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For owners of lawn care services, DoodyCalls is a perfect add-on business that can provide you with a new source of revenue. Additionally, because pet waste removal is a natural extension of the services already provided, adding it to the company’s operations has minimal impact on the way business is already being done.

Here are eight reasons why DoodyCalls is a perfect addition to many lawn care businesses:
  1. Pet waste removal is a simple service to provide. You walk the customer’s yard, scoop the poop into a bag, dispose of the waste, then clean your tools. No special expertise is needed.
  2. DoodyCalls is a successful and well-known brand. As a business owner, you know how important it is to build a brand locally. With systems, support and a large and growing collection of professionally designed marketing materials, we make branding easier and more effective.
  3. Low barriers to entry and minimal startup costs. Apart from a truck (which you already have), the only pieces of equipment you need are dust pans, rakes and garbage bags.
  4. Easy integration. The beauty of integrating a franchise is that you don’t have to start from scratch. Instead, you get an already developed business concept, support system and brand. With DoodyCalls, you’re adding a revenue stream, not a headache.
  5. You have customers today. The people who hire a lawn care service are the same ones who hire a pet waste removal service. If you have clients with dogs, you’re practically in business already.
  6. Seasonality control. The peak season for pet waste removal services is the late fall through early spring, when demand for many lawn care services tends to slow down.
  7. As an industry, this type of lawn service is experiencing major gains in 2011. The Wall Street Journal published a great report on the topic recently, titled: “This Business Grows Every Time Fido Does His”
  8. Our 2011 Commitment to Marketing campaign. Starting this year, during the first twelve months of opening your DoodyCalls franchise, we will reimburse you up to $12,500 for advertising and promotional expenses.

Do you have a lawn care business that could use an additional revenue stream? Take a look around our franchising site to learn about the DoodyCalls franchise opportunity. When you’re ready to talk, just let us know – we’re always happy to speak with entrepreneurs about franchise integration.

To get in touch, you can reach Paul Martell, our Director of Franchise Recruitment, by phone at 603-746-2056 or by email at pmartell@doodycalls.com. You can also request more information here.
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42k plus 9% seems a bit much.
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For owners of lawn care services, DoodyCalls is a perfect add-on business that can provide you with a new source of revenue. Additionally, because pet waste removal is a natural extension of the services already provided, adding it to the company’s operations has minimal impact on the way business is already being done.

Here are eight reasons why DoodyCalls is a perfect addition to many lawn care businesses:
  1. Pet waste removal is a simple service to provide. You walk the customer’s yard, scoop the poop into a bag, dispose of the waste, then clean your tools. No special expertise is needed.
  2. DoodyCalls is a successful and well-known brand. As a business owner, you know how important it is to build a brand locally. With systems, support and a large and growing collection of professionally designed marketing materials, we make branding easier and more effective.
  3. Low barriers to entry and minimal startup costs. Apart from a truck (which you already have), the only pieces of equipment you need are dust pans, rakes and garbage bags.
  4. Easy integration. The beauty of integrating a franchise is that you don’t have to start from scratch. Instead, you get an already developed business concept, support system and brand. With DoodyCalls, you’re adding a revenue stream, not a headache.
  5. You have customers today. The people who hire a lawn care service are the same ones who hire a pet waste removal service. If you have clients with dogs, you’re practically in business already.
  6. Seasonality control. The peak season for pet waste removal services is the late fall through early spring, when demand for many lawn care services tends to slow down.
  7. As an industry, this type of lawn service is experiencing major gains in 2011. The Wall Street Journal published a great report on the topic recently, titled: “This Business Grows Every Time Fido Does His”
  8. Our 2011 Commitment to Marketing campaign. Starting this year, during the first twelve months of opening your DoodyCalls franchise, we will reimburse you up to $12,500 for advertising and promotional expenses.

Do you have a lawn care business that could use an additional revenue stream? Take a look around our franchising site to learn about the DoodyCalls franchise opportunity. When you’re ready to talk, just let us know – we’re always happy to speak with entrepreneurs about franchise integration.

To get in touch, you can reach Paul Martell, our Director of Franchise Recruitment, by phone at 603-746-2056 or by email at pmartell@doodycalls.com. You can also request more information here.

