Seven Ways to Profit From Other People’s Junk

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You probably didn’t know you could turn trash into cash, quite easily too. It’s all possible by starting your own junk removal business. People pay you good money to come pick up their debris, junk or other unwanted items and materials. Plus, there are many ways to profit. Here are seven:

1. Rush service

Some customers might need items removed quickly, within a couple hours of their call to you. If you’re able, offer a rush service. This will make the customer happy at how quickly you picked up the items. Plus you can change an additional fee for this rush service, for instance, 10% extra.

2. Cleaning up sites

In addition to picking up items, some customers might want you to clean the site or spot where the items were. This could include sweeping, raking and other things. If this sounds like something that would be of interest to you, then you should definitely consider doing it as a way to make even more money, such as an extra $25 an hour. Make sure you have the right tools and let your customers know you also provide this service.

3. Recycling

When hauling away items, remember that some can be recycled. This is not only good for the environment, but it can also put some extra money in your pocket. After removing the items, take them down to the recycler and you’ll quickly enjoy these additional profits. Plus, customers will be more inclined to use your services if they know that items that can be recycled are being recycled.

4. eBay

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Occasionally you’ll be asked to haul away items that could actually make you more money if resold. Consider selling items on eBay as a way to do this. You never know what kind of items you might be asked to haul away. Perfectly-good furniture, paintings and more.

5. Garage sales

Garage sales are another way you can sell items you picked up from a customer. Like eBay or recycling, it gives you a chance to make even more money on the items you picked up.

6. Foreclosures

Foreclosures are especially common during the current recession. For junk removal businesses they can mean a lot of work and great profits. When a property is foreclosed, the tenant will often leave it in poor condition or even trash the place. The bank or realtor will then call in a trash removal business to get rid of all the junk and perhaps clean it up too. Consider teaming up with other trades (plumber, painter, house cleaner, handyman, etc…), and you can all work to get the property up to what the bank or realtor would like and make a huge profit too. A foreclosure cleanup business is definitely something you should consider.

7. Colleges

When the school year is over, many students move back in with their parents for the summer or into a different home. They often don’t want to haul heavy furniture and would rather just get rid of it. This is where a haul-away business can make a lot of money. By posting flyers around a college town, you open yourself up to a large amount of potential business. Plus, a lot of the items you pick up you might be able to resell for an even bigger profit. Better yet, store it over the summer and sell it to returning students in the Fall!

These are just some of the ways you can profit from other people’s junk. Before you know it, you’ll be able to turn trash into cash all thanks to your trash removal  business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.