4 Secrets for a Successful Trash Removal Business

4 Secrets for a Successful Trash Removal Business

4 Secrets for a Successful Trash Removal Business

You’re excited about the idea of owning your own junk-hauling service. You have a truck or van and know how it’s your ticket into turning trash into cash. You’re motivated to succeed, and you’d love to be the one call for anyone looking for a junk-hauling service. So what are the secrets that could get you ahead, put you on top of the game? Here are some:

1. Colleges

At the end of the school year, students often move back in with their parents for the summer or into a different house or apartment. Many don’t have a way to haul away old furniture and large piles of trash. Some just plan to get new furniture or will have a new roommate that will be supplying the furniture. So what does that mean? A lot of potential work for you. Put up flyers around campus saying you’ll offer this service. Consider charging a lower fee for students, as many students don’t have a lot of money. Be sure to mention this deal on your flyer. Soon enough you’ll be getting lots of phone calls.

2. Working with other trades

Be sure to get to know people in other trades related to your haul-away service. Painters, plumbers, house cleaners and handymen are all people worth knowing. You could throw work their way and they could refer work to you as well. Occasionally you might get a job that could provide work for all of you, such as foreclosures. A foreclosure cleanup business is especially profitable during this time of economic recession. Many banks, realtors and mortgage lenders will want to hire a “team” of people that can take care of the property’s needs, so if you can assemble a team covering the trades that could help you complete this job, you could make some really nice money.

3. Learn from complaints

No one wants to hear complaints, but they can actually help you improve your business. Listen carefully to your customer’s complaints, don’t get angry or defensive and see what you can learn from them. Say you’re sorry. Do your best to fix the situation and then follow up with the customer to let them know. Explain that you’re going to take their suggestion and use it to help improve your business. Do what you can to make the customer happy. If a customer sees that you worked hard to fix the problem, they’re more likely to give you another shot. Plus, it’ll help your business in the long run.

4. Resell or recycle items

Often you’ll pick up an item from a customer that can actually be resold or recycled—for money! Yes, you can really make additional money on items you haul away. Some can be recycled, which could mean more money for you. Plus, customers love learning that you’re not just throwing away things, that you’re recycling them and doing something positive for the environment. Other times you’ll pick up an item that can be resold, whether it’s in a garage sale or online through Craigslist or eBay. This is a fun way to make some extra cash and once again spare the item from being dumped in a landfill.

Now that you know these secrets, put them to use. You’ll soon find yourself getting more business and making a higher profit. Before you know it, your haul-away business will be the talk of the town. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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Questions You Must Ask Before Starting a Junk Hauling Business

Trash Removal Business Questions

Trash Removal Business Questions

You’re thinking about starting a junk-hauling business. As a junk hauler, you’d be providing a much-needed service for your community, while making some nice money. Haul-away businesses average over $50 an hour. That’d be good! But still, there are some questions you should think about before you get started. Here are some:

1. Do I have a reliable vehicle?

Your junk-hauling business will be doing just that—hauling a lot of junk. You need a vehicle that can haul very large and/or heavy amounts at one time. Is your truck or van reliable? You certainly don’t want a vehicle that breaks down a lot. If you have a diesel vehicle, even better. They get better mileage. Though it’s not a must to have a diesel vehicle either. You just need something reliable.

2. Am I motivated? Ready to work hard?

As with any business you start yourself, it all depends on you. That can be both a plus and a minus. If you’re not hard working and motivated, then maybe you shouldn’t be starting your own business. You want to be someone who wakes up each day excited for a chance to work, eager to make good money and most of all, be your boss. You need to be a go-getter and someone who loves talking with other people. A desire to succeed will help you become a success.

3. Does my community need this?

Chances are your community could use a junk-hauling service. However, if you live in a rural area you might not have as much work as, say, a city or town. Think about your community and its junk-hauling needs. If you live in an area that has a lot of mortgage foreclosures, that could mean a lot of business for you.

