You won't believe how much
money there is in poo!
OK, I know this isn't for
everyone. It sure isn't for me, but for the right person, there is
money to be made cleaning up pet poo. True, this isn't exactly a
hobby- or maybe it is- but the point is, if you are looking for an
additional income and you have a strong stomach, this is worth
Here's the story: People have pets. Pets make poo.
The pet poo must be cleaned up. If given the option, some people are
happy to pay someone else to clean up the poo. That someone could be
Our local paper ran a story about a very imaginative man who is making
a good living (think $50,000 + ) cleaning up after other people's
pets. He charges $29.00 to clean the waste of one pet, with an
additional $9.00 for each additional pet. He also cleans litter
boxes for $15.00. He works 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and
averages a bit less than $40.00 from each client. Do the math and
you can see that he has tapped into a very lucrative market.
Of course, success depends upon your community. You may live in
an area where people would not dream of paying for this service.
You won't know until you advertise a bit. Flyers left at
veterinarians or pet stores, notices on bulletin boards, perhaps a
cleverly worded classified ad- for a modest initial cost, you could be
The gentleman in our story approaches his work in a business-like
manner. He wears long sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy
shoes. His work supplies include small rakes and shovels, plastic
bags, paper towels, and a concentrated pet spot cleaner. He also
provides the liners for cat boxes, although he does not provide clean
litter. He schedules his work route to minimize driving as much
as possible, and it takes him an average of less than an hour to do a
clean-up and travel to his next client. He did a little
advertising at first but his client list grew mainly by word of mouth.
Do you see the potential here? I live in an area with a large
community of retired folks, many of whom are delighted to pay for this
particular service. You may not live near a retirement community,
but consider working families with tight schedules. They might
jump at the chance to trade dollars for a regularly cleaned yard and
more free time. Apartment dwellers with cats? How about
cleaning bird cages?
Like I said before, this particular "hobby" is not for everyone. But for the right person, there's money in pet poo.