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Waste removal

Average pay: £32,733 a year (Payscale)

Though waste removal doesn’t sound glamorous, it’s a vital service that customers rely on to dispose of their unwanted items responsibly.

You’ve got options too if you ever want to diversify. Loads of different types of waste can be removed as part of your waste removal business, though it commonly involves removing old furnishings and taking them to waste disposal facilities.

First of all, choose a niche – think about whether you want to do domestic or commercial moves, such as office, as well as the items you want to specialise in. Take a look at the competitors working in the same area as you to pinpoint where any unmet demand is.

Remember that your day-to-day bills will include parking and disposal costs. Expect a decent outlay upfront with van, uniform and equipment costs to consider.

You’ll need to register with the government if you’re based in England. This is currently £154 at gov uk. It’s a legal requirement to do this every three years at £105 for every renewal.

You’ve to be at a decent level of fitness too as you’ll be tackling flights of stairs frequently.

There’s no need for a qualification to start a waste removal business, but it looks good if you have a qualification from the British Association of Removers.

It can take a while to get going while you establish yourself as a reputable business so this could be a business that’s better done through a franchise first. Check out Fantastic Franchise and Junk Hunters for more.

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Anna Jordan

Anna is Senior Reporter, covering topics affecting SMEs such as grant funding, managing employees and the day-to-day running of a business.

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