The inspiration to build a professional, customer-focused junk removal service came to 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder and CEO Brian Scudamore in 1989 while he waited in line at a McDonald’s restaurant.
Brian saw a big opportunity in the old truck hauling a pile of household rubbish sitting ahead of him in the drive-thru.
Brian bought a used pickup truck and started The Rubbish Boys. Over the next 10 years, the business blossomed in Vancouver, B.C. In 1999, the company’s name changed to 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and a new business strategy was implemented to facilitate rapid expansion. In just five years, franchise locations were opened in most major metros throughout North America.
Today, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Is a world-class brand, operating in three countries with 160 franchises and generating $182,500,000 in revenue last year. We are consistently ranked in Entrepreneur’s annual Franchise 500 rankings.
Not your typical franchise
At 1-800-GOT-JUNK? you won’t be a part of a stereotypical franchisor-franchisee relationship. In fact, a closer look at our system shows that the word “franchise” doesn’t accurately represent what we do or the diverse bunch of people we work with everyday. We build businesses differently - by engaging with our owners, using their expertise to help solve problems, and recognizing that the best ideas often come from the people on the front lines. Our version of franchising means crowdsourcing solutions and processes and evolving with the times as they change.
Our model is characterized by flexible systems, creative collaboration, and quick growth. We offer an entry point for aspiring entrepreneurs, backed by the mentorship of experienced business owners who can share best practices learned on the frontlines. Strategies are never just dictated; instead, they continuously evolve through everyone’s input - Wikipedia-style.
Ordinary to Exceptional: O2E Brands is Born
1-800-GOT-JUNK? is one of four home service brands founded by Brian Scudamore, alongside WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine. One thing all of our brands have in common: making the ordinary exceptional.
Since making the ordinary exceptional was the common denominator across all of his brands, Brian founded O2E Brands in 2014. O2E Brands amalgamates all of his home-service companies under one umbrella, and is our hub for business/franchise development.
Each of our home service brands offers friendly, uniformed employees; up-front pricing; clean, shiny vehicles; and focuses on providing excellent customer service in traditional industries.
The other members of the O2E Brands Family
WOW 1 DAY PAINTING
Founded in 2011, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING is an innovative painting franchise that delivers the quality painting customers expect in a timeline that is unexpected. With over 30 locations across North America, the brand is a standout in the painting industry, proving that real painters do it in 1 day.
You Move Me
You Move Me was launched in early 2013. Overnight, the company opened 24 franchises all across North America - an unprecedented move for any franchised brand. Already it has grown to over 36 locations, and is revolutionizing the moving industry as a company that moves you, not just your boxes.
Shack Shine, is a house detailing service known for their friendly, uniformed technicians who will complete your window washing, gutter cleaning, and power washing project in one detailed visit. Launched as part of O2E Brands in 2015, Shack Shine is already in six locations, with many more launching soon across North America.