What's the big idea?
The self-storage industry in Grand Rapids metropolitan area is topped off. Garagematch.com will provide a place for individuals who have extra garage stalls and want extra money to list their space. Individuals who want to store a luxury car or boat for the winter can find a convenient location to store their toys. Everybody wins.
Garagematch.com will run a criminal check on both parties, provide electronic contracts for the matchees, and serve as an escrow agent for collection and release of funds.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
The self-storage industry has traditionally provided this service of providing storage for cars and boats to people who do not have their own garage.
Craigslist is the only way for individuals with storage can connect with storage consumers.
How are you different from that player?
The Self-storage industry is topped- off and charging top dollar for any available space. This winter will see at least a hundred cars left out in the cold.
Craigslist has an image problem when it comes to security a problem that garagematch.com will solve.
How does this idea scale into a big business?
After an initial start-up in the local area with just cars or boats matched with garages. Expansion can move easily to other geographic markets and to other items or spaces that need storage matching. e.g. household or commercial items in basements or barns.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
I have worked as a self-storage office manager/leasing agent for four years. I know the industry and I know what the customers want. I have above average customer service/sales skills.
What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?
The start-up money from Startgarden.com will help fund the develop of a high quality website, advertising and professional fees.