How to Make a Living With a Utility Trailer

by Michael Dickson; Updated September 26, 2017
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A utility trailer is a small to midsized vehicle generally towed behind a motorized vehicle. Trailers can be enclosed or open and are used to transport goods over long or short distances. Trailers are built tough, capable of carrying heavy loads. If you have a truck capable of pulling large loads, a utility trailer can be used to start your own business. Removal of rubbish or other unwanted materials and construction cleanup are common utility trailer businesses.

Step 1

Call local rental companies and ask what they charge for their trailers to get an idea of how much to charge. Set affordable rates. You can charge hourly, by the load, or by a quote before you remove the goods. Research potential drop-off locations for debris, and/or toxic materials.

Step 2

Register your business with your state to obtain licenses, and industry-specific operating permits, by visiting business.gov. This website has state specific links and guidelines allowing for online registration.

Step 3

Visit your local bank and speak with a small business banker. The bank can provide you with small business accounts, and features, that will help you maximize your profits. Also discuss with your banker what payment options to accept from potential customers.

Step 4

Advertise your business. Tell neighbors, real estate agents, property managers and small construction companies about your new business.

Step 5

Create a calendar to track your trailer usage. Record appointments, paying close attention to trailer availability. List multiple appointments each day by blocking out the estimated number of hours per job.

Step 6

Create an invoice to give to customers. An invoice will record the customer name, address, date, job location, and amount owed by the customer.

Warnings

  • In accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, hazardous waste must be recycled properly. Contact your local hazardous waste recyclers for proper disposal.

About the Author

Michael Dickson has been writing online since 2010 for various websites. He is licensed in the state of Minnesota as a financial adviser.

Photo Credits

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