You think you want to start a pooper scooper business?

Written on Jan 1, 2016, 8:07 PM by

So you think you want to start a pooper scooper business? Many people think this must be an easy business to start. All you need is a vehicle and a rake, right? Not so fast. This business is just like any other business. If you want to have a truly successful business, you have to work hard at it and take it seriously.

Most business owners with many different types of businesses that I have spoken with will tell you it takes years to become established. Some people have said 5 years, while most have said at least 10 years. In my experience, once you hit the 10 year mark you start to see your hard work finally begin to pay off. You start to understand why you started your business in the first place. This doesn’t mean you are making tons of money and going on vacation all the time, this just means you start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Success is different to all people. How you measure your success is very personal. A person that needs to make enough money to support a family and pay for health insurance is totally different than a person making extra money on the side.  

Can you support a family with this type of business? The answer is yes, eventually. When beginning a business, you need to look at it realistically. Can you go for a couple of years without making much money at all? Do you have someone else to help support you while you are trying to build this business? Do you have savings to fall back on?

These questions are the types of questions you must ask yourself no matter what type of business it is. Are you willing to work 7 days per week to make it happen or not go on vacation for years in a row? If not, then maybe being a small business owner is not for you.  That’s ok, really. Consider these questions before you decide to jump in and become another statistic.

I once heard a statistic that 90% of small businesses fail in the first year and 50% of those that made it the first year fail the next year.

Seems somewhat unbelievable, right? Look around at many businesses you have seen that start and end. Pay attention to new businesses that open and close and ask other business owners their advice. It never hurts to ask.

Until next time…. The doody is really piling up. lol