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The 3 Critical Steps To Starting A Portable Toilet Business

Although there may not be many of us who spend time contemplating the business of portable restrooms or porta-potties, they are a part of modern life and a very good source of income for hard-working entrepreneurs seeking financial success. 

Starting a portable toilet company is no easy endeavor, and careful preparation on several fronts is necessary in order to be successful. 

There are three essential steps to your success; namely —

    1. Finding the right portable toilet provider;
    2. Finding the most responsible finance company, and most importantly,
    3. Finding the best odor control product manufacturer and supplier.

The following blog explains the best way to go about each.

Find The Right Portable Toilet Supplier

No matter where you may reside, as a portable toilet entrepreneur you can start by seeking out the best supplier for your line. 

This can be accomplished by using the Portable Association International’s Pro Finder tool.

This focuses on local suppliers who are accessed by typing in your zip code to locate PSAI certified portable toilet providers in a specific area.

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When comparing portable toilet manufacturers, there are three factors that should be taken into consideration. They are: product, customer service and company intangibles.


Obviously, the toilets themselves must meet standard criteria. The most common is the Standard Unit, which is commonly seen in construction sites. 

They are durable and built to specifically provide adequate ventilation and to withstand both harsh weather conditions and the chemicals used for cleaning. Enhanced Access Units are larger because they accommodate wheelchairs.

Equipped with handrails and sometimes baby-changing stations, these appeal to families with small children. 

Restroom trailers stand apart from other types because they are meant to create a “homey” bathroom experience. 

Equipped with multiple stalls, urinals and showers, if this is the desired specialty, an entrepreneur must dig a bit deeper for a supplier because not all of them deal with restroom trailers. 

One important benefit associated with selecting an American portable toilet manufacturer is the pride felt about using locally made products. 

A “Made in America” sticker is a warm and fuzzy welcome as well as a symbol of quality and durability. 

A top portable toilet manufacturer will offer porta-potties with quality parts and features some of which include: corners that are strong and can accommodate frequent handling and strapping for transport; doors that don’t sag and close firmly and top-of-the-line components that include everything from the smallest pieces of toilet seat hardware to larger elements, such as unit side panels.

Customer Service

Whomever you purchase your portable toilets from, be sure to inquire about, and thoroughly research, their customer service performance and policies. 

While product certainly matters, customer satisfaction often correlates with business results, growth and sustainability. 

If you want to be in the business for the long haul, you want a company with a dependable track record.

Those that prioritize customer service usually win in the end, and never forget; that applies to your portable toilet service business as well.

Company Intangibles

By definition, company intangibles cannot be physically touched. 

Assessing their worth is often difficult because their value is long-term and cannot be precisely delineated in the same manner as land, vehicles, equipment, and inventory. 

They include aspects such as: a good reputation, experience and expertise, brand recognition and intellectual property, including: patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Find A Suitable Finance Company 

While some may not need financial assistance to get started, for those that do, it can be a daunting task for a new entrepreneur to know where to seek financial aid. 

There are no shortcuts, but there are some available avenues. Start an online search and check out the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).

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Ask for recommendations from friends, family or colleagues. For those who may have trouble securing a bank loan, government loan programs can offer additional support. 

The application process creates a loan package in which the federal government guarantees a portion of the loan and repayment to the lender if you default. 

This guarantee reduces lender risk and increases the chances of success. 

Some resources to find such loans include: the Small Business Administration (SBA) for loans concerning starting and expanding a business; the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for rural businesses; the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF), which is a U.S. Treasury Department initiative that provides capital to qualified banks and community development loan funds (CDLFs).

Find The Most Effective Odor Control Products

No portable toilet company can thrive without the use of the finest odor-control products available in the modern market place, and there are no better than those from the leading global purveyor of such formulations — Surco Portable Sanitation Products.

Our reputation, which spans well over seven decades, quite literally speaks for itself.

We provide the most advanced, effective odor control products and deliver the most fragrance-enhancing solutions to suppliers, distributors and the septic, pumping and water removal industries.

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Our products are many and include: liquid deodorants, dry toss packets, wash down sprays and chemical specialty applications. 

Our success lies in a rich history of innovation and a keen understanding and application of industrial sciences. 

Portable sanitation, portable toilet (PT) supply companies and potential distributors can be confident when they choose to either purchase or sell Surco products because we have had decades to develop and provide the best solutions for malodors in portable toilets and restroom trailers.

Metazene – The King Of Odor Neutralizing Additives

The seemingly magical ingredient behind much of the success of our odor-control products lies in the use of Metazene, our patented, colorless additive that fights malodors in ways no other substance can.

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This compound attacks malodors on a molecular level, eliminating them forever rather than just masking them, as so many other odor-control products do. 

When dealing with portable toilets, odor elimination is vital to successful operations, and Metanze is the absolute king of vaporous odor neutralizing additives.

One Last Thing … 

It should be noted that our superior products are trusted by other industries as well. 

We also manufacture the most powerful odor neutralizers, such as our Odomaster® Prescription Treatment™ Series for waste water treatment facilities, foundries, lift stations, tanneries, rubber manufacturing, metal cutting, asphalt and stack emissions plants, textile dye processing factories and petroleum transfer operations, to name a few.

In Conclusion

Be sure to get your portable toilet company off on the right foot from the very beginning! 

Do your homework and consider options carefully, and above all else, consult our teams at Surco for the very best in portable toilet odor management.

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