I met a man named David Harper a few weeks back and the thing that made him unique is that he actually said to me that drain cleaning is his life. He is single and loves to work. Dave wakes up in the morning thinking about how many clogged toilets he could fix today and the thing that surprised me the most was that his passion was helping people and the more the better.
I thought big jobs would be the choice jobs in his business so he could make more money, but he told me that he preferred to do 5 or 6 jobs a day for about $230 each. He really doesn’t want these huge jobs where they have to dig up a basement or the front yard to fix a blockage, because they take so long and when he’s tied up for a day or two helping one family, he isn’t out helping four more families in the interim.
The other thing he told me during our conversations was that he preferred to work only in about 25 cities. If he had to go into Boston, the travel time took too much out of his working day even though he could charge more in Boston, he wasn’t interested.
I find comfort that there are still people out there who get up every day wanting to help people at a fair price. He’s not interested in gouging anyone and in fact is really cheap when you think about it. He works in some of the worst messes you can imagine and loves it.
So, my blatant plug is to call Minuteman Drain Cleaning if you find yourself knee deep in sewage outside of Boston and be happy that there are Dave Harpers left in this country because for the life of me, I have a hell of a time finding many of them.