Start a Gum Removal Business
By Eric Hammer
The next time you happen to be in a big city, take a moment
to look down at the sidewalk and take notice of all the black
spots all over the sidewalk those spots are pieces of
gum that someone carelessly dropped on the sidewalk and which
have now hardened to become part of the pavement. While some
urban dwellers tend not to care much about it, others look for
a gum removal business to help them get the spots off their sidewalks
so that they can have nice, clean sidewalks.
At least, theyll have nice clean sidewalks until more
pieces of gum get dropped onto their sidewalks. Sadly, as long
as the laws in our country are lax regarding littering (take
a walk around Singapore streets and you will be shocked at how
clean it all is of course, dumping your gum on the street
there could result in a caning [getting beaten with a cane by
a government official] so its not exactly such a great
trade off), there will always be gum littering our sidewalks.
Fortunately however, this also means that if you go into the
gum removal business youll be able to rely on finding plenty
of work in the field.
Gum removal specialist show up with high powered washers which
blast jets of water at sidewalks. The jets clean away those black
spots along with general grime and allow sidewalks to finally
look clean and presentable again. This is commonly done when
someone is trying to sell their home or when a business is trying
to attract new customers who may be put off by the grim on the
How Much Can You Make?
According to Daimer, a company that supplies equipment for
gum removal businesses, experienced technicians can earn as much
as $3,500 per day, though in most cases you will charge a square
foot charge of around 75 cents to $1.50. The amount you make
from that really depends on how aggressive you are in going out
to try and find business. Remember that while the money can be
good, there is lots of competition and the work is hard and labor
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Often, you will be asked to work late evenings or early mornings,
especially if you work for places like restaurants, movie theaters
and casinos. These places dont want their business disrupted
and as such youll need to work around their schedules.
Residential gum cleaning will be a more sporadic business, primarily
driven by home owners trying to improve the curb appeal of their
homes when they put them up for sale.
In all cases however, remember that you are in a service business
and there are just two things that really matter to your customers
first, do you get the job done efficiently and without
fuss on their parts and second, how much does it cost for you
to do the job? Therefore, be prepared for wheeling and dealing.
You should also look for contract work from the city for public
areas and from places like malls and casinos since this will
provide you with steady business.
Consider also expanding into other nuisance removal businesses
such as graffiti removal and even trash removal for businesses
(unlike residential trash, business and construction trash is
not removed by the city).
Qualifications / Requirements
You will need to learn how to operate the machinery for your
gum removal business and you will of course need to pay for the
equipment. You can also purchase a franchise in an existing gum
removal service which will make your work a little easier, though
you should keep in mind that you will have to spend more on that
Start by making a list of your personal contacts. Who do you
know? Who do you know who knows someone? More than most businesses,
the gum removal industry is the sort of business where it pays
to network. Youre not likely to land many contracts because
someone saw your ad in the yellow pages (though you will get
some). Instead, youre more likely to get work if you network
with various people and try to get on their good side so that
they decide to award you the contract instead of your competitor.
Gum Removal Business This is a supplier of the equipment
youll need to remove gum from floors. They have lots of
great information about how to start a successful gum removal