How Your Haul-Away Business Can Go The Extra Mile

haul-away businessThe most effective way to make your haul-away business stand out from competitors and all other businesses in your area is with customer service. It may sound like a lot of work when you start to explore what all falls under the category of customer service, but with the benefits that will follow – it will be worth the effort.

But what exactly is customer service? Think about when you shop or use a service as a customer. What kinds of things make you feel ‘important’ to the business owner? What things does the staff do that make you feel ‘special’ and appreciated? Those things are all a part of customer service.

There are things I like when I shop that make me want to return to that same place of business as often as I can. Some of those things are really simple, but important to me. For example, when a business operator or staff member knows me by name. It can’t be easy to remember the name of each and every customer, but when someone remembers mine I notice that. It makes me feel special and you can do the same with your haul-away business.

Something else I like is at another business I support. Because I am a frequent shopper there I receive a regular discount on my purchases. That makes me feel like my business is important to the store owner and because I keep coming back I am receiving something in return. It shows me that my loyalty is valuable and appreciated.

There’s another place I shop where I am always offered some kind of treat. Sometimes it’s a cup of coffee while I am waiting to be served. Sometimes it’s someone carrying my items to the car. Other times it’s a reminder that they are glad to see me.

The staff is always happy and pleased to see me and do whatever they can to help me find whatever I am looking for when I am there. One time I ended up having to order something that wasn’t on the shelf and when it arrived a couple of days later it was delivered to my door! That’s going the extra mile if you ask me.

These are just some ideas on what customer service can look like. The bottom line is that when you treat a customer as if they are the most important person you know when you are dealing with them, they feel good about giving your their business.

It really isn’t all that hard and over time you will begin to develop relationships with some of your regular customers which may even extend into friendships. When you get to know your customers better, you are able to serve them better as well.

Plus, with your haul-away business, when you have happy customers they will do some of the best advertising and promotion of your business than you ever could do yourself. There is something powerful that comes from a testimonial from a satisfied customer than cannot be replicated in a ‘fake’ ad or marketing promotion. I know that with the businesses that treat me well I am always talking about them and referring people I know to check these great businesses out for themselves. The same will happen for your haul-away business when you have the time to build those connections with your customers.

Always, always, always keep in the back of your mind that your customers are what make your business what it is and are what feed your bank account. If you treat them the way you like to be treated when you are a customer yourself, your business will become successful and stand out from the rest. Customer service is the key to success and always will be.

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Make Your Haul-Away Business Easy To Find With Google

haul-away businessDid you know that you can give your haul-away business a higher profile online for free? Yes, you can and there are several ways to do that. Plus, there are other options that can cost you a nominal fee which should provide a fast return on your investment with your very first customer.

Let’s take a look at the free ones first:

1 – Google Places

You can submit a free business listing at http://places.google.com. This service is essentially an online directory and with most of your potential customers using handheld devices, what better way to reach them than with the tools they are already using? At Google Places you can list your business, location, hours of operation, website, phone number and even some photos.

2 – Bing Places

Another free online directory to list your haul-away business is located at http://bingplaces.com. Just like Google Places, you can list all the information a customer may need in order to use your service.

3 – City Search

By visiting http://citysearch.com you will be able to post a listing of your business that will give it exposure that you may not receive in other places. That’s because people looking within your community will find your listing here faster than if you used a phone book.

4 – MapQuest

One more free online directory worth posting your haul-away business is at http://listings.mapquest.com. Again, basic details of your business can introduce your service to customers that may not have discovered your service through other means.

Other Online Options

Once you get the hang of what online exposure can do for your haul-away business, you may want to consider launching a website. A website will give you additional access to customers who shop online. There are free website hosts but you will have to purchase a domain name (your internet address). Or you could just go to www.blogger.com and start your own blog – it’s free. The website hosting company I use and recommend is Bluehost, and I have arranged a special discount for my readers. Click here to learn more.

