Entrepreneurs All Over the World are Acquiring Their WEALTH by CLEANING UP Their Communities!
Swallow Your Pride and Roll in the Profit
Start a part-time parking lot clean-up business. You can make your own hours, work outdoors, be your own boss AND clean up the environment! Sure it’s not the cleanest work environment, but this opportunity has an incredibly low start-up cost and there’s a good chance you can monopolize your local market. In no time you’ll be setting up on Boardwalk and buying up all the Railroads! Hahah! Ahh…
I was inspired to write about this while walking my dog earlier this week. I live in the state of Vermont, which has a reputation of being clean, green, and full of startups (especially tasty microbreweries, but that’s a topic for another day). I walked along route seven after our run to return home, and in less than a mile I saw: eight cigarette butts, four empty cigarette packs, a phone charger, a fish carcass (that my pup Sawyer tried to eat), two energy drink cans, three beer cans (*concerning*), a slipper, and a pile of who-knows-what trash. The snow had just melted so this trash must have been building up underneath that beautiful white blanket, and as I watched it emerge I was astounded. There is undoubtedly a market for this.
Some General Logistics
Who pays for their parking lot or roadside to be cleaned:
If I were to start this business in my hometown tomorrow, I would head to the classiest places first and work my way down from there. I think they would pay a lot of money to keep up their image! Corporations and small business alike are viable options worthy of your service and should be considered as such.
How much you can charge:
Check out reasonable rates for your state and consider the socioeconomic background of your area, but in general, you could aim between $30 and $50 per hour.
What equipment you will need to buy:
Low Tech Options:
Gloves ~ Mask ~ Wheel Barrow ~ Broom ~ Trash Bags ~ Business Cards ~ Ad Magnets
High Tech Options:
Parking Lot Sweeper ~ Pick Up Truck ~ Gas-Powered Leaf Blower ~ Professional Ads
Of course, you will need to choose the option that is within your current budget. In the same breath, if you ask around I’m sure you could find friends that would invest in your business with the part-time use of their truck or leaf blower. This is definitely a “where there’s a will there’s a way” type scenario.
**If this endeavor turns out well and you want to take it to the next level (legally), you will need to pay your local courthouse to register your business. You will be needing to pay taxes after taking this step… But then you are officially a business owner!! How exciting is that??**
How to market your business
- The first thing you need to do is find out if there are any competitors in your area offering the same service. The most obvious option would be to “Google it”, but if you are from a small town this may not work. If your competitors are online at all it’s possible they’ve made a Facebook group, have their business on their LinkedIn profile or have posted advertisements on Craigslist.
- If they are not advertising in the online marketplace- get all over that- inquire at your town offices if a private parking lot trash cleanup business is offered in your town and keep an eye out for fliers on local cork boards.
- Invest in printing personalized business cards and fliers, and visit local businesses with parking lots to personally inquire if they would be interested in your service.
- After you have covered all of your bases locally, definitely look into attending a conference like the one below, WasteExpo 50! Can you believe there are over 13,000 people who are doing exactly this? It is so possible it’s not even funny.
Here Are Some Stories to Get You Inspired…
Gotta love helping communities that desperately need it. After living and visiting developing countries, the lack of waste removal services is a prominent issue. Developing or developed though, there is always room to improve our communities.
Not interested in the side of the road? How about a personal junk removal service?
Yo- “The Boss of Cleaning”- became a millionaire as an investor, (not from picking up trash,) but chooses to spend his time cleaning the streets of his community.
Gee… How about that 🙂
Until next time,
Be that Optimist!
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