Start a Boxes for
Ever wished someone could just drop some
boxes in you front yard? People move all the time; they
move from house to flat to townhouse to farm etc. And they
need boxes to move. Sure, many people make use of moving
companies, and even they still need boxes. Just as many
people move on their own and dread the search for boxes.
This leaves a gap in the market for a boxes business.
Where to Get the
Large supermarkets, liquor stores, hardware
businesses, radio, tv and computer suppliers, and small
community shopping centres all have boxes. They all have
a space at the back of the centres where they throw their
boxes. You can collect them once a week or daily. Make an
arrangement with several shop owners to collect their boxes
on certain days. Note that the security guards may want
a cut of the pie and you should thus be willing to tip.
Marketing the Business
Use the carton from a few boxes and stick labels on them
with your advertisement on it and drop it in the postboxes
of homes. Target houses with a FOR SALE SIGN in front. Do
this once a week and whenever you pass a FOR SALE house.
Advertise your services in business directories, through
a website, Facebook, at community centre boards, and through
Wording the Advert
Your wording should state how you can make
their moving experience easier. Wording must be short and
sweet. Choose a name that says it all and give a price there
and then. Most people shy away from calling or emailing
to find quotes. They want prices before they will contact
you. If you are thus serious about the business, get confident
enough to add the prices on the adverts.
Does it Work?
boxes of all sizes to the customer. Price your boxes according
to their size. Provide quality recycled boxes and throw
out any boxes that don't fit the criteria. You can deliver
as many boxes as the customer wants. Establish the area
where you deliver and the delivery price. Select a price
range that makes it worth their while to make use of your
services. Keep in mind, that you must pay telephone, printing,
advertising, vehicle maintenance, tax, petrol or gasoline,
labor (if you have a helper), and in some cases, fees for
boxes. Don't price so low that you work for nothing, but
price competively to ensure that they will want to pay the
price in return for the convenience. Set a minimum order