The Tiny Bus Collective began with a school bus–sized dream to build a collective of creatives and help businesses on their road to success. At the time, the tiny house movement was all the rage, and with a new startup, office space funds were limited. So designer and Houston native, Megan White, purchased a yellow school bus. After a couple months of construction (and help from dad), a mobile office space was created inside. It was super cool, and the Tiny Bus Collective began producing quality branding services for a variety of nonprofits and businesses throughout Texas (Houston, Austin, and Dallas) as well as in Philadelphia, Ohio, California, and Florida.
For three years, the bus served as mascot, mobile office, meeting space, and hangout for our little collective. But as the collective grew, so did our needs for even more mobility and freedom to travel, create, and give. In 2018, when Megan heard about an orphanage that she supported in the Philippines that needed funds to expand and build a boys’ home, she knew it was time. She sold the tiny bus and gave everything above its face value to help the orphanage.
Selling the bus left a hole in our hearts, but the Tiny Bus Collective wasn’t ever about the bus. It’s about designing the perfect website so everyone can find out about beautiful homemade shoes. About telling the difficult stories of sex-trafficking victims so people will give to the cause. About getting the word out about a unique birthing service so new moms feel understood and heard. It’s about the creativity, the collective, and helping others get to where they need to go.