How to Start a Trash Removal Business in Just a Week

vintage junk hauler

Vintage Junk Hauler

Starting your own trash removal business is probably easier than you think. You already have a truck or van and probably have a lot of the other supplies you need as well. There are no classes required and your start-up costs shouldn’t put you into debt. In fact, you can start your own junk removal business in about a week. Here’s how:

First you’ll need to take care of some legal matters. Begin by deciding your legal structure. Is your haul-away business a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability corporation? You’ll pay different taxes and have different liabilities based on which one you choose. After deciding this, you’ll need to get a tax identification number, or EIN. Next, you’ll need to license your business. Check with your state or town for their rules and regulations.

Now let’s pick a name for your business. Think of something fun and memorable. Here are some suggestions: Good Riddance, Junk Be Gone and Clutter Busters. Have fun with it. Be sure to pick a name that’s easy to remember, and most importantly, isn’t already taken! Check to be sure it isn’t trademarked or being used by another company in your area.

Now you’re going to need some insurance. In addition to auto insurance, some states require additional insurance if you use your vehicle for business purposes. You also might need business liability insurance. As always, it’s best to check with your state or insurance agent to learn more.

So now you’ve taken care of some legal matters and getting insurance. You also picked a really fun name no one will forget. So now what? It’s time to gather all your supplies. You’re getting close to setting up your junk-hauling business!

First you need a reliable vehicle. Chances are you already have a truck or van. That was probably what inspired you to get into the haul-away business in the first place. Now you’ll need a good computer to keep track of all your expenses and income and other administrative tasks. You probably already have that as well. So what about a cell phone? Yep, you’ll need one of those as this will be your primary way to communicate with customers. And what about a GPS unit? You don’t have to have one, but it will greatly help you find where you need to be. Plus it’s much safer than using a map. Now let’s look into some business cards. Those are a great way to promote your business and get your name out there. And don’t forget a day planner or some other way to keep track of your schedule. Your computer could help you for this, or maybe you’d prefer something you can easily carry around.

There are some tools you’ll need for your business, such as a hand truck. This makes it easier to haul heavy loads to your truck or van. Get one that can handle at least 300 pounds. Also, get some moving blankets for transporting fragile items that you don’t want destroyed. Next, get some hand tools, such as a shovel, saw, broom, rake, sledgehammer and other tools you might need when cleaning up debris. You want to be prepared for whatever you might need to do when you pick up debris or unwanted items.

Now, decide your rates. Most haul-away businesses charge by the size of the load, specifically cubic yards. Many often charge between $30 and $50 a cubic yard. Also, charge an additional fee if you have to do any clean-up or the load is hard to get to, such as in the attic or basement.

Next, make a list of the services you offer and start handing it out. Call up realtors, property managers and contractors and tell them about your service. Soon enough, the jobs will be rolling in.

This sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, you can complete all these items in no time. Make a to-do list and get started now. It shouldn’t cost you a large amount of money either. And don’t forget, after working some jobs you’ll have paid for all these supplies. So don’t fret, starting your own haul-away business is quite easy. In fact, you can get started in just a week! To learn more, read Haul It Away.