1. Summarise what the candidates were asked to do on last night’s episode of The Apprentice? To find and clear junk for a profit
2. What was the toughest part of the challenge? Trying to guess the costs of disposal (or possible income from resale) at the time of quoting a junk removal price to the customer.
3. If you could have given the candidates one piece of advice before the task, what would it have been? Don’t waste your time looking for treasure in other people’s skips!
4. Which candidate impressed you the most and why? Melody. She strikes me as smart, positive and a good communicator. She seemed to understand the junk removal business model more than the rest, even speaking out in the Boardroom about her fears of not charging for the labour part of their service.
5. Which candidate would you have fired and why? Edna (for the reasons covered on You’re Fired) or Susan. I know Susan turned out to be correct about not charging for the clearances, but that seemed to be more about luck than judgement. She just does not strike me as someone who can work effectively in a team or get even five out of ten commercial decisions correct.
6. How realistic were their business propositions? Neither teams’ proposition was that realistic. In the real world, you need to charge enough to cover your labour and truck costs as well as disposal costs. Also reselling office furniture and old flooring for that much just doesn’t happen. It certainly seems to help having a film crew with you if you want to get a good deal!
7. What was the most cringeworthy moment of the show? Jim and Tom scratching through a skip for tiny bits of metal. That’s not entrepreneurialism, that’s desperation. Jason Mohr founded AnyJunk in 2004. Today it is the UK’s largest rubbish clearance business.
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