Be Seen To Be Hired

The whole point of posting online directory listings and profiles is to get your haul-away business in front of the people you are trying to reach. With more and more business being conducted online, you have to become part of the new consumer market in order to stay competitive. Once you master it you will be happy with the business it will generate for you.

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How To Pick A Name For Your Haul-Away Business

haul-away business name You’ve come to the spot where your haul-away business needs an identity. Let’s assume you’ve had some success already just telling friends and neighbors that you are providing this service. But what about those people who don’t know you but could use your service? How are they going to find you if you don’t have a name or have just been calling yourself Joe’s Hauling? You are going to need an actual business name and here are some tips to help you out:

1 – What Is Your Business?

Start a checklist of things to consider with the naming of your business. The first thing on that list should be words that describe what your business is. In the case of a haul-away business you will want to focus on words that say you are picking up and removing items from one location and dropping them off somewhere else. While that may seem wordy, there are single words and short two or three word phrases that will say that for you.

2 – Go Online

A good place to hunt down words and phrases to help define your haul-away business is the internet. You can search for such things as “business name generator” to give you a hand. Also, you can access all kinds of resource material ranging from online dictionaries and Thesauruses to phrase guides and just about anything you can imagine that can help you best define the purpose of your business so you can turn that into your business name.

3 – Go Easy On It

The one important thing to remember when choosing a name for your haul-away business is to keep it simple. That means the name you end up choosing, and you should have several options on your check list, should be not only an easy one to remember, it should be easy to say, pronounce, spell and uncomplicated in every single way.

4 – Bounce It Off Others

Speaking of easy, an easy way to ‘test drive’ your haul-away business name is to try it on friends, neighbors and others. Ask them to tell you what comes to mind when they hear the name. Also, ask them to spell it back to you and to give you any other kind of feedback or suggestions they may have that can maybe make it a better business name. Believe it or not, regardless of how much homework you put into researching a good business name, someone you know may have the perfect suggestion you did not consider.

5 – The Complete Image

When developing a business name you are also creating an image or brand for your haul-away business. So, when you are working on an actual business name, you have to keep in the back of your mind what the name may be like with a logo or brand that will be attached to your business. This may only be in the form of a logo or a fancy type face. Whatever your brand becomes, even if the name is easy to remember, you have to keep the visual representation of your business as easy to read and understand.

I trust these tips have given you something to consider. In today’s competitive economy, you need an edge to stand out against all other business entrepreneurs as well as any competitors that may surface. But putting serious thought into the name you brand your haul-away business with, you will have a better chance of success if it is simple, easy and memorable.

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6 Free Ways To Build Your Haul-Away Business

 

It may sound logical that once you establish your haul-away business that people will beat a path to your door for your service. However, the reality is that in order for any kind of business to succeed, you have to have some extra elements in place that help build your business. Some of these cannot be factored in on a balance sheet, although the end results have a huge affect on the balance sheet. Here are six ways you can build your haul-away business for free or practically free.

1 – The Job Itself

The way you conduct business and interact with your customers will follow you around in ways you may never see or hear. The way to ensure that you have a good reputation that brings you a steady flow of new business is to provide excellent customer service. This can include attending to your pick up and delivery appointments on time, charging fair rates, treating every customer as if they are your only one and going that extra mile. This alone will determine your overall success.

2 – Online Location Finder

Google Places is an ideal way to get your haul-away business noticed by those who are trying to locate your service. The listing is free and once you are “on the map” anyone with a computer or handheld device will be able to find you. With the information you put into your Google Places, customers will be able to reach you, learn more about your services or find out when you open tomorrow. It is a valuable business building tool.

3 – Branding Logo

Your haul-away business may not stand out with those who don’t already use your services. What will set you apart from competitors is the use of a strong, bold and dynamic logo. The logo provides a visual that people will connect to your business without even having all the details on who you are. If your logo is memorable, you will be noticed. A fast way to building your own logo at no cost is to search online for free logo making programs.

