Got a Pickup Truck? Here’s Your Ticket to Financial Independence With a Junk Hauling Business

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You love owning a pickup truck. It comes in handy all the time. Your family and friends never hesitate to call you to haul that old busted recliner away or to help get rid of all that debris after the new garage was built. You don’t mind these tasks and from time to time you wonder, could I ever make money doing this? You sure can. It’s all possible by starting your own junk hauling business.

Junk hauling businesses do just that. They haul away unwanted items and debris. It’s often stuff large in size or vast in quantity, things the local garbage company won’t take. It’s a much-needed service for any community. Chances are everyone will need to use a junk-hauling service a few times in their life, if not on a regular basis. Hauling away junk and unwanted items eases stress on people and reduces the clutter in our lives. It’s simply a valuable service.

So let’s be specific here. What kind of work do you have to do if you’re a junk hauler? Drive to a pickup site, which often is a customer’s home or a construction site. Take the unwanted item or debris, and load it into your pickup truck. Occasionally you’ll be asked to do some basic cleanup, which you’ll also get paid for. Now drive your truck to the local landfill or recycler, and drop off the items there. That’s about it. Pretty easy, huh?

Well okay, now what type of money can you make doing this? The amount of money you can make varies on where in the United States you live. Those living on the East and West coasts typically make more than those living in the South, Midwest or in rural areas. That’s not to say you can’t make good money if you live in the South, Midwest, or a rural area. You certainly can and will. So, deducting dump fees, vehicle maintenance and fuel, the national average for junk haulers is $53 an hour. Put in an eight-hour day and you’ve just made $424. Weekly that adds up to $2,120. Yearly, you could make as much as $106,000.

And get this, sometimes you’ll be asked to haul away items that you can actually resell for an even bigger profit. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? When you find an item you want to resell, consider selling it at a garage sale, or through the internet on web sites, such as, and eBay. And don’t forget that you can make good money recycling too. Not only can you make good money, but it does something good for the environment and makes your customers happy too. They love hearing their items aren’t just being dumped in a landfill, but instead are being recycled.

There simply are several ways you can make money hauling around other people’s unwanted items and debris. It’s quite easy to turn trash into cash by starting your own junk-hauling business. Before you know it, that pickup truck will not only be helping your friends and family, but other people too, and all while putting some nice money in your pocket. To learn more, read Haul It Away.