How to Start a Pet Waste Removal Business

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While you don’t have to be a dog lover to start a pet waste removal business, it may make the dirty work a little less bothersome. Removing pet waste isn’t a glamorous job, but it can prove pretty lucrative with enough clients. You may be able to clean as many as seven yards per hour, at a rate of $7 to $25 per yard. Plus, there is little in the way of start-up fees.

Things You'll Need

  • Liability insurance
  • Bonding coverage
  • Rake
  • Dust pan
  • Business fliers

Don’t quit your day job. A pet waste removal business can pull in a nice yearly salary. However, until you’ve built up your clientele, there’s no need to quit the job you already have.

Contact your health department to learn about the health regulations on removing pet waste. Your county may allow you to simply dispose of the pet waste in the owner’s garbage. However, you may have to dispose of it at a landfill. If this is the case, be sure to include the fees associated with traveling to the landfill when creating your pricing list.

Register your pet waste removal business with your county clerk’s office and obtain a federal tax ID. Purchase liability insurance and bonding coverage. Liability covers you in the event that you damage the owner’s property. Bonding coverage shows your clients that they can trust you to complete the job.

Purchase gloves, a rake, trash bags and a dust pan. Purchase signage for your vehicle.

Set your pet waste removal rates, which may be $7 to $12 weekly for one dog or $11 to $16 for two dogs weekly. Tier your rates to encourage repeat customers. Offer a discount for customers willing to commit to a two or three month rate. Be sure to charge more for the initial visit, since you will likely have a significant amount of pet waste to remove. For an initial visit, charge between $35 and $85. Expect to do about 4 to 7 yards per hour.

Build your clientele. In addition to residents, you may service condominiums, apartment buildings, veterinarians and city parks. Place fliers and business cards at local pet stores, condominiums or apartment buildings, churches, grocery stores, community boards and on Craigslist.org.

Consider starting a free blog to help get your name out there. Include pet-related news, yard tips and gardening tips for pet-owners. Along the side, detail your pet waste removal business and contact information.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once your business expands, you may need to hire employees. In this event, be sure to purchase worker's compensation insurance. Ensure that the bonding coverage extends to your employees. Consider purchasing uniforms and a commercial vehicle.

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