What's Inside

  • Lesson 1
    Starting And Running Your Independent Moving Labor Company

    The brand new entrepreneur's 12 Steps to Success. We want you to succeed. So we lay it all out for you. Right here.

  • Lesson 2
    Marketing 101: Naming Your Company

    What's in a name? Plenty! Dig into the various implications of choosing the right name for your company.

  • Lesson 3
    Marketing 101: Choosing A Logo

    The right symbol for your company can do as much for you as your name. Put some thought into it – and create a visual stir.

  • Lesson 4
    Business Structure

    Forming an LLC takes a bit of time and paperwork, but going the simpler, easier Sole Proprietorship route might lead to bumps and pitfalls down the road.

  • Lesson 5
    Business Licenses

    Straight up, it's illegal to do business without a license. Besides, the cost and effort will come back to you many-fold as a credentialed HireAHelper mover.

  • Lesson 6
    Opening A Business Bank Account

    It would be nice to simply show your uniform shirt to the teller and get your business account set up, but there's a bit more to it. Here's everything you'll need.

  • Lesson 7
    Employment And Labor Law: Contract Labor

    Employees and contractors may do the same thing on the job site, but they differ in just about every other respect. For you, the business owner, choosing who to hire matters.

  • Lesson 8
    Employment And Labor Law: Hiring Employees

    There are a number of steps involved in hiring employees – many of them tax-related, few of them fun. We'll take you through the process.

  • Lesson 9
    Employment And Labor Law: Workplace Safety

    OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, isn't just a bunch of rules. It's only mostly a bunch of rules; they do have additional resources for us to tap into simply because they care. As we all should.

  • Lesson 10
    Marketing 101: Setting Prices

    Low cost and good value are two different things. Take a look at how to use both of them to your advantage. Because money is a funny thing, but a lack of money is not.

  • Lesson 11
    Marketing 101: Where To Advertise

    We'll help you get your business ball rolling with a listing and a website page. But don't stop there! Check out some alternate avenues to revenue.

  • Lesson 12
    Marketing And Advertising Law

    It all boils down to being truthful. But just in case, we bring you the Advertising Gospel according to the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Lesson 13
    Basic Business Plans: Company Description

    Put together a company description that will sell your prospective clients, starting right here.

  • Lesson 14
    Basic Business Plans: Your Marketing Plan

    Take an in-depth look at your market – and how to make a successful approach.

  • Lesson 15
    Basic Business Plans: Organization And Personnel

    A quick extension of your earlier business structure and hiring decisions, based on your target budget.

  • Lesson 16
    Basic Business Plans: Describe Your Service

    An outgrowth of your company description that includes where your business is on a developmental scale.

  • Lesson 17
    Basic Business Plans: Sales and Marketing

    Strategizing to maximize your marketing and sales efforts.

  • Lesson 18
    Basic Business Plans: Financial Projections

    Laying out historical and projected financial data – otherwise known as Appeasing the Creditor Gods.

  • Lesson 19
    Basic Business Plans: Executive Summary

    Put together a thorough yet tight description of where your company is and, more importantly, where you expect to go.

  • Lesson 20
    Calendar Sharing and Planning

    Keeping your crew members on the same page. Because showing up short-handed is not a good way to greet your customer.

  • Lesson 21
    Dealing With Complaints

    If you are human, then this is something you'll need to do. Know how to do it well.

  • Lesson 22
    Processing Claims

    Another downside to being human. After you've done all you can to avoid a claim, there are a few things you can do to put it (more or less) painlessly behind you.

  • Lesson 23

    Sage words on the why and how of budgeting, along with some tools to help keep you on track.

  • Lesson 24

    Steps and software options to setting up a finely-tuned payroll system – because no one wants an angry mob at the door. And we hear those IRS types aren't too amusing either.

  • Lesson 25

    More info on strategy and software to keep the taxman at bay.

  • Lesson 26
    Pro Tips: Customer Service

    Laying down the law on Attitude and Action, the twin pillars of strong customer service.

  • Lesson 27
    Giving Back to the community

    Because at the end of the day, serving people is what we are all about.

Photo credits to: Elliott Brown, Jack Dorsey, and Todd Barnard.