Las Vegas baseball coach swings for the fences in launching moving service
Monday, January 18, 2021 | 2 a.m
In baseball, coaches often remind young players to forget their last stroke when they step back on the plate.
Michael Eshragh, an assistant baseball coach at the College of Southern Nevada, took the same approach as an entrepreneur.
In June, Eshragh, 39, and a business partner launched Move It, an Uber-style delivery and moving service for the Las Vegas Valley.
It works as an on-demand moving and handyman service. Move It employees, who are independent contractors, can do anything from picking up and delivering a couch or TV to replacing a lightbulb or rearranging living room furniture.
Although the company was founded during the pandemic, it was an early success, Eshragh said.
It’s an idea Eshragh, a native Las Vegas American who works in advertising when he’s not on the baseball diamond, had a few years ago.
It came to him after a previous venture – a fantasy sports business where gamers battled for money – didn’t get off the ground a little over a decade ago.
“I started a company called Fantasy Lineup,” said Eshragh. “That was 2006, about five years before FanDuel and DraftKings.”
Instead of a dream startup, however, the experience was more of a nightmare, Eshragh said.
After working with an application developer, Eshragh was not satisfied with the product. And after several years of legal battles with the developer, he had nothing to show as DraftKings was on its way to becoming a billion dollar company, Eshragh said.
It was like slamming with the game on the line in his final at-bat of a marathon extra inning game. But failure only fueled his entrepreneurship, Eshragh said.
He had the idea for Move It a few years ago but was too busy to give it the time it needed.
Eshragh had noticed similar concepts in other cities and was aware of advances in the sharing economy with companies like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb.
“Las Vegas didn’t have that,” said Eshragh. “We’re trying to make a big footprint in this industry. We want this to become a Fortune 500 company one day. “
Nick Rupp, 22, former Spring Valley High School and CSN pitcher, is a Move It contractor.
Rupp, who plans to play baseball for UNLV next spring, said he could make up to $ 85 an hour, including tips.
Relocation It has about 140 contractors, with about 20 working consistently for the service, Eshragh said.
“Almost everyone I’ve helped since I started about three months ago says this is the smartest thing in the world,” said Rupp. “It’s a very practical service. You wouldn’t think about it until you see how it works, and how Move It can help. “
Eshragh said a key to the move was a lengthy process of customizing and tweaking the smartphone app to success.
One example is a requirement that customers upload photos of items that they need to move so that contractors can better prepare for the job.
Most of the time, a Move It contractor can be in one place in 45 minutes or less, Eshragh said. An average move costs $ 50 to $ 70, he said.
“I always knew this was a big, big idea,” said Eshragh. “I think there is an opportunity for Move It to be a household name like Uber. We hope that one day this will happen. “