A Day in the Life of a College Hunks Hauling Junk Franchise
Operating a junk removal and moving services franchise means building a high-revenue business that adds value to the community it serves
In the U.S. Navy, Dan Tereshko found that he had a natural gift for leadership. When he left the service, he wanted to continue that passion but was unsure where to begin. Owning a College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise wasn’t initially on his radar, but he knew a good thing when he saw it.
“When I left the U.S. Navy, I had to make some life-altering decisions,” Dan recalls. “Ever since I washed dishes for our next-door neighbor as a kid, I’d been thinking about the benefits of being a franchise owner. I didn’t have any specific product or service to market, and I didn’t want to go back to school, so I was looking for something that involved leadership. College Hunks Hauling Junk fit the bill.”
In 2013, Dan took the leap and opened his own College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise in south Boston. A year in, he says he couldn’t be more pleased with the results that his hard work and dedication to growing his operations have brought.
Leading, mentoring young people daily
“It was a chance to work with people again as a team leader,” Dan says. “I’d done so much of that in the Navy, and I was really happy to have the chance to work with and build up young people again. I think it is so important that young people develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills.”
In fact, what College Hunks (Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable, Service) stands for lines up with Dan’s own values in a very meaningful way.
“I really identify with all the systems that College Hunks Hauling Junk has in place for managing and motivating people, and this vision is found throughout the company,” he says. “These people really live and breathe this, and that’s important to me.”
No set schedule, no same days
Another plus to the College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise life is that no two days are alike, and there’s enough variety to keep Dan motivated.
“I’m always working to find people who want to take on this kind of work; if I could find an endless supply, it would be great,” Dan says. “But that comes with the HR side of things. I tackle that, along with other administrative tasks such as working on our marketing plan, most mornings. Then I’m free to call customers to see how the service was, head out to provide estimates or go attend a networking event.”
Dan’s at work most days by 7 a.m. and often works into the evenings at home, but he says that comes with owning your own business. That’s also why, in the space of just one year, he’s had to find bigger space for growing staff, as well as his 26-foot and 16-foot moving trucks, dump truck and 8-foot pickup for small jobs. Now he’s working on new ways to generate revenue with his existing staff and truck stock, and he is always open to new ideas from the team.
Future growth is limitless
“It really depends on what you want to get out of the business,” he says. “What’s your vision? At first I spent all my time on the trucks and didn’t make the time to hire more people. Then I got smart and made hiring a priority. Now I can focus on networking and business development, and I have to say that the sky’s the limit. We have far exceeded any expectations I had — just blown them out of the water. As long as I keep a good team in place, we can do anything.”