In today's tough job market, more and more people are starting their own businesses. But how do you come up with that million dollar idea?
Two young men in Tampa are going nationwide with an idea that's already made them millions.
By now, you may have seen their bright green and orange trucks. Their business is called College Hunks Hauling Junk.
They've sold franchises in 30 metropolitan areas in the U.S. Their goal is 50 by the end of the year. How did it all start?
"We were sitting at home for summer vacation thinking about some ways to make extra money," says Hunks co-founder Nick Friedman.
Jokingly, he says, he and his friend Omar Soliman put up signs around the neighborhood that said College Hunks Hauling Junk.
"Kind of a funny, catchy name," says Soliman. "We thought we'd get a few laughs out of it, but then my cell phone started ringing."
And the calls haven't stopped since.
"For us, 'Hunks' stands for Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgable Students," winks Soliman.
He says the vast majority of workers across the nation are college students. Their goal is to become the largest employer of college students in the nation. They say "Hunks" is a breeding ground for young entrepreneurs.
"They always tell me they're not in the business of hiring junk haulers, they're in the business of hiring leaders," says "Hunk" Kevin Burns, as he lugs unwanted furniture from a home near Tampa.
"There was so much I learned that never was taught to me in school," says Burns. "From customer loyalty, to dealing with the public, to sales."
The "Hunks" say they're not finished. Outside their Tampa headquarters is a VW Beetle with a flashy paint-job. It says "College Foxes Packing Boxes."
"We figured the Hunks were getting lonely. We needed some sort of sister concept to compliment it," grins Friedman. For now, they say "Foxes" is just a concept, like "Hunks" was.
"To us, an entrepreneur means anybody who can create something out of nothing, that adds value to our community," says Friedman.
Hunks has a program to help young people go to college, and a green initiative to donate and recycle junk.
"Yes, it's a dirty business," jokes Friedman. "But we make it look good."
For more information, go to www.1800junkusa.com.
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