From Trash to Cash: 1-800-GOT-JUNK Began as a Start-Up and Is Now a Multi-Million-Dollar Company


Running his company with the enthusiasm of a start-up, Scudmore holds mandatory daily office huddles to discuss numbers.

Despite the dirty work, he makes sure all of the trucks are clean, and he believes in free advertising at all costs -- his own car is wrapped in the company logo. Trucks are also left in prominent places as billboards when they are not being used.

Chasing a bottomless pit of junk, a seemingly endless demand, Scudamore said the next step is to expand the business to more countries. He also wants to professionalize more dirty jobs that are generally a pain to get done, such as landscaping, maid services, carpet cleaning, window washing and house painting.

"I believe we can take out model, 1-800-GOT-JUNK, and make it a billion dollar business, whether it's just in junk removal, or a second brand that we started calling 1-888-WOW-1DAY-Painting," Scudamore said.

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