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    Recently in my area, I have taken great notice upon the need for post hurricane storm damage clean up on peoples property and homes. This has led me to seek out and acquire the machines so that I am able to fill that need, I have contacted several different people and have the work lined up for myself which will enable me to break free from my current job and go out on my own. While doing some looking around I have also noticed the major shortages of dump trucks in my area which can be contracted out or used for my own purposes. The only thing i am uncertain of is that this endeavor will be still be tied by my time as far as yard and property clean up is concerned while the dump truck can be slightly more free of my time by hiring a driver for it. I am trying to look into the future about this endeavor and it will improve my current life, but I am unsure on how I could push it into the fastlane. Thoughts?
     
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    Shooting from the hip , does FEMA subcontract for a thing like that maybe?
     
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    Yes they do, but unfortunately for my area FEMA has shut down funding for roadside debris clean up, therefore the work that is available now is private people wanting their damaged timber land cleaned or yards and stumps from their yards removed.
     
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    Well you'll need year round demand so just a landscaping company that specializes in extreme stuff?

    Crime scene cleanup?

    Lets leave that aside , When you map this out as it stands whats it look like? How do you get leads? Website? Advertising? Door to door?

    How do you eyeball a job to see what its worth to you and what it will take to finish? , how do you hire?

    Even if you havent done these things how would you?

    Seems to me like scaling a service like this becomes problematic with the human element. You go one county over and youd need hr and a manager for a crew , but then whats stopping them from just doing it themselves?

    You can only compete on price

    Ive heard of roofers going all over the country for big jobs so maybe if you get a good set of crews going local then the next time a hurricane hits you could be johnny on the spot with a solution for the right price.

    That brings you back to that first problem though , how do you keep the cleanup crew paid when hurricanes arent happening?

    Personally i'd pay a bit of a premium to have a big tree trimmed or something like that if it was done by a company that dealt with hurricane damage , it has a sexy branding opportunity . I think you'll have to diversify the offerings a bit though , what about septic cleanup? Dont yhose things blow out with flooding as well? Cross train the guys maybe?

    Have you networked with any other companies that get business during a disaster? I imagine portable toilets need to be rented and brought in , generators and such . What else could you offer to someone right after a hurricane that solves problems for them? Do insurance companies pay for any of this?
     
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    I may have misunderstood something, but this seems rather simple to me; you hire someone to do that part of the work down the road too?

    Good luck!
     
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    Your obvious challenge is that you're tied to a location. Remember the part of MJ's books where he talks about swimming in a pond vs the ocean? You're dealing with both the demand on your time and is there really scale? That said, I have a friend who seems to have found a good balance. He runs a "tree service" here. He has a half dozen trucks and crews. They are busy throughout the year and he makes bank. But here's the secret sauce. He and his crew are well trained and do a fantastic job. He can demand and get higher prices because of the quality of their work. It's also not just tree removal. They are experts at large tree pruning and care.

    I'm not suggesting you become a tree service. Rather that you consider the size of your pond and what you can/must do to ensure top quality that allows you to charge higher prices.
     
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