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Starting a Trashout Business..

Whats up everyone I just joined this forum to see if I can get some help and tips into the right direction. I've been doing a lot of research about starting a business like this. I'm in Michigan and so far from what I've researched is I don't need any kind of license so what I've done so far was set up and filed in a business name and filled out the forum for a LLC. Getting business cards made up.. So far I've been saving up money to cover my overhead for the first couple months. I have a really good digital cam, I have a f250 super duty and in the process of looking for a dump trailer... Is a dump trailer the way to go or would any good heavy duty trailer be good? I'm not looking to start off doing any kind of repairs even though I know thats probably where the money is at but just trying to start off slow and keep working my way up. I will be doing lawn, snow removal, lock changes, ect.

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First, best of luck with your new business. I have been doing this for about 7 years now and am finally to where pp is only about 20 - 25% of our business.
First for the truck or trailer. I have had both but I personally prefer a box truck. I have always found that I can fit more on the 16' box truck which is equal to a 20 yd dumpster. Also it allows me to keep supplies and equipment in the rear and I use the front for debris.
I would try to get more business from realtors and private clients the pp business is not what it used to be.
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Where are covering in Michigan?
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First, best of luck with your new business. I have been doing this for about 7 years now and am finally to where pp is only about 20 - 25% of our business.
First for the truck or trailer. I have had both but I personally prefer a box truck. I have always found that I can fit more on the 16' box truck which is equal to a 20 yd dumpster. Also it allows me to keep supplies and equipment in the rear and I use the front for debris.
I would try to get more business from realtors and private clients the pp business is not what it used to be.
Thank you. That was going to be another question of mine.. I was looking into box trucks since I've seen you can get them a lot cheaper then a dump trailer.. Just was in-between with the cost of the two in the long run as in maintenance wise. But that was my plan to go through realtors and private clients.
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St. Clair County, Sanilac County, & maybe part of Macomb County.
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After using landscaping and flat bed trailers for everything for years, I picked up a 20' cargo trailer last year and love it. I always seem to end up taking it now over everything else. Everything is contained so no tarping or debris falling off. 7500 lb axles good enough to transport vehicles and we recently cut down a 35'x100 lot of approx 250 maple saplings, and every single tree fit inside of the trailer. Only downside is the trucks burn more fuel with the wind drag.
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After using landscaping and flat bed trailers for everything for years, I picked up a 20' cargo trailer last year and love it. I always seem to end up taking it now over everything else. Everything is contained so no tarping or debris falling off. 7500 lb axles good enough to transport vehicles and we recently cut down a 35'x100 lot of approx 250 maple saplings, and every single tree fit inside of the trailer. Only downside is the trucks burn more fuel with the wind drag.
Yeah I also been looking into enclose trailers.. Have any of you guys ever had to remove a car from a clean out before? I'm going to be getting a car trailer soon with a winch on it just because I'm into drag racing but figured the winch would come in handy if I ever came across having to remove a car or something heavy from a property..
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The only thing I can't figure out or find is the whole bidding thing.. Do you just get ahold of a realtor and if they give you a place to look at do you just go take a look at it and then get back with them on how much you would charge to do the clean out and then they call you back if they accept your offer?
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After using landscaping and flat bed trailers for everything for years, I picked up a 20' cargo trailer last year and love it. I always seem to end up taking it now over everything else. Everything is contained so no tarping or debris falling off. 7500 lb axles good enough to transport vehicles and we recently cut down a 35'x100 lot of approx 250 maple saplings, and every single tree fit inside of the trailer. Only downside is the trucks burn more fuel with the wind drag.
How do you empty a cargo trailer at the dump?
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How do you empty a cargo trailer at the dump?
Probably just removing it from the front and work your way back.. or some enclosed trailers have doors on the side so could probably get behind some things and push them out if possible.
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