Is this for real!?
It certainly is! All over the country new dog waste removal services are being started, and customers are signing up for them. Demographics and social trends point to an accelerating demand for personal services for busy professionals and executives, single parent households, and people who simply have better things to do than scoop up after dogs.
How much do you charge for this service?
Scoopers make excellent profits! At service rates around around $15 per week for one dog, scoopers are earning $60 per hour and more! Work by yourself, or hire employees, pay them a great wage, and still net excellent profits for yourself.
What do you do with the waste you collect?
The best disposal method will vary according to local regulations and available facilities. Some simply place the waste into plastic bags and leave it in the customer's trash cans. Others share a trash bin with another small business or take the waste directly to a local landfill.
Check the rules in your area.
How do you get customers?
Social media, word of mouth, local news, classified ads, signs on your vehicle, business cards, fliers, and customer referal plans are some of the most-used methods that scoopers use to gain new business. My startup manual includes copies of successful marketing materials that you can modify for your own use, including press releases to get thousands of dollars worth of FREE publicity.
How long does it take to clean a yard?
Some small yards or dog runs can be cleaned in just a few minutes. A first-time job or one-time cleanup in a yard that hasn't been cleaned for a long could take an hour, and of course, you'll charge a lot more for those jobs. A motivated professional with full routes can average 6 yards per hour over the course of week's work, including travel time! Certainly, not everyone will be that productive; but it is common for scoopers to average more than 4 yards per hour.
What kind of tools do you use?
Most professional scoopers use a "lobby dust pan," a small, lightweight rake, and plastic trash bags. (Forget about those scissors-type "pooper-scoopers" sold in pet shops. They're simply not made for this kind of work.) You'll learn about techniques that will enable you to find all the waste in a yard without wasting precious time.
What do you do in the winter?
Work! Depending on your local weather, there may be ocassions when snow may postpone some work, but dogs keep doing their thing all year long, and so do pooper scoopers.
Could you also clean apartments and condo grounds?
Absolutely! Most of your work will probably be in the back yards of single-family homes, but many professional scoopers service commercial accounts, too. These kinds of accounts can be major clients.
Why would anyone pay you to clean up after dogs?
Isn't it obvious?! But seriously, many busy dog-owners are delighted to pay someone to have this done for them! Lack of time, physical problems, and the "Repugnance Factor" mean many people are more than happy to pay someone to do this necessary chore. Some clients even tell us we are a "Godsend" and credit us with stopping family quarrels! Many dog owners need a way to dispose pet waste that is both legal and practical. Some cities' refuse departments prohibit the placement of animal waste in with residential refuse. Uncollected dog feces is a significant contributor to ground water pollution. Uncleaned back yards stink, they annoy the neighbors and attract flies that lay their eggs on the feces and then move on. Pets and people using dirty yards track poop into the house. You can provide simple, neat, and cost-effective solutions to all these problems and more.
Is there really a market for this?
You bet there is! This is a new and rapidly expanding market. Some scooping service companies are cleaning more than 1,000 customers' yards every week. Professional pooper-scoopers are thriving in cities across the USA, in Canada, and other countries. Some cities are supporting 2, 3, even 4 or more competing dog waste removal services. With literally MILLIONS of dog-owners, there is a huge potential market that is only beginning to be addressed! For those who act now this could be your opportunity to own your own business with very little startup money and no barriers to entry! If you have ever wanted to own a business of your own, but never thought you could get the money, equipment, advertising budgets and other resources together for the high costs of traditional businesses, this could be opportunity you've been looking for!