Forget everything you have learned about the moving industry. If you are under the impression that you need commercial sized trucks or a large staff to make a profit in the moving business, think again. Here’s how to start a moving company without a lot of money, just your truck or van.
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Part-Time Moving Business or Full-Time
The reality is that 80% of moving jobs are for small items or furniture pieces. Unfortunately, many people feel they have few options but to call the major moving businesses to move one piece of furniture, such as a desk. However, what if these customers could call a small, locally owned small moving company for a minimal fee?
Anybody with a truck or van can start a small weekend moving company to supplement his or her income. And you would be surprised as to how much money stands to be made from even a few hours of hauling furniture items around town. Individuals stand to make enough to supplement their luxury expenses. This can help to improve their overall standard of living in a down economy.
You can dive into the moving business part-time or full-time, depending on your availability and how well you market yourself. More on that in just a bit. We’ll show you exactly how to get the phone ringing with customers ready to hire you. Read on for details on how to start a moving company and make good money.
How to Start a Moving Company
Still need convincing? Here are the ins and outs of how to start a moving company with your truck or van.
Diligence and good health
Believe it or not, you don’t need to be a muscle man to be able to operate your small moving company. Even a team of two moderately athletic men can move couches or other furniture pieces; any team can haul items if they are in general good health and have good weight distribution skills.
$100, if you already own the van or pickup truck
If you already have the van or pickup truck, your only expenses will be your initial tank of gas and a possible investment in ropes, ties, and moving blankets. If you will not have much help, then consider buying a dolly as well. While many start-up endeavors require advertising expenses, it is easy to promote your startup moving company for free on sites like Google Business Profile and Craigslist. Speak with your local Ikea and leave flyers with them. Contact furniture stores and discuss how you could deliver furniture pieces to their customers.
$700 – $1,000 per month (much more if you have additional hours to work!)
Your monthly revenue will vary based upon how much time you can commit to moving pieces. On average, small movers may charge $50 – $200 to move a furniture item, depending upon the size and miles traveled. Individuals dedicating 10 or 20 hours a week can easily earn an extra $700 – $1000 per month part-time when starting a moving company.
$100 – $200 per month
The only expense of this business is your gas and mileage; however, many startup moving companies include gas and mileage in their fee, in addition to their price for service. Thus, should you incorporate this type of pricing structure, your overall monthly income remains unaffected by gas and mileage cost.
However, you may incur repair fees for your vehicle due to increased mileage. It is a good idea to save some of your profits each month to prepare for unexpected repairs. The $100 – $200 outlined for monthly expenses reflects what you should “save” to prepare for any potential repairs in the future.
Time to Break Even
One week or one hauling / moving job
If you already own the van or pickup truck, your startup expenses are minimal, encompassing $100 for the first tank of gas and any small moving supplies you buy. If you can obtain a $100 hauling or moving job, which is an average size, you can already break even!
Possible Bumps in the Road
As you start a moving company, you may encounter some bumps along the road. For example, during a housing market slump, fewer people are moving. It is a good idea to expand to junkyard hauling as well; in today’s economy, people are participating more in events like rummage sales and streamlining to decrease their storage expenses. Plenty of people need trucks, vans, and moving help just to get their unwanted belongings to the junkyard.
Getting Customers When Starting a Moving Company
With many consumers using Google to find moving companies, your online presence is now a big factor in getting business – and you don’t even need a high quality website!
Getting found on Google is the best kept secret on how to start a moving company and find customers fast. Here’s why:
Think about this: if you’re looking for a plumber, your first instinct is likely to type “plumber” or “plumber near me” into Google.
People who are looking for moving services do the exact same thing. They visit Google and type terms like “movers near me,” “moving company,” or “moving company near me.”
The results ALWAYS display a local map with pins showing the locations of companies nearby:
How to Get Your Moving Company Listed on Google
The beauty of getting customers for your moving company through Google is that the process of claiming your Google Business Profile is pretty easy.
Visit https://google.com/business and type in your company’s name and follow the instructions to claim it. You can also search right on Google Maps and claim your profile. (If you haven’t yet registered your company, you can do that here.)
Google will guide you through the steps to enter your hours of operations, phone number, and other information that prospects need to contact you.
And none of this requires having a website!
Of course, if you have a website, you can add that to your listing on Google.
Marketing Plan Help
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As you can see, the moving and hauling business can be an easy weekend business for people who already own trucks and vans. In addition, don’t be afraid to ask for gas and mileage fees upfront. If you can minimize the amount of expenses you will need to subtract from your profit, your average overall income will be increased significantly.