4. Can I afford the necessary supplies?

Assuming you already have a reliable vehicle, starting your own haul-away business shouldn’t be too expensive. You should be able to cover the basics for under $600. Make sure you can really afford the start-up costs before you dive right in. And don’t forget, in addition to the right supplies, you’ll have insurance and licensing costs. After you get some work it should pay for itself, but be sure you can afford it.

5. What services can you offer?

Think about what specific services your haul-away business can offer. Can you do rush service, overnight jobs or foreclosure cleanups? The more you offer, the more work you can get, but be careful not to offer services you can’t actually do. A good junk-hauling business is one that can do a lot of services—really well.

These are just some of the questions you must ask before starting a junk-hauling business. You don’t want to dive right in without being fully prepared. Don’t let the questions scare you. A haul-away business can be a rewarding career with some big profits. Just take some time, think about the questions and then you’ll be on your way to becoming a success with your haul-away business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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Make Your Trash Removal Business Pass the Profit Test

 

Trash Into Cash With a Junk Hauling Business

Trash Into Cash With a Junk Hauling Business

You’d like your haul-away business to be a big success. You want your business to be the one, and only one, everyone calls when they need unwanted items or debris hauled away. One of the best ways to measure the success of a business is if it makes a profit. So how can you ensure that your business passes the profit test? Here’s how:

To make a good profit, your junk-hauling business needs to do three things: provide really good service, be known to potential customers and charge appropriate rates.

First, your junk-hauling business needs to provide really good service. This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how often this simple need is what holds some businesses back from making a good profit. Show up on time. Be professional. Be personable. You not only need to do a great job, but go the extra mile, and then keep going! You want to be the best business in town, so try to do really great work. This also means fixing problems when they arise. You will encounter an unhappy customer from time to time. Do your best to listen and then fix the problem, and that customer might be willing to give you a second chance.

Next, your business needs to be known by potential customers. What that basically means is: advertise! Simply starting a business won’t get you customers. You need to get out there, meet people, pass out business cards and get your business’s name into everyone’s head. Pick a catchy name. Make a flyer with all the services you provide and your rates. Paint your business’s name and slogan on the side of your truck or van. Pass out custom notepads with your business’s name and contact information on it. Make sure your business is the one people think of when they need a haul-away service.

And finally, charge appropriate rates. You need to find the rates where you can make the biggest profit. But be careful, charging too much could lead to few or no customers. Charge too little, and you might be shortchanging yourself on nice profits. Make sure you’re getting adequately paid for the size or weight of the load you’re hauling and any additional work you had to do, such as cleanup or bagging and boxing items. The national average is currently $53 an hour for junk haulers. And don’t forget, if you’re doing a job outside of normal business hours or you were asked to complete the job just two or three hours after you were called or it’s a holiday or weekend—consider charging an additional fee. Just be up front with all your customers.

If you do really good work, advertise your business and charge the appropriate rates, you’ll be well on your way to passing the profit test. Soon everyone will look up to your haul-away business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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Lost Your Job, But Not Your Pickup Truck? Here’s the Perfect Business

Time to start your new trash removal business

Time to start your new trash removal business

These tough economic times are hurting everyone. People are losing their jobs and having to cut back left and right. As someone who has recently lost your job, you’re probably frustrated. What to do? The 9 to 5 rat race isn’t as appealing as it used to be. Maybe you’d like to be your own boss for a change. And make good money too. But what could you do? If you have a pickup truck, here’s the perfect business for you: hauling away unwanted items and debris for other people.

Starting your own trash removal business is easy and shouldn’t cost you a lot of money. What does a trash removal business do? It does just what the name implies—you haul away other people’s unwanted items and debris, whether it’s that broken treadmill that’s been taking up space in the garage or that large pile of debris that was left behind after the kitchen remodel was finished.

