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How to Start a Rubbish Removal Business

Updated April 17, 2017

Starting a rubbish removal business may not seem glamorous but it is a promising way to become filthy rich - or at least comfortable - with a minimal investment of time and money. The key to success in this business is building a good reputation and having a steady workload so it's important that you work with local people and businesses who can help set your brand apart from the rest.

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  1. Buy a second-hand truck or trailer that you will use to transport rubbish bins containing your clients' rubbish to waste disposal facilities. Look for good fuel economy and large load capacity. Your truck doesn't need luxury features like leather seats, satellite navigation, or climate control; it just needs to run reliably.

  2. Buy a Bluetooth headset or similar hands-free calling equipment. When your business is up and running, you will be spending your time removing rubbish, not sitting in your home office waiting for phone calls. Using hands-free phone equipment will allow you to make and take important business phone calls and accept new jobs while you work.

  3. Buy loosefitting work wear that will stand up to heavy use. You will likely be working in gardens and other outdoor environments, so you may encounter snakes, rodents, spiders, and other hazards. Wearing loosefitting trousers will prevent most garden and household pests from biting you through your clothing. Also buy a shovel and a rake in case you need to remove leaves, dirt, sand, gravel, or other debris.

  4. Acquire appropriate business insurance. Call insurance companies direct as well as browse price comparison websites to find the best deal. Your insurance policy should cover your truck, equipment, and any injuries to persons which may occur while you are working.

  5. Design some promotional brochures on your computer describing your business services in brief and display your contact details. Make sure your brochures are formatted attractively and easy to read, even at a distance. Distribute your brochures around your area by placing them on telegraph poles and notice boards or hand-deliver to local businesses and property owners who might need your services. Wait for that first phone call to come in.

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Things You'll Need

  • Truck
  • Hands-free calling equipment
  • Garbage bins
  • Work clothes
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Computer

About the Author

Based in London, Jezen Thomas began penning articles early in 2009 to complement spontaneous jet setting as a professional musician. His articles have appeared in Sputnik Music and other online publications. He holds a bTec diploma in advanced popular music from Newcastle College and has embarked on several international tours with street theater productions and other musical acts since 2005.

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