Thinking about opening a septic tanks and systems cleaning residential business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
Startup Costs for Residential Septic Cleaning Providers
Septic cleaning is a business concept that never goes out of style. Whether the economy is busting or booming, homeowners eventually have to maintain, repair and pump their residential septic tanks and septic systems.
But the startup costs for a reputable septic tank and system cleaning business can be significant. Unlike other types of small businesses (e.g. owner-operated carpentry), septic tank repair and cleaning can't be performed with a box of hand and power tools. In addition to basic tools, you'll need at least one professional vacuum truck, excavation equipment, system components and an initial inventory of tanks.
A used vacuum truck in good condition will cost between $50k-$100k. Combined with other estimated startup costs, the total upfront investment can easily run more than $250k. If you don't have that kind of cash in your bank account or retirement savings account, you'll need to rely on commercial lenders and family members to meet your funding requirements.
Customer Loyalty Tips for Septic Tank Cleaning Companies
Customer loyalty is an important facet of a successful septic repair and cleaning company. Although first-time customers are always welcome, it's easier (and less expensive) to get business through repeat customers.
By offering a wide variety of services (cleaning, repair, maintenance, pumping, tank replacement, etc.) you can maximize your value to your customers and encourage customer loyalty through a one-stop service model. Additionally, anything you can do to educate your customers about the cost savings of system maintenance builds trust and cements your professional relationship.
Professional Affiliations & Certifications for Septic Tank Cleaners
Leading septic tank and system cleaning professionals are acutely aware of the fact that sludge and wastewater are regulated materials. One of the ways to make your business stand out is by communicating your company's certifications, professional affiliations and concern for following proper industry protocols.
For starters, you'll need to comply with EPA wastewater handling guidelines and possibly become an EPA licensed treatment plant operator. As a further hallmark of your company's professionalism, consider participating in the National Association of Wastewater Transporters (NAWT) and other septic industry trade organizations.
Writing Tips for a Septic Tanks & Systems Cleaning Residential Company Business Plan
We know - writing a business plan can be a daunting task for a new entrepreneur.
But here's the good news: With a few tips, any entrepreneur can create a successful plan for their business. Business plans are entrepreneurial roadmaps that identify destinations for growth and the routes your septic tanks and systems cleaning residential business will take to reach them.
Although there are many uses for a business plan, it's most important function is to guide your decision making and strategic planning.
Before you begin, we recommend reviewing a few sample business plans.
Check Out Competitors
Prior to opening a septic tanks and systems cleaning residential business in your town, it's essential to determine what the competition looks like. Use the link below to find competitors near you. Complete the form by entering your city, state and zip code to get a list of septic tanks and systems cleaning residential businesses that are close by.
How are you going to successfully complete with existing firms? It's important that you never underestimate the competition.
Find Good Remote Business Advice
After you've evaluated your local competitors, it's essential that you talk to somebody who is already in the business. If you think your local competitors will give you advice, you're being overoptimistic. What's in it for them?
However, an entrepreneur who owns a septic tanks and systems cleaning residential business on the other side of the country may be more than happy to give you a few tips, after they realize you reside far away from them and won't be stealing their local customers. In fact, they are often very willing to share startup advice with you. It can take a while to find an entrepreneur who is willing to talk, but it's well worth the effort.
Where do you find somebody who runs a septic tanks and systems cleaning residential business who is willing to advise you because you live in different cities?
We can help. Follow the link below, try a few city/state combos or zipcodes, and then start calling!
Purchasing a Septic Tanks & Systems Cleaning Residential Business
Many experts advise against starting a septic tanks and systems cleaning residential business if you can buy an established operation. Yet the process of buying a septic tanks and systems cleaning residential business introduces a new set of challenges.
As you would expect, there are a number of steps in buying a business. For most prospective business buyers, the first step is to contact a business broker.
A good business broker serves a number of useful purposes. From locating available companies to helping seal the deal, your broker will have the experience and skills to help you successfully navigate the purchase process.
Explore Franchising Options
The odds of achieving your primary goal of doing well with your venture immediately improve when you join the ranks of franchisees and leverage their successful brand and track record.
Prior to making the decision to open a septic tanks and systems cleaning residential business, you ought to check out whether franchising might make it easy to get started.
The link below gives you access to our franchise directory so you can see if there's a franchise opportunity for you. You might even find something that points you in a completely different direction.
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