Nathan Farmer, left, and Brian Battaglia are house owners of A1 Providers ABQ Junk Removing and Hauling. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/ Journal)
Nathan Farmer by no means thought he could be spending his time hauling away folks’s junk and discarded gadgets.
As a toddler, Farmer stated his mother and father careworn the significance of schooling saying that it was a gateway to keep away from guide jobs, and for a lot of his life, he heeded that recommendation.
Till final yr.
Farmer stated that final yr his curiosity in a brand new profession was piqued after his childhood finest good friend, Brian Battaglia, casually talked about how nicely his weekend gig of hauling away folks’s outdated gadgets was going.
The 2 rapidly partnered up and began spending their lunch hours and evenings hauling away outdated mattresses, piles of concrete and enormous home equipment.
On April 15, the duo are launching their firm, A1 Providers, as a full-time operation.
The transfer to changing into full-time junk haulers is a far cry from each Farmer’s and Battaglia’s former professions.
Farmer works as a full-time professor at Central New Mexico Group School whereas Battaglia works as a petroleum engineer for New Mexico Fuel Co.
Although Farmer and Battaglia are leaving their former professions behind, Farmer stated the choice made sense since each he and Battaglia had at all times prioritized flexibility and the necessity to not work desk jobs.
“Crucial factor for me in my life was at all times flexibility, by no means having a desk job … And that’s why I went into educating since you don’t have a desk job,” Farmer stated.
He additionally stated it allowed each of them to be their very own bosses.
The enterprise began on a whim when Battaglia casually posted an commercial for junk hauling companies on Craigslist.
Quickly, Battaglia’s cellphone was blowing up with requests from folks needing the companies, Farmer stated.
The quantity of enterprise ultimately allowed Battaglia and Farmer to buy a trailer and a field truck.
There are hopes to proceed rising.
Farmer stated that he and Battaglia wish to proceed scaling the enterprise since there’s an apparent want for the companies.
He stated lots of their shoppers embody aged folks which might be unable to maneuver heavy gadgets on their very own, or members of the family needing to scrub out homes after a dying.
“I by no means in my life thought that I’d be doing this as my job, and so I feel it sort of opened my eyes to love this entire completely different sort of residing,” he stated.
Farmer stated he realized that his new profession isn’t nearly eradicating junk, however about offering a service to these in want.
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“We’re really doing a service that helps folks,” he stated. “I didn’t notice that’s what it might be like.”
Whereas Farmer makes use of the time period “junk elimination,” gadgets that also have use are sometimes donated to thrift shops like Household Thrift Heart.
A1 Providers at the moment serves Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, although the corporate could start weekly operations in Santa Fe, in response to Farmer.
Clients are charged primarily based on the dimensions of the load and the way a lot house it takes up on the trailer and field truck.
For extra data, go to A1abq.com