If logistics is your expertise, opening a moving company is the right choice. 8.4% (27 million) of Americans move yearly, so you’ll never run out of customers.

To start a moving company. Research the market, consider finances, obtain licenses, and market and manage your business to ensure that customers’ belongings arrive at their destination safely and on time.

Move along for some tips on starting a moving company.

Do Market Research

Start your company by looking for moving industry trends and statistics to identify demands so you can position your company well. Moving on, you can:

  • Study stories of successful moving companies to help you identify the requirements for a successful moving business.
  • Identify your target market. Provide specialized services to specific clients with certain needs, creating a competitive advantage. For example, you can specialize in moving seniors or people with disabilities who require extra care and attention during a move.
  • Connect with your target market. Communicate with your target clients to verify their needs and to best serve your target market.
  • Conduct competitor analysis. Do this by researching on social media, scheduling business meetings with owners, being their customers, and studying their marketing strategies, pricing, and management.
  • Position your moving company with unique selling points. Identify your company’s vision, mission, and goals. Ensure your brand stands out against your competitors and establish your business on a solid model to be at par with the competition.

Consider Finances

Franchise or Learning?

A newbie faces various challenges that require risks. You can master the ins and outs of the business or choose a franchise to dispel the risks of starting up.

Choosing a franchise requires looking into the top moving business brands, which means costs. To manage your startup, you must move the business skillfully with consideration for rookie mistakes. This learning curve will cost you, so to avoid it:

  • Close deals with customers only when your resources cover all responsibilities to get the job done.
  • Provide adequate employee training in handling goods, safety, and customer service.
  • Set appropriate procedures, policies, rules, and regulations.

Equipment Cost

The equipment’s price is another business factor. Depending on its size and features, a vehicle can range from $30,000 to $100,000.

You may also require dollies, blankets, straps, and other items, which cost $1,000 to $2000. You may purchase some storage containers or trailers when you intend to provide storage services. Software for movers, like Supermove, is a great addition to increase revenue, decrease costs, and make data-driven decisions, resulting in smooth business operations. 


You need a few reliable and competent staff, including a driver for the logistics.

The staff must have a healthy, strong physique because being a professional mover is a physically demanding job. They must act with professionalism and consideration for better customer service and satisfaction.

You might need another staff for office duties, like bookkeeping and customer support. You may add employees as your business grows. 


Insurance is vital to cover your vehicle, damaged or lost customers’ properties, and business properties.

To find insurance, ask other movers or search the web. Get quotes from various providers for the lowest rates. Buying from only one insurance company scores more discounts on bundled purchases.

Register and Obtain Licenses

Avoid interruptions, suspensions, and hefty fines while moving by obtaining appropriate licenses.

Determine which requirements you need by checking with your locality. They are must-haves before doing business with your customers.

Register all service coverages of your operations and always be compliant with the state’s laws, especially when your business offers long-distance services or cross-state haulings.

Develop Marketing and Management Strategies

Do you need a website and to pay for online, TV, and radio advertising, printed business cards and fliers, networking, and offline marketing? These avenues can help advertise your moving company most smartly.

Consider what marketing action, procedure, or cost will help you attain your goals after you’ve set them. Choose marketing initiatives that are appropriate for your company and your target audience.

Continuously monitor your strategies and use the data to determine which performs well and which needs improvements.

To maximize profit:

  • Offer competitive pricing.
  • Provide attractive wages.
  • Conduct regular preventive maintenance of the vehicle.
  • Control costs and spending.
  • Provide the best customer service.
  • Enhance brand recognition and customer loyalty.
  • Keep learning.

Build Your Moving Business Today

Pave the way for success in your moving company. With the above tips, you’ll be better prepared to manage every aspect of the journey.

Build the company you’ve always wanted now!


  • Lester Brock

    Editor in Chief Editor-in-Chief of CTE Solutions, Lester is a tech security analyst, cybersecurity professional, and a white hat hacker.

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