How to become a Removalist
If you're looking for a career change and want to become a removalist, then this blog post is for you. In this guide we’ll take you through the steps needed to start a successful removalist business. We'll discuss the training required, how to find clients, and what to expect once you’re up and running.
Step 1: Get trained on being a removalist
There is no specific licence required to become a removalist, however, it is recommended that you complete a Certificate III in Transport and Distribution (Operations) or a Certificate III in Furniture Removal Operations from a registered training organisation. This will give you the skills and knowledge to do the job well and to a high degree of safety.
Step 2: Get some work experience
Now that you have the necessary training, it’s best to get some experience under your belt. Some of the largest removalist companies in Australia include Allied Pickfords, Crown Relocations, and Movecorp. Look out for job openings on their website. You should also keep an eye out for any roles on Seek or LinkedIn. Finally, tap into your network to see if any knows of any open roles.
Step 3: Get your driver licence and business insurance
In order to become a removalist, you will need to have a valid driver licence and business insurance. You will also need to be physically fit and able to lift heavy objects. It is also advisable to have some experience working with machinery, as most removalists use machinery such as forklifts and cranes to load and unload furniture.
Step 4: Start your own business
Once you have obtained the necessary qualifications and experience, you can start your own removalist business by registering for an ABN. Then it’s time to get the word out about your business. Advertise your business online, or via job boards in local newspapers. Connect with local real estate agents, to see if you can partner with them to offer your services when someone sells their home. People buying and selling property could be a rich source of leads. If you need help figuring out a unique business name, take this quick business name quiz, to see some helpful suggestions.
Step 5: Automate your financial admin
Now that your business is set up, it's time to make money and pay your taxes. Thriday is a popular automated accounting software for people working as removalists because it simplifies the process of tax compliance. The platform automates tax filing by organising income and expenses, monitoring GST, and generating reports for tax calculations, saving removalists valuable time and reducing errors associated with manual record-keeping.
The demand for removalists is expected to grow in the next decade as the population continues to age and more people move into retirement homes. If you are interested in becoming a removalist, there are many opportunities available across Australia. With the right qualifications and experience, you can start your own business in no time.