4 – Refer Me

Oddly enough, one of the best ways to build your haul-away business is through referrals. The quickest and easiest way to do this is to partner with local businesses or services that have customers that can use your service. If you can forge such a relationship and pass business back and forth, both of your businesses will benefit. A good place to start is connecting with local hardware stores and contractors. They will know people in need of your haul-away service.

5 – Publish It Online

I like to use blogs. They allow me to show a side of myself that customers and potential new customers seem to like. It’s because I am real, honest and even if I’m not always blogging about any of my businesses, I am still connecting with my followers on a personal basis. This helps my business. The same will happen for you. All you have to do to get started is search online for free blog hosting programs and then go from there.

6 – Classified Information

Any business starting out has a limited budget for advertising and promotion. However, this is where you can reach the most of your potential customers. I know of an extremely effective method of advertising that will cost you absolutely nothing. There are several free classified advertising websites that will help. They include such places as kijiji (Canada)and CraigsList (United States) but you may also have regional sources near where you live. Just try an online search for “free classified advertising” and see what pops up.

I know, it’s a list of only six ways to build your haul-way business but they may be six of the most important tools in your tool box. Some you may not always have to use where others will be your most reliable choices. Regardless of how you use them, once you start to use these tips you will discover something. Your business will grow and not cost you much in doing so.

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35 Ways To Earn An Independent Income

You probably found this web site because you are looking for ideas about earning extra income or starting a home-based business.

Starting a  haul-away business may be just the right opportunity for you. After all, it’s easy to start up, without investing much money, and earn a solid income.

But …if it’s not exactly right for you, there is another site you may find useful, www.extraincomeover55.com, that has dozens of conventional and unusual ways to earn an independent income. Don’t be put off by the title, that just reflects the reality of being over 55, when you realize it’s getting harder to do strenuous physical work. That’s why the focus of the site is on jobs and home-based businesses that are easier on the body.

All of the information at the web site is free – and you’re sure to find job and business ideas that will have you thinking “Maybe I could do that!” Click here: extraincomeover55.com to discover more.

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Trash Removal Business Add-On Niche – Storage Unit Auctions

If you’ve had a trash removal business for a while, you know there are occasional days when your schedule is light and you wish someone would call with a new hauling project or two. There is a perfect sideline business for junk haulers that can fill those vacant spots in the schedule and bring in some extra income. Best of all, you don’t need any new equipment to do the work. The sideline is attending storage unit auctions, and there are three ways to profit from them.

According to the self-storage industry, one in ten American households now has a storage unit. Most use a storage unit to store what won’t fit in their homes. But with the down economy, more and more folks are using storage units because they have lost their home, but don’t want to give up their possessions. Others are in the middle of other life transitions, like a move or divorce, and hope to retrieve their stuff when they have a place for it again. All these storage units have created an opportunity for haulers to profit by helping move the property in and out.

The first profit opportunity is to attend storage unit auctions with your truck or van to help the winning bidders haul away what they’ve just bought at auction. It is quite common for bidders to win more bids than they planned, and need help hauling it all away. In most states, the law, and the owners of storage facilities, require that the winning bidders empty and clean out the storage unit within 24-48 hours, so they often need some help. Also, many bidders are not aware that storage facilities will not allow them to use their trash bins for the unwanted junk. Someone has to haul it away – why not you?

It’s best to arrive at least a half-hour before a storage unit auction so you can park your truck in a visible location for the arriving bidders. This will also give you time to pass out business cards to those who may need your hauling services.

The second profit opportunity is to introduce yourself to the owner or manager of the storage facility. Let them know you’re interested in any hauling they may need, as some abandoned units are full of junk, and attract no bids at all! The manager still has to clean out the unit before it can be rented again, and that’s where you come in. Often the storage facility managers you meet at auctions become a regular source of new jobs, as there is a steady turnover of units.

