Trash Removal Business Add-On Niche – Storage Unit Auctions

If you’ve had a trash removal business for a while, you know there are occasional days when your schedule is light and you wish someone would call with a new hauling project or two. There is a perfect sideline business for junk haulers that can fill those vacant spots in the schedule and bring in some extra income. Best of all, you don’t need any new equipment to do the work. The sideline is attending storage unit auctions, and there are three ways to profit from them.

According to the self-storage industry, one in ten American households now has a storage unit. Most use a storage unit to store what won’t fit in their homes. But with the down economy, more and more folks are using storage units because they have lost their home, but don’t want to give up their possessions. Others are in the middle of other life transitions, like a move or divorce, and hope to retrieve their stuff when they have a place for it again. All these storage units have created an opportunity for haulers to profit by helping move the property in and out.

The first profit opportunity is to attend storage unit auctions with your truck or van to help the winning bidders haul away what they’ve just bought at auction. It is quite common for bidders to win more bids than they planned, and need help hauling it all away. In most states, the law, and the owners of storage facilities, require that the winning bidders empty and clean out the storage unit within 24-48 hours, so they often need some help. Also, many bidders are not aware that storage facilities will not allow them to use their trash bins for the unwanted junk. Someone has to haul it away – why not you?

It’s best to arrive at least a half-hour before a storage unit auction so you can park your truck in a visible location for the arriving bidders. This will also give you time to pass out business cards to those who may need your hauling services.

The second profit opportunity is to introduce yourself to the owner or manager of the storage facility. Let them know you’re interested in any hauling they may need, as some abandoned units are full of junk, and attract no bids at all! The manager still has to clean out the unit before it can be rented again, and that’s where you come in. Often the storage facility managers you meet at auctions become a regular source of new jobs, as there is a steady turnover of units.

The third, and most exciting, profit opportunity is to actually participate in the auction as a bidder. As anyone who has watched the popular TV series, Storage Wars, can tell you, participating in an auction can be an adrenalin-filled adventure. A winning bid can be a lot like a lottery ticket – either a dud or a bonanza. Here are a few tips to get you started right so you increase the odds of a bonanza and reduce the chances of a dud.

1. Your local yellow pages will have contact information for all the storage facilities, so you can call to find out when they schedule their auctions. Post all the information on your calendar or in a day-planner. You can also go online to find auctions in your area. Do a basic Google search for “storage unit auctions – your state.” Another online resource,, allows you to search for auctions by zip code, with an interactive calendar of all auctions for the current month in your area.

2. Essential tools. Bring a powerful flashlight to check out larger units, a bottle of water for hot days, padlocks for each unit you bid and win, a notepad and pen to record information about opening and selling bids for units and cleanup supplies, such as a broom and garbage bags to finish cleaning storage units you’ve won bids for.

Finally, bring enough cash to pay for your winning bids. It’s amazon how many winners don’t realize until they arrive that checks and credit cards are not normally accepted for payment. Include enough to cover the security deposit required in case you fail to clean out the unit after emptying it.

3. Be sure to get on the registered bidder list, if that’s required, and sign a bidder’s agreement.

4. You will not be allowed to go inside the storage unit, so use your high-powered flashlight to look for treasures from a distance. If you spot high-end brands, designer labels or high-quality furniture, that’s a tip-off to the overall quality of the items in the unit. Remember that most self-storage customers put their most valuable items at the back, so shine that flashlight deep for any visible clues!

Think like a detective when inspecting a unit. Usually, a tidy, well-organized unit has more potential than a junk-strewn, disorganized unit. A unit that is used regularly, with trails of dust and footprints on the floor has less potential, as the tenant has likely been back to remove any valuables. If the contents are commercial rather than household items, chances are good you’ll be able to make money when you sell the items, with fewer “dogs.”

5. Set a limit, so you don’t get caught up in the bidding fever and spend more than you intended. It’s hard to make money when you’re in a bidding war with other bidders. Keep in mind when you’re bidding, that about half of the items in an average unit will be junk and need to be hauled away to the dump or recycled.

After you’ve attended a few auctions, your notes will give you average opening and selling bids for various size units. This is valuable information. For example, if you know most 10×15 units start at $60 and end at $200, you may want to pass on an auction with an opening bid of $150 for a 10×15, unless you’ve spotted something truly valuable during your flashlight inspection.

