DH is going to start a business this summer. It is offering a curbside pickup and sorting of recyclables. The recycling is already available, but we are going to try to be the middle-man, so to speak. DH spoke to someone in the city office and they said that the city has been trying to find someone to do this very thing for YEARS. We are going to call the local business development organization and see what we need to get started and how much they are willing to help via grants/loans.
The bonus is that DH makes 1/3 of my income and hates his job. My income would not change. DH is currently in school, but will not be taking classes over the summer. We would need to find/buy a pickup and get the bins, but both of those are relatively low-cost. We can jerry-rig most of the marketing with my marketing experience and Publisher.
The negative is that we aren't entirely certain what the interest is in this service. There seems to be a generally positive slant, but cost is very important to people and I'm afraid that when it comes down to actually pulling out their wallets, the interest will die. On the upside, if we get 20 participants, we will be bringing in the same income.
We are mostly concerned that we will a) have not enough participants, or b) the business will take off too fast for us to handle.
Any thoughts? Well-wishes are welcomed!