How to Tell if A Mobile Office is Right for You In 3 Easy Steps!

If your business needs extra space, is growing faster than you expected or you are experiencing some unexpected construction a mobile office trailer or MO might be the perfect choice to help you deal with the growing pains!

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What is a Mobile Office Trailer?

A mobile office trailer (MO) is a prefabricated portable office, temporary storage space, or combination of the two.

MOs come in a wide range of sizes, and can be customized to fit your needs, and budget!

MOs are more affordable than building a new office with traditional construction and require way less build time.

Depending on the customization you could have a mobile office delivered to your business in just a few days!

Common Uses of Mobile Office Trailers:

MOs are used in a ton of different industries from construction to Healthcare.

If something unexpected comes up, instead of having to close your business entirely, you can keep your business running smoothly by moving your operations into a MO trailer.

Most businesses rent mobile offices for between 9 and 24 months, though it may make sense to buy rather than rent if you’re going to need the MO for longer than a few months.

Some but not all the industries that can benefit from using a MO trailer are:

  • Education
  • Hospitality
  • Agriculture
  • Utilities & Energy
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Chemical/Industrial
  • Oil & Gas
  • Government

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Now that you know what a MO trailer is, let’s look at how you can go about determining if it’s right for your business in 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Assess Your Needs

The first step to figuring out if a MO is for you is to look at what your business needs in order to continue functioning normally.

For example, if you are a growing business that is running out of office space, a mobile office might be a great temporary solution until you can find a bigger office space, or your lease runs out.

There are 3 factors that you should consider when deciding on renting or buying a mobile office:

1. How long do you need extra space for?

The first thing you need to figure out is how long you need extra space for.

If it’s just a few days or an even a couple of weeks, it might not be worth it,

But if you think you’re going to need that extra office and storage space for at least a month, a mobile office might be a good fit for your business.

The most common situation is that you’re not actually sure how long you’re going to need the space.

If you’re not sure, but it’s already been a few weeks and nothing is changing, it’s probably a safe bet to assume you’re going to need space for at least a month.

We all know that construction and other projects that disrupt your business tend to drag on longer than intended.

Even when everyone tells you they’ll be done in “a couple of weeks.”

Once you have an idea of how long you’re going to need the space for, you can move on to factor # 2.

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2. How will it impact your business?

Not all disruptions are equal.

For example, you might have a construction project take over your parking lot and force all your employees to walk half a mile to work.

While this is inconvenient, and no fun for your employees, this type of disruption won’t affect your actual business unless you have a lot of clients stopping by the office who will need somewhere to park.

On the other hand, if you have an overstock of inventory that makes it virtually impossible to move around your office, a mobile office or storage/office combo might be the perfect solution to your problem.

To find out if your business is going to be negatively impacted, ask yourself questions like

  • “Will this keep us from providing amazing customer service?”
  • “Can my employees still do their jobs?”
  • “Am I losing money by not renting or buying a mobile office?”
  • “What’s the cost of not using a mobile office?”

If you can tell there is going to be a negative impact it’s time to quantify it with factor # 3.

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3. Does it make financial sense?

As with everything in business, the decision to rent or buy a mobile office is going to come down to dollars and cents.

You must do some rough back of the envelope math to figure out what it’s going to cost you to rent a mobile office versus what you might lose if you don’t.

Once you do your back of the envelope math, you should know whether a mobile office is a good choice for your business.

If it isn’t a good fit, then you can just keep doing what you’re doing.

But if it seems like a mobile office is a good solution to your problems then you can move on to step # 2: Figuring out what size of mobile office you need!

Step 2: Figure out what size mobile office you need

There are 3 standard sizes of single-wide MO trailers:

  • 10 x 8 office only.
  • 20 X 8 office only.
  • 20 x 8 combo storage and office.
  • 40 x 8 office only.
  • 40 x 8 combo storage and office.
  • 40 x 8 with two offices.

You can also weld two single-unit mobile offices together to form a double-wide MO trailer if you need a lot of space!

The dimensions and capacities of these mobile offices will change by the supplier so be sure to do your due diligence to make sure that the mobile office you choose accommodates your needs.

Once you’ve picked your size you can move on to our final step, deciding if you should rent or buy.

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Step 3: Decide if you should rent or buy

The final step in picking a mobile office is deciding to rent or buy.

There are two main factors that should go into your decision making here:

How long you’re going to need a mobile office. If you know you’re going to need the mobile office for 9 months or more, then you should investigate buying your own unit.

If you will need the MO again. Sometimes disruptions to your business pop up out of nowhere, other times you can see a disruption coming miles away. If you know that you’re going to need a mobile office again within a year or so of the first time you rent it, buying your own unit might be the more economical move.

There you have it how to decide if a mobile office is right for you in 3 simple steps.

First, you will need to assess your needs. Figure out whether a mobile office is a good solution to the problems your business is facing.

The 3 most important factors for determining if a mobile office is a good fit for your business are:

  • How long will you need the extra space?
  • How is your business being impacted?
  • Does it make financial sense?

Based on your answers for those questions you’ll move on to step # 2 which is determining what size mobile office you need.

MOs come in many different specifications and designs so be sure to do your research on what will work best for you.

Finally, you’ll move on to step # 3 deciding to rent or buy.

Once you’ve decided whether to rent or buy, you’re ready to call one of our dedicated storage experts at 1–800–686–9114 or fill out the form below to get the best price on a mobile office anywhere!

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