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Starting a junk/clutter removal business.

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    May 25, 2010 9:52 AM EDT

    This is a great idea. Any business that requires minimal start up capital has a stronger chance of making it big. What's there to lose anyway.

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    December 7, 2011 9:31 AM EST

    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.


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    March 8, 2012 2:03 PM EST

    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.



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    April 5, 2012 10:15 AM EDT

    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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    May 11, 2008 3:43 PM EDT
    After months of research into what it is I would like to do while in college I have come up with junk/clutter removal being the best. I am going to work three jobs over the summer so I can buy a truck and get started. If there is anyone out there in this business please offer me some advice as to the best way to get started, and how to price certain jobs. I would like to be able to create a business to compete with the big names in this industry while I am in school and then see where that takes me.
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    January 13, 2012 11:27 AM EST

    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!

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    March 12, 2012 11:23 PM EDT

    i would really aperiatiate your ideas. Go  for it, but also remember that the risk factor is what matters a lot in that.


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    March 4, 2012 6:50 PM EST

    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!!



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    May 24, 2011 12:14 PM EDT

    Hey Chris,

    This is not a bad idea.  We just launched our startup junk hauling company: We Heart Junk

    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

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    December 21, 2012 7:29 PM EST

    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.

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    December 20, 2012 6:28 AM EST

    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.


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    December 24, 2012 5:10 PM EST

    Zhangpeylin please dont spam this forum. This is only about junk removal

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    January 23, 2009 1:52 PM EST
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    December 16, 2011 12:42 AM EST

    Hey that sounds good but never ever thought of such kind of business, presently I'm making my living through trading and what I feel is, it is the most lucrative market and extremely profitable and super easy to get started with.

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    March 12, 2012 8:44 PM EDT

    Has junk business ahs a great income has you have to just buy the junk in small amount and sell it to the recycling companies in a higher rate will generate good turn over.

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    January 27, 2009 2:35 PM EST
    apologies for no specific suggestions or help on your business except you may want to incorporate a slight twist in your service that differentiates you from others...
    for example, in my city we have no "recyclable" items pick up.  so all the paper, bottles etc end of going in the garbage.  after all how many people will go out of their way to separate that stuff and go throw it where it can be reused right?
    ive called the city two years in a row now and they really want to implement a recycle pick up weekly but for some reason just have not moved forward. wonder how many cities actually do this?
    so i suggested providing all interested households with a recycle container / dumpster.  if this is available at home people would be naturally willing to use it.  its a win win for everyone and we will all be doing our part to help keep the environment clean.
    maybe someone can start a service like this and approach the cities/municipalities? with a growing green initiative this can be the next greenest idea candidate on the SUN annual competition :)

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  • April 16, 2014 9:34 AM EDT

    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.

    This post was edited by austininteractivedesign at April 16, 2014 9:36 AM EDT
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    March 9, 2015 11:37 AM EDT
    We started an Atlanta junk removal business called . It's hard at first but try to stick with it!
    This post was edited by Takeout at March 9, 2015 11:39 AM EDT
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    August 19, 2015 6:28 PM EDT
    We just started our junk removal business. Would love some advice for a fast start. Looking at all the marketing options is overwhelming.This is a bit scaryso thank you in advance.
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    September 12, 2015 1:19 AM EDT
    Before setting up a business, you could do some research to see which sectors have a huge demand but a lack of providers. From there, you can venture into the respective market to cater to the area closer to home. For me personally, storage is increasing in its popularity especially for those living in apartments where space is always a constraint. You could start small before expanding gradually.
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    September 28, 2015 3:17 PM EDT
    Agree with ThomasMaloney

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    This post was edited by jsjunk at September 28, 2015 3:21 PM EDT
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    September 28, 2015 3:23 PM EDT
    Update: Ok, so it's been a month since we started our junk removal business... We have learned a ton (literally). So far we have taken down chicken coops, hot tubs, seen some nasty, nasty hoarder stuff almost everyday something different. My only problem is getting to the front page with google anyone have any suggestions? How about some honest reviews about our site. Truly appreciate the feedback!

    This post was edited by vista at September 28, 2015 3:28 PM EDT
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    October 27, 2015 1:21 AM EDT
    Junk removal has become extremely popular these days as more and more people are making use of the service. I had the opportunity to work closely with the team from Junkit( ) from Toronto while shifting my office to a new location. I found it extremely helpful as I was able to concentrate on other things and not worry about junk.