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YAPClassic: Brian Scudamore, Turning Trash Into a $600M Empire

YAPClassic: Brian Scudamore, Turning Trash Into a $600M Empire

Update: 2024-04-121


Although he didn’t finish high school, Brian Scudamore talked his way into getting a place in college. However, his father refused to pay his fees, given his history. Determined to go anyway, Brian started a junk removal business with $700 from his savings. Thus began his journey of building thriving brands and exceptional corporate culture with passionate teams. In this episode of YAPClassic, Brian shares valuable insights on how to build strong brands and turn small businesses into franchises. You’ll learn how the power of dreaming big and taking risks can lead to unprecedented success.

Brian Scudamore is a serial entrepreneur who pioneered the professional junk removal industry through his franchise empire, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? He is also the founder and CEO of WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and Shack Shine. He has authored two books on entrepreneurship, BYOB: Build Your Own Business and WTF?! Willing to Fail. 

In this episode, Hala and Brian will discuss:

- How he got into college without finishing high school

- The beginnings of his entrepreneurial journey 

- His frugal approach to building a sustainable business

- His framework for selecting businesses that can scale

- His attraction to industry-disrupting businesses

- How he came up with names for his brands

- His 1-800-GOT-JUNK? story of persistence

- The mistake that forced him to get rid of his entire team

- His ‘painted picture’ process for attaining audacious goals

- The importance of customer focus 

- Being a visionary vs. an implementer 

- Documenting best practices to run any business like a franchise

- And other topics…

Brian Scudamore is the founder and CEO of O2E Brands, the parent company of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, and Shack Shine. He grew his small junk removal business into a global franchise empire with over 300 locations across the United States, Canada, and Australia. His companies have been featured on ABC Nightline, CNN, and Oprah. Brian was honored as 'Entrepreneur of the Year' by the International Franchise Association in 2007. He’s the author of WTF?! Willing to Fail and BYOB: Build Your Own Business. You can find his articles on Forbes, where he writes about small business ownership, franchising, and building corporate culture. 


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YAPClassic: Brian Scudamore, Turning Trash Into a $600M Empire

YAPClassic: Brian Scudamore, Turning Trash Into a $600M Empire

Hala Taha | YAP Media Network