6. Don’t limit yourself to just one venue to sell the items you’ve won. In addition to the always popular garage or tag sale, try eBay, flea markets and a free ad on The more exposure you get, the faster you can turn your treasures into cash.

7. If the items you’ve listed on eBay fail to get bids, pull the listing and donate the item to your favorite charity or put it out at the next garage sale. Don’t waste your energy trying to get a price that is unrealistic. Often a high minimum bid price is the problem, so dropping it to a bare minimum will often bring in plenty of bids. Your time is worth money, so price items realistically so they will sell quickly and you’ll have cash in hand for the next auction.

Be careful not to get so addicted to storage unit auctions that you forget this is a sideline, not your primary business! Yes, it’s exciting to participate in auctions, but unless you are very lucky, your hourly wages will be less than you can make doing trash removal. Another warning – occasionally, you’ll run into a “blind” auction. In a blind auction, the storage unit door is closed and padlocked, and bidders are asked to bid “blind.” Just like a casino, the odds favor the house, so be extra careful if you run into this type of auction.




Turn Your Truck Into an Eco-Truck for Recycling Profits

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

You’d like to see your haul-away business make a great profit and do great things for your local community. That’s just a part of your value system—making good money, but also doing good things for others. So how could you do that? By turning your truck into an eco-truck. Here’s how.

Your truck is your ticket to good money. By starting your own haul-away business you not only get to be your own boss, but have total freedom over your schedule. You can work as little or as much as you’d like. People pay you to haul away unwanted items or debris. How much? After deducting dump fees, fuel costs and vehicle maintenance, the current national average is $53 an hour. Yes, that’s right, an hour!

But did you know you could make even more money by recycling items? Many first-time junk haulers don’t know that probably half of the items they haul away can actually be recycled or re-sold. Dropping off items at a recycler is a great way to make extra money. As if making $53 an hour wasn’t good enough, you can actually make more money by doing this. Not only is it great for your wallet, but it’s simply a great thing to do for the environment. There is no reason to clog up landfills with unwanted items that can actually be recycled. It’s simply the right and smart thing to do.

More and more people are going green these days. Businesses too. It’s a smart idea for businesses to do things for the community, to try to help others. Recycling is the way you can do that. Let your potential customers know that you recycle as many items as you can. They’ll be happy to hear their unwanted items and debris aren’t just going to a landfill, but instead that an effort is being made to recycle all that can be recycled. Be sure to include this fact on your service sheet and web site or blog. It’s simply a great selling point.

Making an effort towards recycling could also help land you in your local newspaper. Newspapers love to cover new businesses, especially ones that do good things for the environment and the community. If your business engages in a lot of recycling, that could be just the angle to get you in the newspaper. Put together a press release that clearly states this fact, and you could find yourself getting a call for an interview before you know it. An article in the newspaper is not only completely free to you, but opens you up to a lot of potential business.

By turning your truck into an eco-truck, your haul-away business could see increased profits and respectability from your local community. It’s simply the smart thing to do. To learn more, read Haul It Away.



Turn Your Truck Into a Green Machine With a Trash Removal Business

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

Your truck can be your ticket to big profits. As the owner of your own junk removal business you stand to make some good money. But did you know your truck can also be a green machine? That it can do good things for the environment? Here’s how:

Haul-away businesses provide a valuable service. They haul away unwanted items and debris. They often take items the local garbage company won’t take, whether it’s too large in size or too vast in quantity. It’s simply a valuable service, one that everyone needs occasionally. The recession has also increased the demand, as the growing number of foreclosed homes has mean more business for those who can clean out foreclosures.

Junk haulers reduce the stress and clutter of life. More and more people are cleaning out their homes and looking to get rid of things. Most don’t have access to a truck, which is where you come in.

Best of all, junk-hauling services don’t just take items to the landfill. Many items that are taken away can actually be taken to the local recycler. Recycling not only puts money in your pocket, but is good for the environment. As more and more people are becoming green, increasing the amount of recycling is simply a great idea. Plus, it’s good for business, and it’ll make your customers happy to learn their items aren’t just being dumped in a landfill, but are being recycled. You’d be surprised just how many items you haul away can actually be recycled. Over half of the items you haul away can usually be recycled.

In addition, many items you haul away can also be donated to charities, such as the Goodwill. Gently-used items can be donated, and provide an affordable solution for the less fortunate. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? You can not only make good money, but help others at the same time. It’s simply a great thing to do.

