Clean Up With a Foreclosure Cleanup Business

Profit With a Foreclosure Cleanup Business

Profit With a Foreclosure Cleanup Business

The United States is currently in a tough economic time. The recession is affecting everyone. Many businesses are seeing their profits going down. Many are laying off people, and a lot of people are losing their homes. It’s simply a tough time for everyone. But it doesn’t have to be for you and your trash removal business. How so? You can turn trash into cash by starting your own foreclosure cleanup business. Here’s how:

The tough economic time has meant a huge increase in foreclosed homes. Many people are simply unable to pay their mortgage or loan. A recent survey stated that about 3,000 homes are foreclosed everyday. That’s 21,000 a week. Losing a home is certainly a terrible thing, but it can actually mean a lot of high-paying work for junk haulers. Having a foreclosure cleanup business can mean a lot of steady work.

When a home is foreclosed, it’s often left in poor condition. Perhaps it was simply left that way, or in some cases, the tenants will actually make a huge mess in the house the night before leaving. It’s in the bank and lender’s best interests to try to keep the property in good condition in the hopes of reselling it in a few months. They don’t want to lose any value on the home. So that’s where you and your foreclosure cleanup business can come in and make good money.

In addition to your standard junk hauling and cleanup tasks, you might be asked to do some additional things. The list could include:

Changing the locks to keep the property secure.

Getting the property ready for winter.

Lawn and yard maintenance.

Getting the property ready for spring.

Verifying the home is vacant.

You might be asked to do tasks you simply cannot do. Don’t say, “Uh yeah, I can probably do some repairs,” if you’re not actually qualified. In particular, you might need a contractor’s license before you can do any repairs. You don’t want to risk messing up the property even more by claiming you can do something you can’t. So what do you do? You contact people in other trades and together you all can complete the job. It’s a great way to help others. In turn, they can throw work your way too. It’s a win-win situation. So what kind of people should you contact? Carpet cleaners, handymen, painters, plumbers and more. Continue to use this “team” for other foreclosure cleanup jobs or assemble a different team for each one, whatever the situation requires.

You can make good money with a foreclosure cleanup business. It’s quite easy too. Work with people in the other trades and together you can get a lot of work that you’ll be able to complete quickly and effectively. These tough economic times don’t have to be tough for you. Instead, they can be quite a profitable add-on to your junk removal business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.



6 Secrets to Grow Your Trash Removal Business Fast

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.





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.




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, 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.




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.




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.





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.










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.





Junk Removal Business Secrets

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Junk Removal Business

You’d love to make good money hauling away other people’s junk. Finally you can turn your truck or van into a profitable new career. A job where you can not only turn trash into cash, but also enjoy the freedom and benefits of being your own boss. So what are the secrets that can put you ahead? Here are some:

1. Foreclosures

Foreclosures can be an excellent opportunity for your haul-away business. Someone needs to do the cleanup involved and that can be you. When a home gets foreclosed, the tenants will often leave the house in a mess. Some, due to anger, might even trash the place. That means more work for you, which in turns means more money. If you offer cleaning as well, you’ll get even more business. So how can you get started cleaning out foreclosures? Contact realtors that specialize in foreclosure listings. And don’t forget to contact the banks and lenders who own the foreclosed homes. There are a large number of services you might be asked to do in addition to hauling away junk and cleaning. Consider taking them on or working with other folks in the trades to complete the job. A foreclosure cleanup business can be very profitable.

2. Working with others

As with foreclosed properties, you might get a job that asks for additional work, work you might not be able, or want, to perform. That’s why it’s good to get in with people in trades related to hauling away junk, such as handymen, house cleaners, plumbers, painters and more. If you hear about a foreclosure job, talk with your “team,” get everyone’s price, and then you can put together a bid for the job. It’s also just a good idea to get to know people in other trades as they can throw work your way and you can throw some their way too.

3. Learn to love complaints

You certainly don’t want people complaining about your business, but use complaints to make improvements for your haul away service. Talk with customers and learn what they didn’t like about your work for them. Try to fix any problems and find out what could be done better next time. If possible, follow up with a customer to ensure they’re satisfied with how you’re handling the problem. Learn from your mistakes and you’ll have a great haul away business.

4. Colleges

Move-out day at college dorms and other student housing is a great way to make some nice money. Students often move back home for the summer or simply don’t want to haul that old couch or other furniture around. This is where you can come in and get a lot of work. Plus, you might then be able to sell the furniture for a nice profit or donate it to Goodwill or other charity.

You’d like your haul away business to be the talk of the town, the business to call for any junk removal needs. Use these secrets and you’ll find business will be booming in no time. Before long, you’ll be turning trash into cash. To learn more, read Haul It Away.