Category: Entrepreneurship

Cargo Van and Pickup Truck Buying Guide

When purchasing a vehicle for rental purposes, there are many considerations that are different than if you were purchasing a vehicle for personal use. Some of these considerations include:

  • Low purchase price
  • Resale value
  • Reliability
  • Simplicity of operations
  • Return on investment and cash flow

In this guide, we’ll provide an overview of our recommendations for vehicles when getting started with Fetch.

Best First Vehicle For New Fetch Partners: Nissan NV200 (6’ Cargo Van)

Revenue potential: $700 – $1,400 /month

If you’re a first-time partner with Fetch, we recommend purchasing a Nissan NV200 as your first vehicle with Fetch.

Benefits of the Nissan NV200 include:

  • Low cost of maintenance (Nissan NV200 is powered by a four-cylinder engine)
  • Easy to park and drive for drivers
  • Low initial purchase price
  • High revenue potential 

Highest Earning Vehicle Class: 9’ High Roof Cargo Van

Revenue potential: $900 – $2,500 /month

High Roof Cargo Vans are the best-selling vehicles on Fetch, as they provide the most cargo capacity of any cargo vans and allow renters to use the vehicle for moving, furniture transportation or business uses.

We recommend the Nissan NV 2500 for Fetch partners considering purchasing a high-roof cargo van. While slightly more expensive, we also recommend the Ford Transit.

Vehicle Class Overview

6’ Cargo Van

6’ cargo vans consistently perform well on Fetch and are the simplest vehicles for owners to maintain. We strongly recommend this vehicle class for new owners.

6’ cargo van models include:

  • Nissan NV 200
  • Ford Transit Express
  • Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van

9’ Cargo Van

9’ cargo vans are the standard cargo vans most commonly used across the industry. This vehicle class historically performs well on Fetch and provides a balance between revenue opportunity and maintenance costs.

9’ cargo van models include:

  • Nissan NV 1500
  • Ford Transit 150
  • Ram ProMaster 

9’ High Roof Cargo Van

9’ high-roof cargo vans are the best-earning vehicles on Fetch. While their revenue potential is large, please be aware that maintenance costs are higher on these vehicles, due to the additional size and weight of these vehicles.

9’ high-roof cargo van models include:

  • Nissan NV 2500
  • Ford Transit 250/350
  • Ram ProMaster 
  • Mercedes Sprinter

8’ Pickup Trucks

8’ pickup trucks are standard work trucks with 2 doors and an 8 foot bed. These pickup trucks allow for a variety of use cases including moving equipment, landscaping supplies or furniture.

The biggest drawback to pickup trucks is their variance in utilization due to the pickup bed being exposed to weather. This means that when it is raining, a pickup truck will not typically be rented, as there is no option for a renter to protect their cargo (unlike a van, which is always covered).

8’ pickup truck models include:

  • GMC Sierra
  • Ford F150
  • Nissan Titan

Vehicle Category Summary


Vehicle Price, NewVehicle Price, 3 years oldRevenue PotentialMaintenance CostsSeasonality
6’ Cargo Van$24,000$15,500MediumLowLow
9’ Cargo Van$30,000$24,500MediumMediumLow
9’ High Roof Cargo Van$35,000$26,000HighHighLow
8’ Pickup Truck$29,000$24,000MediumMediumMedium

While all classes of vehicles have been successful on Fetch, we do recommend new owners consider starting with a smaller cargo van. As you establish your fleet, you can then add larger cargo vans and pickup trucks to diversify your vehicle portfolio.

Purchasing a new or used vehicle is also a personal decision. New vehicles have the benefit of fewer maintenance repairs being required and also being under warranty. Used vehicles typically provide a strong return on investment.

We look forward to welcoming you as a Fetch partner. If you have any questions or would like feedback on vehicles you are considering, please contact Fetch’s partner team.

Welcoming Carl’s Van Rental to Fetch

We’re delighted to welcome Carl’s Van Rental as the newest Fetch partner!

Carl’s Van Rentals is family-owned and operated and has been providing the state of Florida with large capacity vans since 1994. Starting out as a used car lot just south of downtown Orlando, Florida, Carl’s Van Rentals had only a few vans, but slowly built a local reputation for having the best prices and service in Orlando.

Carl (yes there is really a Carl!) came up with the idea of opening a van specific rental company when his son’s Little League baseball team qualified to play in a State Championship game. The game wasn’t in Orlando and the entire team needed to go on the trip. After looking all over the Orlando metro area, Carl was unable to find any vehicles that could accommodate over seven people.