If you recycle or donate a lot of the items you haul away, that will endear you to potential customers. If they learn your business is doing good things for your community and the environment, people will be more likely to pick you than another junk-hauling service. More and more businesses today are trying to go green. This is your chance to help them do just that.

Being a green company could also increase the chances that your local newspaper will do a story on you. Newspapers love covering good business and positive stories, so if your haul-away business fits that profile, you could see an article written about you. Not only will that increase business, but it’s a free advertisement for you.

Your trash removal business can be a green business. Your truck can become a green machine by recycling and donating items to local charities. Before you know it, you’ll be the talk of the town. To learn more, read Haul It Away.



Turn Your Pickup or Van Into a Money-Maker

Opportunity in Trash Removal Business

Opportunity in Trash Removal Business

You own a pickup truck or van. You’re often the one friends and family call on when they need things hauled, whether it’s that new recliner or soccer equipment for the big game. You’d love if there was a way you could turn your pickup or van into a money maker. It sure would be nice to be your own boss. And you know what, it’d be nice to make some good money for a change. Is that possible? It sure is by starting your own trash removal business.

Trash removal businesses do just that. They haul away debris, junk or other unwanted items for other people. Many people have large items or a large amount of junk they simply can’t haul away themselves, and their local garbage company won’t take it either. That’s where junk-hauling businesses come in and do it for them. It’s a much-needed service for any community. Not only does it ease stress on people, but it helps clean up junk and debris.

So, as a junk hauler, how much can you expect to make? Haul-away businesses typically make more money if they are located on the East or West coasts than if they are in the Midwest, South, or in rural areas. After deducting dump fees, vehicle maintenance and fuel costs, the national average is $53 an hour. If you work an eight-hour day you could make $424. Wow! And all just by hauling away other people’s trash.

Often you can turn the junk you haul away into more money. Many times you’ll be asked to haul away something (or several things) that can be resold for more money. Perhaps you can sell it on eBay, Craigslist, or at a garage sale. Sometimes you’ll find items that can be recycled for cash. You’d be surprised just what you’ll get.

Best of all, there is no formal training required. You won’t need to study for any tests or buy a 9-DVD box set to learn how to do it. You simply haul away unwanted items and make good money doing it!

Because you already have a pickup or van, your expenses shouldn’t be outrageous. You’ll also need a computer and cell phone. There’s a good chance you already have those. After this, there are some additional items and insurance you’ll want to look into, but it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg either.

Finally there is a way to turn your pickup or van into a profitable new career. It’s a career where you’re the boss and can make some good money. Before long, you’ll be able to turn trash into cash by starting your own haul-away business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.




Top 5 Ways to Profit With a Trash Removal Service

You’ve heard how you can good money hauling away other people’s unwanted items and debris. The national average for junk haulers is currently over $50 an hour. That sounds good, right? You’d like to keep those profits coming in. So what are the best ways to make a good profit? Here are the top five:

Common Sense is essential for a profitable trash removal business.

Common Sense is essential for a profitable trash removal business.

1. Do a great job

Well that was obvious, wasn’t it? Do a really great job. The best way to make a big profit is to simply do great work. Go the extra mile and then keep going. Doing these things will lead to repeat business from customers and the increased likelihood that they’ll mention your name and junk-hauling service to other people. After all, referrals are one of the best—and completely free!—ways to get business, so anything you can do to do a great job, do it!

2. Foreclosure Cleanup

The growing economic trouble doesn’t mean rough times for junk haulers. In fact, there’s more work than ever in foreclosure cleanup. When a house or property gets foreclosed, someone has to clean it up, remove debris and keep the house in good shape. Work with other trades to do a complete job on the property, and you’ll find yourself getting lots of business.

3. Colleges

When the school year ends, many students move back to their parents’ home for the summer or into a new apartment or house. Often they don’t take all of their furniture with them and have no way to drop it off at a landfill or the Goodwill. This is where you can come in and make big money. Offer a discounted rate, because they’re students, and you’ll see a lot of work coming your way. Much of this furniture will still be in good shape, so you can resell it for a big profit.

4. Reselling

That’s right. Many times you’ll haul away items you can actually resell. Reselling is a great way to make even more money on stuff you were already paid to haul away. There are many ways to sell these items, whether it’s through a garage sale or online through web sites such as Craigslist, and of course, eBay.