The third, and most exciting, profit opportunity is to actually participate in the auction as a bidder. As anyone who has watched the popular TV series, Storage Wars, can tell you, participating in an auction can be an adrenalin-filled adventure. A winning bid can be a lot like a lottery ticket – either a dud or a bonanza. Here are a few tips to get you started right so you increase the odds of a bonanza and reduce the chances of a dud.

1. Your local yellow pages will have contact information for all the storage facilities, so you can call to find out when they schedule their auctions. Post all the information on your calendar or in a day-planner. You can also go online to find auctions in your area. Do a basic Google search for “storage unit auctions – your state.” Another online resource, auctionzip.com, allows you to search for auctions by zip code, with an interactive calendar of all auctions for the current month in your area.

2. Essential tools. Bring a powerful flashlight to check out larger units, a bottle of water for hot days, padlocks for each unit you bid and win, a notepad and pen to record information about opening and selling bids for units and cleanup supplies, such as a broom and garbage bags to finish cleaning storage units you’ve won bids for.

Finally, bring enough cash to pay for your winning bids. It’s amazon how many winners don’t realize until they arrive that checks and credit cards are not normally accepted for payment. Include enough to cover the security deposit required in case you fail to clean out the unit after emptying it.

3. Be sure to get on the registered bidder list, if that’s required, and sign a bidder’s agreement.

4. You will not be allowed to go inside the storage unit, so use your high-powered flashlight to look for treasures from a distance. If you spot high-end brands, designer labels or high-quality furniture, that’s a tip-off to the overall quality of the items in the unit. Remember that most self-storage customers put their most valuable items at the back, so shine that flashlight deep for any visible clues!

Think like a detective when inspecting a unit. Usually, a tidy, well-organized unit has more potential than a junk-strewn, disorganized unit. A unit that is used regularly, with trails of dust and footprints on the floor has less potential, as the tenant has likely been back to remove any valuables. If the contents are commercial rather than household items, chances are good you’ll be able to make money when you sell the items, with fewer “dogs.”

5. Set a limit, so you don’t get caught up in the bidding fever and spend more than you intended. It’s hard to make money when you’re in a bidding war with other bidders. Keep in mind when you’re bidding, that about half of the items in an average unit will be junk and need to be hauled away to the dump or recycled.

After you’ve attended a few auctions, your notes will give you average opening and selling bids for various size units. This is valuable information. For example, if you know most 10×15 units start at $60 and end at $200, you may want to pass on an auction with an opening bid of $150 for a 10×15, unless you’ve spotted something truly valuable during your flashlight inspection.

6. Don’t limit yourself to just one venue to sell the items you’ve won. In addition to the always popular garage or tag sale, try eBay, flea markets and a free ad on craigslist.org. The more exposure you get, the faster you can turn your treasures into cash.

7. If the items you’ve listed on eBay fail to get bids, pull the listing and donate the item to your favorite charity or put it out at the next garage sale. Don’t waste your energy trying to get a price that is unrealistic. Often a high minimum bid price is the problem, so dropping it to a bare minimum will often bring in plenty of bids. Your time is worth money, so price items realistically so they will sell quickly and you’ll have cash in hand for the next auction.

Be careful not to get so addicted to storage unit auctions that you forget this is a sideline, not your primary business! Yes, it’s exciting to participate in auctions, but unless you are very lucky, your hourly wages will be less than you can make doing trash removal. Another warning – occasionally, you’ll run into a “blind” auction. In a blind auction, the storage unit door is closed and padlocked, and bidders are asked to bid “blind.” Just like a casino, the odds favor the house, so be extra careful if you run into this type of auction.

 

 

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Turn Your Truck Into an Eco-Truck for Recycling Profits

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

You’d like to see your haul-away business make a great profit and do great things for your local community. That’s just a part of your value system—making good money, but also doing good things for others. So how could you do that? By turning your truck into an eco-truck. Here’s how.