Since Carl was operating a used car dealership, he began to stock vans on his lot and in June 1993 started offering the vans for rent.  Since then, we have expanded throughout the state of Florida serving most major metropolitan areas and a majority of Florida’s largest international airports.

We’ve partnered with Cameron Bethmann at Carl’s Van Rental to make their 9′ cargo vans available through Fetch Truck Rental. These trucks are now available to rent in the Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville, with additional cities coming soon. With Fetch, renters can reserve these vehicles 24/7, with vehicle check-in and unlock completely automated through the Fetch app.

We have partnered with Fetch to be able to service the market better as more and more people want on-demand rental options. People these days do not like to talk to people or be bothered with making reservations, providing all the needed paperwork and meeting at certain times. With Fetch, people can rent when they need it, for as long as they need it with no need to ever talk to someone to do it. We look forward to growing our company with Fetch in this new market full of mobility options.

We’re excited to welcome Carl’s Van Rental as the newest Fetch partner. If you’re in the Fort Lauderdale or Jacksonville areas, and need a cargo van, we hope you’ll considering renting with Fetch and Carl’s.


Welcoming our newest team member, Ayanna, to Fetch!

We’re thrilled to announce a new addition to the Fetch team!

Ayanna Shaheed has joined Fetch as a customer support and operations associate. In her role, Ayanna will be assisting Fetch customers and fleet partners with support requests and general assistance. She will also assisting with projects around website design and software development.

Ayanna recently graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Computer Science. We couldn’t be happier to have Ayanna join our team at Fetch, and she’s already made several significant contributions in helping create an even better experience for our customers and partners.

“Our customers are really the reason I look forward to coming to work every morning. When I pick up the phone, my mission is to make sure whomever is on the other end has an amazing experience renting with Fetch.
I’m always looking for ways to go the extra mile for our customers and partners.”

If you do speak with Ayanna or exchange an email with her, please give her a warm welcome. We hope you enjoy working with her as much as we already have.


Rent Your Truck With Fetch

Fetch is the first-ever truck-rental marketplace where truck owners can rent their own trucks without the hassle of a traditional rental-car business.

Have a pickup truck or van that you want to rent? Fetch makes it easy, and you could make up to $1,800 per month (per vehicle) by listing your truck with Fetch. And with the Fetch smart device, renters are able to check-in, unlock and return their vehicle  completely on their own, without vehicle owners having to be involved in the rental process.

Want to start renting your truck with Fetch? It’s simple to get started:

  1. Join the Fetch marketplace as a partner
  2. Install the Fetch smart device in your vehicle
  3. Start renting your truck and making money

What types of vehicles work best with Fetch?

  • Pickup trucks
  • Vans and cargo vans
  • Box trucks


What makes Fetch so great?

Why do customers love renting with Fetch? Fetch is the only self-service truck-rental company that enables anyone to rent a truck 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Renters are able to use their truck for as little as an hour or up to 30 days, and they can instantly reserve a truck through the Fetch website.

Fetch renters are able to monitor their time and usage directly through their Fetch account and can even extend their rental time with just a few clicks.

Truck owners love renting their vehicles through Fetch because of Fetch’s smart device and self-service technology. This means vehicle owners no longer have to be present to hand off keys to renters, and Fetch’s smart devices tracks all rental activity.

What are you waiting for? Start renting your truck or van with Fetch today.


Fetch Truck Rental launches in Tupelo and Starkville

We’re thrilled to share that Fetch is expanding beyond Atlanta! We’ve partnered with Casey Skelton to open two new Fetch truck rental locations in Starkville and Tupelo.

Fetch truck rentals are now available to rent on-demand, 24/7, for as little as $20 per hour. With Fetch, you can rent a truck instantly using just your phone. There are no lines to wait in and you can return your truck or van rental 24 hours a day. Best of all, your Fetch truck is reserved just for you, which means your truck won’t be rented to someone else.

“With transportation models rapidly changing, we knew we needed to embrace modern, ‘on-demand’ technology in order to stay relevant.  We found Fetch to be a great technology partner to help us implement our ‘self service’ cargo van rental model.  I am excited to work with the Fetch team to roll this out across our entire fleet.  Our vans are available 24/7 at in both Starkville and Tupelo,” Casey Skelton, CEO of One Source Enterprises, said.

