So I am thinking of a way to bring in a few extra dollars (my final year of college - YES!!) and I was thinking of starting a little fish tank cleaning business.
I was just wondering if anyone can give me a few tips. And most importantly... how much do I charge?!
I live in a fairly poor area, so I don't expect to have any 500g reef tanks to clean or anything (nor would I know how to clean one!). So I'm just wondering what a fair price is to clean up to a 55g or so. Like I said, it is kind of a crap area and I wouldn't be surprised if no one is even willing to pay to have their tanks clean. The only reason I assume a lot of people have tanks though is we have a fairly large (local) fish store here that is pretty busy.
Also, how would you advertise? As I said, we have one lfs
store here, and a petsmart. I was thinking about asking them if I could hang up a flyer or something. The problem is they don't educate their customers in the first place, so they probably don't even realize that it's so important and needs to be done! And I don't think I can say that on the flyer.
I had planned on doing a free (or maybe $5 or so) type thing just to get my foot in the door. Say for $5 I come over and will clean the algae on the inside and test your water or something. Then charge more if you want more, and work it that way.
Any tips/ideas? My 2 biggest questions are how much $, and how do I get it started? I suppose maybe flyers at WalMart and Meijer where they sell fish stuff. And maybe I'll go stick flyers in all the fish keeping books at the library. lol
Thanks as always! I love the AA community!!