HaulBox takes new twist on storing your extra stuff

HaulBox co-founders Derar Ayoush, left, and Gilbert Mudenda explain their business to Gov. Rick Scott during his tour of Starter Space on May 9.

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Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.

A Gainesville startup is giving residents in need of storage space an alternative to renting out an entire unit. HaulBox customers can buy storage space by the box without having to leave home.

Customers request boxes through the website, www.HaulBox.com, and the company sends out plastic 18.7-gallon boxes for free. The client fills the boxes, requests a pickup on the website and pays $8 per month per box for storage in a climate-controlled warehouse.

When the customer wants a box back, they can make a request online and it's delivered for $10 for the first box and $2 for each additional one.

"We try to be more convenient than a storage unit," said Derar Ayoush, co-founder of HaulBox.

A lot of times, people have small things that need to be stored, but don't need a whole storage unit, he said.

Because the boxes are easily stackable, the warehouse is able to store items more efficiently.

The containers are big enough to store a winter wardrobe, a book collection or piles of old business documents, Ayoush said.

Ayoush got the idea for the business when he was storing items in his apartment for several friends, all international students who would take trips back to their home country in the summer.

Ayoush studied finance and entrepreneurship at the University of Florida and graduated in May. The other co-founder, Gilbert Mudenda, is a junior studying economics and political science.

HaulBox launched in late April and is planning to expand to Tallahassee in three or four months, Ayoush said.

The company is also planning a service called HaulBox Enterprise aimed at businesses.

The business attracted the attention of Gov. Rick Scott when he visited the company at the Starter Space business incubator's GatorLab in May.

HaulBox is partnered with two local moving companies, 2 College Brothers and Smarter Moving Solutions, which allows it to move and store larger items such as beds or desks in addition to offering storage boxes.

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