Want to know how to start a moving business? There is so much contrasting and quite frankly overwhelming information on the internet regarding this topic. Do you need a website? How do you generate leads? How much should I charge?
And if you keep reading, you’ll learn the five essential tips to starting your own moving business.
1. Create a Moving Company Business Plan
The first step of starting any business and in particular for full-service moving companies is creating a business plan.
Your business plan will help you answer critical questions about your business, see where you need to allocate budgets, alert you to vital market opportunities and prepare you for potential risks.
Some very important topics to consider are:
- Who are your target customers?
- How much are you charging your customers?
- What are the start-up costs for your business?
- What are the ongoing costs for your business?
- What tools, equipment, and resource will your business need?
- What is the name of your business?
Being able to answer these questions will give you a clearer picture of the path your business is headed down and what steps you need to take to get the ball rolling.
2. Apply For Moving and Transportation Permits
All house moving companies are required by law to have both moving and transportation permits.
These permits are legal authorizations that are required in all states.
The permits you need will vary depending on the type of moving company you are starting so it’s best to contact your local state regulatory authority or go to the US Department of Transportation to find the answers you need.
3. Get Moving and Transportation Insurance
Just like the permits we just mentioned, when starting out your first moving company, you are required to have moving and transportation insurance.
Before setting off in the business world, you need to ensure you have liability and cargo insurance to cover the risk of any damages or liability.
4. Build Your Website
Once you have all of your permits and insurance under control, you need to create your website.
Here’s why you need a website for your moving company:
- They build trust with your customers
- They educate your customer on your service
- They act as a lead generator for your business
A lot of people deem the process of building a website a scary one, but that’s no longer the case. There are many tools on the internet that offer to build your website for free, all you need to pay for is your hosting.
5. Purchase Moving Leads
Next, you need leads, and the very best way to generate leads for your moving company is by purchasing moving leads from a home listings site.
Generating leads yourself is becoming increasingly more expensive and harder to do as social media and pay per click are becoming more saturated.
Not only that but you cannot guarantee the quality of the leads you generate. That’s why purchasing pre-qualified leads from a home listings site is the easiest and most affordable way to do it.
Want More Info on How to Start a Moving Business?
There is a lot of information on how to start a moving business on the internet, and it can quickly become very overwhelming.
That’s why we hope that this article has helped make sense of all of the different things you are going to need in place.
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