We’re thrilled that Fetch is now a part of the communities in Tupelo and Starkville. Whenever you need a truck, whether it’s for just an hour or several weeks, we hope you’ll consider Fetch.

See all of the cities Fetch serves and sign up to use Fetch in your city.

Welcome to Fetch, Alex!

We’re thrilled to welcome a new fleet partner to Fetch, Alex Chu.

Alex has joined Fetch’s self-service marketplace to make his fleet of trucks in Atlanta available to rent.

Alex first discovered Fetch when he and his wife were moving in 2017.

My wife and I were moving, and the last time we moved, we used uHaul, so I did what anyone else would do: I searched on Google for a moving truck to see if someone else was running a special or had a deal, said Alex Chu. That’s how I stumbled upon Fetch. The app-enabled van rental was so easy, I had to give it a shot.

When Fetch launched its marketplace, enabling any fleet owner to use Fetch’s technology and begin offering self-service rentals, Alex knew there was an opportunity to offer trucks on Fetch within the city of Atlanta.

Living inside the perimeter, your only options are uHaul or Home Depot for truck and van rentals. I felt that Fetch was a superior service, and wanted to spread what I thought was the best and easiest van and truck rental experience around.

All of the studies on the future of car ownership are clear: cars will transition from being assets people own to becoming subscription-based products and on-demand services.

I see car ownership going the way of everything else. Subscriptions. And for those who don’t want a subscription, the on-demand world fills the void. Fetch fulfills that need. But, it also allows someone like me, who drives an “impractical” two-door car, not sweat it when I have to move a couch. Just grab a Fetch van for an hour or two, and you’re all set.

In the future, Alex hopes to continue helping eliminate the stress of moving and transportation.

I’d like to have a fleet of rental vehicles. Preferably partnering with some local businesses to ease their logistical needs so they don’t have to own a vehicle full time that they only use part-time, or less!


Rent Alex’s trucks in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta.





Fetch Launches First-Ever Truck Rental Marketplace

Today, we’re so excited to unveil the new Fetch marketplace – the first completely self-service marketplace for renting a truck.

For renters, Fetch is now the only mobile, self-service rental experience that lets renters avoid all of the hassles of a traditional truck rental agency, such as waiting in line or renting a truck after hours.

For fleet owners, the Fetch marketplace provides the easiest way to start or expand your own truck-rental business, using the Fetch platform to manage your fleet and generate new income.

Over the past 18 months of developing the Fetch platform with our own fleet of rental trucks, we’ve learned several surprising things:

  • Starting a car-rental company from scratch is nearly an impossible task. Securing fleet insurance, getting vehicle financing and learning how to manage risk are all processes that can take months.
  • Managing a rental fleet isn’t overly difficult. By combining technology with a tight operations schedule, a fleet requires only a minimal amount of time to maintain.
  • Customers love a self-service rental experience. The ability to pick up a car and return it, 24 hours a day – and without waiting in line – is a game changer. Fetch customers return to rent again and again.

With the new Fetch marketplace, we’re opening up the Fetch fleet management system, automated rental process and technology platform to any owner that wants to either build their own rental business or automate management of their existing fleet. Any owner in the United States is now eligible to list their trucks for rent on Fetch.

As part of our benefits for owners, Fetch will:

  • Help you procure rental fleet insurance
  • Assist with vehicle financing so you can quickly procure new vehicles for your fleet
  • Ship you our Fetch vehicle hardware, enabling remote unlocking and vehicle tracking
  • Provide access to our fleet management system
  • List your trucks for rent in our marketplace and connect you with local renters

Entrepreneurs can start with as little as one truck, add their vehicle to the Fetch marketplace, and instantly generate income as Fetch connects you with local renters. And, with the Fetch platform, these vehicles are connected to Fetch’s fleet management platform, enabling a completely self-service rental experience so that owners to do not have to physically meet renters and hand them keys.

“For truck rentals, your only options are typically U-Haul or Home Depot. I felt that Fetch was a superior service, and wanted to spread what I thought was the best and easiest van and truck rental experience around,” said Alex Chu, a new Fetch partner and entrepreneur.

By listing vehicles on Fetch, owners can earn as much as $1,500 per vehicle every month. Unlike franchises that charge exorbitant startup fees, there’s no cost to launch your fleet on Fetch, and you can instantly start generating rental income.

Owners can list their vehicles with Fetch today. Don’t have trucks? Fetch can help you secure financing to build your own rental fleet.

