Knightspeed’s Roots: How We Started Our Orlando Moving Company

When you think of an Orlando moving company, who do you picture? You might do a quick search, look at the reviews, and give someone a shot. The real testament, though, is customer service.

Julian Correa, Founder and CEO of KnightSpeed Moving, saw a demand, or rather a necessity, and wanted to change people’s perception of moving companies.

Where It All Started

Julian launched his business while studying finance at the University of Central Florida, the second-largest school in the U.S. He took full advantage of the UCF Blackstone LaunchPad, the go-to place for entrepreneurs filled with resources from business planning to strategy to marketing, and everything in between.

After competing in the UCF Joust New Venture Competition, Julian says the business plan made everything real for his Orlando moving company, and the rest is history.

“It’s uncomfortable at first, no doubt. But if you persist, if you’re good, and if you’re genuine, it picks up. It works.”

He saw an increase in the number of students moving in on-campus and a decrease in the amount of help to move those students in. The values that UCF instilled in Julian are something that he carried with him into his business.

Sharing the Knowledge

Julian and his team recorded much of their journey in the KnightSpeed Vlog, “The Movement.” Whether a friend visited Miami on a business trip or the KnightSpeed team was on their way to speak at Keller Williams East Boca, they captured their adventures on camera.

“As entrepreneurs, sometimes we put unnecessary pressures on ourselves that we need to get it done now, and I need to be the next big thing tomorrow,” Julian said. “Once you can get yourself in the mindset of it’s gonna take time, anything good is going to take time to build, that’s when I think you’re really fulfilled and you start enjoying the path that you’re in.”

Julian documents the process and shares what he learns. He’s led branding talks and marketing webinars for entrepreneurs and college students at places like Orlando Tech and Beer and the Florida Small Business Development Center. He also interviews people on The Movers Show where he shares stories, traits, and behaviors of real business owners.

“It puts on the pressure of wow, I’ve got to make some interesting content,” he said. “I don’t want to be sitting in my room, doing industry research or doing something else. It forces you to get out there and get into the community and start doing interesting things.”

Videos might sometimes show us the highlight reel, but behind the scenes, these are in-depth projects. Julian shares that people don’t just show up in a perfect state; they work hard to get to where they are.

“I never considered myself to be that interesting,” Julian said. “I just said I’m going to start putting myself out there and see what it is all these people are doing.”

Lessons Learned Building an Orlando Moving Company

Julian also shares that one of the most important things to do as a business owner or an entrepreneur is to make decisions. He says he and a friend can grab coffee and talk for 3 hours about something they want to do. They’ll spend more time talking than doing, and that’s when it’s time to make a decision rather than wait for perfection.

“It’s better to make a decision, and even if you’re not right, just make the most educated decision that you can,” he said. “Run with it, trip, fall, get up, and continue going.”

Julian’s learned that we can start with small decisions, experiment, learn as we go, and keep aspects of our life in motion. He practices what he preaches with his team at KnightSpeed Moving, keeping their word and doing right by the customer.

“I’m not here to maximize the amount of money that we can make from this business,” he said. “I’m here to make some serious impact in the moving industry.”

Changing the Moving Industry

Julian’s favorite part of the job is watching his team grow into their careers and leaving with some hard-earned work ethic and experience.

“That’s one of the things that we’ve done from the very beginning, is change that perception of movers that people have,” Julian said.

He asks people to consider, “What is your strength, and what are you gonna do with it?”

For KnightSpeed Moving, it’s all about keeping our word. In a crowded space, our attention to customers makes us stand out. If you’re ready to get started with your move with people who are passionate about what they do, we’re here for you! Contact us today.

How to start the day off right: building healthy habits to improve your mood

Whether you’re moving to a new place or enjoying where you are, life can get busy. Every day is an opportunity to press the restart button, to start fresh, and take control of your outlook on the day ahead. Building healthy habits looks different for everyone, so here are a few ideas to get you started!

Ideas for Building Healthy Habits

Start Moving

One of the first things you should do when you wake up is move your body. Hit the gym for a morning workout, take a walk or a run outside, or roll out a mat at home to stretch.

By engaging in some form of movement first thing in the morning, you’re stimulating your mind and body, preparing yourself to kick off the day on the right note. Do what feels right for your body so that it’s within your capabilities.

Get Some Sun

Vitamin D can help boost your immune system, your mood, and your skin. Getting some sun can be as simple as opening your blinds when you wake up.

If you want to take it a step further, take a walk outside for 15 – 30 minutes to let the fresh air naturally wake you up. You can also spend a day working outside if you have a table or patio area to set up your work. You’ll see nature, birds, and plants while taking in the fresh air.

