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Welcoming Universal Body Shop to Fetch

We’re excited to welcome a new Fetch partner, Universal Body Shop.

Universal Body Shop is one of the best-reviewed auto collision ships in the Atlanta area and has been in business since 2010. Founded by Sergio Monzalvo, Universal offers a range of collision services, including paint and body repair.

Universal Body Shop often assists customers with arranging car rentals during the time that a customer’s vehicle will be out of service for repair.

Universal customers were often frustrated with having to drop their car off at Universal and travel to a different rental car location to pick up their car and then again arrange transportation between locations at drop off. Moreso, Universal also knew they were missing an opportunity to generate additional revenue by providing a rental-car service.

By partnering with Fetch, Universal Body Shop is able to offer its customers rental cars and trucks.

“By using Fetch’s software and platform, we’ve been able to operate our rental operation with only a few hours of time each week. The self-service technology lets our customers reserve the vehicles on their own schedules and lets our staff stay focused on our main collision business.”

“We’ve already been able to generate significant profit with Fetch, and we now want to grow our rental fleet to offer different size vehicles and price points to customers. Fetch makes operating our rental fleet so simple, and we’re very excited to continue growing this side of our business.” – Sergio Monzalvo, CEO of Universal Body Shop.

We’re thrilled to help Universal Body Shop’s team use Fetch’s self-service rental platform to add a rental component to their business, which is ultimately helping them provide a seamless experience for their customers.


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.

Fetch trucks are now available to rent in Kirkwood

At last! Fetch trucks are now available in downtown Atlanta. You can now rent trucks from Fetch in the Atlanta neighborhood of Kirkwood.

This new location is managed by Alex Chu, a new Fetch partner. We’re thrilled to be able to provide truck and cargo van rentals to residents of Kirkwood and neighboring boroughs such as Grant Park, East Lake, Emory and Virginia Highlands.

Whether you’re moving into a new apartment, picking up furniture or transporting plants for a new landscaping project, Fetch is here to help. Pick up a truck any time – morning or night, for as little as $10/hour.

We hope to see you at our new Kirkwood location soon!

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.

Fetch trucks are now available in Chamblee

We’re thrilled to share that Fetch trucks are now available to rent in Chamblee, Georgia!

We’ve been working to move closer into Atlanta (ITP for the locals), and we’re very excited to partner with Simply Self Storage to make Fetch trucks available at this new location in Atlanta.

Whether you’re moving into a new apartment, picking up furniture or transporting plants for a new landscaping project, Fetch is here to help. Pick up a truck any time – morning or night, for as little as $10/hour.

We hope to see you at our new Chamblee location soon!

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.

Roadie and Fetch Launch Truck-Rental Program in Atlanta

We often talk with Fetch customers that are also entrepreneurs and side hustlers looking for ways to expand their income. It seems like almost every week, we’ll hear: “Fetch and Roadie should partner so that I can use Fetch trucks to complete Roadie gigs!”

Today, we’re delighted to announce our new partnership with Roadie, enabling anyone to use Fetch trucks to complete Roadie Gigs. With this program, Fetch trucks are available to Roadie Drivers at significantly discounted rates.

Headquartered in Atlanta, just down the road from Fetch, Roadie is an on-the-way delivery service that connects people who have stuff to send with drivers already heading in the right direction. Unlike dispatch couriers and on-demand services, Roadie gives Drivers the freedom and flexibility to choose the jobs they want, based on their own schedule and availability. Roadie Drivers can earn up to $50 per local delivery and up to $650 on long-haul deliveries.



With Fetch, Roadie Drivers can book their Fetch truck at the click of a button. Fetch trucks are available for pick up and drop-off  24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s the perfect on-demand solution for busy Roadie Drivers that need instant access to larger vehicles.

We’re thrilled to partner with Roadie and can’t wait to see what you’ll deliver with Roadie and Fetch!

Interested in becoming a Roadie Driver? Visit the Roadie website to learn more.

What is the future of the car rental industry?

There are two major technological disruptions that will transform the car-rental industry over the next decade: fully-electric vehicles and self-driving (autonomous) technology.

These two technology advancements will cause prices to drop precipitously, supply will increase and there will be even more convenience for customers.

Electric cars

Electric cars are dramatically less-expensive to operate than cars powered by a gasoline-fed internal combustion engine. It’s estimated that by 2025, the cost to own a fully-electric vehicle will be the same as a gasoline-powered vehicle, and it will continue to drop.

