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Good idea but in my opinion, this would be a “painting business,” and you would just add this to the myriad list of services you can provide.

The way I had it explained to me was that the angle for growth was concrete and construction.

First you're filling holes in the lots you stripe , then bidding for sidewalk construction.

Definitely unsexy but you can start for a few hundred dollars.
 

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Does anyone know the guy who built a Septic Tank Cleaning business, which he documented on youtube? Been searching and could not find him.

He started as a side hustle, cleaning septic tanks during lunch break, and developed it to the point that he quit his job.

Seems very appealing business due to:
1) I don't see anytime soon people stop shitting, so very valuable business for society.
2) Is done only once in couple of years, therefore customer could be price insensitive.
3) In developing and underdeveloped countries, with more environmental regulations, settlements will be required to own Septic System, instead of dumping excrement into the river. (Whole city of mine with 1m+ people dumps it's shit into the river and people still fish there)
 

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Does anyone know the guy who built a Septic Tank Cleaning business, which he documented on youtube? Been searching and could not find him.

He started as a side hustle, cleaning septic tanks during lunch break, and developed it to the point that he quit his job.

Seems very appealing business due to:
1) I don't see anytime soon people stop shitting, so very valuable business for society.
2) Is done only once in couple of years, therefore customer could be price insensitive.
3) In developing and underdeveloped countries, with more environmental regulations, settlements will be required to own Septic System, instead of dumping excrement into the river. (Whole city of mine with 1m+ people dumps it's shit into the river and people still fish there)
I don't know the one you refer to, but I once hired a guy who called his business Mister Whiffy. He was always busy, and I think that with that business name he could have sold franchises in other parts of the state.

He was so casual about it that he ate his lunch while pumping out the tank. :eek:

Walter
 

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Does anyone know the guy who built a Septic Tank Cleaning business, which he documented on youtube? Been searching and could not find him.

He started as a side hustle, cleaning septic tanks during lunch break, and developed it to the point that he quit his job.

Seems very appealing business due to:
1) I don't see anytime soon people stop shitting, so very valuable business for society.
2) Is done only once in couple of years, therefore customer could be price insensitive.
3) In developing and underdeveloped countries, with more environmental regulations, settlements will be required to own Septic System, instead of dumping excrement into the river. (Whole city of mine with 1m+ people dumps it's shit into the river and people still fish there)
Were you able to find the videos? Did he rent the equipment every time he had a job? Or did he outright purchase it before he even began?
 

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Were you able to find the videos? Did he rent the equipment every time he had a job? Or did he outright purchase it before he even began?
My guy, who does ours (we have 22 septic systems) has the best equipment -- that he owns. The pumper trucks have very high-efficiency pumps that work very quickly. And his biggest problem is having a place to dump what he pumps. He has a tanker "pup" that he pumps the poop into for hauling to dump it. He has deals with different cities that have processing plants. It's considered a bio-hazard and must be carefully handled.

This year, before winter, we had him come and pump 12 systems over two days. Some of our systems have 4 households on each, so they are big systems. This fall, we'll have the rest of them pumped. We do it as a "preventative maintenance" measure. It's much easier and cheaper to do the pumping as a group rather than one at a time when they get overfilled -- especially in the winters when we have a few feet of snow. My guy does several at once on a discounted group rate. He brings a couple of trucks and his "pup" and does one right after another.

It's a high-profit business that most people would hate to do. And the threshold is high. You must have the right equipment, a dumping point, and your CDL (commercial driver's license) for starters. Some areas also require special licenses since you would be handing bio-waste. Before you jump in with both feet, go work for one of these guys. You might be able to do a joint venture where you use their equipment and business set up while you go out to find your own business base.
 

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Were you able to find the videos? Did he rent the equipment every time he had a job? Or did he outright purchase it before he even began?
No, but I remember he had a pump and cleaning tank on his old pickup. Later purchased a better pickup and operated that way, instead of purchasing an actual truck.

This business happens to be more profitable in developing countries, as people produce 1.5-2x more excrements compared to developed countries (With lowest being Germany - 120 g per day per person, while Zimbabwe and China produce approximately 300g). Countries, that has diet mostly based on grains and fiber, tend to create more excrements compared to protein based diet. Also countries with more heat need more frequent cleaning due to instability of various bacteria growing inside faecal sludge. I don't know exactly how, but somehow it's also possible to charge nothing for cleaning Septic Tanks and profit by producing fertilizer from sludge.
 

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This is one that I have just started, however, it is a fairly saturated market so I've had to make some big changes what usually constitutes as "selling candles" to be able to make it at that top level. Can't wait to do so!
 

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No, but I remember he had a pump and cleaning tank on his old pickup. Later purchased a better pickup and operated that way, instead of purchasing an actual truck.

This business happens to be more profitable in developing countries, as people produce 1.5-2x more excrements compared to developed countries (With lowest being Germany - 120 g per day per person, while Zimbabwe and China produce approximately 300g). Countries, that has diet mostly based on grains and fiber, tend to create more excrements compared to protein based diet. Also countries with more heat need more frequent cleaning due to instability of various bacteria growing inside faecal sludge. I don't know exactly how, but somehow it's also possible to charge nothing for cleaning Septic Tanks and profit by producing fertilizer from sludge.
seems like you know quite a bit about it:)
in our township, it is required to pump every 3 years, and you must submit proof that it's been done (your pumping company will usually do that for you)

the township has a list of 2 favorite pumpers that they have, so if you can get on a township's list like that then you're set for life.

township will send you reminders if you are running late, and (I think) they list two companies that could do it if you are a new homeowner (or too lazy to google it) with their phone numbers and all their info right there...
 

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Sounds like it's something that would be impossible to get into as a side hustle. I already struggle enough dealing with my 50+ hour a week job to find time to do anything else.
 

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How do the differentiate except pricing? It seems like as terrible competition as airlines have.
I don't remember prices being on the township's paper... just the company name and phone number. I also cannot remember shopping for price, I just called the one that we used the last time and they came out and gave me a bill, simple :)

no need to differentiate as long as times are prosperous, people just need their crap pulled, plain and simple... but if times became hard I could see that could become a problem. We live in a county that has it's own economy (literally, it does not follow the US/World's view of economy, the world can be having hard times and we're still booming... the US can boom and we boom with it, but the downsides are not so big. We export a lot of labor (people own their own small businesses, but do work for people a few hours drive away, building a house/barn/etc... and then move on to the next job)
 

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Sounds like it's something that would be impossible to get into as a side hustle. I already struggle enough dealing with my 50+ hour a week job to find time to do anything else.
50+ hours sounds like a vacation. I used to do 74 hours for 3+ years until I decided to scale back and focus on my own life (now do 55 hours normally, but I'm part owner so it makes a difference)
 

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How do the differentiate except pricing? It seems like as terrible competition as airlines have.
Airlines have it easy when it comes to selling tickets (they don't have it easy when it comes to making a profit).

An airport has at most X number of bays and can therefore only have Y number of airlines - think of the amount of runway space etc, it is limited.

Planes fill up and tickets run out for each airline...

So if you are an airline company, once you have a spot at the airport, you are going to get customers.

Now, the big wild card is if they are profitable, because airlines are notoriously expensive cash-burning businesses (jet fuel is not cheap and neither are the safety requirements and maintenance of planes).

But the "competition" really isn't the biggest factor in such a low-supply, high-demand business with massive barriers to entry!
 

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