How to Start a Moving Company Without a Truck
At the moment, there is little competition between moving companies. However, there are many unofficial carriers in this market, who operate most often alone and find their customers through ads. For your potential customers to choose to favor your company, without relying on the price of services, you need to confidently declare yourself as an official company that takes full responsibility for the fast transportation and safety of all things and offers other additional services. This is what you need to start a moving company without a truck:
Private carriers work without premises - they pick up goods from one place and immediately bring them to another. Serious and large moving companies work a little differently. It is necessary to have premises for different purposes, as different situations may arise in the work. But how to start a small moving company? There are several important requirements. A Moving company should have the following premises:
- For temporary storage of goods and materials (10-15 square meters, preferably 20-25).
- For reception and negotiations with clients (15 square meters).
- Bathroom and utility room (10-12 square meters).
- For the rest of the employees (15 square meters).
As you can see, the total size of the premises for a moving company business is small. Much larger should be the car parking. Cargo storage facilities are needed for those situations when the 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 frequent, but they will be. At the warehouse, you will also be able to store packaging material - cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, strapping cables, etc.
Cars, even if it is not a truck, are the main tool in your work . They can be rented or leased, but it is best to have your own. You can also have cars with cargo trailers. It will also be nice to have navigators in each of the cars, for the convenience of drivers and to ensure fast and accurate delivery of goods to the right place. The bodies of cars should have special fasteners to fix furniture and other things that can be broken or scratched during intensive movements of the car. Cars must have your company logo. You can order the creation of the company logo and its application on the outside of the car body in any advertising company.
How to start a moving company business with the necessary staff? Employees of the moving company will be drivers, loaders, directors, accountants, and administrators. The work of the staff is most often paid by the hour. In some companies, they receive a certain percentage of the total cost of the order, but this is less common. Accounting can be outsourced. It will be nice if you dress all employees in company uniforms that contain the symbols of your company. In the eyes of customers, this will once again confirm that you are a serious organization.
To advertise moving services, first of all, create a company website. It can be a regular business card site. Indicate on it a list of all your services, prices and information on how to contact you. Be sure to write that your company is fully responsible for the safety and integrity of the things you transport. This will inspire potential customers to trust you. Promote your website in search engines, and advertise on social networks and forums. As for other additional services, you can offer consulting and transportation, assembly/disassembly of furniture and equipment, and arrangement of furniture according to the customer's plan.