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1  Insurance, Licensing, Permits, Etc. / Insurance, Licensing, Permits, etc / Re: When to get tax license? on: March 12, 2011, 04:51:50 PM
that used to be the case for Indiana. no so anymore. I took my 4 color brochures to PIP. I needed to get them folded. I supplied the material... they still charged me sales tax. In Indiana even deliveries are now supposed to be taxed. Check with your accountant! Oh yeah, if you don't have one, it might be a good investment.
2  Insurance, Licensing, Permits, Etc. / Insurance, Licensing, Permits, etc / Re: When to get tax license? on: March 12, 2011, 04:43:52 PM
Check out the state sales tax requirements too. You may need to get that up and running long before you make your first sale. Interest and penalties for missing installments in Indiana are a killer.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Smokers!! on: February 20, 2011, 10:46:57 AM
Good question! Our city has banned smoking in public buildings. City employees are not permitted to smoke in city owned vehicles. I used to have clients in NJ and the area in which they were located banned smoking in work places and employees were not permitted to smoke within 20 or 25 ft of any entrance. One of my clients out there converted one of their 40' truck trailers into a smokers lounge and parked it out in the middle of the parking lot.

I don't think you can not hire somebody because they're a smoker, but you may be able to limit where they're permitted to smoke.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Smokers!! on: February 19, 2011, 08:08:40 AM
Whoa, dudette! If it's that bad, knock on the door... I have considered carrying a jug in the truck, but there are enough McD's on the runs that it's not been necessary yet. We put anywhere from 200 to 300 miles on a day.

I have a no smoking policy for our trucks. I'm a reformed smoker and I do not want my trucks smelling like smoke. As a result of this thread, I have extended the ban specifically to our trucks, our property, and on or adjacent to customer property.
5  Starting Up / Starting Up / Re: Brand Newbie on: February 14, 2011, 09:36:54 AM
way cool
6  Starting Up / Starting Up / Re: Newbie - For those looking for ways to haul waste on: January 24, 2011, 04:46:32 PM
As I come back to this thread, I keep thinking about the little trailers that I see as I'm doing my routes that go bouncing down the road behind a car or light truck. The just jump up and down. I could envision a 5 gal bucket of waste and a big red flying off the trailer and skittering into the center lane as it's run over by a semi.

If it were me, I'd consider the hitch mounted platform. But, that's just me and I didn't spend the money for the trailer either. I'd invest in a couple of good bungies.
7  Tools, Trucks and Techniques / Tools, Truck and Techniques / Re: sooper scooper? on: January 16, 2011, 12:24:21 PM
Big red is available at Tractor Suppy too.
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Celebrating Year No. 1 on: January 06, 2011, 12:37:20 PM
Yes, congratulations!

It's not at all surprising that writing your own article was challenging. They're two totally different animals. I'd dare say that you have more riding on the anniversary article.
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Best wishes and happy holidays and all that crap. on: December 29, 2010, 09:02:43 AM

May the new year be as good as this one has been!

May you keep your dirty sides down...

Have a Successful, Happy, & Healthy New Year!
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Just starting on: December 08, 2010, 07:06:30 AM
hello for Bloomington, Indiana
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: litter box ? on: December 05, 2010, 06:37:46 AM
Why not include the cost of the first box in the service and call it something like a deposit. Then you can return the deposit if you get your box back.

I assume that you have your company phone number on the bottom along with the name.
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Thanksgiving on: November 25, 2010, 07:09:23 AM
Here. here!
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: 1-888-PET-SKOOP (VANITY NUMBER NETWORK) FOR SCOOPERS ?? on: November 08, 2010, 08:01:22 AM
Here in Indiana, we operate in 3 area codes. We have a toll free number for those customers. I did a little homework and found a number combination that yielded our vanity number and was not taken. We set up the toll-free service with our local phone company. It costs us about $9.00 a month for the service and whatever incoming calls we received which was about $22 last month.

The number looks great on the side of our delivery trucks! More important than the vanity, in my opinion, is a great busniess name, a well designed logo, and art work. Professional signage on the truck goes further to attract attention to your vehicle. In our particular case, we're web based. Our web address is huge on the side of the truck and our phone number is in the stripe that runs around the truck. 

We've had our number for a couple of years. Our out of area customers use it. But, then again about 95% of our customers are long distance calls to us. There is very little traffic for new customer enquiries. I don't see the value in it if you only operate in a single area code and it's not a long distance call for your customers. If you do have customers who have to make long distance calls to speak with you, then a toll-free number makes sense to me.

We do print advertising too. It worked well early on and has dropped off significantly.

One of the things that frustrates me about vanity numbers is that if the business was not considerate enough to include the number that is spelled out then I have to waste time hunting their number on the keypad. Comcast comes to mind for me. If I wasn't a comcast customer and calling to cancel the service, I would have looked for another number to call. I guess I'm funny that way.

I that what I'm trying to say is that if you need a toll-free vanity number, it might be worth the effort to see what it would cost to set it up yourself.

14  Starting Up / Starting Up / Re: Just Getting Started on: October 27, 2010, 06:53:05 AM
Hi Poodoo,

You might look for dog related events in your area. They may be sponsored by a shelter, humane society, or rescue. Offer to clean-up during and after the event in exchange for a sponsorship mention in their advertising, tee-shirts, flyers, and don't forget a free booth space. Then get your family, friends, kids, whoever and put your tee-shirt on them and a big-red and rake in their hands and have them out cleaning up the pooh as it happens.

I don't think you can beat the promotion plus your potential customers get to see your service demonstrated!
15  General Category / General Discussion / Convention mentioned on the Wall Street Journal Radio on: October 13, 2010, 06:32:46 AM
Congratulations to whoever got that one done!!!
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