One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure
Successful Waste Removal Company Offers Franchise Opportunities in Florida
April 03, 2008 // Franchising.com // Tampa Bay, FL – Opening your own business can be a scary prospect. Just ask Mike Thorne, President of JUST JUNK headquartered in Ontario, Canada.
In 2003, Mike was working with one of Canada's largest corporations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Sitting at his desk in a sea of cubicles, he was asked to remove old office equipment from the 7th floor of his building. After searching unsuccessfully for a junk removal company, it hit him – he realized everything in this world would one day need to be removed and disposed of.
"It was an epiphany," said Thorne. "Within a couple of weeks, I had left my well-paying position and life in Toronto and moved back to my hometown in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. I bought a $500.00 cargo van, named my one-man-in-a-van operation JUST JUNK and I opened for business."
After placing a primitive ad in the classifieds, Mike's suspected hunch was correct; everybody owned junk. He spent his days picking up anything from everywhere, and his nights were spent building a business model and interviewing employees.
Since that time, JUST JUNK has grown by leaps and bounds. The company now has advanced truck technology, a centralized call center, 12 employees, and spends much of its time interviewing prospective franchisees. Along the way they've been recognized with numerous entrepreneurial awards, including Top New Business, Entrepreneur of the Year and Top 40 under 40 for the founder, Thorne.
In 2007, (after turning down multiple franchise prospects) JUST JUNK Franchising Corporation began selling rights to markets in Ontario, Canada, including: Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga. Due to the overwhelming interest received from stateside prospects, the company is now getting set to expand into the United States with initial area franchise opportunities within the state of Florida.
Rick Dixon, Director of U.S Franchise Development, Just Junk Inc. has already begun searching for U.S entrepreneurs who want to become a leading service provider and support Just Junk's environmentally-conscious approach to junk removal.
Since its inception, communities across Canada have embraced Just Junk's environmentally-friendly approach. Over 60 per cent of the material Just Junk removes from homes and businesses is either recycled or donated to local charities, helping protect and conserve community's watersheds and green space. Just Junk has partnered with many notable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill and the Salvation Army, providing reusable building supplies, household products, toys, furniture and clothing.
Florida's Just Junk franchise owners will help the environment while capitalizing on the booming need for professional junk removal services," said Dixon. Another major factor for the company's success is the emergence of the do-it-yourself renovation industry. Many homeowners undertake projects that result in large amounts of junk and clutter that can be a burden.
"Renting a disposal bin or personally taking junk to a landfill is often not a simple, practical or cost-effective solution. We help our customers remove their clutter, create space and get organized in an environmentally friendly way," he added. For more information, please visit www.justjunk.com
About Just Junk
Just Junk removes junk and unwanted materials/items from residential and commercial properties including furniture, appliances, garden refuse, and construction and demolition debris. The firms rates include all labor, loading of the materials from anywhere on the property, clean up and all disposal/recycling fees. Customers are provided with an up-front written estimate before any work begins.