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Meet Reid Husmer of Gone for Good in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reid Husmer.

Reid, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After attending Denver University and majoring in international business, I always tried to come up with ideas on how to start a company. Books I read suggested starting a company whose core mission revolved around doing good for others. So, when I conceptualized Gone for Good, it really felt like something that could benefit a lot of people in a variety of ways. We pride ourselves in being fully committed to green business and, additionally, being committed to the Denver community, which includes everyone from individuals to other organizations with similar values and goals.

The concept of Gone for Good didn’t really move past that stage until my own personal experiences provided the momentum I needed to start from scratch, which is exactly what I did. In fact, operations began out of my own garage after I looked around at my possessions and assessed a myriad of moves I made close together. Essentially, I was carting unused and unwanted items from place to place. I needed to get rid of items that literally were weighing me down. With dedicated diligence, I sat down and organized items into piles to keep and piles to discard. I further scrutinized those items I intended to discard. I soon discovered that some could be broken down and recycled, some could be donated, and some could be resold. Light-bulb moment! There was nothing to stop me from enhancing junk-hauling as it was known at that time. With that, Gone for Good began to reduce, resell, and recycle.

Thankfully, it wasn’t long before operations moved into a small warehouse in Littleton, CO, which is just on the outskirts of Denver, As business and opportunity grew, we eventually moved operations downtown to the warehouse district. Currently, we operate two locations (and work with our new franchises in Aurora [East of Denver] and Lakewood [west of Denver], but more on this later) — one primarily operates as a store-front for items we resell while the other serves as a recycling center. The latter is a place where we can really break downloads to determine what to donate and what to recycle.

Giving “waste” a second thought allows us to thrive all throughout the Denver market and beyond. It also served as the inspiration behind the book — ‘Cleaning out Grandma’ — which my wife, Raye Lynn Husmer, and I wrote. Our most exciting endeavor to date, though, is our recent expansion through franchising. We really see no limits to expanding our radical ideas of reducing waste and hope to take the concept as far as it will go. In a world where population and impending waste are at the forefront on everyone’s’ mind, wouldn’t it be great if we found a way to manage it better? After all, actually finding someway to bring something positive out of something so dirty . . . . literally. . . . is not something you can keep hidden in a garage for long.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. Like any business, it has had its up and downs, particularly as we’ve navigated the struggle of hidden and/or unexpected expense, battled through slow periods, and acquired additional funding through sometimes less-than-desirable means (loans at high interest rates, etc.). It would be nice if concepts came with blueprints that laid out exactly when to save and when to invest in your company; when to plan on slower periods and when to forge ahead with great gusto to prepare for those periods; and when to acquire less expensive funding through people and organizations sharing similar passions. However, it’s all a little like Russian roulette and you learn as you go. If you truly believe in your idea and the benefits it initiates, limitations must be seen as just that: They are only roadblocks which cause you to navigate in a new way to meet the demands and obstacles that stretch ahead.

Gone for Good – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Gone for Good specializes in junk hauling services with a focus on reducing, reselling, and recycling materials based on the criteria said junk meets. We are most proud that we don’t see unused and unwanted as items as things merely meant to be discarded in our already over-crowded landfills. Instead, we are intent on meeting needs within our community by donating items, ensuring recycling is considered for items without additional life left, and reselling items of value to the public.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I don’t know if I can define success. I think what makes me and others like me great entrepreneurs is always striving for more. Additionally, in a world that’s struggling so much with waste and how to handle its ever-increasing affects on our environment, we have to keep looking for better ways to handle the crisis. We want to be at the forefront of the junk-hauling industry doing our part to eliminate negative impact. As we do that, I can see feeling more settled with the idea of success. At the same time, as we hopefully make a global impact, I hope to feel more positive strides personally. Mentioned earlier are the obstacles business owners face today. Greater support to eliminate debt accumulation and finance beneficial ideas would go along way in supporting young entrepreneurs like myself. Since taking on franchisees, I’d like to think I can lead them forward in a way that supports their personal and professional goals. I see them almost like children I’ve adopted. I want our success to be shared and circulated among our culture.

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