5. Recycling

Sometimes you’ll haul away items you can sell to your local recycler. Not only is this a great way to make some extra cash, but it helps the environment. Your customers will be delighted to hear you don’t just dump their items in a landfill, but actually do something positive for the environment. This selling point can increase business, especially as more and more people are trying to live “green.”

There are many ways to profit with a haul-away business. Do great work, recycle or resell the items you haul away if possible, start a foreclosure cleanup business and cash in on move-out day at your local college. Do these things, and you’ll see the big profits continue to roll in. To learn more, read Haul It Away.




Too Much Junk Creates Profitable Opportunity for a Junk Hauling Business

Opportunity in Trash Removal Business

Opportunity in Trash Removal Business

These days, people are looking to simplify their lives. Get rid of junk and debris, throw out broken appliances and other items that have been filling their attics and basements. Unfortunately for them, a lot of people don’t have time, energy or motivation to get rid of these items themselves and their local garbage company won’t take them either. So who can get rid of these items for them? The answer: a trash removal business.

Trash removal businesses do just that. They haul-away debris or other unwanted items for people who can’t, or don’t want to do it themselves. It performs a much-needed service for the community. It gets rid of junk and eases the stress on people’s lives. Every person will need to call a junk removal business at least once in their life, if not on a regular basis. You could be that person.

Did you know you could make good money doing this? The national average comes to about $53 an hour. Work an eight-hour day and you’ve just made $424. Wow! And that’s all from picking up other people’s junk.

Best of all, you can make even more money when you pick up other people’s junk by selling it. Some items will simply have to go to the dump, while others will be in good condition and can be sold for a profit, whether it’s at an auction or garage sale or through web sites, such as eBay or Craigslist.

Plus, there are no classes required or expensive start-up costs. Do you have a truck or van, a cell phone and a computer? Well then you have most of the items needed to start your own junk-hauling service. After this they’ll be some tools and insurance you’ll want to look into, but nothing that should set you back a lot of money. Remember, you could make over $400 a day, if not more, so any costs will soon be erased by the large profit you could make.

As people get older and accumulate more junk, they’ll be eager for someone to come by and get rid of it when it’s time to “downsize.”. It’s a great way to help your community by getting rid of junk and easing the stress on people’s live, not to mention all that money that’ll be coming in. This is all possible by starting your own trash removal business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.




The Amazing Secret Money Machine – A Trash Removal Business

Trash Into Cash With a Junk Hauling Business

Trash Into Cash With a Junk Hauling Business

You love driving your truck or van. Friends and family often call on you to haul around heavy or large items for them. That old recliner your parents no longer need. Sports equipment for the big game. You haul it all. But did you know you could make money hauling away items? Good money too. It’s all possible by starting your own junk hauling business.

Trash hauling businesses do just that. They haul away junk people no longer want. Someone needs to haul away that broken treadmill or that debris leftover from the construction site. A junk hauler can do that. It’s a much-needed service for any community. It helps get rid of clutter. It’s also a great stress reliever for any homeowner or property manager. Simply put, it’s a service that everyone will need several times in their life, if not on a regular basis.

So how much money can you make hauling away junk? After deducting dump fees, vehicle maintenance and fuel costs, the national average comes out to be $54 an hour. That’s right, an hour. If you work an eight-hour day, that could mean $424 a day. A 40-hour week? $2,120. And in a year? $106,000.

Plus, there are ways to make even more money on items you haul away. Very often you’ll find something you can actually recycle or resell for a big profit. Certain materials can be recycled, and your local recycler is willing to pay good money too. Plus, this makes customers happy to learn their items are not just being dumped in some landfill, and are actually being recycled. It’s good for the environment and good for business and your wallet.

In addition to recycling, there are many items you might be able to sell for a big profit. And there are many places to sell these items too. Garage sales are a popular choice. And don’t forget about online ways, such as, and of course, eBay. It’s the perfect way to turn trash into cash. When you visit a site you’ll be picking up items from, don’t forget to bring along moving blankets for any fragile items you might encounter. You just might be able to sell those items for a huge profit.

Having your own junk-hauling service is a great way to make good money, while doing a valuable service for your community and the environment. You ease the stress of others, and you make your wallet happy too. Starting your own haul-away business is the perfect way to turn trash into cash. To learn more, read Haul It Away.



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.




