I've been running a junk removal business (my own) for a while and here are some main points you'll want to consider to help succeed in the industry:
1. Find a truck big enough to eliminate multiple trips to the dump or recycling center for your average customer.
2. Try to negotiate special rates at the dump or recycling center as a frequent customer.
3. Do everything humanly possibly to pick up a customer's junk on the same day they call. The last thing they want is stuff lying around their house waiting to be picked up. Use this as a selling feature.
Yes, scouring your local CraigsList ads for free stuff or stuff that's being thrown out is a good way to develop some immediate leads. Even creating a CraigsList post for a junk removal service being offered may produce some business. It never hurts, and its free.
I also wanted to mention that another way to look at starting a junk removal business is to visit your local dump, or wherever you'll be dropping off most of your junk. Get a feel for the process and their rates, and you can incorporate that into what you need to charge to achieve a profit.
Yes, like any business or startup there is some level of risk involved, in my case with junk removal, it's easier to limit the initial startup risk as far as finances go. I don't have to pay for location-based office, and the employees I hire don't have to be highly skilled and demand high salaries. The dump fees are a recurring cost, but only one I incur as a result of business coming my way, so that is acceptable. The biggest up front cost is the truck. You need something reliable and big enough to eliminate multiple trips. Overall its a pretty safe business to get into, assuming the market isn't already saturated.
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Like anything relating to small business, before starting one on your own, regardless of your idea, you need to consider how much time it is going to take to run it successfully. Not only will you have to do the grunt work, or provide the service that makes you money, but then you will need to spend your "time off" still working on the business. You spend this off time working because that is when you are keeping books, looking for leads, etc. Good Luck!
I own a junk removal company and it is extemely profitable if done right. Right being selling the "good stuff" people throw away on craigslist. It pays for my dumping fees monthly!!
Its been a long process but it is rewarding work and you get to drive a cool truck around all day while hauling junk!
--- Ian McKinney CEO We Heart Junk www.weheartjunk.com
alister91 lol ..I have a master's and still pull more off junk hauling than my day job. Obviously, get your education. The point i am trying to express is you may very well fall in love with the junk removal Industry. Another thing you can do during the Winter (depending on location) is Ice Removal. Just strive to provide complete satisfaction for your costumers junk removal needs, you'll do fine.
We are a Junk Pick up Removal Indianapolis Company. All the Post I have seen have been excellent advice. Monitor your online company presence. Always go the etra mile for your costumers and Work hard. You will succeed. We've been in the hauling business for years and couldn't be happier. Other related industries you can easily get into are Hot tub removal, Cash for junk cars, and Ice removal Indianapolis Gets pretty rough winters. So obviously that's region specific. When looking for a good truck, Go for volume, not so much weight. Most jobs require space. Work your way up to the heavy debris Jobs.
Zhangpeylin please dont spam this forum. This is only about junk removal
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I started a junk removal business We Heart Junk in 2010 and it has done well. The key to our succes, outside of the basic ins and outs of operation (dump, managing employees, equipment, etc) was when we got serious about our SEO (search engine optimization). There are lots of little niches you can do well with in the junk biz by just blogging about your day to day operations. Our business probably doubled when we focused more on SEO and PPC and less on traditional ads like radio and valpak mailers.
Also remember that your Trucks are depreciable assets and someday you'll have to replace them. If you can save some of your profit and pay for the new trucks with cash, you'll be way ahead of the game.