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Need Some Extra Income? Start A Small Green Demolition Business

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As more and more people become aware of the negative impact society's current mode of living has on the planet, the demand for Earth-friendly alternatives to products and services that contribute to the problem increases. If you're looking for a way to make extra money while also doing your part to help save the planet, consider starting a green demolition company. Here's more information about this business opportunity and what you need to get started.

Training and Licensing

Green demolition is the process of deconstructing buildings, roads, and other man-made structures in a way that minimizes the negative impact on the environment that normal demolition can have. Typically, this involves recovering valuable raw materials—such as wood and stone—that can be reused for other construction projects and disposing of unusable objects in an eco-friendly way.

While large jobs like commercial buildings should be left in the capable hands of bigger deconstruction companies, you can easily build a reliable stream of income doing minor green demolition jobs for homeowners and small businesses.

Depending on where you live, you may need to complete a course on building codes and demolition to ensure you understand how to safely take apart buildings and other structures to minimize hazards to human health and other property.

Once you complete the training, you may also be required to obtain a license before you can start working. The type of license needed will also vary based on your location. Some states only require people to obtain contractor's licenses, while others such as Connecticut may require you to get a demolition license. You can find out about the exact requirements for your area by contacting the Department of Construction or similar agency in your state.

Equipment Needed

While you are training and getting your license, you'll need to secure the right equipment for the job. A lot of deconstruction involves dismantling structures by hand. So it's a good idea to invest in tools such as crowbars, pry bars, hammers, drills, saws, pliers, screwdrivers, and wrenches.

You may also need a forklift to move heavy slabs and similar materials, a mini excavator for removing dirt to access underground areas, and scaffolding to reach high places. You don't have to purchase this equipment outright, as there are many places that will rent it to you at an affordable price.

Lastly, the most important thing you'll need is something to haul the materials and debris away from the deconstruction site to recycling centers or storage facilities. A regular truck may work fine for small jobs. You may want to upgrade to renting dumpsters, however, for big jobs.

Finding Customers

There are a couple of different ways you can find clients for your new green demolition company. One way is to sign up for one or two of the many home improvement websites that refer customers to local contractors. One popular site is Angie's List. Another one is Home Advisor. These sites let clients leave reviews about their experiences with contractors. So if you do a good job, you could earn more business via referrals.

Be aware, though, that these sites may require you to undergo a background check and provide proof you are licensed in your state, so be prepared to submit the required paperwork.

Another way to find clients is to talk to contractors in your local area who specialize in construction. Target soloprenuers or small companies, as these people may be more willing to partner with you to offer a premium service to environmentally conscious clients.

Starting and building a green demolition company is good way to earn income on the side. For more information about getting equipment to help you with your business, contact a local construction equipment rental company like LAX Equipment Rental.


13 June 2016