How to open a moving company
Do you want to start a business in cargo transportation, but do not know what is the best to specialize in? Now so-called moving companies that organize various transfers from place to place are in great demand. We are talking about the transportation of furniture and things of people who move to a new place of residence; transportation of office furniture and equipment when the company changes its location; transportation of decorations and any other bulky items from one place to another. How to open a moving company and make money on moving – read on.
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Moving business in America is one of the most profitable. With us, it is just starting to gain momentum, but in the long run it is striving for the same high rates. Those moving companies that already operate in this market receive good and stable incomes. To feel a minimum of competition, it is better to open a moving company in those cities where there are no similar organizations at all or there are very few of them. But you should choose only fairly large cities. Why the business of moving, opened in a small village, will not be successful, it is understandable so – a small number of people and insufficient territory for work.
At the moment, competition between carrier companies is small. However, in this market there are many unofficial carriers that operate most often alone and find their customers through advertisements in the print press. They will be your main competitors. Such carriers ask for a rather low price for their services, but the quality of services leaves much to be desired. In order for your potential customers to make a choice in favor of your company, not relying on the price of services, you must confidently declare yourself as an official company that assumes all responsibility for the fast transportation and safety of all things, and offers other additional services. As them you can offer the service of packing things in boxes and in a film protecting from scratches.
Many carrier companies do not provide services at night. If you offer round-the-clock transportation, it will also help you stand out from the competition. As other additional services, you can offer advice on transportation, assembly / disassembly of furniture and equipment, arrangement of furniture according to the plan of the customer.
If you want to organize a small company with one or two cars and accept orders only from private clients, registration of an individual entrepreneur will be sufficient. In the case of the intention to create a large company with its own fleet and focus on corporate clients, it is necessary to register a limited liability company.
Private carriers work without premises – they pick up goods from one place and immediately bring it to another. Serious and large moving companies work a little differently. It is necessary to have premises for various purposes, as situations in work can arise different. Moving company must have the following premises:
1. For temporary storage of goods and materials (10-15 square meters, and better – 20-25).
2. For reception and negotiations with customers (15 square meters).
3. Bathroom and utility room (10-12 square meters).
4. For employees to relax (15 square meters).
As you can see, the total size of the room for a moving company is small. Much larger should be parking. In the fleet of a moving company there should be at least 5-10 cars with bodies of different sizes (for small and large traffic). Of course, you can start with a smaller number of cars, however, focus on the fact that over time, as the number of orders increases, you will need to increase the fleet.
A cargo storage room is needed for situations where cargo needs to be picked up, for example, today, and delivered to a new place only tomorrow or in a few days. Such orders may not be often, but they will. You can also store packaging material in the warehouse – cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, dressing cables, etc.
Discussion of the terms of cooperation and the conclusion of the contract most often takes place on the territory of the client, however, if we are talking about large orders for transportation in several stages, then sometimes it is better to discuss this in the office. Therefore, such a room for negotiations should be.
Lounge is a place where your managers and drivers can have lunch and relax between orders.