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.