Accelerated Waste Solutions Franchise Review: Q&A with Fred Tomlin

President and co-founder of rising valet trash franchise opens up about what makes AWS a powerful investment opportunity

Fred Tomlin and Sherrod Hunter founded Accelerated Waste Solutions 10 years ago in Tampa, Florida. While the pair was ambitious and had their sights set high, who could have predicted that a decade after quitting their full-time careers to get a startup valet trash and junk hauling concept off the ground, AWS would be one of the most successful brands in a rapidly growing industry?

Their success is in large part due to their unique ability to turn forward-thinking into action. For example, they decided from the get-go that AWS would be the most professional brand in the valet trash and junk hauling industries, and developed not only sharp branding and best practices, but also state-of-the-art apps that empowers our customers. In 10 years, the wins have been tremendous, and today AWS serves more than 10,000 apartment complexes throughout 20 states!

But we’re only scratching the surface. AWS is now opening its doors to other entrepreneurs who want to own a business with multiple, recurring revenue streams and become the leader in valet trash services and junk removal in their communities.

In this interview, we talk to Tomlin, President and co-founder of AWS, about why now is such an exciting time to join AWS and much more in this wide-ranging interview.

Why did you decide to franchise AWS after so many years of growing the brand successfully on your own?

Tomlin: We’ve decided to franchise because we don’t want to be selfish with our success.We want to help as many entrepreneurs thrive in this business as we possibly can because the sky’s the limit as to how well you can do or how big your business can get. The demand for our services is growing every day in every market across the country, and we’ve proven that our success is replicable in over 20 states. Now we want to take what we’ve learned and share our business model with passionate entrepreneurs who are ready to get after it and take their future into their own hands. You won’t be doing it alone – we’ll have your back every step of the way.

What makes valet trash such a potentially lucrative business to own?

Tomlin: We provide a service that is a win-win-win. It’s a win for the resident who wants the service, a win for the property management company who gets to offer a service their residents want while also making a significant source of revenue, and it’s a win for our franchise owners. This makes valet trash services extremely easy to sell, and we’ve discovered that if we do a good job, we can help a customer for years and years, which creates a lot of revenue that we can rely on as we continue to grow our business.

This is a great business to be in. The profit-potential is unlimited, and because it requires part-time labor, it’s a high-margin business that has recurring revenue streams. We call it mailbox money, so to speak, because you know you can expect to be paid once you have a contract in place.

How big is the demand for valet trash removal services?

Tomlin: Millions of people throughout the nation experience doorstep trash collection every single night. The people that don’t have it yet just don’t know what they’re missing out on. The service is a win-win for renters and property managers. Property management companies get to have one of the number one service amenities for apartment complex rentals in the country, as well as grow their net operating income for implementing the services.

How important is it to be able to cultivate relationships as a franchise owner?

Tomlin: Building relationships is central to the success of this business. We can coach you on who to forge relationships with and how to cultivate them, but you have to be ready to pound the pavement. The more relationships you cultivate, the stronger your business gets.

Have you built the support staff to help franchisees thrive and prosper?

Tomlin: Our support team is incredible. The people in our organization are some of the most passionate, intelligent and thoughtful people I’ve ever come across. They’re a big part of the reason why our brand has grown over the past 10 years, and they will be a tremendous asset to our franchise owners. Everyone here knows that they’re working for something bigger than themselves, and we want our franchise owners to share in that feeling. This is an incredible brand to be a part of, and we’re ready for explosive growth in the years to come.

Why is now a good time to invest in AWS?

Tomlin: Now is the best time to invest in an AWS franchise. The services that we provide are a win-win-win: for us, the renters, and property management companies. Property managers get to offer a service that residents have come to expect, while growing their net operating income at the same time. Over the past decade in business, we’ve proven that this is a great business to be in. It’s simple to run, quick to scale, and the recurring revenue streams means that it has the potential for long-term growth. We cannot wait for entrepreneurs to join our franchise family as we become the premier valet trash services franchise in the nation.

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