Your truck is your ticket to good money. By starting your own haul-away business you not only get to be your own boss, but have total freedom over your schedule. You can work as little or as much as you’d like. People pay you to haul away unwanted items or debris. How much? After deducting dump fees, fuel costs and vehicle maintenance, the current national average is $53 an hour. Yes, that’s right, an hour!

But did you know you could make even more money by recycling items? Many first-time junk haulers don’t know that probably half of the items they haul away can actually be recycled or re-sold. Dropping off items at a recycler is a great way to make extra money. As if making $53 an hour wasn’t good enough, you can actually make more money by doing this. Not only is it great for your wallet, but it’s simply a great thing to do for the environment. There is no reason to clog up landfills with unwanted items that can actually be recycled. It’s simply the right and smart thing to do.

More and more people are going green these days. Businesses too. It’s a smart idea for businesses to do things for the community, to try to help others. Recycling is the way you can do that. Let your potential customers know that you recycle as many items as you can. They’ll be happy to hear their unwanted items and debris aren’t just going to a landfill, but instead that an effort is being made to recycle all that can be recycled. Be sure to include this fact on your service sheet and web site or blog. It’s simply a great selling point.

Making an effort towards recycling could also help land you in your local newspaper. Newspapers love to cover new businesses, especially ones that do good things for the environment and the community. If your business engages in a lot of recycling, that could be just the angle to get you in the newspaper. Put together a press release that clearly states this fact, and you could find yourself getting a call for an interview before you know it. An article in the newspaper is not only completely free to you, but opens you up to a lot of potential business.

By turning your truck into an eco-truck, your haul-away business could see increased profits and respectability from your local community. It’s simply the smart thing to do. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

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Turn Your Truck Into a Green Machine With a Trash Removal Business

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

Your truck can be your ticket to big profits. As the owner of your own junk removal business you stand to make some good money. But did you know your truck can also be a green machine? That it can do good things for the environment? Here’s how:

Haul-away businesses provide a valuable service. They haul away unwanted items and debris. They often take items the local garbage company won’t take, whether it’s too large in size or too vast in quantity. It’s simply a valuable service, one that everyone needs occasionally. The recession has also increased the demand, as the growing number of foreclosed homes has mean more business for those who can clean out foreclosures.

Junk haulers reduce the stress and clutter of life. More and more people are cleaning out their homes and looking to get rid of things. Most don’t have access to a truck, which is where you come in.

Best of all, junk-hauling services don’t just take items to the landfill. Many items that are taken away can actually be taken to the local recycler. Recycling not only puts money in your pocket, but is good for the environment. As more and more people are becoming green, increasing the amount of recycling is simply a great idea. Plus, it’s good for business, and it’ll make your customers happy to learn their items aren’t just being dumped in a landfill, but are being recycled. You’d be surprised just how many items you haul away can actually be recycled. Over half of the items you haul away can usually be recycled.

In addition, many items you haul away can also be donated to charities, such as the Goodwill. Gently-used items can be donated, and provide an affordable solution for the less fortunate. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? You can not only make good money, but help others at the same time. It’s simply a great thing to do.

If you recycle or donate a lot of the items you haul away, that will endear you to potential customers. If they learn your business is doing good things for your community and the environment, people will be more likely to pick you than another junk-hauling service. More and more businesses today are trying to go green. This is your chance to help them do just that.

Being a green company could also increase the chances that your local newspaper will do a story on you. Newspapers love covering good business and positive stories, so if your haul-away business fits that profile, you could see an article written about you. Not only will that increase business, but it’s a free advertisement for you.

Your trash removal business can be a green business. Your truck can become a green machine by recycling and donating items to local charities. Before you know it, you’ll be the talk of the town. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

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Turn Your Pickup or Van Into a Money-Maker

Opportunity in Trash Removal Business

Opportunity in Trash Removal Business

You own a pickup truck or van. You’re often the one friends and family call on when they need things hauled, whether it’s that new recliner or soccer equipment for the big game. You’d love if there was a way you could turn your pickup or van into a money maker. It sure would be nice to be your own boss. And you know what, it’d be nice to make some good money for a change. Is that possible? It sure is by starting your own trash removal business.