We’re so thrilled to launch the new Fetch marketplace, enable a self-service rental experience for customers, and help entrepreneurs and fleet owners grow their business.

12 Side Hustles That You Can Work From Home

Developing a side hustle is a great way to not only generate extra income each month, but it also provides some insurance in case something happens to your day job. These are the types of money-making ventures you can do on a very part-time basis, without ever leaving your home.

Who knows, maybe one day your side hustle can also develop into your full-time gig?

Here are 12 different ideas for side hustles that you can start from home with minimal, if any, upfront investment.

Resume Writing

Have a knack for writing compelling resumes? You can turn that into a service that generates extra cash on the side. Customers will email you their qualifications, ideal job or position, and you email back a completed resume.

Another opportunity in this space is optimizing clients’ LinkedIn profiles. Many individuals want to stand out on LinkedIn and have recruiters discover their profiles.

Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant answers phone calls, takes messages, read emails and create correspondence based on the client’s notes. One target audience is small business owners who are too busy to attend to small tasks and phone calls. You can provide a valuable service to them, helping clients free up their time to focus on other key projects.


If you have an eye for detail, then you can offer your services as a proofreader. Your client base would include website owners, businesses, writers and print and online publications. You can charge by the word or you can charge by the project. Proofreaders can charge anywhere from $15 – $35 per hour for their time.

Online Research

Writers, print and online publications, corporate recruiters and a variety of other professionals constantly need Internet research for the projects they are working on. You can offer your services as a research professional and quote your rates per project. If you get long-term customers, then you can work out a customized pay arrangement that works for you and the client.

Clients may utilize your research skills for planning events, identifying how to solve a problem or even comparing prices of products for upcoming purchases.

Start An Ecommerce Store

Start your own ecommerce store and never have to leave your house! These days you can receive products, get shipping supplies sent to you and even have shipping companies pick up your outbound deliveries. If you want to sell products from a third-party, then there are plenty of drop-shippers you can use that will put your company name on the invoices they send out.

Services like Shopify and Weebly make it easier than ever to start your own online store.
This entrepreneur made $300,000 from their ecommerce business, without having to own any inventory.

Lend Money

If you have ever had the urge to be an investor but have no idea where to start, then you should look into a peer-to-peer lending platform. In this form of lending, a group of investors puts their money into a pool and then agrees to lend it to someone who needs it. You collect interest just like you would with a regular investment.

Sites such as Lending Club make it easy to get started and provide tools to manage your investments.

Pet Sitter

Anyone who likes pets can open up their home to other pet owners as a pet sitting business. Most states have no requirements for anyone who wants to be a daycare for pets, and you can pick and choose which clients you want. This is one of those side hustles that can be more fun than work!

New services such as Rover make it easy to create an online pet-sitting profile and begin accepting pet-sitting jobs.

Graphic Design

If you are artistically inclined, then you can take some classes and become a graphic artist. You can do logo design, create templates for presentation or even design book covers for ebook writers.

Online sites such as Fiverr are great places to begin posting your portfolio and attracting design jobs.

Social Media Management

There are plenty of companies that will pay you to post regular tweets to their Twitter accounts and updates on their Facebook accounts all day long. You will have the opportunity to begin building an online community for your clients, and engaging with their customers online to build a community of raving fans.

Freelance Writing

There are many websites on the Internet that will allow you to write web content for clients that will pay as soon as your content is approved. Most of these websites have processes you have to go through to become approved to write. But once you are approved, you can choose from the work that is available and start making money.

Online marketplace such as TextBroker allow you to view job requests that include a summary of the writing project and how many words are expected.

Make Videos

There are a lot of people who create online v-logs (video logs) that they put on YouTube and then monetize. It is easy to start a YouTube account, and it is easy to monetize your videos. The only part that requires some work is coming up with content people will want to watch. If you have a hobby or are interested in sharing review of products, that can be a great place to start!

Nadine Sykora makes more than $100,000 a year with her YouTube channel!

Develop An Online Class

If you are an expert in a topic, then you can put that topic into an online course and make money. You do not need to be certified or licensed to offer online courses, and you can be as creative as you want in the presentation of your information. If you play guitar, then develop a series of videos that teach people to play guitar and put them online for people to access through a subscription.

Ready to get started? Check out sites such as Udemy and Skillshare.


Bonus: Create Your Own Car Rental Business

With Fetch, you can create your own self-service car business. Simply provide vehicles, and start renting them to individuals and businesses in need of transportation. Fetch’s platform allows your renters to complete their reservations on their own using just their phone, so you can sit back and relax while your revenue comes in. Learn more about Fetch’s partner program.

