Checklist for Bidding Junk Removal Jobs

 

Checklist for Bidding Junk Removal Jobs

Junk Removal Checklist

You’re more motivated than ever to succeed with your  junk removal business. You’d also like to make good money and get adequate pay for the work you do. So how much should you charge? What are the ways you can formulate your bid for a job? What things should you consider? Here’s a checklist to help you:

1. Size

What’s the size of the load? Most junk haulers charge by the cubic yard. Consider charging between $30 and $50 for each cubic yard.

2. Weight

What is the weight of the load? That could mean more work for you in getting it into your truck or van. This is an important consideration, especially when you consider some dumps charge by the weight of the items.

3. Cleanup

If there is any cleanup involved, this should definitely bring with it an extra charge. Most junk haulers use an hourly rate in addition to the load charge. As of this writing, the national average is between $20 and $25 an hour per person.

4. Location of items

Sometimes you’ll be picking up a load right off the curb. Other times you’ll have to do a little more work to get to the items. If you have to haul items from an attic or basement, or it’s difficult to get to in any way, this should bring with it an additional charge. The going rate is also $20 to $25 an hour.

5. Bag or Box

If you have to bag or box items, you should also charge an additional fee. You should be adequately compensated for any work you do, especially if it’s more than simply picking up the item and putting it in your truck or van.

6. Dump fees

Keep in mind dump fees when figuring out how much to charge your customers. Many dumps charge by the pound, so consider adding an extra charge if you’re asked to haul away a particularly heavy load.

7. Rush service

Are you being asked to haul away something a couple hours after you get the phone call? Because it is last minute, it’s more than appropriate to add an extra charge. Pick something like 10% extra.

8. After hours

When you start your business, decide what your normal work hours are. Chances are, they’ll be something like 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If someone asks you to do a job outside of your normal working hours, charge an additional fee, such as $15 extra, or $30 if it’s particularly late at night, early in the morning, or on a weekend or holiday.

Keep this checklist with you. It’ll make it much easier for you to quote an accurate price to a potential customer. Let them know ahead of time, if at possible, about any additional fees you might be charging. You want to keep your customers happy and your wallet too. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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Blueprint For a Successful Trash Removal Business

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sweep up profits with a trash removal business

You’d love to be the owner of an all-star trash removal business. The one business in town everyone calls for their junk-hauling needs. So how can you do it? How can you be the first thing people think of when they see that broken exercise bike and wonder how they’re going to get it off their property? Here’s the blueprint for a successful junk removal business:

1. Catchy name

Having a catchy name will greatly help your business. You want something fun and easy to remember. Junk-B-Gone and Clutter-No-More are all fun and easy to memorize names, whereas Danny’s Hauling Service & Cleanup Emporium is not. Make sure your name is not already used or trademarked. And don’t forget to put your name on business cards, ads in the newspaper, custom notepads, the side of your truck or van and more. You want your name to be ingrained in everyone’s memory.

2. Smart advertising

Just simply starting the business won’t get you customers. You need to get out there and get the word out. Pass out business cards. Take out an ad in the “services” section of your newspaper and run it every week. Put your name on the side of your truck and van, and park your vehicle in a spot where people can easily see it. Talk to people and get to know them and their junk-hauling needs. Act personal and professional, and you’ll see more calls coming your way.

3. Do good work

Do good work—well that was obvious, wasn’t it? Some of the best advertising you can do is simply doing a great job. If you do so, customers will notice and start spreading the word about your reliable trash removal business. Plus, these customers will be more likely to use you again and again.

4. Learn from complaints

No one likes to hear complaints, but if they happen, learn from them. Don’t get defensive or start an argument with a customer. First of all, say you’re sorry, and then learn what you can do to fix the problem. And then, put it into action. Do your best to resolve the situation, and then let the dissatisfied customer know just what you did. Learning from your mistakes will help your business improve. If the previously unhappy customer sees that you care enough to right your wrongs, they’ll be more likely to give you a second chance.

5. Have the right tools

Have you ever seen a baseball player step up to the plate without a bat? Or an accountant without a calculator or computer? Of course not. The same goes for you. Have the right tools that’ll help you succeed in your job. The last thing you want to do is show up to a pickup site unprepared. Be sure to carry a broom, shovel, rake, saw, sledgehammer and whatever else you think might be necessary for you to complete the junk-hauling job professionally and in a timely manner. Be prepared.