Trash removal businesses do just that. They haul away debris, junk or other unwanted items for other people. Many people have large items or a large amount of junk they simply can’t haul away themselves, and their local garbage company won’t take it either. That’s where junk-hauling businesses come in and do it for them. It’s a much-needed service for any community. Not only does it ease stress on people, but it helps clean up junk and debris.

So, as a junk hauler, how much can you expect to make? Haul-away businesses typically make more money if they are located on the East or West coasts than if they are in the Midwest, South, or in rural areas. After deducting dump fees, vehicle maintenance and fuel costs, the national average is $53 an hour. If you work an eight-hour day you could make $424. Wow! And all just by hauling away other people’s trash.

Often you can turn the junk you haul away into more money. Many times you’ll be asked to haul away something (or several things) that can be resold for more money. Perhaps you can sell it on eBay, Craigslist, or at a garage sale. Sometimes you’ll find items that can be recycled for cash. You’d be surprised just what you’ll get.

Best of all, there is no formal training required. You won’t need to study for any tests or buy a 9-DVD box set to learn how to do it. You simply haul away unwanted items and make good money doing it!

Because you already have a pickup or van, your expenses shouldn’t be outrageous. You’ll also need a computer and cell phone. There’s a good chance you already have those. After this, there are some additional items and insurance you’ll want to look into, but it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg either.

Finally there is a way to turn your pickup or van into a profitable new career. It’s a career where you’re the boss and can make some good money. Before long, you’ll be able to turn trash into cash by starting your own haul-away business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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Top 5 Ways to Profit With a Trash Removal Service

You’ve heard how you can good money hauling away other people’s unwanted items and debris. The national average for junk haulers is currently over $50 an hour. That sounds good, right? You’d like to keep those profits coming in. So what are the best ways to make a good profit? Here are the top five:

Common Sense is essential for a profitable trash removal business.

Common Sense is essential for a profitable trash removal business.

1. Do a great job

Well that was obvious, wasn’t it? Do a really great job. The best way to make a big profit is to simply do great work. Go the extra mile and then keep going. Doing these things will lead to repeat business from customers and the increased likelihood that they’ll mention your name and junk-hauling service to other people. After all, referrals are one of the best—and completely free!—ways to get business, so anything you can do to do a great job, do it!

2. Foreclosure Cleanup

The growing economic trouble doesn’t mean rough times for junk haulers. In fact, there’s more work than ever in foreclosure cleanup. When a house or property gets foreclosed, someone has to clean it up, remove debris and keep the house in good shape. Work with other trades to do a complete job on the property, and you’ll find yourself getting lots of business.

3. Colleges

When the school year ends, many students move back to their parents’ home for the summer or into a new apartment or house. Often they don’t take all of their furniture with them and have no way to drop it off at a landfill or the Goodwill. This is where you can come in and make big money. Offer a discounted rate, because they’re students, and you’ll see a lot of work coming your way. Much of this furniture will still be in good shape, so you can resell it for a big profit.

4. Reselling

That’s right. Many times you’ll haul away items you can actually resell. Reselling is a great way to make even more money on stuff you were already paid to haul away. There are many ways to sell these items, whether it’s through a garage sale or online through web sites such as Craigslist, Backpage.com and of course, eBay.

5. Recycling

Sometimes you’ll haul away items you can sell to your local recycler. Not only is this a great way to make some extra cash, but it helps the environment. Your customers will be delighted to hear you don’t just dump their items in a landfill, but actually do something positive for the environment. This selling point can increase business, especially as more and more people are trying to live “green.”

There are many ways to profit with a haul-away business. Do great work, recycle or resell the items you haul away if possible, start a foreclosure cleanup business and cash in on move-out day at your local college. Do these things, and you’ll see the big profits continue to roll in. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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