Initial research

troopers-60770_640After meeting with Pastor Marty, I was even more excited about starting a pooper scooper business. I started to dream what this business would eventually look like. I could see in my mind’s eye everything that my company could be. Obviously, it would start with cleaning up after the dogs. But what else could I do?

I realized that with Fort Knox in the vicinity that there would be many opportunities to watch pets for soldiers as they traveled to visit families out of state. So pet sitting became part of the vision of the company that would eventually become PetCorps.

Then, I thought, If I can watch pets for people, then I can certainly walk dogs, so dog walking became part of the vision.

Next, I realized that if I was travelling to people’s homes frequently, that I could deliver dog and cat food to their doors, saving them a trip to the pet store.

Another convenience I could offer pet owners was transporting their pets to the groomer or vet for a nominal fee.

Finally, I envisioned a doggie day care and training center, one that focused on enriching the cognitive development of dogs (because dogs need mental stimulation, too). The center would have a certified trainer (because I am not one) and a staff veterinarian.

With all these ideas, I began to realize that there was no way I could do it all by myself. To achieve this vision was going to take a lot of people and a lot of money. At the time, I didn’t have a lot of cash resources and I hadn’t learned how to handle money properly. So I focused on what I could do with the resources I currently had.

I started scouring the internet looking for proof of viable pooper scooper companies. That’s when I discovered pooper-scooper.com. This web site provided a directory of pooper scoopers all over the country and even parts of the world. This was the evidence I needed to convince me that this could work.

On the same website, there was a link to purchase a copy of a book written by the site’s author Matthew Osborne. The title of the book was The Professional Pooper-Scooper: How to Start Your Own Low-Cost, High-Profit, Dog Waste Removal Service. I think I spent about $50 to buy the book. It was packed full of information that I needed to get started. I think I read the book within a week and started making lists of things I needed to do to prepare myself for this work.

Pooper-scooper.com soon became my go-to resource for everything related to becoming a professional pooper scooper. On the site, there was a discussion board. Before I created a username, I trolled the forums as a guest, gleaning from the experiences of professionals everywhere.

From this initial research, I learned that pooper scooper businesses were real, they solved a real problem in the market, and others before me have successfully operated these businesses for over twenty years.

Unfortunately, my excitement got the best of me. I was so excited about this opportunity, that I started to believe that others might try to enter this market in my area. I decided I had to be the first to market on this.

I searched for competitors in my area. There were several in Louisville, KY but none had moved into the Hardin County area. Now I knew I needed to get started as soon as possible.

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