5 Worst Junk Removal Business Problems and Solutions

sweep up profits with a trash removal business

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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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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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.

 

 

 

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How to Make Money Hauling Away Other People’s Junk

sweep up profits with a trash removal business

sweep up profits with a trash removal business

Your treadmill breaks down. Your stove stops working. You clean out that old tool shed and have a lot of stuff you want to get rid of. But how can you get this large stuff off your property? Easy, you use your truck or van to carry it away to a landfill, recycler or charitable organization, such as Goodwill. But what if you could do this same thing for other people and make money doing it. Good money too. That’s all possible by starting your own junk removal business.

When people have large items or debris they’d like to get rid of, they often call on a haul away business. A haul away service is an important need for any community. Someone needs to transport large items and debris to the landfill or other place, items that your neighborhood garbage company won’t take. You help clean up the neighborhood, and ease the stress on other people. As the owner of your own haul away business, you stand to make some nice money.

A trash removal business is not a get rich quick scheme. You probably won’t make enough your first month to be able to buy the Los Angeles Lakers. But still, you can make a nice profit. So how much are we talking about? How much you make depends on what part of the country you live in. After deducting landfill fees, fuel and vehicle maintenance, the average comes out to $53 an hour. Work an eight-hour day and you’ve just made $424.

You simply pick up the unwanted items or debris, load it into your truck or van, and haul it away to a landfill, recycler or wherever you see fit. And get this, in some cases you might find an item worth keeping, or better yet, selling! That’s right, you could make even more money if you’re able to sell an item you were also paid to haul away. You could find the perfect item for a garage sale or auction.

So what people or places are you most likely to get business from? Well, how about: banks, contractors, home owners, property managers, businesses, professional organizers, realtors, seniors and more. As you can see, it’s a long, long list. It’s likely that everyone will need to use a haul away business at least once in their life, if not on a regular basis.

Starting your own trash removal business is the perfect way to turn trash into cash. No longer will the word “junk” evoke a negative image. Instead, you’ll now be thinking of money in the bank. You not only can make a good profit, but you’re providing an important service for your community. Before you know it, your haul away business will be the profitable new career you’ve always dreamed about. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

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How to Earn $43 to $87 an Hour With Your Pickup or Van With a Junk Removal Business

How to start a trash removal business

How to start a trash removal business

Wouldn’t it be nice to turn that truck or van of yours into profit? Good money too. It’s all possible by starting your own haul-away service. Everyday people need junk, trash and other discarded items taken off their property. That’s where you come in. Hauling away items that people no longer want can be quite profitable. In fact you can make over $40 an hour doing it.

Over time, appliances and furniture break down. A brand new house is completed, leaving behind a lot of debris that needs to be disposed. A house is foreclosed and must be cleaned out. So what does that mean? A lot of work for you and your haul-away business. Not only can you make money simply picking up the stuff, but you can also make money by selling it at a garage sale or recycling the items if appropriate.

So how much money are we talking about here? A large number of junk-hauling services charge by the size or weight of the load. If they have to get stuff from upstairs or a basement or it’s simply difficult to reach, there is often a surcharge for this as well. How much you get paid does vary by the location of where you live. Haul-away services on the East or West coasts typically make more than those in the Midwest, South, or in rural areas. Still, after you deduct the cost of dump fees, gas, vehicle maintenance and other overhead, the national average comes to $53 an hour. So wait, if you worked a full eight-hour day how much money would that be? $424 a day! And that’s not even counting if you’re able to resell any of the items you haul away.

Most junk-hauling businesses charge by the cubic yard, typically between $30 and $50 a cubic yard. They also have a minimum charge if it’s a single item, say a couch for instance. Jobs that require a little extra work (cleaning, taking things apart, having to bag or box items) usually bring with it a surcharge. Often, this is in the form of an hourly wage in addition to the charge for the size or weight of the load. At the moment, an average hourly wage is $20 to $25. Also, if you are working outside your normal business hours or you’re asked to do a rush job, these can also bring with it various surcharges.

By starting your own haul-away service, it’s quite possible to make $43 to $87 an hour or more. You charge based on the size or weight of the load and add a surcharge if there is additional work involved, or you’re performing the task outside your normal business hours. You also stand the chance you’ll be hauling away an item you can sell yourself for big profits. There is simply unlimited profit potential by starting your own haul-away business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Breed of Trash Removal Business Profits from “Quality” Junk Removal

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

Why are people willing to pay more than the city garbage collector charges to get rid of that old sofa or broken treadmill? According to industry experts, private haul-away companies provide a complete service far beyond a simple curbside pickup. Is that old sofa in the basement? No problem – they’ll haul it out, take it to the landfill and sweep up on their way out of the basement.

Big on recycling? No problem – they will take all the junk that’s recyclable to the best spot, such as local charities or a firm that recycles specific items, like lumber or bricks.

Most private junk haulers get more than half of their business from homeowners in upscale neighborhoods, who throw out lots of recyclable items. Although many charities offer a free pickup service, they may not be able to take all the junk, and will not clean out the space. Another big chunk of regular business comes from property managers who hire a haul-away business to clean out rental units, from simple storage units to apartments to single family homes.

What sets this new breed of junk haulers apart? The first thing you notice is that most are neatly dressed, often with a polo shirt monogramed with their company name. Their truck is clean and tidy. They don’t just take away single items, they will also clean up the mess left behind, including that multi-year accumulation of dust and dirt behind the items they remove.

Seems there are lots of busy folks that would rather do something else besides haul their own junk. Two income couples who put in long hours at the office, for example, and don’t want to spend the weekend working too. Seniors, who simply aren’t able to lift and move heavy objects any more. Property managers, who would rather share a tenant’s cleaning deposit with a junk hauling business than do the work themselves. All in all, enough people to keep a junk hauler busy for a very long time.

To learn more about how to start a profitable haul away business, read Haul It Away.

 

 

 

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