Moving Industry Startups: The Sharing Economy’s Continued Impact

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Sofa Laws

Moving Sofas, Changing Laws

In the Spring of last year we saw the state of Texas come down on Burro, an app-driven pickup-for-hire service. They said the company was using people who were not registered with the state as household goods movers and had to change in order to comply. In this recent Texas Tribune piece we see that other companies with similar smartphone-based business models are coming under the DMV microscope. (more…)

History of the Moving Industry

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To HireAHelper Move Helpers: Paying Tribute to Our Founding Fathers

Crazy Tuesday (the Tuesday after Memorial Day) ushers in the moving industry’s officially crazy season. With that you’ll likely be way too busy taking care of today and tomorrow to think about yesterday and yesteryear and everything that happened to bring us all to this point in moving history.

That’s okay. We’ve got some historical highlights to make us all appreciate how good we have it now. Seriously. Really. We don’t have to scour the land for fuel. We don’t need a protective convoy. In the grand scheme of things, despite all the paperwork and all the headaches and all the sneaky folks running around, we are living in the Golden Age of Moving.

Now that, my friends, is crazy. (more…)

Challenging the Status Quo: While Some Write Letters and Others Fight Regulations, HireAHelper Keeps Rolling

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One situation involves corporate movers in New York City, the other involves guys in pickups moving furniture in Austin, Texas. One is a product of the traditional stance of the labor unions, the other is a child of the shared-economy and a smartphone app. One issue is political, the other governmental.

In both cases, the entrenched are losing business to the newcomers. (more…)

Free Enterprise & Competition: A Case Study

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“A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition.” – James Cash Penney

Photo of Freedom Written on a Wall

Photo Credit to Martin Burns

America, as we all have heard, is the land of the free. America is also a nation, not of men, but of laws. The challenge, sometimes, is sorting it all out when these two ideas collide.

When Raleigh Bruner of Wildcat Moving LLC tried to open up operations in the Lexington, Kentucky area he ran into a roadblock in the form of a state law that ‘essentially gave moving companies a veto over new competition.’

Yes, this sounded strange to us too. (more…)

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