Pet Waste Management: Start a Business as a Pooper Scooper

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 39 percent of U.S. households in 2016 owned dogs — some 77.5 million dogs. That’s a lot of poop to scoop. Some of those owners are happy to pay someone else to take over the unpleasant chore of cleaning up after their dogs.

Starting Your Own Business

The basic tools for a pet waste disposal business are simple: a vehicle to drive to clients’ homes, containers for the dog waste collected and gloves, bags, shovels and spades for picking up the poop. Although Waste Removal Services play such an important role in society as they develop communities.  

Finding a place to dispose of all the waste collected is a top requirement for any pet waste disposal business. While someone just starting out might get away with bagging the waste and setting it out for regular trash pickup, a business of any size at all will quickly outgrow this strategy. Some pet disposal services deposit each yard’s collections in that homeowner’s trash, while others drop off bags of waste at a nearby waste facility.

Local health departments can provide anyone interested in starting a pet waste disposal business with copies of any regulations pertaining to the disposal of animal waste.

Dog Waste Dos and Don’ts

Fees for weekly pet cleanup should be low enough to entice people to use the service and high enough to net a profit Any new business owner should determine how much he wants to earn an hour, then determine how long it takes pick up an average suburban yard once a week. This will allow him to figure how many such yards he needs to do each hour in order to make the desired hourly wage. Fees can be adjusted for larger yards and households with more dogs. Discounts for long-term contracts can encourage people to sign up for six months or a year at a time.

Advertising is important to any new business and it needn’t be expensive. A potential pooper scooper could print flyers and post them in places dog owners are likely to frequent such as veterinarian’s offices, at dog wash facilities, and at dog parks. Local pet stores may allow flyers to be posted on their bulletin boards. New business owners can list their services on computer bulletin boards such as Craig’s list. It’s easy to print business cards on the computer and hand them out at dog parks and to any dog owners the new entrepreneur encounters. One way to generate interest in a new business is to offer discount coupons to first-time customers.

Business Strategies

Planning a regular route between customers’ homes will save time and money. All the clients in a particular neighborhood could be picked up on a certain day of the week. Mapping software can help with planning, though simply plotting customers’ homes on a street map can be effective, too.

Extra products and services can be sources of additional income. The products should relate to the core business. Pet treats, pet training aids or even sprays to keep grass from turning yellow from too much dog pee would all be compatible with a pet waste disposal business. These could be advertised in a separate flyer distributed to customers. The customer could pay for the item upon delivery or have the cost added to his monthly bill.

A pet waste management business is a low cost business for any enterprising entrepreneur. A business as a pooper scooper offers many opportunities for someone who wants to be self-employed.

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