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Startup Corner: Phil and Rob Burzynski, The Moving Co.

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Minimally viable product …
We have a unique product: moving labor. We have a few key pillars that support our ability to provide unique, tailored moving and relocation solutions.

Problem solving …
Phil has a background with the Army infantry and I have a background with firefighting and emergency management services. We have translated our swift, crucial decision-making abilities into business. We never present a problem without three possible solutions. We’re open to receive criticism, so we can enhance ourselves every time there is a problem to solve. We also hire our colleagues with this in mind. We need clear-headed decisions when we are facing a problem, with strong leadership to deploy and follow through.

Seed money …
Phil and I started this business with a meager amount of pocket cash. We strategically chose an industry that I have a strong background in and could get into for a semireasonable amount of capital.

Hurdles overcome …
Obstacles present themselves in many ways. In our earlier years, it may have been a blown head gasket on a box truck, but as we develop and grow, we have acquired nicer assets due to extreme frugality. Problems now present themselves in ways like having to search high and low to find someone who meets our criteria to be employable by us. We can’t expand as fast as we’d like because we have to stay true to our business’ compass, so to speak.

Pivot …
The decision to actually grow beyond a two-man band was a big one. Margins were high; we can manage ourselves very easily with minimal communication because we’re so synchronized and organized. Adding more people to our team was a nerve wracking change, but we did it strategically, and slowly, so as not to catalyze unnecessary issues.

Biggest mistake …
Phil and I have a rule, or rather, a motto: It’s only a mistake if you repeat the error. Luckily, we critically analyze every hiccup so we can avoid choosing to make that mistake again.

Greatest need …
Our greatest need is quality employees. To be a mover takes a unique personality. They must be punctual, reliable, hard-working, have an unnatural love for the job, a clean background and excellent driving record.

Food for thought …
Make a good plan. In our fire and Army work, we preplan everything. If Plan A fails, Plan B is next up, etc. Also, a bit of market research never hurt anyone. If you see our business name, it’s really easy to Google. Sometimes, a clever move like that can go a long way.


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