Portable toilets and sanitation systems are common in many people's daily lives. While they are most often seen at building construction sites, portable toilets are also used at carnivals and fairs, flea markets, car shows, weddings and sporting events. Renting a portable toilet can cost from a few hundred dollars for a four-hour event to thousands of dollars for months of temporary use. Owning a portable toilet business can be lucrative, but you will need to prepare in order to be successful.
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Chose a niche for your portable toilet company. Portable toilets are typically needed for public events, such as carnivals and fairs, private events such as weddings, and for constructions sites. By choosing a niche, you can focus on reaching a specific type of customer, and you won't have to worry about carrying a wide variety of portable toilets.
Obtain an assumed name certificate (DBA) and tax identification number from your state---you will need this to purchase toilets from some suppliers. You may also need an employer identification number (EIN) from the IRS.
Lease a warehouse space large enough to hold your inventory or toilets. If you will be using a large truck to transport the toilets, it's a good idea to lease a commercial warehouse with a dock or loading space.
Research how to properly dispose of the waste collected in the toilets by contacting your local health department. There are often restrictions on how and where waste can be disposed, and you'll want to be sure you don't violate any laws.
Purchase portable toilet systems appropriate for your niche from a supplier such as Satellite Industries. If you are planning on renting toilets to construction companies, you won't need to worry about whether they have accessories or amenities, but if you plan to target those holding events such as weddings, you should stock toilets that are have a neutral exterior, are spacious, wheelchair accessible and relatively comfortable inside.
Keep up on industry trends by subscribing to a resource such as "Portable Restroom Operator Magazine." You may also want to join an association such as Portable Sanitation Association International.
Advertise your portable toilet company by launching an informational website and listing your business in online and print directories, especially those geared towards event planners and owners of construction businesses.
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