Key Steps for Starting A Portable Toilet Business

Porta Potty by David Shankbone

Porta Potty by David Shankbone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are looking to start a recession-proof business, consider starting a portable toilet business. Portable toilets are a necessary convenience for construction sites, private parties such as outdoor weddings, as well as fairs, festivals and other public events whenever traditional restrooms in buildings are not available. Some portable toilet businesses specialize in luxury toilet facilities for weddings and high-end events, while others find their niche servicing the construction industry with no-frills toilet facilities.

Before purchasing your portable toilet inventory, you will need to establish a tax identity as well as a DBA, or “doing business as”, certificate with the state in which you will be operating your business. Also request an Employer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service. The next step is to lease a truck that will be suitable for transporting your portable toilet inventory to client locations as requested and investigate obtaining space in a nearby warehouse that is a secure place to store your toilet inventory when it is not being used at a client location.

Your city’s local health department can advise you regarding the proper methods of waste collection and disposal to ensure that your business is operating within all established health codes. When you are ready to purchase your portable toilets, consider what niche of the market you are interested in servicing to determine the type of toilets you want to offer customers. When starting out, it’s best to begin with toilets that are roomy and handicapped accessible in addition to being neutral in color. As your business grows or you decide to attract a wider audience, you can add toilets to your inventory with more distinctive features.

Trade groups such as the Portable Sanitation Association International can prove to be a very helpful resource and publish newsletters and magazines that can be useful in keeping up with trends and new technology in the portable toilet business. Don’t forget to allocate a budget for advertising and marketing your new portable toilet business, specifically to special event and wedding planners as well as local firms offering construction services in the area, two of the largest targeted audiences that need portable toilets on a regular basis.


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