Sacramento, Here We Come!
When Alyssa got the call from her dream job up here in Sacramento, and that she got it, I knew it was the end of my insurance career. I never would have dreamed my life would soon be the face of Sacramento junk removal. Bittersweet, we followed God’s call for our lives, leaving our friends and family behind and drove 6 or 7 hours north (actually it was a bit more since towing a car behind a U-Haul is the worst!).
Being blessed with such a supportive wife, I interviewed for months all over Sacramento looking for that perfect fit. There was no pressure to settle. And as you probably can tell, it never came. I’ve never liked being a cog in a wheel of a disposal machine that only cares about profits, and not about the community or space they operate in. That’s when she told me, ‘why don’t we start our own business then?’
Starting Our Own Business
After a few white water rafting trips down the American River, and of course a few pints at the local Sacramento breweries with new friends, we narrowed it down to a few qualities. I wanted to be able to help our community, I wasn’t afraid of getting dirty, and I love to drive. She jokingly said that I should be a junk hauler, and a month or two later we purchased our first dump truck for our yet-to-be-named junk hauling company in the heart of Sacramento.
I haven’t looked back, and I’ve been so incredibly thankful for all the families and local charities I’ve been able to help serve. Whether it’s a simple junk pick up, trash hauling, demolition job, or electronics recycling, it feels great to provide the heavy-lifting for clients that want competent professionals to haul away their unwanted furniture or items.
What I’ve Learned
I hope that whatever you do for work, you find purpose in it, just as I do — even with junk. My friends think it’s funny that I call myself a trash man and not the founder of a locally-owned company that consistently out performs competitors. Frankly, I’ll take any blessing to be humbled. We thank God everyday for the life that He’s given us, and for the the lessons he continues to teach. I started my career thinking I was better than a lot of my peers due to my test scores and upbringing, but I’m not. I’m not at all. And if it’s one thing God continues to teach me through starting a career in waste management, dumpster rentals, rubbish removal, and being Sacramento’s junk removal company of choice, it’s humility. It’s pretty easy when you’re knee deep in waste everyday, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Founder of American River Hauling and Junk Removal llc.