Talk about starting from the ground up. When Jae Burnham moved back to Michigan from California and first started his moving business, he was just a guy who could help you pick up big things and move them from one place to the other.
“I literally had nothing,” Burnham says. “I had to go to the library to use the Internet. I had a pay-as-you go phone. I figured everything out from there.”
Burnham credits his online marketing savvy and the help of local moving industry mentors with the early success of his local moving company, U-Save Moving and Storage
. He recently hired his first fulltime employee in addition to the three part time workers he’s been keeping busy.
“We’ve got so many jobs, they’re basically full time,” says Burnham.
With the growth in jobs and staff, U-Save Moving and Storage recently made the leap from a home-based business to a 500-square foot office on W Jefferson in Grand Ledge
on the property of Comet Mini Storage, a partnership that works well for both businesses.
Not that having an office or his also newer services having moving trucks available or offering long-distance moving services are the end of the business development road for Burnham.
“Our next goal is to have our own trucks,” he says. “I’d also like to hire a full time marketing person, and we’ll probably expand into other related areas like landscaping and home improvement.”