So on debri removal.. no money in that? If your charging 16 or 20 but theyíre charging you $75 thatís a loss. But I guess some things you can sell or take somewhere else like you said. And on the background check, only I have to pass that or anyone I employ as well?
$16 to $20 cyd. The $75 is per ton. It does make money, but not like in the early days. I do have a client that pays $30 cyd, so those are pretty worthwhile. You can usually expect 15-20 cyds per ton (depending on what is being removed), so $300-$400 a load less the dump fee, labor, and materials (those bags ain't cheap!). A team of two guys under supervision (voice of experience) can usually load a 15-20 cyd trailer in about 3-4 hours. Establish early what the measurements of your trailer is and stick to them. I use a 7x12 trailer, but measures out to 7x12' 6". Obviously, I use the larger measurement. I hear some banks still pay up to $50 cyd, but I only got on one of those once or twice over the years. Gotta have those connections.
By the way, I do not usually move bricks that are whole. If they are a few broken, I will throw them on the trailer. Stacks of bricks and wet wood get a separate bid with an excess weight fee. I broke one trailer with bricks. Won't do it again. Usually load in the back of the truck.
Taking stuff to other places - donating clothes to Salvation Army (I need at least half dozen bags to make it worthwhile), recycling, and such are all part of the hustle for the small guy. Maybe it is all just one giant hustle.
You need to pass the background check at least. The rest is open to interpretation ....