In 2005, Junk King started when two childhood friends opened a junk hauling and recycling business out of their garage. Since then the company has grown to 50+ franchises throughout the United States and Canada. That's a pretty amazing rate of growth. So why are franchisees jumping into the junk hauling and recycling business? Well, first, I'm pretty sure potential franchise owners are doing their homework looking at the numbers the company generates. But why does Junk King generate the numbers that attract potential owners? Because customers love the service. Junk King gets the highest ratings for its service. The highest rating in the junk hauling world? Um, no. Customer satisfaction is the highest for Junk King...bar none.
I write the press releases for Junk King hauling and recycling. That means I get an early look at what's important to the franchisees who open throughout this country. In every questionnaire I have read from a new franchisee, they always talk about charity and volunteerism. Many mention their happiness for the chance to donate goods to charities or needy individuals. Most have a long history of charitable or volunteer work. Some have even founded their own non-profits.
What do people know about the franchisees of Junk King? Well there are over 50 franchises in the system now with a branch in Canada too. All are locally owned and operated, but it is the diversity of the people who are Junk King franchisees that is really interesting.
The Denver Business Journal recently published an article called "Franchising Expected to Pick Up This Year." That's a bit of an understatement. The International Franchise Association has some very optimistic stats for 2011. Here are a few of them: