Feedback and FAQ’s
I am considering starting a junk removal business in our state, and I am curious as to how complete your package is for your U.S. customers. I look forward to your response.
Almost all of our orders have been to US customers. The package contains information and the blueprint for the setup and operation of the business. It includes forms, organizational templates and advice, training information, job descriptions (we break down the junk removal business into several different roles and teach you how to assign each role to someone. That makes sure that everything is taken care of and the customer experience is excellent.), advertising, etc.. Issues with waste disposal and special goods, ie: where do you take old car batteries? are discussed but every jurisdiction is different and that is research you will have to complete for your own local area. Also issues such as business licenses, carrier permits are local in nature and can probably be answered very easily at your local government business development office.
We do include pro-forma cash flow spreadsheets that can form the basis of your business plan if you are seeking funding. (using these tools, we were able to obtain a government guaranteed small business loan.)
The most important tools offered in the package are the data analysis tools. They serve to measure how efficiently you are pricing each job and another tool analyzes the effectiveness of each advertising media you are using. The first tool is important because it helps you and your employees learn quickly how to estimate and price jobs by analyzing past jobs. (in our experience, there is always a tendancy to underestimate the volume of materials when they are piled irregularly or spread out over a large area as they almost always are)
The advertising analysis tools help ensure that you get a better than average ROI on your advertising investments. For example: we learned that putting up signs on power poles was very effective at increasing call volume, however, after using the analysis tool, we discovered that the conversion rate of callers into customers was the lowest with this form of advertising. We still did it because it was cheap, but the analysis tool let us know that our yellow pages ad (much more costly) was actually delivering better quality customers that spent more and had a higher conversion rate.
I hope I've answered your questions. Please reply with any other question and I'll gladly answer.
-I came across your opportunity on the internet and had a question for you. I live a U.S state with a similar population of what you describe in your area. We have a population of about 125,000 where I live. I currently have a Handyman business and I was considering junk removal. After looking at your opportunity, it appears that your business model takes the approach of having employees, etc. You also mention that this can be a great add on service to a Handyman business. I work by myself and I am really not interested in starting immediately with any employees. My questions is, would your guide help someone like me that is interested in placing some separate ads in addition to my handyman service ads offering junk removal? I am not looking for a get rich quick plan or anything, I think it would be great if I was getting a 2-3 calls a week and making an extra say $1,000 per month. Is your guide for someone like me? Hopefully my questions make sense. Please advise.
We have had roofers, carpenters and other handyman operators buy our system and they say it works very well. Also, you can have an opportunity to cross-promote both businesses if, for example, you put out a door hanger or distributed a flyer.
Sometimes it is easier to have a helper for loading things like couches but you can certainly use this information even if you're starting out by yourself.
In particular, the marketing materials will be a huge help as most small business operators rarely want to devote the time to creating these types of tools or spending the money to have them made.
Your sales and income expectations are actually a little low so I would be confident in telling you that you should be able to make the extra income you are looking for even if you work by yourself.
How much of an investment is it-bare minimum to get started-this will let me know if this is a viable business for me to be involved in-thanks.
My partner and I started the business with $10,000.00. $5000.00 was for the truck. We spent about $500.00 to have the box (which was a flat bed with a hoist that was used for a road sander) constructed from expanded metal. We had the metal shop construct a swing gate on the back (like barn doors).
I designed the logo myself on PowerPoint. Had a sign company cut and install the decal for the truck box. This cost approx. $400.00 (three sides - see the photo in the ad or the web site). It is key to have the box have as large of letters as can fit (we discovered later that we got a huge amount of our business from the truck signage). When we did a job in a neighborhood we would hang door hangers on every door in the area; we got a huge amount of business from the truck and door hangers.
We did purchase a large ad in yellow pages which was delivered to our market two months after our open. this was a monthly bill added to our phone bill, therefore no money up front.
Many of the people who have purchased our package have noted that they have a business already and have a vehicle and perhaps sunk costs on employees. A business like moving businesses, contractors, etc. like the ability to generate a revenue stream during down times or off weather days / seasons.
Without any knowledge of the business (or any business for that matter) we where working at capacity within approx five months. Capacity was defined by the operating hours of the land fill in our area. After reaching capacity we then began do define a method to choose and price the jobs we wanted; that was how we developed the pricing models, metrics measurements, etc. After implementing a few ideas regarding pricing and measuring advertising results we added a little better than 10% in profitability in two months.
The rest of the money was saved in a bank account for a rainy day, uniforms, demolition tools, repairs etc.
We have added all of the advertising we used (just change the logo and phone number), door hangers, pole signs, measurement spreadsheets, etc.
I am confident you can be a year ahead of schedule from what we learned after starting our business.
This is a great business. And even better if it is an add on to an existing service you have now.
Best of luck.
What if I download it and I don’t think the package is worth the price?
Peter F, UK
Easy, we’ll refund 100% of your money if you’re not 100% satisfied. Just get back to us within 30 days of your purchase.
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