Starting a dog waste removal business

squeehunter

LawnSite Member
I hope I'm at the right forum. Let me know if there's anything I need to be doing/stop doing. I heard on the radio that the DJ hires someone to clean up after his dog in his yard which gave me the idea that maybe I should try that since it doesn't gross me out after cleaning toilets at my last job.

I printed out 10 flyers (not nearly enough) and put them on the front porch of all the obvious dog owners on my street. After that I'm going to seek out the rich neighborhoods close to me and hand them out there. Income on my street might not be high enough for people to want to pay for this themselves.

I live with my parents still but I need money for college. I'm not trying to live off of this business, I'm just desperate for money so I'm only charging $10 minimum per week. The professionals on the internet were charging a minimum $12-15 perk week, per dog. The most I would charge would be $20 a week for multiple dogs in a large yard.

The flyers were simple. They say "You hate doing it. I don't mind it. Tim's Dog Waste Removal Service. Starting at $10 a yard. Ask for Tim (phone number)"

Equipment:
Car
Dustpan
Small rake
Rubber gloves
Trashbags
Handled pitcher (for holding the trash bags)
Thick trash bags (for depositing everything into)
Foot covers
Old shoes
Bleach spray (to disinfect tools between yards)
 

crazymike

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Ontario
I was talking to someone the other day and they make a killing off this service. I will be advertising it this year.

Although you are being responsible disinfecting tools (stops spreading of worms, etc...) it might be overkill. However, advertise that and you will stand out.

Also, you can charge quite a bit for this service. Especially in the spring. People who pay for this service, feel they're above picking up dog ****. In turn, they are willing to let you name a price within reason.

Good luck with this, and report back!
 

Patriot Services

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Tampa FL
There was a thead a while back and we kind of took a shizz on the deal (pun intended). Ok, something useful now. See if the local vet offices wil let you put a stack on the counter. I would probably have some nice color postcards made. People that spend money on vets have disposable income. I just dropped 500 to have the cats teeth cleaned. I would price it by how many dogs and how many times a week for service. Might want to try and keep Fridays open. People like the yards best for the weekends.
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squeehunter

LawnSite Member
Thanks for the input. I'll add the cleaning part to my flyer. I'm going to print out 100 or so of them for my next step. The people on my street might be too country for this. I'm gonna hit some richer people Thursday and then Monday.
 

Exact Rototilling

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Zone: 5B
I'd rather pick dog poo as an add ton for mowing than have to have to dodge piles in the lawn or clean it out of my mower tires.
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Get Some...

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Kansas
Good for you, I wish you luck and dont forget to sell them some mowing service.:)
 

crazymike

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Ontario
One think I noticed, you mentioned car. I HIGHLY recommend getting at trailer hitch receiver rack to put a tupperware bin on to hold the poop. Last thing you want is all that poop in your car on a hot day.
 

DA Quality Lawn & YS

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Rochester, MN
OP, that is one gross biz you are thinking of undertaking.
Best of luck.
 

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