Questions You Must Ask Before Starting a Junk Hauling Business

Trash Removal Business Questions

Trash Removal Business Questions

You’re thinking about starting a junk-hauling business. As a junk hauler, you’d be providing a much-needed service for your community, while making some nice money. Haul-away businesses average over $50 an hour. That’d be good! But still, there are some questions you should think about before you get started. Here are some:

1. Do I have a reliable vehicle?

Your junk-hauling business will be doing just that—hauling a lot of junk. You need a vehicle that can haul very large and/or heavy amounts at one time. Is your truck or van reliable? You certainly don’t want a vehicle that breaks down a lot. If you have a diesel vehicle, even better. They get better mileage. Though it’s not a must to have a diesel vehicle either. You just need something reliable.

2. Am I motivated? Ready to work hard?

As with any business you start yourself, it all depends on you. That can be both a plus and a minus. If you’re not hard working and motivated, then maybe you shouldn’t be starting your own business. You want to be someone who wakes up each day excited for a chance to work, eager to make good money and most of all, be your boss. You need to be a go-getter and someone who loves talking with other people. A desire to succeed will help you become a success.

3. Does my community need this?

Chances are your community could use a junk-hauling service. However, if you live in a rural area you might not have as much work as, say, a city or town. Think about your community and its junk-hauling needs. If you live in an area that has a lot of mortgage foreclosures, that could mean a lot of business for you.

4. Can I afford the necessary supplies?

Assuming you already have a reliable vehicle, starting your own haul-away business shouldn’t be too expensive. You should be able to cover the basics for under $600. Make sure you can really afford the start-up costs before you dive right in. And don’t forget, in addition to the right supplies, you’ll have insurance and licensing costs. After you get some work it should pay for itself, but be sure you can afford it.

5. What services can you offer?

Think about what specific services your haul-away business can offer. Can you do rush service, overnight jobs or foreclosure cleanups? The more you offer, the more work you can get, but be careful not to offer services you can’t actually do. A good junk-hauling business is one that can do a lot of services—really well.

These are just some of the questions you must ask before starting a junk-hauling business. You don’t want to dive right in without being fully prepared. Don’t let the questions scare you. A haul-away business can be a rewarding career with some big profits. Just take some time, think about the questions and then you’ll be on your way to becoming a success with your haul-away business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.




Make Your Trash Removal Business Pass the Profit Test


Trash Into Cash With a Junk Hauling Business

Trash Into Cash With a Junk Hauling Business

You’d like your haul-away business to be a big success. You want your business to be the one, and only one, everyone calls when they need unwanted items or debris hauled away. One of the best ways to measure the success of a business is if it makes a profit. So how can you ensure that your business passes the profit test? Here’s how:

To make a good profit, your junk-hauling business needs to do three things: provide really good service, be known to potential customers and charge appropriate rates.

First, your junk-hauling business needs to provide really good service. This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how often this simple need is what holds some businesses back from making a good profit. Show up on time. Be professional. Be personable. You not only need to do a great job, but go the extra mile, and then keep going! You want to be the best business in town, so try to do really great work. This also means fixing problems when they arise. You will encounter an unhappy customer from time to time. Do your best to listen and then fix the problem, and that customer might be willing to give you a second chance.

Next, your business needs to be known by potential customers. What that basically means is: advertise! Simply starting a business won’t get you customers. You need to get out there, meet people, pass out business cards and get your business’s name into everyone’s head. Pick a catchy name. Make a flyer with all the services you provide and your rates. Paint your business’s name and slogan on the side of your truck or van. Pass out custom notepads with your business’s name and contact information on it. Make sure your business is the one people think of when they need a haul-away service.

And finally, charge appropriate rates. You need to find the rates where you can make the biggest profit. But be careful, charging too much could lead to few or no customers. Charge too little, and you might be shortchanging yourself on nice profits. Make sure you’re getting adequately paid for the size or weight of the load you’re hauling and any additional work you had to do, such as cleanup or bagging and boxing items. The national average is currently $53 an hour for junk haulers. And don’t forget, if you’re doing a job outside of normal business hours or you were asked to complete the job just two or three hours after you were called or it’s a holiday or weekend—consider charging an additional fee. Just be up front with all your customers.

If you do really good work, advertise your business and charge the appropriate rates, you’ll be well on your way to passing the profit test. Soon everyone will look up to your haul-away business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.