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?
My startup manual includes copies of my most successful marketing materials, including classified ads for your neighborhood weekly newspapers, designs for business cards, fliers, voice mail scripts, vehicle signs and more that you can modify for your own use. You can also use 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 or one-time cleanup in a yard that hasn't been cleaned for a year or more could take an hour -- Of course, you'll charge extra for those jobs. I, personally, could average 6 yards per hour over the course of week's work, including travel time. Not everyone will be that productive; but it is common for scoopers to average from 4 to 7 yards per hour.
What kind of tools do you use?
Most professional scoopers use a "lobby dust pan," and a small 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! On rare ocassions snow may postpone a day's 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.
Why would anyone pay you to clean up after dogs?
Busy dog-owners are delighted to pay someone to have this done! 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. Lack of time; physical difficulty; 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!
Is there really a market for this?
Yes! 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 now thriving in hundred of cities in the USA, Canada, and other countries. Some cities are supporting 2, 3, or even 4 or more 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 capital and no barriers to entry!