Follow this blueprint and your trash removal business will be off to a great start. You want to be the one everyone calls. You want to see those profits keep rolling in. Follow these, and you’ll do just that. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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6 Things You Need To Know Before Starting a Trash Removal Business

6 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Trash Removal Business

6 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Trash Removal Business

Before you start your trash removal business, there are some things you need to know. You want to be prepared so that you can be sure to do an all-star job and be in business for as long as you want. You want to be the one everyone calls. So what do you need to know? Here are six things:

1. Your community’s needs

Does your community need a junk removal business? Most do, but make sure there is a need for one before you spend a lot of money on getting your business started. Learn about the competition. Are there a lot of foreclosures in your area? If so, that can mean a lot of foreclosure cleanup business. Learn about your community, and you’ll be more likely to succeed.

2. Regulations

Check with your state about their laws and regulations. You’ll need to license your business. You’ll also need to obtain a tax identification number from the IRS. While you’re at it, figure out your legal structure. Is it a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company (LLC)? What you decide will affect the taxes you pay and the liabilities you’ll have. Speaking of taxes, it’s very, very important you keep good records on all the money you make and the money you spend on your business. Yes, that includes keeping accurate mileage records.

3. Insurance

In addition to the legal things you must decide, you’re going to need insurance. Some states will require a special kind of auto insurance if you use your vehicle for commercial purposes. You also might need business liability insurance. It’ll protect you in the event of a lawsuit or claim. Be sure to find an insurance agent that understands the needs of a junk-hauling business.

4. Recycling

A lot of items you pick up can probably be recycled. No reason to dump things in a landfill if they can actually be taken to the local recycler. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you’ll make your customers happy too. They’ll be delighted to hear their items are being recycled, instead of just dumped in a landfill.

5. Toxic materials

Make sure you’re not hauling away hazardous materials. You need a special license to haul materials, such as paint, asbestos, chemicals and oils, so it’s best to avoid them, unless you are licensed. Plus it can be dangerous to you.

6. Safety

You need to stay safe on the job. Before picking up anything, look for hazards, such as a rusty nail or broken glass, and make sure you have the proper safety materials. Carry a first-aid kit, have good work boots and gloves, and keep a supply of disposable dust masks.

You’d like to be the top junk removal business in town. Make sure you know these six things, and you’ll soon be the one everyone calls. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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6 Secrets to Grow Your Trash Removal Business Fast

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Junk Removal Business

You’d like to get your trash removal business off to a smooth start. You’d like all the business you can handle too. So now you’d like to know how you can grow your business fast. Keep those calls coming in. Here are six insider secrets to grow your junk removal business fast:

1. College move-outs

When college ends for the summer, many students move back in with their parents for the summer or into a new apartment or house. This can create a lot of trash removal business for you as many students don’t have a truck or van that can haul their heavy items. Couches, tables, desks and more are all things you could be hauling away. Here’s a tip to get a lot of business: have a discounted rate for students, a “student rate,” as many students don’t have a lot of money to spend on junk hauling.

2. Foreclosures

If you want to see your business grow fast, start a foreclosure cleanup business. In this tough economic time, more and more homes are being foreclosed. A recent study found that 90,000 homes are being foreclosed every month. This can mean a lot of work for you. Consider working with other trades to offer a complete cleanup job: debris removal, carpet cleaning, repairs and more.

3. Recycle items

Many items that you haul away can be recycled instead of dumped in a landfill. Not only is this great for the environment, but you can make good money too. Plus, your customers will be happy to know their items aren’t simply being dumped in a landfill, and are instead being recycled. As more and more people are going green, this is an excellent way to increase the appeal of your junk-hauling business.

4. Car billboard

Consider painting your company name and information on the side of your truck or van, or using a magnetic sign. That way, every time you are driving in traffic you’re a rolling billboard for your junk removal business. When you’re not using your truck or van, park it in an area that gets a lot of traffic. It can be a 24-hour-a-day advertisement.

5 Press release

Writing a press release is free. You can do it yourself. After writing the press release about your junk-hauling business, send it to your local newspaper. There’s a good chance they might want to do an article about you and your service, especially if you have an interesting angle, such as how many items you recycle. This is free publicity for you, and it can get you a lot of business.

