How to Make Money With a Hauling Business

Learn how to use your van or pickup truck to start a junk hauling business.


| July/August 1972



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All you need is a truck or van to start earning money hauling junk to the dump.


ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF

Two years ago i bought a used half-ton Chevrolet pickup truck and started operating my own hauling business out of the city apartment in which I lived. The enterprise was successful right from the start and has solved the money hassles for my lady, Christina, and me ever since.

Our good fortune is no fluke either, because Russell Danel—a friend of mine—and two of my brothers have nova followed my example and established prosperous hauling operations of their own. Russell quit an office job to become my partner three weeks after I launched my enterprise and he now has his own truck and his own business. My brothers are also quite successful, If you're trying to get off the nine-to-five treadmill and blossom into your—real self, then, read on. Our trade "secrets" are all here and should work as well for you as they have for us.

If you don't already have a truck you'll have to mount a search. Check the newspapers, your friends . . . or walk the streets. There are a surprisingly large number of old pickups, vans and flatbeds, around—still in really fine shape—for $300 or less. One special tip: extended side mirrors are a must no matter what truck design you buy because a full load on any model will cut off your vision to the rear on both sides.

When you're shopping for a vehicle, bear in mind that the business we're discussing is a real "growth industry". People everywhere have discards, garden trimmings and piles of trash that they're thrilling to pay to have hauled away. If you provide a reasonable service at a fair price, you're almost sure to find yourself in steadily increasing demand . . . so outfit yourself accordingly. I started with a half-ton pickup and, within months, was forced to "expand" by purchasing a 20-year-old three-quarter ton International flatbed for $125. Think big.

"Ganesh", my stalwart "new" truck was a good investment. It has three times the carrying capacity of the pickup and decreases—by the same factor—the number of trips I must make to the dump. To put it another way, I can handle more calls (and make more money) in a given day with the bigger vehicle.

Whichever you buy, pickup or flatbed, your first concern wilt be the construction of a generously proportioned carryall box. The cane I built for Ganesh is six feet wide, five feet high and nine feet long. It's perfectly all right to recycle old 2 x 4's and plywood from the dump for this but do make sure that each side of the box is solid so that all parts of every load you haul stay with you. Remember, you want to be an Ecological Hygiene Transporter . . . not a common litter rat.

bigpoppa
1/5/2015 2:06:08 AM

Another new option for haulers is to sign up for GoShare. They provide a safe and reliable way for pickup drivers to make extra money helping people with local hauling jobs www.goshare.co/drivers






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