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…)

NextMover: New Kid on the Moving Block

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The Uber or Lyft of the Moving Industry?

With the busy season comes one of the most basic challenges facing our customer base: nailing down the mover they want on the day they need – and at a price they can afford.

We are all tuned in to the fact that people are looking for more options. Better options. Cheaper options. The market, spurred on by the ingenuity that’s out there, is constantly spawning new ideas, new products to satisfy that hungry customer base.

NextMover is a small operation on the move, so to speak. They’re attempting to do for the moving industry what Uber did for the taxi cab/driver industry and what AirBnB did for the hotel industry. That is, turn ordinary people with a truck into movers, just like Uber turned ordinary people with a car into cab drivers, and AirBnB turned ordinary people with a home into hoteliers. Like both of these players in their industries, NextMover will have an extremely hard up-hill battle against the traditional establishment and its regulations—that is, the FMCSA and AMSA. But also like Uber and AirBnB, traditional moving professionals could one day find themselves in a robust NextMover marketplace filled with average Joes as well as the pros.

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