Have you considered picking up dog poop?
Don’t laugh…I’m serious! Dog waste removal is a growing market that is still largely untapped. There’s still plenty of time for you to get in on the ground floor and build a profitable business for yourself. And all you really need to get started is a shovel and some plastic bags.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, forty-seven percent of US households own at least one dog. That’s a lot of poop that needs to be cleaned up! Smart people like you can really clean up by picking up after other people’s pets.
Here are some tips to help you get your pooper scooper business started so you can make money picking up poop:
1. The first thing you should do is call your town and find out about business licenses and regulations regarding the removal of waste. It’s important to make sure you don’t inadvertently break any laws.
2. Start small. Ideally you want to have a whole bunch of clients all in one neighborhood so you can limit fuel costs and commuting time between gigs.
3. Promoting your business is absolutely essential if you want to be successful. Most dog owners probably don’t even know that poop-scooping services are available so you’ll have to get the word out. Try making flyers and posting them around your neighborhood. Ask local veterinarians and animal shelters if you can post a flyer in their offices. And once you land a few clients you can start asking for referrals. You might even want to offer a discount to clients who bring you business.
4. Try to map out a schedule and stick to it. Especially if you are starting your business part-time, you’ll need to manage your time efficiently. Set certain days as “pickup” days and leave the rest of the time to administrative duties and promotion to bring in new business.
5. Check out your competitors to see what kind of prices they charge. Prices will vary from one region to the next so you’ll want to be sure your rates are competitive.
6. Provide an excellent service. If you do a crappy job you won’t be invited back. But if you do good work you can build long term relationships with customers and also reap the benefits of referrals.
Running your own pooper scooper business may not be the most glamorous way to make money but it can be very profitable if you’re willing to get your hands dirty (no pun intended).
So how much money can you make picking up poop? – J Money
I called a local pooper scooper service to get some info and he said charges an average of $10 to $12 per cleanup. That would be for a average-sized yard with only one dog and he would charge more for an extra large yard and multiple dogs.
He also charges extra for the initial cleanup because there is typically much more work involved and it takes longer to complete.
Most people schedule two or three cleanups per week so you can easily make $20 to $35 per week from each paying customer. That may not seem like a lot but remember each cleanup only takes about 10 minutes so if you can land a bunch of clients in one neighborhood you can bang out a bunch of jobs in a short period of time.
Also keep in mind that prices will vary by location. The price I mentioned is for my suburban neighborhood here in New Jersey.
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