by: David Creed
photography by: Nicole Harnishfeger
Sometimes your path in life doesn’t lead you toward the career you expect. Curren Huyser will tell you he’s living out his passion as the owner of Your Friend With a Truck, an island moving company.
But he never expected to be in this position nine years ago.
After graduating from Nantucket High School in 2010, he was packing his bags and preparing to start his college education at the University of New Hampshire as an environmental-science major.
“It’s crazy when you look back and you’re like, ‘Oh wow, it’s crazy how that happened’,” Huyser said. “I often look back and say, ‘Was it all meant to be?’ It’s crazy. I got a job as a mover in California by looking on Craigslist and went from there. There is a lot more that went into it. I’m glad it worked out so far.”
Huyser will tell you that life almost never unfolds the way you expect it to. After graduating from college in 2014, his passion for surfing brought him to California.
“When I grew up here I always said to myself I’m never going back to Nantucket,” Huyser said. “It’s too small, there is nothing to do, but the older I got, the more I realized this place is pretty sweet.”
He was unsuccessful finding a job in his field, which led him to the job he found on Craigslist.
“I worked for a massive, five-branch moving company that moves stuff all over the West Coast called Skinny Wimp Moving,” Huyser said. “After a year out there I decided to move back to Nantucket. I wasn’t making as much money and I missed home.”
Huyser began landscaping on the island, but knew it wasn’t the right fit. He saw an ad in the paper for a position at the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
“With my degree it seemed like a pretty good job to start out,” he said. “Making $60,000, plus benefits, working for the town, so I was like, ‘Sweet, I’ll apply for that.’ I applied, didn’t get the job, and I was just like, ‘Oh man, what now?’ I slipped a little further into a hole.”
There must be something else I can do, he told himself. Then one day, he had an idea.
“I thought I would translate my moving knowledge to Nantucket,” he said. “It just didn’t seem like there was a moving company out here.”
He reached out to a friend and they partnered to buy a 10-foot box truck from Don Allen.
The company started out small, helping out family and friends. Huyser said he wasn’t sure how often people moved on Nantucket. He questioned how valuable the service would be. It didn’t take long to realize what he and his partner started had great potential.
“We advertised a lot on Facebook and it kind of just spread like wildfire,” Huyser said. “My partner and I could agree that if anything, people needed a truck. They needed to have someone to take something to the dump, to take something here and there, so it really started out as literally Your Friend With a Truck.”
“Then, as people started to learn a lot about us, we started to turn into an actual moving company and what you see today.”
Huyser had other commitments beyond his business. He had begun an internship with the town as a shellfish warden for the Natural Resources Department from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, moved furniture from 3-5 p.m., and then did paperwork for his company from 5-8 p.m.
“Your Friend With a Truck was bringing in great money,” he said. “I just didn’t know if it was going to continue to be that good.”
Six months went by, and the wastewater-treatment plant position was posted again. Huyser applied again and was offered the job. He had a decision to make: Take the job security of a weekly paycheck and benefits, or make a bet that his moving company would keep growing.
“I was sitting down for a week looking at this job and what Your Friend With a Truck could potentially be,” Huyser said.
“Ultimately my dad had a big play in it. He said I could take the job, it would be safe, and there was no question I would have money in my pocket, but to be honest I was going to be bored. So I listened to him and just went full on with Your Friend With a Truck.”
Three years later, Huyser has three moving trucks, four movers (including himself) and an office manager. He said he would like to add two or three more movers to his staff, but doesn’t see the company growing much more.
“It wasn’t a quick decision,” he said. “I went back and forth and back and forth. Ultimately I spent every dollar I had, I went for it, and I’m glad I did. I was worried for my own security,
which you have to be, but eventually you just have to jump. If you have a good idea, be smart about it, but don’t be afraid to take that leap and go for it.”
Huyser bought property last month off Surfside Road that includes a three-bedroom home, office space for his manager, parking, and he hopes to build a shed to store equipment.
The company helps people move from place to place on Nantucket, but also between the island and the mainland.
A lot has changed for Huyser in the past nine
years. He said his path not only helped him find his true passion, but taught him what it takes to be successful.
“It’s a lot of work and a lot of late hours,” he said. “But there are moments where you’re like, ‘Man, this is good.’ Leading up to the business it just taught me a lot about staying positive and to always stay progressive in your life. You always have to keep thinking progressively.” ///
David Creed is a staff writer at The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket’s newspaper since 1821.