The College H.U.N.K.S.® Story
From a Small Operation to Various College H.U.N.K.S. ® Franchise Opportunities
College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® was born in the summer of 2003 when 21-year-old Omar Soliman spotted an opportunity to earn a little extra money to spend during summer break. His mom owned a furniture store in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, and Omar had noticed that during deliveries, customers would often ask if they could haul away the old furniture. They were willing to pay $50 or more for the service. Recognizing this need, Omar asked his mom if he could borrow her beat-up old cargo van and use it to offer junk-hauling. Later that night, he sat down with his best friend since high school, Nick Friedman, and started coming up with names for the business. Omar tossed out “College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk® ,” and they shared a good laugh. Then they thought about it for a minute. You know, that’s actually a pretty good name!
Omar used his computer to create some fliers, and the next day he started putting them up in the neighborhood. That evening, his phone started to ring, and they scheduled jobs from Day 1. Their business took off. Without experience or much of a plan, they made more than $8,000 that summer. The taste of entrepreneurship was exhilarating, but Nick and Omar weren’t yet thinking about this as a career. They had always been told to study hard, do well in school and get a nice job working for someone else.
Creating a Business Plan
After the wildly successful summer, fate intervened. The University of Miami had just started the annual Rothschild Entrepreneurship Competition, which awarded a $10,000 prize to the best business plan and $500 – $5,000 for honorable mentions. He called Nick to tell him about the contest, and they laid out a vision for a new type of junk-hauling company.
Omar and Nick had a vision to build a fully branded and systematized operation for serving customers that used a customer call center to boost efficiency. The centralized job scheduling would allow franchise owners to handle more jobs more quickly, resulting in more profits. Marketing, uniforms, and an emphasis on “WOW” service would create a great customer experience, ensuring repeat and referral business.
After six days of putting the business plan together, Omar was pleased to learn College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® had been selected as one of 20 finalists. He was invited to give a presentation to a group of alumni judges consisting of business owners from all over the country – and he blew them away.
When he received the first-prize check for $10,000, he knew that “College H.U.N.K.S.® ” — an idea born over a few beers with buddies — had become something special.
From an Award-Winning Plan to a National Junk Removal Franchise
When Nick and Omar graduated from college, they took the normal path at first. They both landed office jobs, where they quickly felt unfulfilled. Is this really what they wanted to do for the next 40 years?
No. No! College H.U.N.K.S.® had been more fun, had offered more freedom, and had shown that it could generate much more money than their corporate salaries. A few months after starting the corporate grind, Nick emailed Omar to ask what his timetable would be for launching the business. Omar emailed back that his timetable was now.
Starting a Junk Removal Business
The friends fleshed out their business plan, created a checklist, created an LLC, opened a bank account, and took out a small business loan to buy their first real junk-hauling truck.
Since then, College H.U.N.K.S.® has been growing exponentially. We have opened locations nationwide and expect to quadruple in size over the next several years.
Ready to create your own success? Contact us at (878) 205-2146
A Company with a Noble Purpose
Our purpose is to “Move the World” emotionally by eliminating stress for people who are moving or dealing with clutter, and by creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and hard workers who are eager to learn how to build a business. We do it by living out our core values.
Our core values, which we share with franchise partners and train them to inculcate in their team, are:
- Always branding — This means always being professional and aware of how others see you, whether or not you are with a customer.
- Building leaders — This means mentoring employees to help them learn and take on responsibility, and advance in business and in life.
- Listen fulfill and delight — This means paying attention to others and showing extra courtesy or adding a little spark to their day
- Creating a fun enthusiastic team environment — This is the kind of environment in which morale is high and people flourish.
2003: Summer job – Nick Friedman and his best friend Omar Soliman hauled junk using an old cargo van while still attending college. That summer, they did the hard labor themselves and made $8,000. This was their first taste of entrepreneurship.
2004: Business plan wins competition – Soliman entered the Leigh Rothschild Entrepreneurship Competition in Miami, a competition that showcased the best business plan ideas. The business plan that he and Friedman wrote for College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® won first place in the competition and came with an award of $10,000.
2005: Setting up shop – Soliman and Friedman opened in Washington, D.C., and expanded the company into a full-scale operation. In its first two years, College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® hauled away more than 4,000 tons of junk and surpassed $1.2 million in revenue.
2008: Moving themselves – Soliman and Friedman expanded to a national franchise and became the youngest franchisors in America at the time. They added moving services to their repertoire and relocated their national headquarters to Tampa, Florida to open a call center that would support their franchise owners. Their first 10 franchise locations opened that same year and they achieved their first $1,000,000 in revenue.
2009: Growth and recognition – College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® added three new locations and was named one of Inc.’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies, and was ranked #30 on Entrepreneur’s Top 500 New Franchises. Soliman and Friedman appeared on the very first episode of ABC’s Shark Tank.
2010: More media – College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® added 12 new locations. Soliman and Friedman appeared on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker. They also published their book, Effortless Entrepreneur: Work Smart, Play Hard, Make Millions.
2012: Satisfied franchise partners – The company achieved its first $10,000,000 in revenue and system-wide average unit income reached $310,211.86. It also earned Franchise Business Review’s Top 50 Franchisee Satisfaction Award and Inc.’s Hire Power Award.
2013: Making the grade – College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® added 10 new locations and was named one of Franchise Magazine’s Franchise 500 for the first time. Friedman was featured on HGTV’s House Hunters.
2016: Going international – The company reached 95 franchise locations and opened its first international location in Edmonton, Canada.
Call (878) 205-2146 to learn more about our story and how we can help you succeed as a College H.U.N.K.S.® franchise owner.