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How to Start a Junk Removal Business

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Starting a junk removal business can be as simple as having a pickup and posting on Craigslist for jobs, but to be as successful as possible, it is important to treat your junk removal service as a professionally run business.

Perform Your Market Research First

You should undertake some basic junk removal market research before starting out, including such considerations as:
  • competitor analysis, including pricing and service, professional image offered. Understand that because of low barriers to entry, there may be a steady stream of new junk removal services that will tend to keep rates lower.
  • estimation of pricing and profit margins, understanding your cost to dispose of different types of waste. Some will have to go to the dump, while some might go to scrap dealers or charities, etc.
  • local, state and federal regulations you should consider with respect to hazardous waste and waste disposal in general.
  • incorporate seasonality into your planning. Spring and summer are the busiest when it comes to junk removal. Anticipate that these will be your busiest seasons, with things slowing down in the fall and winter.
  • put together a business plan, using a business plan template such as this one offered by Susan Ward of About.com
  • Launching Your Business

    Attending to the Business Details

    After you have determined to proceed with your new enterprise the next step in the process is to register your business name and purchase a business license, as well as an Employers Identification Number (EIN). With this information, you will be able to open a business checking account at your bank. Be sure to start from the beginning to properly file the paperwork generated from your business, including receipts and other documents.

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