Start up a junk removal business today

by Nate on September 2, 2010

Start up a junk removal business today

Starting a junk removal business is relatively easy to get started.

First, get a business license. Use Google to find the website that handles business licenses. All states are offering online licensing. It takes about 10 minutes and costs . Keep this license in your work truck. Some customers will ask to see your license.

The second step is to place a free advertisement on Craigslist. Craigslist has surpassed the phone books and the newspapers as a resource for customers. It’s the biggest advertising medium in the hauling business and it’s free. Check the pricing of your competitors. Set your prices 10% less than your competitors. You will want to be affordable as a new business. If you want to double your calls, put a photo of yourself in your ad–people want to see and trust the companies they hire. Include the words that you expect your customers to search for. These might include hauling, removal, yard debris, and move out.

You will get calls. Get important data from the customer. This includes the location of the junk, what type of junk, and where the customer’s home is. Now offer a price that makes the job worth your time. On average, count on a landfill fee of about and gas of about .

The final step is to do the job! If you don’t have a truck, rent one from U-Haul or Home Depot for . Show up on time or 5 minutes early. Fill your truck. Be smart about packing items so as not to waste space. Leave flyers with the neighbors. Some of the items you pick up can be sold again on Craigslist. Keep these items for yourself and relist them on classifieds sites. Take the remaining items to the dump.

It’s a relatively simple service that people pay cash for, and usually pay generously. You don’t even have to take on every job. If it sounds too big for you, pass on it. Avoid dangerous jobs involving harmful chemicals. Not worth the risk! There’s enough small, easy jobs on Craigslist to make some really needed extra cash each week.

Bob Keppel created, the most thorough resource online for starting a junk removal business.

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