A junk removal business takes the stuff most local garbage companies won’t, because of its large size or quantity. It’s simply a service everyone will need several times in their life, if not on a regular basis. It’s a much-needed service for any community. It helps clear away clutter and eases the stress on people.

So how much money could you make with a junk removal business? The pay varies based on what part of the country you live in. Those junk haulers living on the East or West coasts typically make more than those living in the South, Midwest, or in rural areas. After deducting dump fees, fuel and vehicle maintenance, the national average is $53 an hour. Yeah, that’s right, an hour.

You simply go to a pickup site, load the unwanted items or debris in your car, and then drop it off at your local landfill or recycler. It’s really that easy. And get this, some of the items you pick up you can resell for even more money! Whether it’s a garage sale, eBay, Craigslist or Backpage.com, there are many ways to resell items. In these troubled economic times, many haulers are also adding a foreclosure cleanup business, a natural sideline, to their list of skills

Best of all, you can work as little or as much as you’d like. Maybe you’d like to try out junk hauling part time. Maybe you’d like to continue looking for other jobs in the meantime. It’s whatever you want. Who knows, you might find a haul-away service is right up your alley, and this can become your new career. It’s up to you. You’re the boss.

Starting your own junk-hauling business is quite easy. You already have a truck, the main component you need for success. This tough economic time doesn’t have to be as tough for you, thanks to all the work you can get by simply hauling away other people’s unwanted items and debris. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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Interview With Trash Removal Business Owner

Trash Removal Business Owner

Trash Removal Business Owner

Jordan Thorn is the owner of his own trash removal business in Wichita, Kansas. He started it years ago and has been making good money ever since. He’s been able to put his motivation and desire to be his own boss into action, and he’s had a successful and respectable business ever since. He was nice enough to sit down and let us know what it takes to be a success:

Question: Why’d you decide to get into the junk hauling business business?

Jordan: Well, there were a couple reasons, really. The first one was that I was tired of the 9 to 5 rat race. I had worked that long enough. I wanted to be my own boss and be in charge of my future, you know? Also, I had a truck. If you don’t have a reliable truck or van, well then it can be difficult to get started. But I did have a truck. I was always the one my friends would call on when they needed a large or heavy load hauled away somewhere, so I put two and two together and decided to start my own business. It certainly didn’t happen over night, but it became a success. I’m not a millionaire or living in a mansion in Hawaii, but I make a really nice living, and I’m my own boss. I couldn’t be happier.

Question: How has your business grown in the last few years?

Jordan: Oh, a lot of ways, really. I do a lot more recycling than I used to. Not only can I make additional money from recycling the materials I pick up, but it’s good for the environment. Everyone is going green these days, and it’s simply a great selling point for any business, especially one like mine. My customers like it a lot. Also, my foreclosure cleanup business sideline keeps me busier than it used to. I guess that’s a result of the rough economic times we live in. For me, it means a lot of available work, so it’s actually been beneficial to me. I certainly don’t like seeing homes foreclosed, but it’s made for some steady business for me.

Question: Did you make a lot of mistakes early on? How’d you fix those?

Jordan: Oh yes! I did make a lot of mistakes, but I never let that stop me. Rather than ignore the mistakes or fire back at a customer, I listened. Listening is a great way to learn. I heard what the customer had to say and then tried to fix the problem. It’s really quite simple. Listen, learn, and leave the customer satisfied. Those are the 3 L’s I like to use. “Leave the customer satisfied” means trying to fix the problem and letting them know just what you’ll do to make them happy. You don’t want to lose their potential business in the future. With this method I’ve been able to retain most of the customers who at one time might’ve been unhappy with my service.

Question: Would you say “Listen, learn, and leave the customer satisfied” is your personal motto?

Jordan: Yeah, I’d say that. There’s one other one I employ all the time. It comes from my days in the Boy Scouts. It’s “be prepared.” You simply have to be prepared for anything that might come up on the job. That means having a reliable vehicle and the tools to get the job done. By following those two mottos, I’ve been able to stay in business ever since I started, and I plan to stay in business until I retire someday.

