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Meet Jane Reilley-Hobert and Julius Hobert of The Other Guys Moving Company

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jane Reilley-Hobert and Julius Hobert.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jane and Julius. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In the spring of 2010, we had just gotten married and Julius was working for a moving company while I (Jane) was a restaurant manager. Julius was not confident in the longevity of the company he was working for and having years of knowledge of the moving industry, we decided to take a risk and start a company.

At first, it was like an experiment–like “can we do this?” After a few years of hard work and determination, we reached a point where I needed to be involved full time, as well. I left the restaurant job in 2013 and Julius and I have been working together to manage day-to-day operations and all aspects of the company for almost 6 years now.

Volunteering our time with local organizations and gaining sparkling customer feedback earned us a “Best of Boston” award in 2014 from Boston Magazine Home Edition. The award cemented our place in the industry and we decided to add interstate moves to our resume.

Our handling of long distance moves from start to finish set us apart from the majority of companies who work with customers at the origin and then facilitate the transport/ delivery through a third party. As Small Business owners in Boston, we focus on customer service, fair labor practices for our employees and making positive contributions to the community through volunteer work and financial contributions.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think its common with new businesses to learn your lessons as you go–sometimes it feels like you’re working backwards. After the Best of Boston award, we experienced such rapid growth that we actually had to take a step back, reevaluate and adjust accordingly.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Our mission as Small-Business Owners is to make a positive impact on our community. We pledge our continued support to local organizations that work with marginalized communities, children and those who are less fortunate. In November of 2017, The Alliance for Business Leadership nominated The Other Guys Moving Company for the “The Company You Should Know Award” at their 2017 Give Back Awards. We were honored to be named as one of four finalists for The Award.

When customers choose our company, they have the benefit of working directly with the owners from the initial estimate to the day of the move. Additional confidence comes from knowing that we treat our staff well–a happy staff results in a strong work ethic and shared values.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the past few years, we have seen the moving industry grow exponentially, with hundreds of new companies trying to capitalize on the summer moving “season” in Boston. We have seen a decrease in business because these unregulated/ unlicensed/ uninsured companies with no overhead can offer much lower rates. I think we can expect to see an overhaul of moving industry regulations in the next few years, as local official catch up to technology in the transportation sector.

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