Expanding Your Business: The Portable Restroom Industry

The portable restroom business is booming. With the recent upswing in jobs all across America that have been specifically geared towards the construction and industrial industry, the need for these type of temporary “johns” is more prevalent than ever. Are you thinking about taking your liquid waste company to the next level? It’s easier than you might think to develop this part of your septic brand, even if you don’t have any experience in this part of the industry. Here are a few tips and factors to consider on how you can quickly expand into the portable restroom industry.

Figure out how Many Units to Buy
You don’t want to overreach or under buy on this fact. Figuring out just how many portable restrooms you can buy is vital to the success of this undertaking in the beginning. Take into consideration how much you have to invest money-wise. Of course, if you can’t afford to invest anything at the moment, it might be best to wait until it’s feasible for your brand to do so.
Keep in mind this also works if you already have a portable restroom business but need to upgrade to all new units that are more state-of-the-art and user-friendly. There have been some cool advancements in recent years so it’s worth looking into now, if you feel that upgrades are important to your future success. Portable toilet rental is a billion dollar a year industry, so if you want a piece of that pie, take it. This is especially true because of the economic climate being much better over the past six years.
The idea is to buy the best quality you can fit into your budget so companies will come back to you again and again. An old scary porta-john is just an old scary place no one wants to go into. So if your units are looking a little rough that’s a big problem.

Consider the “Ebb and Flow” of the Industry for Your Bottom Line
You know when peak season is for construction, events, and other festivals that might need to use your portable restroom service. You know the area where your business is located the best, so look around at what’s going on in your city or cities, if you cover multiple areas.
It’s naturally going to “ebb and flow” at certain points of the year. Take that into consideration when you are crunching your numbers and forecasting your profits for the upcoming years. If you feel that your septic company can handle that work not being totally consistent all the time for the first few years until you get settled into it, then maybe portable restrooms aren’t your thing. Plus, keep in mind the more units you have in your inventory, the more crew staff you need to maintain and service them.

Learn OSHA’s Rules for Onsite Placement in Different Places
If you are clueless about the ins and outs of the portable restroom industry, now might be the time to brush up on the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) rules for placement of units onsite at events and construction locations. This may also help you determine if this is a business endeavor that you truly want to tackle.
For example, in general, on a construction site, there is one portable restroom for every 8-10 workers per a 40 hour work week. On the other hand, when talking about events, like outdoor weddings, festivals, concerts, or even local county fairs, it’s one restroom per 125 people. Big differences to think about there for setup and maintain those units for a longer term or a short one on an event site.
Now that you know a little bit about the basics of the industry, what do you think it could do for your septic company? More than likely, very good things, if you’re smart about getting into the portable restroom rental business the right way.

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