6. Custom notepads

Everyone needs notepads to write down grocery lists, phone numbers and more. Handing out custom notepads is a great way to get your business name and contact information into people’s hands. Every time someone uses your notepad, they’ll be reminded of your business. Before long, it will be engrained in their memory, and you’ll be the first one they call when they need someone to haul away that old broken recliner.

Follow these six insider secrets and your trash removal business will soon be the one to call. Before long, you’ll be the talk of the town. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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5 Worst Junk Removal Business Problems and Solutions

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sweep up profits with a trash removal business

You’d like to keep your junk removal business running smoothly. From time to time you will encounter problems. That can happen in any business. But what will help you stay on top is learning how to overcome these problems. Here are five problems you might encounter, and the solutions to them:

1. I’m lost!

Conventional maps might not save you from getting lost. There are web sites, such as Mapquest and Google Maps that could help you, but what if you’re on the road when you suddenly need to find a new place to stop at. Plus looking at these maps in traffic can be dangerous. You want to keep your business on schedule. What to do? Consider buying a GPS unit. They’re really not too expensive, and they can greatly help you out when you need to find a new location. Plus, they’re simply safer than using a map. They do the work for you. You just follow their instructions.

2. People want services I can’t offer, but I don’t want to lose this job

Occasionally you’ll get offered a job that asks for things outside of your normal junk-hauling or cleanup capabilities. But you don’t want to lose the job. The job pays well and fits perfectly with your schedule. So what should you do? Never say you can do something that you can’t. Don’t claim that, “Sure, I can clean carpets,” when you really can’t. If you still want to take the job, consider calling up your friends in other trades (plumbers, painters, carpet cleaners, etc…) and getting them in on the project too. That way your “team” can work together to complete the project in a way that will satisfy the customer. It’s a way to help your friends get work, and they can help you too. Plus, a ten percent “referral fee” is customary when you refer a job.

3. The site I’m picking up stuff from has a lot of unsafe materials

In most cases you need a license to dispose of chemicals, paint, and other toxic materials. Make sure that any hazardous materials are taken to the appropriate place for disposal, and check to make sure you don’t need special training or a license to remove them. Old asbestos siding is a good example.  Occasionally you’ll encounter rusty nails and other dangerous items. Be sure to have lots of safety materials, such as heavy-duty gloves, goggles and disposable dust masks. Come prepared and you won’t encounter any problems. And always survey a site before you start working, or give the customer a price quote.

4. On my customer’s monthly invoice, he disagrees with a date of service or item

For frequent customers, you might consider charging them monthly instead of per job if that is the way they’d prefer to pay. But what if at the end of the month, you show a date of service or a job they claim you didn’t do? That’s why you need to keep a running log of all jobs and dates of service, and have the customer sign their name next to each item on the day it is done. This will help ensure no problems. Maybe they’ll say, “ I don’t remember that, but I did sign it, so okay, I’ll pay for it.”

5. One of my customers is unhappy

From time to time a customer might be unhappy with your work. Clearly you don’t want this, but don’t panic. Instead, listen to your customer and their complaint. Then, say you’re sorry and work towards fixing the problem. Don’t get defensive or start an argument. You want to learn from this situation and help your business grow. If you’ve found a way to fix the problem, be sure to let the customer know just what you can do. This effort towards fixing the situation will make your customer happy, and will make them be more likely to give you another shot. Learn from your mistakes, and you’ll stay in business a long, long time.

You will encounter problems from time to time. Don’t get stressed out. Instead, work towards fixing the problem. Learn from your mistakes. Be prepared for any issues that might come up. Do these things, and you’ll be on your way with a successful trash removal business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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3 Hidden Benefits in a Trash Removal Business

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

You already know some of the benefits of a trash removal business. In particular, you’re looking forward to being your own boss and enjoying those big profits – as much as $80 an hour. But there are three hidden benefits you probably didn’t know about. Here they are:

1. Vehicle Tax Deduction

One of your expenses for your junk hauling business will be gas and mileage. But did you know you can actually get a tax deduction from the IRS to cover your mileage costs? The current deduction is 51 cents a mile. This is a huge deduction. Plus, in one or two year’s time, you can easily make enough money to cover a fuel-efficient vehicle, which will help cut your costs even more. Be sure to take advantage of this.

