Moving is a great experience. It's cathartic, it's symbolic and it helps you figure out what you're taking with you on your journey and what you're leaving behind. Packing up your home is like spring cleaning on steroids, but what do you do with all the junk that didn't make the cut?
Well, if you're in Georgia, you should give Stand Up Guys a call. I spoke to Casey Walsh, owner and CEO, and he told me why his company is the up-and-coming player in the junk removal game.
What is Stand Up Guys?
Stand Up Guys is a company that looks out for the customers and their needs first. We do what we can to always please the customers and live up to our name. Being a 'Stand Up Guy' means you're polite, respectful, honest and hard working. We bend over backwards to make sure every single one of our customers is 100 percent satisfied.
What was the inspiration?
My inspiration for starting this business was the book 'Think and Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill. After reading it I decided that the only thing I wanted to do was to work for myself and become an entrepreneur.
My first endeavor was Stand Up Guys and I never looked back.
What is the story behind the name?
I set out to come up with a name that would represent our company as a whole; a name that would convey our attitudes and respect for our customers.
I also wanted a name that was unique and not mundane like the other competition. While listening to the radio I heard a TI song that came on and in the lyrics it said "like a Stand Up Guy." Once I heard that it stuck.
How has business been doing since you started out?
Since I started the business back in 2008 with a pickup truck and raggedy old trailer, we have grown significantly. We have stayed true to our name and true to our customers and because of that we have been able to expand. Stand Up Guys now has five trucks, two dumpsters, over 12 employees and a new franchise in Portland. We also help over 2,000 customers per year with their junk removal needs. These numbers are always growing.
What has been your biggest failure with Stand Up Guys?
I wouldn't say it's my biggest failure, but the biggest mistake I made when first getting started was not spending money on better equipment. In the beginning I would try and pinch pennies and save money on the trucks that I would buy. This turned out to be the wrong choice.
I found out the hard way in time that spending money for good equipment is always the right decision. Skimping on tools and equipment is a recipe for disaster and can wind up costing you much more in the end.
What has been your biggest success?
My biggest success has just been the growth and expansion of Stand Up Guys. Sticking with our roots and our morals while taking care of our customers has always been the number one goal and it has paid off. This is the foundation we were built on and this is how we plan to build into the future.
What sets you apart from your competitors?
We are unique in a few ways. Here in Atlanta we are the only local company that can offer our customers the same service as the bigger franchises. With multiple trucks and crews we can get to our customers and tend to their needs at the time that they want and not what just fits into our schedule.
Unlike the bigger franchises though, we have a small time feel and better prices.
What advice would you give to entrepreneurs?
The best advice I could give an entrepreneur is to value your customers and their needs no matter what. They are the lifeblood of your business and without them you'll have nothing. Also, don't forget that cash is king. Stay away from debt and only spend your money wisely.
Posted By Adam Fridman