Caleb Markovich started Moovers Inc. back in 2005. It’s a household moving company, which has seven employees and operates within a 50-mile radius of downtown Kansas City. About 5 percent of the business is commercial.
Why did you want to go into business for yourself?
Markovich: “Entrepreneurship has always been a dream of mine, and I’ve been planning for it since a very young age. When I was in my very early teens, I used to clean houses with one of my mom’s friends who paid me $5 cash for each home we cleaned. At the age of 15, I went to work at McDonald’s and, being raised by a family of workaholics all with Type A personalities, I was extremely happy to have a job. By the time I graduated from Blue Springs High School in 2002, I saved $50,000 to start a business.”
What kind of research did you do?
Markovich: “Most of the research I did prior to starting this company was primarily running financials. The numbers seemed great, but to my disappointment, even with me doing all the labor with a few of my friends, I was barely even profitable. It’s now two years later and I have yet to give myself a single paycheck. That’s not to say that we haven’t made any money since we started, but everything that we have made has been reinvested.”
What are some of the challenges?
Markovich: “Moving is probably one of the most difficult businesses I could have decided to start. There is a lot of liability with big moving trucks, fragile furniture and the risk for injury.”
What are your plans for expansion?
Markovich: “For the next few years, we plan to focus strictly on local moves. After operations are running efficiently, we intend to develop a facility with a hybrid of self-storage and indoor climate-controlled crate storage.”
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