Opening a Packing Service Business
The thought of moving is enough to make anyone tremble with painful thoughts. All of that packing, unpacking, boxes, tape, bubble wrap, lifting & carrying is a huge stress. But like most great business ideas, where there is a problem, the solution is often a solid business idea.
To start a packing service, you will need to be organized, have the ability to lift up to 40lb boxes and be careful with others’ belongings as if they were your own. The start-up cost for this type of business is minimal.
You will need to buy cheap boxes, tape, and bubble wrap to be profitable in this business. If you can get boxes from retail stores before they throw them away, banana boxes are ideal, which is one way of saving a large expense per customer. Also, save the boxes after each move and you can save both time and money with the next move. You can get cheap rolls of tape at wholesale places such as Sam’s Club, Costco, & Makro.
When pricing this type of service, you can add a cost of $3.00 per box for materials (even if you get them for free), plus work on an hourly rate. $25 per hour would be reasonable for this type of work. An average packing job would take about 8 hours for a small house or apartment and maybe a couple of full days for a large house. This would turn out to about $200 per day, and since you are using your time, it is almost all profit.
A good place to advertise would be with rental truck companies such as U-Haul pickup locations & Van Hire Outlets. Posting flyers within apartment complexes that have many moves each month could also prove profitable. Try to network with Realtor or Estate Agents so they will refer people to you when they sell a home.
You may want the protection of a corporate entity that you can setup rather inexpensively. Some insurance would be a good idea in case you break something of your client’s