This is important because the cost to operate an all-electric vehicle is significantly less, perhaps even 80% less than the cost of operating a traditional car.

While the cost of electricity for an all-electric vehicle is 30% – 50% less than the cost of gasoline, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The true savings for electric vehicles is the overall cost of operations, maintenance and depreciation. Today’s gasoline-powered cars have as many as 10,000 moving parts. Electric vehicles have 20.

Tesla even claims their cars are built to run a million miles.

When electric vehicles only require 20% of the maintenance costs, and they can last a million miles instead of only a hundred thousand, the economics of running a rental fleet are completely transformed.

Autonomous Driving Technology

Self-driving car technology will have an equally large impact as electric-powered vehicles. Autonomous driving will transform the customer experience and eliminate the traditional retail costs of operating a rental-car fleet.

If you aren’t familiar with autonomous driving, there are five levels of driving automation, with level 5 being completely automated:

  1. The driving mode-specific execution by a driver assistance system of either steering or acceleration/deceleration using information about the driving environment and with the expectation that the human driver perform all remaining aspects of the dynamic driving task
  2. The driving mode-specific execution by one or more driver assistance systems of both steering and acceleration/deceleration using information about the driving environment and with the expectation that the human driver perform all remaining aspects of the dynamic driving task
  3. The driving mode-specific performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task with the expectation that the human driver will respond appropriately to a request to intervene
  4. The driving mode-specific performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task, even if a human driver does not respond appropriately to a request to intervene
  5. The full-time performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task under all roadway and environmental conditions that can be managed by a human driver

Industry experts forecast that Level 4 and 5 autonomy will reach mass market in cars around 2026. By 2035, 21 million vehicles will be sold with Level 4+ technology. (88 million vehicles are sold annually today.)

How do self-driving cars change the rental industry?

One of the largest costs of operating a car-rental fleet today is the cost of the real estate. This is the location where your rental fleet is housed and where customers go to pick up their rental cars.

However, the rise of self-driving cars will eliminate the need for rental companies to lease premium real estate. Why is that? Self-driving cars will deliver themselves to the customer’s location. Customers will no longer have to travel to a car-rental shop; they’ll simply be able to request a car meet them at their home, office, car-repair shop, or airport.

That means no more rental offices, sales counters and need for premium real estate. Rental cars will be able to be housed in low-cost areas outside of dense urban centers. These facilities will no longer be customer facing, and they’ll become purely fleet maintenance and management locations.

Cost Decreases

What happens when the cost of car maintenance decreases 80% and the need for expensive real estate is eliminated? The costs to operate a rental fleet drop dramatically. As a result, the cost for end users to rent a car will also drop. Expect a standard rental car to be priced at $20-$25/day.

Additionally, renters will no longer bear the responsibility for paying for gas fill ups or expensive rental insurance. (When renters don’t drive the car, they won’t bear liability.)

Operators Grow

Because the costs and barriers to entry for owning and operating a rental fleet will decrease, we’ll also see an explosion in the number of rental-car companies. This won’t just be Uber and Lyft; nor will it be exclusively manufacturers like BMW or GM; owning a rental-car company will become the easiest way to generate passive income.

Just like owning a rental home or vacation property today is a relatively straight-forward path for creating additional revenue for yourself, rental-car fleets will operate in much of the same manner.

Expect to see rental-car companies catering to short in-town trips, long road trips for families, furniture deliveries, long-haul equipment transportation and much more. (Even for in-town driving, some renters will prefer transportation dedicated to them that is always available over services like Uber that require wait times for pick up.)

What’s Still Needed?

While the future is clear; the in-between details are murky. There are still details that need to be fleshed out to enable a driverless future for the rental-car industry.

  • API Access. How will rental-fleet operators track and manage their vehicles when vehicles are not consistently inspected by a person? Every car will need open APIs to let rental-fleet operators integrate vehicle telematics and diagnostics with their fleet management tools.
  • Last-yard management. If a renter requests a vehicle at an apartment or shopping center, how will the vehicle find the renter within that area? Will there be designated pick up locations? Beacons that direct the car and the renter? Additionally, will renters be able to take control of vehicles for tasks such as backing up a car to a garage?

The Electric Future

The future for car-rental industry looks incredibly promising for both consumers and entrepreneurs. With the costs of owning and operating decreasing dramatically over the next decade, we’ll see more options and better value for end-customers. The rental-car industry isn’t going to disappear, but it will be very different by 2030.


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