Junk Removal

March 4th, 2013 by Shane Petersen Leave a reply »
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If you’ve been watching TV, then you’ve probably encountered the show “Shark Tank” which is apparently an American remake of a Canadian show “Dragon’s Den.”  Anyway, if you’ve seen that then you’ve probably seen the many people who’ve created a junk removal business.

They hire underlings and have them do all the work and try to set up locations in every big city.  But you don’t have to do that.  Here is an idea to create a weekend job in your own city passively.

Junk Removal Business Plan

So my thoughts are that the first thing I’d do is get a junked up pick up truck that you don’t mind getting dirty, dented, and scratched.  You probably already have one or access to one.  I’d go to Lowes or Home Depot and I’d buy some sticker letters, or if you are really ambitious you could get a small vinyl wrap for the truck door and back tail gate.  I’d create a company name and then put a phone number on it.  As you drive around passively, people will see this and hopefully need your help.

You can also create business cards and leave them at places like gas stations, the gym, bookstores, etc.  Anywhere people will let you place the cards.  You can also create signs to stick in the ground on busy street corners or right off the interstate with your information.

Junk Removal Work

So what does this job actually entail?  We haven’t mentioned that yet.  What you actually end up doing is loading and unloading people’s junk.  This can mean boxes of crap like clothes, toys, etc.  Or it could be heavy appliances that don’t work any more.  So be able to lift heavy things and be careful as well.  Understand the principles of proper lifting technique so you don’t get injured.

Another thought is to look around where you work. Is your company throwing away things that could be recycled. My brother-in-law took scrap steel that his company was disposing of and recycled it.  He ended up making several thousand dollars in just a few weeks, that is until his company decided to start recycling it themselves. Just make sure your company doesn’t have a problem with you taking it.

Here is a great catch too.  If you get good at junk removal, then you can just as easily offer moving services as well and help move furniture and refrigerators and all that stuff.  This is not easy work, but it’s not work that takes any special skill, so anyone can do it without college and specialized knowledge.  Give it a shot if you are up for some exercise!

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Shane Petersen Shane Petersen is a programmer, an engineer, an entrepreneur, but above all, a great husband and father. It's Shane's goal to gain financial independence and it's his pleasure to share his ideas as he discovers, explores and invents so others can follow in his foot steps. You can find him on and , feel free to interact with him there.