Jordan Thorn is excited about the future of his junk removal business business. He encourages you too to take it up. It’s not only a great way to make money, but to perform a valuable service that is needed in every community. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

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If You Own a Pickup or Van – Here’s How to Make $400 a Day With a Trash Removal Business

Trash Into Cash With a Junk Hauling Business

Trash Into Cash With a Junk Hauling Business

You love having your own truck or van. You’re often the one friends and family call on when they need a new recliner hauled to their home or for someone to carry the sports equipment to the big game. It’s a pleasure to help people out, to take advantage of the service your vehicle can provide. But what if you could make money doing it? Good money too. Seriously, it’s all possible by starting a trash removal business.

Junk hauling businesses do just that. They haul away things people want to get rid of, whether it’s a broken recliner, old sports equipment or other items. They take them to the local landfill or recycler, which helps to ease the stress on their customers. The items they take are often large or heavy, and they’re things their local garbage company won’t take. Someone has to haul away this broken stove and this busted treadmill. A junk-hauling business will do just that.

Best of all, there is no formal training required. You don’t have to study for a test or purchase a 8-DVD box set to learn how to start your own junk hauling business. You have a truck or van, so you already have the main component needed for success. Are you motivated, good with people and ready to work hard and take advantage of the benefits of owning your own business? Great! Then you’re ready to get started.

But first, you’re probably curious about how much money you can make having your own haul-away business. It’s important to know this is not a get-rich quick scheme. You probably won’t be able to buy your own yacht or your own island off the coast of Australia, but you can make some really good money. So, how much? After deducting dump fees, vehicle maintenance and fuel, the national average comes to $53 an hour. So let’s do the math. If you work an eight-hour day, according to the national average you could make $424 a day! Let’s take this a step further. What does that mean for an entire five-day week of work? $2,120. A year? $106,000!

Unwanted junk and debris clutters our homes. A great stress reliever is to get rid of all that junk, to clean out the attic and finally throw away that broken exercise bike. But a lot of us don’t have trucks or vans or any way to haul these items away. So what do we do? We call a junk-hauling business. We recognize this is a valuable service and are willing to pay good money to see that it gets done.

Would you like to turn your truck or van into a profitable business? That’s all possible by starting your own trash removal business. Soon you’ll be enjoying the profits and the freedom and benefits that come from owning your own business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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How to Turn Trash Into Cash – Just on Saturdays – With a Trash Removal Business

Trash Into Cash With a Junk Hauling Business

Trash Into Cash With a Junk Hauling Business

You’d like to make some extra money, but you’d also like something with some freedom and flexibility. You’d like to stick to Saturdays only. You’d also like to be your own boss. Do you have a truck or van? Great! Well then you should consider starting your own haul-away business.

 

A haul-away business does just that—they haul away junk and other unwanted items. It’s often items and debris the local garbage company won’t take, whether it’s too large in quantity or too vast in size. It’s a much-needed service for any community, and it’s likely that everyone will need to use it a few times in their life, if not on a regular basis.

 

So what kind of work do you have to do as a junk hauler? First, you take your truck or van to a pickup site, often a customer’s home or other place, such as a construction site. Next, you load the items into your truck or van. Occasionally you might have to do some additional cleanup, but don’t worry, you’ll get paid for this too. Next, you haul the items away to a landfill or the recycler. Unload the items and you’re done. That’s it! Oh and did we mention you make good money too?

 

So what kind of money? The amount of money you can make with your junk-hauling service varies based on what part of the country you live in. Those on the East or West coasts typically make more than those in the South, Midwest, or in rural areas. So, after deducting dump fees, vehicle maintenance and fuel costs, the national average comes to $53 an hour. Work an eight-hour day and you’ve just made $424.

