Humans are always on the move. This is because change is unavoidable. For an entrepreneur this is a great opportunity to start a moving business. For starters ensure that you do plenty of research or else you will make costly mistakes. Get the required papers and start.
Determine how you intend to set your business apart. The moving industry is fairly saturated with amateurs willing to offer moving services for cheap because these individuals rarely have insurance or the required permits. Compete by being professional. Consider offering a variety of services, such as providing storage space for clients between moves, packing or loading services with or without the moving portion, unpacking and driving in or out of state.
Obtain moving training. Although moving isn’t particularly complicated, there is a rhythm to it. When dealing with other people’s most valuable goods, you want to ensure that you fully understand the mechanics behind proper packing and loading. As well, the right training can help you become that much more efficient, saving you space, time and money.
The basics of the business are a truck and insurance. you should start small and advertise to potential clients. You will of course experience bumps here and there as a beginner but soon you will get a hold of everything.
Anybody with a truck or van can supplement their income by starting a small moving business on the side. However, if you plan to advertise your services to the general public, then you should probably purchase insurance to protect yourself against defamation or lawsuits.
Contact an insurance agent to learn more about commercial insurance for your vehicle, and liability insurance for your business.
As you build your moving business, you are likely to encounter a few bumps in the road. Relying on your friends and family for business will quickly bring you to a dead end. To build buzz and grow your network, get a website up and running as soon as possible.
Be sure to include pictures of your equipment, as well as testimonials. Provide potential customers with a moving checklist—anything you can do to convince a would-be customer that you are knowledgeable and reliable is a plus.
If you operate a moving company, you need to be aware of all the moving company regulations and laws that are in effect in the areas you serve.
If you don’t, you can be subject to fines for a wide range of violations, and your moving business can even be shut down.
For example, if you start a moving company in California, here’s a small sampling of moving company violations that can result in fines:
Operating and advertising without a permit
Engaging employees without evidence of workers’ compensation insurance coverage
Failing to comply to consumer protection rules in MAX 4 such as not showing a Not To Exceed Price on shipping documents
Operating as a sub-carrier without a permit
Failing to provide the “Important Information for Persons Moving Household Goods” booklet
Failing to issue the “Important Notice About Your Move” document