Sometimes, in a down economy, you have to make your own opportunities. And the guys of College Hunks Hauling Junk did just that.
Dan Ryan and Patrick Lipa were two friends who played hockey together at Notre Dame High School and now boast the first Michigan franchise of the junk removal company, according to The Detroit News. Based in Berkley, Michigan, the business is poised to reach $200,000 in sales by the end of 2010 — more than 50% more than last year.
“We’re part of the largest and fastest-growing U.S.-based junk removal franchise,” Ryan, 27, told the News. “We thrive in difficult times. If people are closing up shop, moving to smaller quarters, become overwhelmed by the stuff they accumulated, we can haul it out of there and donate goods to charity.”
Lipa and Ryan own two large box trucks and charge a minimum of $98 to a maximum of $529 for a full truck with 11 prices levels in between. Those hauling the junk wear starched green shirts with company logos and khakis.
The two men got into the junk hauling business after majoring in marketing (Lipa) and communications (Ryan) at Wayne State University, and realizing there weren’t a lot of job opportunities for them.
The moral of the story here is that these two young men created their own destiny. They identified a problem, a shortcoming, a disadvantage, and turned it into something positive, something they could take ownership of and really make their own.
Their story gives hope to those who may be unemployed or even underemployed, serving as a reminder that there are options out there if you’re willing to keep an open mind.