 

But what if you can only work Saturdays? That’s fine! You can work as little or as much as you’d like. You don’t have to work during the week either. You’ll be able to find a lot of work working on Saturdays. You’re your own boss.

 

In addition to the money you make from picking up the items, you can make additional money by reselling or recycling them. You’d be surprised at just how often you’ll pick up an item that can actually be resold. Make sure to bring some moving blankets in case if you’re hauling fragile items. So where can you resell the items? There are many ways, such as a garage sale or through online at web sites, including Craigslist, Backpage.com and of course, eBay.

 

You can also recycle items. Many materials you haul away can be recycled for good money. Not only is it good for the environment and puts money in your pocket, but it’ll make your customers happy too. They’ll be delighted to learn their items aren’t just being dumped in a landfill, but are being recycled.

 

Do you want to make $424 working one Saturday a week? It’s all possible by starting your own junk-hauling business. You work as little or as much as you’d like. You’re the boss. You decide. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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How to Turn a Simple Utility Trailer Into a Profit Center for Your Trash Removal Business

Utility Trailer for a Trash Removal Business

Utility Trailer for a Trash Removal Business

You’d love to be your own boss. To work when you want to work. You have a truck that’s capable of hauling loads big in size and weight. So what could you do? Simple, start your own trash removal business. Plus, if you have a simple box trailer, you can turn it into an easy way to make even more money. It does the work for you. You hardly have to do a thing!

But first, some information on a junk removal business to help get you started. Junk removal businesses do just that. They haul away unwanted items and debris. It’s often stuff the local garbage company won’t take, usually because it’s too large in size or quantity for their operation. There is a growing demand for this much-needed service. As a junk hauler, you ease the stress on other people and help reduce clutter.

Best of all, you can work when you want to work. You can work as little or as much as you want to work. You’re in charge. You’re the boss. It’s simply a great job for anyone wanting a more flexible work life.

Okay, so your truck or van can haul a big load already. But what if you want to increase that? Is there a way you can haul an even bigger load? There sure is. If you have a utility trailer, you can see your profits go up even more. Plus, a trailer does a lot of the work for you. Here’s how:

If you have an open utility trailer, you can leave it at a job site, and then your customers can fill it up when it is convenient for them. You don’t have to be there to monitor things. It’s essentially “self-filling” as your customers are the ones filling it. Not you. You can simply just wait for it to be filled. It’s like having a dumpster for your customers. When the time is right, you go back to the job site, pick up the trailer and can then haul the items away to a landfill, recycler or to possibly resell later on.

It’s a great way to make money while hardly doing any of the work. All you do is drop off the trailer and then later pick it up and unload the items at the landfill or recycler. It can be a one-stop profit center for your business, and is an add-on service you should definitely consider. It makes money while you’re out working on other jobs. It’s a good deal for your customers too as they can save on labor costs. It’s simply a great way to make extra money.

Starting a trash removal business business is a profitable career where you’re the boss, and can make good money too. Plus, you can make additional money by having a simple box trailer. You make the money without having to do a lot of work. It’s just that easy. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

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Haul It Away – How to Start a Trash Removal Business

sweep up profits with a trash removal business
sweep up profits with a trash removal business

