Pooper Scooper Cleans Up Big Business After Layoff
It's a dirty job, but somebody is making money doing it. After nearly 30 years in the airline industry, Kevin Kendall saw the writing on the wall. His job as an aircraft dispatcher wouldn't last much longer, so the Indiana man decided to take retirement into his own hands. After researching dozens of small business ideas - picking up poop seemed to be a logical, and lucrative choice.
These days, instead of crafting flight plans for pilots, Kendall is picking up after pooches. The 50-something and his wife go from yard to yard, doing the dirty work owners don't want to.
"This was about as far away from the airline industry as I could get and that was fine with me," Kendall recently told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's not every day you can get into a business that has a very funny side to it."
Instead of going at it alone, Kendall bought a franchise from a company called Pet Butler. For an initial investment of around $25,000, the Texas-based company takes care of many of the business-side of things - like having operators take calls at an 800 number, billing and public relations.
"I wanted to focus my efforts on growing the business and a lot of times in small businesses, the details bog you down," said Kendall.
In this sort of business - you have to keep a sense of humor, and Pet Butler definitely does. Slogans on the side of Kendall's work trucks ask "What can we doo for brown?" and "Picking up where your dog left off." Pet Butler, the corporation, bills itself as "#1 in the '#2' business."
While the advertising might not take itself too seriously, the green side of this "brown" business does. It costs customers about $13 dollars a week for Kendall's franchise to clean up after a single dog, $16 for two dog families. Multiply those rates by his 50 regular customers, and that's a lot of dough for droppings. Of course, customers can also opt-for one time cleanups.
"Our customers have more time to enjoy their family and pets, rather than worrying about the mess," explained in a statement announcing the opening of his business.
Going two years strong now, as long as dogs - and cats - keep doing their business, Kendall can continue collecting cash through his.