I was checking out some local Utah business blogs and read one of my favorite entrepreneurs, Jeremy Hanks. I’ve met Jeremy on a number of occasions and love watching the progress of his super-cool company. He has achieved a lot and I look up to him as an example.
He recently wrote a blog post called Unique Service + Hard Work = Opportunity. This is a terrific story, and one that we can learn from. It starts:
A couple days ago, I got a knock on my door, and a guy that was wearing blue rubber gloves was there when I opened it. He said something like: “I lost my job a while back, and got sick of not working, so I’m out providing a service today. I’ll clean out your garbage cans for $10 each, or two for $15. I use a pressure washer and industrial strength bleach and I literally climb inside them and scrub them by hand.”
I hired him on the spot, for two reasons: 1. my garbage cans were nasty; 2. I’d have hired him anyway, because here’s a guy down on his luck making his own.
The story is awesome… remember the Thom Singer post where I talk about pride and humility? I doubt this guy is too proud… don’t you think? In the next paragraph it says:
He says a lot of days, he makes $300-$400…
Can you believe this? I absolutely love this.
$300 – $400 – that is a lot of money. Here’s the math:
$300 * 5 days = $1,500/week
$1,500 * 4.33 weeks in a month (avg) = $6,495/month
$6,495 * 12 months = $77,940/year
That is a LOT of money.
In my neighborhood we have a ton of people who want to mow our lawn, or do our carpets. But never have I had anyone come up to wash my garbage cans for $10. I would pay it on the spot.
Why am I sharing this with you? Some of you are beyond getting anywhere with your job search. This is an idea that can help you pay your bills… even save your house from foreclosure.
Want a bonus idea? Check the blog on Monday and I’ll share why this business idea is the bomb.