It sure would be nice to be your own boss. To work in a field with lots of potential work. To make good money on a consistent basis. Be able to avoid the typical 9 to 5 rat race. So what could that be? Do you have a truck or van? Are you motivated? Great! Then you should seriously consider starting your own trash removal business.
A junk removal business does just that. They get paid to haul away junk that other people no longer want, typically stuff the local garbage company won’t take. Who’s going to haul away this broken treadmill? That large pile of debris after that tool shed was built? The answer is a junk hauling business. It’s a profitable and growing field. It’s a much-needed service for any community, and one that everyone will need to use once in a while, if not on a regular basis.
So what kind of money are we talking about? Pay for a junk hauler varies based on what part of the country you live in. After deducting dump fees, vehicle maintenance and fuel costs, the national average comes to $53 an hour.
Well that sounds good!  So, how to get started? Well, first of all there are some legal things to take care of. You need to decide the legal structure of your business. Is it a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company (LLC)? You’ll pay different taxes and have different liabilities based on which one you choose. You’ll also need to get a tax identification number and license your business. Check with your state for help on this. Next, you’ll need some insurance. Some states require a special kind if you use your vehicle for commercial purposes. Again, check with your insurance agent. You want to be fully protected.
Okay, you got that out of the way. Good. Now come up with a name for your business. Pick something fun and memorable. Make sure no one else is currently using your name and that it hasn’t been trademarked already. Got something good? Great, now let’s get your supplies.
You already have a truck or van, right? Okay, now you’ll need a cell phone and computer. Those are very important to your business. You need to keep good records of your expenses and income and also be able to stay in contact with customers. If you already have those, great! Now there are a few other items you should consider. A GPS unit will greatly help you in finding pick-up sites. You can use a map, but these can be dangerous in traffic. You’ll need a reliable day planner or some way to keep track of all your appointments and customers.
Now there are some tools you should get. A hand truck is a way to help you pick up very heavy loads. Get one that can handle 500 pounds. Moving blankets will also come in handy when you’re hauling fragile objects, objects you might want to resell later on. And don’t forget some other tools, such as a shovel, rake, broom, sledgehammer, saw and any tool that will make your job easier. You need the right tools to be prepared for any job.
Okay, got all those things? Now you’re ready to start finding customers! There are many great ways to find customers. Some include: making a business card, newspaper ads, advertising on Craigslist or Backpage.com, making a web site or blog, making rack cards, putting an advertisement on the side of your truck or van and many more. Try a few and find out what works best for you.
It shouldn’t take you too long to start your own haul-away business. With a little hard work you could be on your way to becoming an all-star junk hauler. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

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Haul Away Success With a Foreclosure Cleanup Business as a 2nd Profit Center

On the Way to the Dump After a Profitable Foreclosure Cleanup

Your trash removal business is off to a good start, but you’d like to see your business increase even more. What’s an area you could get a lot of potential work? An area that’s basically booming with work for junk haulers. The answer is foreclosure cleanups.

The current economic recession means rough times for everyone. More and more people are losing their homes. According a recent study, as many as 3,000 homes are foreclosed everyday.

When banks and mortgage lenders foreclose on a home, they need someone to clean it up, which helps prevent a future loss in value on the property. The owner of the foreclosed home probably won’t be the one to do it. They’ve just been kicked out of their house. In some cases, they might even make a bigger mess, trashing the place before they leave. For you, it means a lot of work and money.

In addition to cleaning and hauling away junk, what are some other things you might be asked to do?

Maintain the lawn and yard

Change locks

Winterize a home to avoid winter-related damage

Verify the property is vacant

Some foreclosure cleanup businesses offer a large range of services, such as carpet cleaning, damage repair, window washing and more. It’s a great way to get a lot of business. But remember, in most states you’ll need a contractor’s license before you’re able to do any repairs. Plus, if you can’t really do some of these services, such as carpet cleaning, don’t say you can. Instead, consider focusing on hauling away items, cleaning and the other services you specialize in.

It can also be a good idea to assemble a team of people to complete foreclosure cleanup. Get in good with plumbers, painters, house cleaners, carpet cleaners and more. It’s a great way to help each other out with new work. Have everyone quote their price for each part of the job, and then put it all together into one bid. Many property owners want “one-stop shopping,” so assembling a team can be a profitable idea.

To get this kind of work, contact banks, mortgage lenders, contractors and realtors. Let them know you provide this service and that you can assemble a team for their needs.

As the economic recession continues, it can actually mean more foreclosure cleanup business. It’s a tough time for everyone, but it can be a profitable time for you. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

 

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