Networking opportunities, working with teams, meeting clients to scope out jobs, interviewing for new hires — and that’s all before lunch
A year ago, Dan Tereshko realized his entrepreneurial dream when he opened his own College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise in south Boston. Now the “Head Coach” looks back over those first 365 challenging days and talks about how each of them helped him toward his goal of a successful, growing franchise operation.
For starters, this is not a 9-to-5 gig. Dan’s day kicks off at about 7 a.m., when he meets with his general manager to touch base on the day’s activities. That’s followed by a huddle with the crews, which often involves some short training exercises, and then his teams are out the door.
Desk duties mix with fieldwork
“Once we’ve worked out any bottlenecks that might be coming up, I’m usually off to provide an estimate,” Dan says. “But before I go, I try to knock out some administrative work, such as working on our marketing plan, so we can stay on top of where we need to be. We just moved into bigger office space, so we try to find some time to improve our surroundings.”
The rest of the morning is usually given over to handling details about the day’s jobs and touching base with customers and the teams to make sure everything’s on track. He grabs a quick lunch, and then he’s out the door for networking and other off-site events. These are very important, Dan says, because it’s not just about getting new business. It’s about plugging College Hunks Hauling Junk into the community. Later, it’s back to home base to wrap up the day.
It all starts with the team
“I greatly enjoy getting out and meeting people, but we want to be sure when those trucks roll back in, the guys feel like they’re coming home to a warm house,” Dan says. “I want to round them up and hear how their days went, and I see them off before getting back on the computer either there or at home and wrapping up my day.”
It makes for busy days, but the variety is what keeps Dan interested, he says. “It really depends on what you want to get out of the business. What’s your vision? At first I spent a lot of time on the trucks, because I wasn’t getting to do the HR aspect of the job, which was to hire more guys. Now I’m able to focus more on networking and business development, and look ahead in terms of strategic planning. I’m really busy, but I’ve got a good team, and I think the sky’s the limit for us in terms of growth and opportunity.”
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