2. Schedule Flexibility

You have total control over your schedule. You can work as little or as much as you’d like. Don’t want to work on Fridays? Sure, go right ahead. There’s no set schedule you need to have to be a successful junk hauler. Sure, you will have the best luck getting jobs between normal daytime hours. Still, there can be work available for the evening or night time or even overnight occasionally. You take what you want to take. Want to work weekends? You can get good profitable work there too. You make your schedule the way you want, whether you want your junk hauling business to be a full-time job or just a few hours a week. You decide. You’re in charge.

3. Bonus Profits

Hauling away junk is not the only way you can make money from trash. There are a couple other ways you should think about. First of all, you’ll often haul away items you could then recycle. It not only does a great thing for the environment, but it’ll make your customers happy to learn their items aren’t just being dumped in a landfill, and are instead being recycled. Recycling could bring some good money to you. In addition, you’ll occasionally haul away an item that you can resell for a big profit. You can sell these items at garage sales and online, such as Craigslist.org, Backpage.com and eBay. You’d be surprised just what you’ll pick up. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Also, be sure to carry some moving blankets with you in case you haul away some fragile items that could be resold.

The list of benefits for a junk removal business is endless. You not only get to be your own boss, but you get to make great money too. Plus, you can get a huge mileage deduction, you can make your schedule work the way you want it to work and there are several ways to make additional profits on the items you haul away. The list is really endless. Before you know it, you’ll be turning trash into cash with your own junk-hauling business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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Seven Ways to Profit From Other People’s Junk

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On the Way to the Dump After a Profitable Foreclosure Cleanup

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.

 

 

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Recession? Not For This Junk Hauler

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Profits in Foreclosure Cleanup Business

Darren has had a trash removal business for awhile now. People are more than willing to pay someone to come and remove large amounts of debris or other unwanted items. That’s Darren’s job. He brings his truck to someone’s home, loads up the junk and takes it away, all for a big profit. Many have asked Darren if he’s worried about the recession. Is business drying up? Not at all. In fact, it’s better than ever.

Darren’s job is to help ease the stress of other people, something very valuable in this time of economic recession. Most local garbage companies will not haul away large items, such as a broken treadmill, stove or a huge pile of junk. So these homeowners and property managers call Darren. Plus, in many cases Darren hauls items he can actually resell or take to the recycler for even more profit. You’d be surprised what people throw out or want to get rid of. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Darren sees on a regular basis just how true that is.

So is Darren worried about the recession? No, not at all. In fact, business is better than ever. One of the unfortunate effects of a recession is the increase in foreclosed homes. In fact, a recent report says over 3,000 homes are being foreclosed everyday. Many more are expected to be foreclosed in the coming years. So what does this mean for Darren? A lot of potential work. A foreclosure cleanup business can be quite profitable in these times.

When a property is foreclosed, banks and mortgage lenders will want it taken care of. Specifically, they’ll want junk hauled away, debris cleaned up and the overall condition of the property improved. Since tenants are losing their homes against their will, many will leave the property in a mess, or in some cases, actually make an even bigger mess on purpose! That’s where Darren comes in. He let the banks, realtors and mortgage lenders know a long time ago his trash removal business could handle the mess for them. Darren has also used his networking smarts to assemble a team to be the one stop for many foreclosure needs. Darren learned a long time ago that banks and mortgage lenders often want the property cleaned up, repaired and more. Since he’s not a jack-of-all trades, he works with some people that can do the things he can’t. Painters, plumbers, handymen, house cleaners and more help him out. Sometimes he refers business to them, and sometimes they refer it to him. It’s a win-win situation.

These tough economic times don’t have to mean a tough time for junk removal businesses. People will continue to want trash and other junk removed from their properties. Plus, with the recent spike in foreclosures, a lot of potential work is available for junk haulers like Darren. Darren knows with hard work, good people skills and a desire to make money, that he’s capable of big profits. To learn more about this recession-proof business, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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Housing Crash Leads to Boom For Foreclosure Cleanup Businesses

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Profits in Foreclosure Cleanup Business

The housing slump, which brought falling prices and growing foreclosures, is still going strong after three years. Realty Trak, a company which follows foreclosure activity, projects that 2011-2012 will be the peak years for foreclosures, with an estimated 1.2 million foreclosures in 2011.

