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Establishing a Sustainable Franchise Concept in More Ways Than One with Josh Cohen of Junkluggers

Josh Cohen is the CEO and founder of Junkluggers. He founded Junkluggers out of his mom’s Dodge Durango fourteen years ago and has grown the company into one of the largest junk removal franchises in the country. For Josh, it’s about much more than just hauling junk away. He has a greater mission guiding everything they do. Their B.H.A.G. is to ensure no junk collected by Junkluggers enters a landfill by 2025. They are completing the process now to convert their corporation into a b-corp meaning that while they do strive for profits, they’re also driven by and held accountable to bettering the world. 

 

Key Takeaways: 

[0:18] Today’s episode of Franchise Euphoria is brought to you by IndyFranchiseLaw.com, a leading resource in the franchise space. Head over to IndyFranchiseLaw.com learn more!  

[0:59] Josh introduces today’s guest, Josh Cohen, the founder and CEO of Junkluggers. 

[2:11] Josh welcomes Josh Cohen to Franchise Euphoria. 

[2:31] Josh Cohen takes a moment to explain the Junkluggers concept which is the leading business in sustainable junk removal. Their goal is to minimize the amount of “junk” ending up in landfills as possible. 

[5:11] Josh Cohen spent the first nine years of the business expanding throughout the region before they even considered franchising so they could be sure they got the model right. 

[8:31] Junkluggers currently has 21 franchisees and about 60 markets. Josh Cohen would ideally like to grow the business by 5x over the next three years and longterm get to about five hundred markets. 

[10:56] One of the biggest differentiators of Junkluggers to their competition is by putting care into repurposing the “junk” they haul and upcycling it for the better. 

[12:52] Josh Cohen estimates that 90-95% of the items they haul are donated to other charities which is one of the factors helping them to achieve their goal of keeping items out of landfills. 

[14:41] Some of the characteristics of an ideal Junkluggers franchisee is someone who cares about the mission, wants to be involved in their environment, and has proven results through their career previously. 

[16:11] Ideally, a new franchisee will spend the first couple of months as an owner operator on the trucks and then beyond that, move into a managerial role that works on the sales, finances, and team management. 

[19:50] One of the biggest challenges Josh Cohen has faced in franchising a business is managing and supporting franchise partners. 

[21:52] If you want to learn more about Junkluggers, be sure to visit their website listed below. 

[22:42Thanks for listening, and please, reach out to Josh anytime through email at josh@franchiseeuphoria.com. If you enjoyed this interview, please leave us a review on iTunes. 

 

Mentioned in This Episode: 

josh@franchiseeuphoria.com 

www.franchiseeuphoria.com 

www.indyfranchiselaw.com 

https://www.junkluggers.com/ 

https://twitter.com/junkluggerjosh?lang=en 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/junkluggerjosh 

josh@junkluggers.com 

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

pardee2003 from United States
11/16/2019
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Great and applicable information from professionals in the franchise world that are doing it every day. I’ve listened to 3 episodes: Gutter Brothers, Woofies, and Cycle Bar. Enjoyed all and looking forward to hearing more.
WTutor311 from United States
8/30/2019
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Highly recommend. Great guests. Filled with tons of helpful information.
Katie Joy B. from United States
7/16/2019
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Josh and his wide variety of knowledgeable guests are truly rockstars! They deliver quality (and free!) franchise knowledge and advice in each and every episode. The great advice they provide, combined with the engaging way they deliver it had me hooked from the very first listen. Thanks for putting out such a stellar show Josh - keep up the great work!
Jordan gross from United States
07/15/2019
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This podcast provides the advice necessary to start building, growing, and scaling your business TODAY! The host asks probing questions of his guests that add value to the listeners in an immediately implementable way!
VPugliese from United States
07/15/2019
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What do you get when you combine business savvy, legal expertice and a great personality? You get the ultimate podcast for franchise owners. Josh Brown brings it all togehter perfectly with Franchise Euphoria. Not only does he possess all of the skills and abiliites above, but he has great guests, asks awesome questions and created the ideal podcast for this niche. If you have a franchise, or are considering it, subscibe to this show and consume all of the content!
Mick James from United States
06/05/2019
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Started listening to Josh's podcast after the wife and I decided to buy a franchise and I quickly went through about 200 episodes on 1.5x & 2x, before signing on to purchase a franchise. Josh's info was an invaluable part of our decision to buy, and after listening to so many episodes, I felt like I knew and trusted him on a personal level, so it was a no-brainer to enlist his services when it came time to review the franchise agreement. Josh was super easy to talk to and very empathetic to our needs, and being first time business owners, we needed all the empathy we could get. Josh helped us negotiate a great deal with the franchisor and we were very happy with his services. Great podcast, great guy, great service to anyone involved in the franchise world!
Dean575 from United States
06/04/2019
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Very interesting discussion. I found the information valuable.
Summieysum from United States
05/06/2019
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I've just completed the legal process of franchising my business and have now begun selling franchises. Just found this podcast and it's an incredible resource! Great content and Josh is a very engaging host. Highly recommend for franchisors and franchisees.
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