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What It’s Like – Working In a Moving Business

working in a moving businessMoving a home or business is hard work. It’s not something that everybody is qualified to handle and it isn’t for the faint of heart. Everyday is filled with challenges, opportunities, and a constant sense of accomplishment. All of the movers at Jay’s Small Moves are team players that are looking to build their careers, as well as to learn, gain insight and meet one challenge after another. Being a professional mover is hard work, and according to the USA Wage website shows that the average salary falls within the 50th percentile for laborers and material movers.

Starting out

When you start out as a mover in the professional moving business, you are the low man on the totem pole; you are the “lumper”. As a lumper, you are the guy that gets to handle all of the boxes and are in charge of folding the moving pads. There is nothing wrong with being a lumper, it just means that they are a bit green behind the ears and need a bit of time to get used to the way professional movers take care of your things. With a little bit of time and dedication, it won’t be long until the lumper can be trusted with carrying the antique hutches and fine Italian sofas.

Moving up

Once a man has gotten a little experience under his belt, and has shown that he can be trusted, he gets to move up to the #2 position on the crew. The second man on the truck works hard and takes pride in his work. He has the ability to carry heavy items up and down stairs and around tight corners, and can be trusted to handle fragile items. He knows a lot of the tricks of the trade and is generally a very likable person and has good customer service skills. He works hard and is able to keep up with the best of them.

Continuing the climb

When it comes to being a professional mover, the best place to be is in the truck making everything fit and ensuring that nothing will get damaged in transit. The loader has to be methodical in their packing and has to safely pad-wrap and arrange all of the furniture, appliances, boxes, and odds and ends as carefully as possible. Plus, the loader takes care of loading all of the delicate, unwieldy, and precious items to ensure their safe delivery to their new destination. If a loader is good, they can ensure that their crew gets a fat tip at the end of the move, and really can get the best crew to work with on subsequent moves down the line.

How it all adds up

Being a professional mover takes plenty of skill to be successful, and require more duties than simply moving furniture from one place to the next. It is a great position for those that don’t have a lot of work experience as well as those individuals that are physically active. The Houston Chronicle provides some great information about what is required to become a professional mover as well as some things to consider.

Being a professional is a hard thing. That’s why there are such companies out there like Jay’s Small Moves that will turn your moving into an easy, stress-free and professionally-guided process. If you are about to launch a moving campaign, get to know more about why you should use moving services.

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Jay's Small Moves
1760 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 999-6795

2525 Mandela Pkwy
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 501-5800

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