Look at the Day Ahead

Before you look at the screens (phone included), look at what you have planned for the day ahead. Think about any meetings you need to prepare for, prioritize your work, and schedule your tasks in a way that works for your workload so you can conquer the day.

Waking up your mind without screens will help you ease into the day with your job, your business, and the people in your life, helping you take control of what you see before the online world takes over.

Write it Down

This can be paired with “look at the day ahead.” Write down your goals for the day. Pick at least one task that will help you achieve one of those goals to focus on. Ex: “I want to move the furniture out of my room. To do this, I’ll play some music, turn off my notifications, and get moving.” Write down your main goal on a sticky note, in a planner, a dry erase board, or a notebook so that you have a physical copy of it. Your goal can seem more realistic if you write it on paper rather than on a screen.

Eat Breakfast

Eating a meal before you start your day helps fuel your body! We’re not going to tell you to eat a hearty breakfast or give you a meal plan.

We understand everyone feels differently in the mornings, and we all have different food preferences. But eating some protein, carbs, and healthy fats in the morning can help fuel your brain, it can prevent headaches, and the meal can hold you over until lunchtime (or snack time!).

Drink Water

Okay, we’re going to make this one a requirement because your body needs water! Building healthy habits begins with incorporating something into your routine little by little.

To drink the recommended 8 glasses of water per day, think about how you can incorporate this healthy habit into your routine. You might even invest in one of those fancy 32 or 64 oz. water bottles to stay hydrated throughout the day! Whatever you do, make it work for your lifestyle.

Our Challenge to You

Choose one to two options from above to incorporate in your daily routine this week. We don’t want you to feel overwhelmed or go all in by trying to do everything all at once. We know that a little goes a long way. By adding one to two of these activities in your routine, you’ll be on your way to building healthy habits in the long term!

Your Moving Checklist: The Do’s and Don’ts of Moving During a Pandemic

The pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty, placing our plans on-hold. But you might not be able to postpone plans like moving to a new place. If you’re ready to move and you’ve picked out your location, where you’re going to live, and your quarantine buddy (or buddies) that you’re taking with you, then all you need is a handy moving checklist to keep you on track.

We’ve compiled this moving checklist with recommendations on how to stay safe and organized when you’re moving during a pandemic. Moving to a new place should be as stress-free as possible, so let’s dive right in!

Your Moving Checklist

The Do’s of Moving During a Pandemic

  • Get a virtual quote from a moving company – Contacting a moving company via phone or website for a quote can help limit your in-person contact.
  • Ask the moving company about their COVID-19 safety measures – Make sure you’re comfortable with the company’s sanitizing protocols.
  • Check for travel rules and regulations in your city – Confirm you can easily travel to move out of your current area and into your new area.
  • Get organized – Take your time while going through the packing process.
  • Keep what you need – Keep the necessities. Donate what you no longer need.
  • Use your own boxes or buy new boxes – Using new packing supplies can help your belongs remain clean.
  • Clean your area while you’re packing – Wipe down surfaces as you’re packing to keep the area clean.
  • Wear a mask and gloves – Get a mask with your favorite design. Have fun with it while being safe and considerate you’re packing and unpacking.
  • Check in with yourself. Breathe – A pandemic can be stressful. Take a moment to breathe. Sit down if you’re not feeling well, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Know where you’re going – Scope out your new location in-person. If you can’t visit in-person, check for photos online and bring directions with you for yourself and your movers.
  • When you move in, clean your new place thoroughly.

The Don’ts of Moving During a Pandemic

  • Don’t bring your life’s worth of belongings – The less you pack, the lighter and easier your move will be.
  • Don’t leave boxes open or unsealed – Carefully packaging your boxes will keep your belongings safe during your move.
  • Don’t forget to check your entire space before you leave – Make sure you brought everything with you.
  • Don’t pack flammable items – We’re all about safety first!
  • Don’t move if you’re feeling sick – If you’re not feeling well and you have the option to postpone your move, take advantage of that. Notify your moving company within at least 24 hours of your scheduled move so you can reschedule when you’re feeling better.
  • Don’t move alone – Bring a family member or friend to make sure the moving process runs smoothly. Your moving buddy can be your second set of eyes.
  • Don’t forget your moving team!

How We Can Help

Ready to get started with your move during a pandemic? For your convenience, you can easily book your move online. Tell us what you need, and you’ll get an instant quote. We know you want answers now, and we’re here to help you get the job done.

During the booking process, you’ll submit your online appointment request with your move-in date. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have a move-in date yet. You can always reschedule or cancel your moving appointment with 24 hours of notice. We’re here for you when you’re ready.

Download Your Moving Checklist and Get Started!

Save this handy moving checklist on your phone to reference or print the checklist to stay on track while you’re packing. Following a moving checklist can help your move run smoothly. If you need a hand, contact us and our dedicated team will be happy to help you!