Home Business Entrepreneurs: Recycle Tires, Home Typist and Typesetting Business

The Bootstrap Businesses column showcases home business entrepreneurs: how to recycle tires, a home typist and a typesetting business.

| January/February 1978

Home business entrepreneurs enter into new businesses, including how to recycle tires, a home typist and a typesetting business.

Starting a Recycled Tires, Home Typist and Typesetting Business

What can a poverty-ridden pickup owner do to round up some extra cash? Plenty . . . especially if he gets hold of a copy of MOTHER NO. 46 (pages 104-106) and learns how to recycle tires. The chance to start your own business with no money down and still got paid on the first day got my attention.

The first thing I did was call up some of the recappers in my area to find out what they'd buy . . . and what they'd pay. I soon learned that not all recappers are alike. That is, some of 'am recap radials, some do wide tires, and others just want tires from passenger cars and pickup trucks.

So I made a list of the sizes each particular recapper wanted and the amount I could expect to get for each size. To my surprise I discovered that every recappable tire I brought in would bring me at least $2.00 to $2.50 depending on the size and whether or not it was a whitewall — and that the wide tires were worth $3.00 to $5.00 a piece.

Then (with my new list in one hand and MOTHER in the other) I hopped into my truck and headed for the gas stations. The tires were piled high, all right, and most were rejects . . . but with determination and three hours of hard labor I ended up with 37 tires in my pickup.

The recappers only took 13 of those tires, and paid me a total of $29.50 . . . but that still gave me a profit of almost $10 an hour my first time out!

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