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- 2022 Franchise 500 Rank
#310 Ranked #336 last year
- Initial investment
$163K - $245K
- Units as of 2022
165 6.5% over 3 years
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a 1-800-Got-Junk? franchise.
1-800-GOT-JUNK is a garbage transport program intended to collect junk from homes and businesses. From furniture to yard waste, as long as it fits in the truck, 1-800-GOT-JUNK staff will remove it from the premises and leave the area looking clean afterward.
1-800-GOT-JUNK was founded by Brian Scudamore in 1989. Scudamore, who was a college student at the time, was looking for a summer job. His company took off and he began selling franchises in 1998. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the company operates many outlets throughout Canada and the U.S. 1-800-GOT-JUNK has enjoyed broad media coverage from some of the best-known media sources, including The Oprah Show, CNN, and MSNBC.
Why You May Want to Start a 1-800-GOT-JUNK Franchise
1-800-GOT-JUNK is a large national competitor in the junk removal market. The company has achieved continued recognition throughout the U.S., as well as worldwide.
Franchisees operate in a protected area, so other franchisees do not fight over contracts. Franchisees have access to a consolidated contact center to manage all sales, service, and dispatch calls. This call center will help you focus on developing your business and delivering on your promise to customers.
As soon as you purchase your franchise, 1-800-GOT-JUNK will support you as a franchisee. The company will promote your franchise's development by holding franchise affiliate conferences, regional gatherings, a franchise advisory council, and an annual conference. Business coaching and field support systems are there to help you prepare and deploy the elements needed to attempt to accelerate your business's success.
What Might Make 1-800-GOT-JUNK a Good Choice?
To purchase a 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment that will include a franchise fee and other startup costs. A qualified 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchisee should dedicate themselves to the brand and have experience in sales and marketing.
Other business costs involved in running a 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise include a royalty fee, sales and promotion fees, and a branding cooperative of the gross business profits. You'll want to make sure you have enough capital available to cover these potential additional fees, which may include a renewal fee, a failure to report a fee of royalties, a distribution center/promotion fee, and a late payment interest of yearly sales.
With your investment, franchisees have access to the franchise system that provides brand development, recruitment, and marketing programs. Furthermore, franchisees are given access to the exclusive call center service and online booking system.
How to Open a 1-800-GOT-JUNK Franchise
To show interest in a 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise, you can request franchise information. As you decide if you wish to open a 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if a franchise would do well in your community.
Once you have learned more about the opportunity and have decided to go ahead with the process, express your interest through a short 1-800-GOT-JUNK form. A franchise development team member may contact you to start the franchise process if they find you to be a good match for the brand.
- Franchising Since
- 1998 (24 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees in the following US states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
This company is seeking new franchisees in the following international regions: Australia/New Zealand, Canada
- # of Units
- 165 (as of 2022)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a 1-800-Got-Junk? franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
- $65,000 - $97,500
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $162,800 - $245,250
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
- $30,000 - $50,000
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
- $15,000 - $50,000
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 5 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- In-House Financing
- 1-800-Got-Junk? offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee
- Third Party Financing
- 1-800-Got-Junk? has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- On-The-Job Training
- 20 hours
- Classroom Training
- 40 hours
- Additional Training
- Additional training annually at conference & franchisee's location
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresField OperationsProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
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