some of the most popular mobile businesses:
- Dog washing/grooming
- House and apartment prepping
- Office indoor plant rental/service
- Computer consultant
- Auto mechanic
- Children’s parties
- Disc jockey
- Dog walking
- Personal shopper
- Photography and video
- Children’s taxi
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