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5 ways to succeed in \\\'dirty\\\' businesses

Rest assured the profit is clean
By Rocel Ann Junio |

When you want to earn money you don’t have to be within the white walls of a prestigious business address. Sometimes, all you need to do is to zero in on the fundamental needs of customers, to spot a market demand waiting to be filled.

Recognizing that demand may be as easy as observing how people live their daily lives: how and where do people spend their time and money? Where do they get their basic needs? What are the things that they would have someone else do for them?

Just ask these five entrepreneurs engaged in businesses offering services that are necessary yet extraordinary (and certainly not for the squeamish!)--a slaughterhouse, a junk shop, ukay-ukay (thrift store), septic tank cleaners and funeral homes.

These businesses prove that if there’s a need, there’s an opportunity: Filipinos spend an average of P1,500 a month on clothing and footwear, a budget one can easily stretch when spent in an ukay-ukay store. The Filipino diet is heavy on animal protein, and in 2008, the country’s meat production was estimated at 2.7 million metric tons, 60 percent of which is pig meat and 28 percent is chicken meat.

Putting up a slaughterhouse near commercial farms is a sensible strategy, since one has to endure the smell of livestock, alive and dead, every single day.

The amount of biological and solid waste a person produces a day is not something you want to deal with on a regular basis.

The United Nations Population Division estimates that per year, from 2005 to 2010, there are around five deaths per 1,000 Filipinos.

Without entrepreneurs who are willing to get their hands dirty in order to provide us these services, we will be hard pressed to function normally in our daily lives.

Entrepreneur Philippines sets the limelight on these entrepreneurs who show that, as in any business, hard work, meticulous research, healthy cash flow and, in their case, a strong stomach, could bring any enterprise a clean profit.


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