Why the growing number of foreclosures now? First, the “robo-signing” scandal caused a foreclosure freeze last year, which has just been lifted. That will push the numbers higher this year, as banks play catch-up. Second, many homeowners who owe more than their home is now worth are simply walking away from their homes, creating yet more foreclosures.

Once a bank has foreclosed on a home, it’s in their best interest to maintain the property to preserve the value of their investment. To do that, banks and real estate management companies hire foreclosure cleanup companies and junk haulers to haul away the stuff people leave behind.

A trash removal business is essential to foreclosure cleanups. Usually, when a home is abandoned, the former owners move to a smaller, more affordable place and leave many of their possessions behind. That’s where a junk removal service is needed – to dispose of the sofa, the broken TV, the lawn chairs and broken BBQ in the back yard. Some even leave pets behind!

In addition to cleaning up and hauling away all the stuff left behind, many homes require additional services, such as repairing broken windows, cleaning carpets or mowing the lawn every few weeks. If you’re not interested in doing that work yourself as part of the cleanup package, find the people with those skills to refer work to. A referral fee of 10-15% is common, so you can make extra money without doing the work. It’s a two way street – those same tradespeople will refer haul-away business to you in the future.

You’ll find opportunities for haul away and foreclosure cleanup work in most towns by simply contacting local banks, property management firms and REO (real estate owned) real estate agents in your area.

With foreclosure rates still growing, now is the time to profit from the foreclosure cleanup boom with your own haul away business. If you have a truck and a cell phone, you should be able to get started for just a few hundred dollars – and potentially make it back on your first job. Those who specialize in this “niche” report earning $400 to over $3,000 on each foreclosed home to get rid of the mess left behind by the former owners. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

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How to Start a Trash Removal Business for Just $400

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sweep up profits with a trash removal business

There is a pressing need for trash removal services all across the United States. As people dispose of unwanted items, a new house is built or renovated and homes are foreclosed, people are needed to haul away the debris. The current national average for haul-away services is $53 an hour. But won’t a haul-away business be expensive to start? Not really. Do you already have a truck or van? Okay good, there are only a few other things you’ll need. In fact, you can start your own trash removal business for around $400. Here’s what you’ll need:

You might need a special kind of insurance, because you’re using your vehicle for business purposes. Check with your insurance agent to find out more. Also inquire about any other insurance you might need.

Chances are you probably already have a computer. You’ll need that to take care of billing, record keeping and other things. If you don’t have one, get one! This will help you immensely.

A cell phone is another thing you might already have that you’ll definitely need. It’s the best way to keep in contact with your customers.

A reliable GPS system is something you should consider. This is not a must, but can greatly ease stress when you’re trying to find a dump site and where you are supposed to pick up the discarded items. It’s not only safer and easier than using a map, it could greatly speed up your time in traffic, which can mean more money for you.

Business cards are a great way to advertise your business. Make sure you have your business’s name and your contact information on the card. Get in the habit of handing these out to prospective customers. After awhile people will start to be familiar with your junk removal business and what you have to offer.

You’ll need a day planner or other reliable way to keep track of your schedule. An organized haul-away service is a successful one. There are many schedulers available for computers and cell phones too.

Many items might be too heavy for you to pick up. That’s where a hand truck can come in handy. Many hand trucks can lift as much as 500 pounds. Get one that is capable of that. And don’t forget about moving blankets. These are the best way to transport fragile items, such as a computer or television.

There is also a variety of hand tools you’ll need, such as a shovel, rake, broom and screwdriver. You might need to clean up a site you just removed debris from, or take apart a box or other item to move it. You might also need some more heavy-duty tools, such as a sledgehammer, bolt cutters, a saw and more. Play it safe and be prepared. You don’t want to arrive to the job and not have the appropriate tools.

It might sound like a lot, but it’s really not. Make a simple to-do list and you could have these items all checked off before you know it. It shouldn’t cost you a lot of money either. Do a full day of work and you’ll have paid off your supply costs. It’s really quite possible to start a successful trash removal business for just $400. To learn more about how to get started, read: Haul It Away.

 

 

 

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