I don't want to sound funny but I have to watch what I type here but this job sound Pretty Crappy (I said it would sound funny). Why would anyone want to pick up dog crap for a living ???
I'm sorry but times would really have to be bad to get up every day and enjoy going to work.
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42k plus 9% seems a bit much.
On top of that you have to provide your own dustpan and garbage bags. With this being a "natural extension" of the work we already do for the name we've already built or are building for ourselves, I just don't see myself buying into a franchise who's name will shadow my own. I also believe that if it were a service that we offered that we would only more sensibly offer it on our own as an additional service and even be enabled to do it at a lower cost for a few simple reasons.

1) I'm already there performing a service that has paid for the trip there.

2) I don't like running over the waste anyhow, would almost rather just clean up a little before hand if I had to than to do it after weed eating through it.

3) We aren't stuck with a debt of 42K to have to recover as well as the 9%. Which for me would be better spent on leaf clean up equipment like an Sc-25 Yard Mule and enough left over to pick up a decent Trac Vac though they don't come with dust pans either.

I have a few more reasons as well. Not to knock it as I see guys out there that do nothing but this service, and for a one man crew (other than your fees here) I bet he clears more after overhead and all than a one man LCO.

I am curious now about insurance requirements for such a venture and believe I'll ask my agent how much a rider for this service would run.
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Why would anyone want to pick up dog crap for a living ???
You know.. that's a question we get a lot.

Truth is - the majority of our franchise owners don't scoop poop at all. They hire employees to handle the scooping aspect of the operation while they focus on company building/management.

Quite a few of our franchisees own and operate multiple businesses - lawn care, junk removal, residential construction, moulding, moving trucks.. just to name a few. To them, DoodyCalls is an additional revenue stream. They hire employees, utilize the support systems and work to automate the business.
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When you are working with a business owner who already has a lawn care business up and running, what is the best way for them to integrate the Doody Calls Franchise in with their business?

Is it best that they have another vehicle with the graphics all done up for the pet waste removal? Or do they transfer their current lawn care truck and equipment set up to include the graphics of your system?
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Ultimately, it depends on the individual & the business they currently have running.. Ideally, it's best to manage the two as separate - but overlapping - entities that leverage each other to optimize the entire operation.

If possible, it's best to have a dedicated truck for DoodyCalls. There are two reasons for this:

First, the truck is a remarkably effective moving billboard. We attract more customers with our trucks than we do from any other marketing method (and we do a lot of promo activities). Those are new clients calling because of DoodyCalls and they're ripe for the upselling of lawn services after the fact.

Secondly, while the clientele between services is very similar and there will certainly be customers who want both services, there will also undoubtedly be customers who only want one or the other. It would be a poor allocation of resources to send a truck, trailer & crew to scoop a yard when all of those resources are not necessary.

Again, it really depends on how the individual wants to operate.

Both lawn care & pet waste removal are sustainable businesses all on their own, but there's a lot of opportunity with the overlap.
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I don't want to sound funny but I have to watch what I type here but this job sound Pretty Crappy (I said it would sound funny). Why would anyone want to pick up dog crap for a living ???
I'm sorry but times would really have to be bad to get up every day and enjoy going to work.
I started as a pet waste removal service and added lawn care because customers asked me to.

As for why I started a business. My love of animals and money, a home, a car, being my own boss, it is year round, etc. It is a low stress low impact job that if you plan correctly you can easily make $50.00+ an hour. The overhead is low and the start up costs are pretty much nothing.

Now why would you want to add this to your lawn care business? Because you you can increase you service cost by $9-13 for five extra minutes of work.

But hey man ride that high horse all the way to fall/ winter when lawn work slows down. I will be out there working with a smile on my face all thanks to dog ****.
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I am curious now about insurance requirements for such a venture and believe I'll ask my agent how much a rider for this service would run.
Like I said above I started as pet waste removal and added lawn care.

My insurance didnt know how to classify me so they put under lawn service. So I am assuming the cost would be near the same.
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I started as a pet waste removal service and added lawn care because customers asked me to.

As for why I started a business. My love of animals and money, a home, a car, being my own boss, it is year round, etc. It is a low stress low impact job that if you plan correctly you can easily make $50.00+ an hour. The overhead is low and the start up costs are pretty much nothing.

Now why would you want to add this to your lawn care business? Because you you can increase you service cost by $9-13 for five extra minutes of work.

But hey man ride that high horse all the way to fall/ winter when lawn work slows down. I will be out there working with a smile on my face all thanks to dog ****.
I still wouldn't Shovel Sh!t for any money.
I have way more work then I can handle now and as for winter I'll be smiling sitting in my toasty warm house while someone else scoops Frozen Crap.

besides if I wanted to shovel Sh!t i would have gone into Politics.
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