9 Franchise Start-Ups For Less Than $10,000

Entrepreneurship is the ultimate goal for many people. The path to fulfilling your dream to own a business of your own can be often times smoother when choosing to buy a franchise. Fortunately for many aspiring entrepreneurs, many franchises have a start-up cost of less than $10,000.

The following are descriptions of nine low-cost franchise start-ups that have proven to be solid investments for entrepreneurs:


Cleantastic offers a great opportunity to own a commercial cleaning franchise with a minimum required investment of less than $5,000. For this low-cost, franchisees get the Cleantastic name, extensive training, technical support, and an initial customer base.

Cleantastic franchise owners will also receive uniforms, training manuals and business cards to aid them in getting off to a good start in business.

National Tax Office

National Tax Office provides an excellent opportunity to become the owner of a tax preparation business. Franchisees can build their business under a competitive name that provides a competitive pricing structure and revenue sharing.

NTO franchisees can begin to fund their business ventures with an initial investment of less than $1,000.


Launch Homecare

For a minimal start-up cost as low as $5,000, Launch Homecare provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to run two businesses in one. Launch Homecare franchisees provide home care services as well as assisted living placement services for their clients.

A starter package entitled ‘60 Days To Launch’ is provided to help franchisees plan and prepare their Launch Homecare business venture. The company also offers a VIP package that includes needed software tools and live training.

Captain Tony’s Pizza

Antonio Martella’s first store opening of Captain Tony’s Pizza took place in 1972 in New York. The Martella family decided to franchise the family business in 1985. Today, Captain Tony’s Pizza is at the top of the heap for pizza franchise opportunities for a low-cost investment of $10,000.

Captain Tony’s provides take-out, delivery, and dine-in experiences for their gourmet pizza.

Equipment cost for franchisees are low and specific leasehold improvements vary and are dependent on the specific service options franchisees choose.

Golf Tournament Outfitters

Golf Tournament Outfitters is a home-based seasonal business franchise opportunity that distributes gift items and organizes contests for charity golf tournaments. Golf Tournament Outfitters has been in operations for 11 years. It also sells membership perks to purchasing groups and provides fundraising support to non-profit organizations.

Entrepreneurs are offered an excellent seasonal income opportunity for a low investment cost of $4,000. Franchisees are given a step by step marketing and sales plan and provided with all sales tools and needed forms to make pitches to directors of charity golf events.

Big Mouth Direct

Big Mouth direct franchisees provide business owners with affordable digital solutions in exclusive territories. Franchisees will offer clients website design services, SEO marketing services, pay per click campaign management and social media marketing services.

The minimum investment is $10,000 and franchisees can be fully operational within 30 days. Big Mouth Direct operates in an e-commerce market that in 2013 passed the $1 trillion mark. All indications are that this market will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

Vernon Street Capital

The beginning of Vernon Street Capital was that of a mortgage brokerage firm headquartered in the California area. The founder of VSC has trained over 1,000 loan originators and founded multiple mortgage companies.

VSC has created an impressive training program for allows individuals with no background in the industry to market an array of lending programs to customers seeking financing options for home, commercial, and business ownership.

Affiliates of VSC can get started with an investment of less than $5000

Mop Frog

The industry for residential and commercial cleaning tops $49 billion in annual sales, and the industry appears to be recession proof.

Mop Frog franchisees are required to invest $,5000 and are afforded the opportunity to market cleaning services to 20,000 households in a given area with values of $75,000 or more.

U.S. Lighting Group

Reports from U.S. government sources estimate that over 80% of commercial buildings in the country have not undergone a lighting retrofit makeover. These retrofits offer benefits to business owners in the form of decreased energy expenses as well as tax savings.

U.S. Lighting Group seeks distributors that are able to work with building owners, electricians, and energy contractors about retrofitting buildings with new LED lights. Entrepreneurs interested in a U.S. Lighting Group must make a minimal investment of $10,000


Bonus: Start Your Own Car-Rental Business with Fetch

With Fetch’s automated car rental system, you can start your own rental business. Best of all? There are no startup fees. Don’t want to launch a full-time business? Start with a few cars and use Fetch as your side hustle.

Fetch’s technology automates the entire rental process for you and eliminates the responsibility of a traditional car-rental business. Fetch also provides marketing support helping you acquire customers and make money from day one.

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