In 2012, a friend tagged along with me to film the footage for A Day in the Life of a Pooper Scooper, an informative video I put together to show what I do rather than using advertising to scream and shout, “Look at me! Look at me! I can get the dog poop out of your yard!” What I didn’t expect was the number of people who would watch the video and think to themselves, “Gee, I never would have thought of that. I want to start a business doing the same thing.”
Because of the overwhelming positive feedback I’ve received, I’ve decided to put together an online event where prospective business owners can get answers to their questions about starting a pooper-scooper business.
The best part is I’m giving this information away for free. I’ve worked hard at the business for 7 years, I completed a business degree, and now I am ready to share my knowledge and experience with people who are interested in starting their own business.
Why would anyone do this? I’ve noticed within the scooper community, many people are very guarded about their business. Some share information freely, but others hold back because the fear of competition is too much to handle. I’ve seen where before anyone would share information with anyone, the first thing they ask is “Where are you?” because they don’t want to give their best secrets to someone starting a business down the block.
Sure, it sounds risky to share information freely with entrepreneurs. Holding back information is even more dangerous. There are plenty of yards to go around and not enough people out their scooping dog poop. Competition is a good thing in a capitalist society. It gives consumers a choice and it drives businesses to improve their processes to deliver a better service or product.
So here’s what I know:
- Sharing this information is my way of encouraging others that you can do this.
- Sharing this information may cause competition in my local market.
- Sharing this information may even cause consumers to find a do-it-yourself way of getting the job done.
In each of these cases, I’m helping people whether it’s an entrepreneur in a faraway market or one in my own backyard. And I’m helping pet owners who are looking for better ways to do-it-themselves.
The #GetTheScoop event will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST. To register for the event, visit https://www.kypooperscooper.com/onlineevents/registration.php. After you register, don’t forget to submit the questions you’d like me to answer during the event. Then, do me a favor and spread the word about this event by sharing on social media.