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Got Junk? This Man Sure Does

Got Junk? This Man Sure Does

Guide Provides Info on Acquiring Franchises

Bill Cox might just have the type of business that some folks would love. A company that is growing by such leaps and bounds that he can’t find enough people to work for him.

“We are having a hard time finding employees,” Cox said. “We’ve gone from covering one area to now three, one truck to four, three employees to 10 to 15.”

Cox owns 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, a junk removal service based in Oceanside that also services Bonsall, Fallbrook, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Lakeside and up the coast to Newport Beach.

The company hauls old furniture, appliances, office products, construction debris and other household junk for disposal or recycling.

Cox has about 30 jobs per week, with 50 percent to 60 percent of the “junk” getting recycled or donated, he said.

Not only is helping the environment and providing a service to others a core value of his company, but so is helping the community, he said.

Cox often does fund-raisers for organizations such as El Camino High School in Oceanside, where he provided the school with donated items that were auctioned off.

“They had a big parking lot sale and they made about $1,800 in three weeks,” Cox said. “Whatever they can’t sell, I take it back. It’s a win, win, win for everyone.”

Cox and his wife, Eileen Butler-Cox, have owned 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for nearly two years, purchasing the business after Cox’s previous job fell through due to the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“I was looking for work for a year and my wife read an article about 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, and so we contacted them,” Cox said.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? accepts only one in 40 potential franchise applicants, Cox said.

“Just because you have money doesn’t mean that you get a franchise,” Cox said.

Cox now is reaping the benefits of that decision, made more than a year ago, and just hopes that soon he will have enough manpower to help with all of his jobs around the county.

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Franchises For Sale: The International Franchise Association, based in Washington, D.C., has released its fall-winter edition of the Franchise Opportunities Guide, a publication that features more than 900 franchises.

The guide can help potential small-business owners learn about acquiring a franchise, as well as a step-by-step review of available franchises.

IFA represents franchised small businesses spanning 75 industries in more than 100 countries. Nationwide, franchises employ more than 14 million employees, generate $369 billion in payroll and more than $1.15 trillion by business-format franchises, according to the IFA.

Franchise Owners Get Approval to Renew Registrations

More than 500 franchise owners received approval to renew their registrations to offer and sell franchises in California from March to June, the California Department of Corporations said.

This marks the most successful renewal period in terms of streamlining and number of applications in the department’s history, officials said.

In February, the department released a top 10 list of helpful hints to streamline the franchise renewal process by reducing mistakes, which helped to make the process more efficient and effective, department Commissioner William Wood said.

California leads the nation in franchise locations and employees, employing more than 1 million workers at the 80,000 franchise businesses operating in California, according to the International Franchise Association.

, Lisa Kovach

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