If you are looking for a way to set up a quick business that is going to get you earning money in a short period of time, you might b surprised at how profitable it can be to set up your own cell phone recycling business. It's also not a very difficult business to set up either and have a very low overhead. You just need to be able to find phones that people are getting rid of. Here are a few pointers on how to get this started.
First things first, get in touch with different businesses, different offices as well as community centers in your area and let them know that you are a cell phone recycling business. Ask them if you can put drop boxes at their place of business. If they are a little skeptical about it, then consider offering them a little bit of an incentive with a flat fee for each phone you receive, so that they are getting a little something in the deal as well.
Make sure that the drop boxes you make are attractive and decorated brightly and that they clearly are marked as drop boxes for recycling cell phones. Make sure that you have a routine where you go and check the drop boxes on a regular basis and pick up all phones that have been dropped off for recycling. It's important that you keep track of where the phones came from in case one of the companies is getting a fee for letting you place the box at their business. Make sure that the boxes are always in good condition and if they are damaged make sure to replace them with new ones.
It's important that you do your best to advertise what you are doing just about everywhere you go. Make sure that you hand out fliers that give information on where they can find your drop boxes. Put an ad in the newspaper, advertise online and even put them in your local grocery stores on their community bulletin boards. Also, don't forget to include high schools and colleges.
Don't forget to offer incentives, even for the person who is recycling their phone. Set up a raffle, with a nice gift and let them know that each phone recycled is equal to one raffle ticket. People always love to get something for nothing. It's a great motivational tool. You should also go around to the different schools and ask if their students can be encouraged to participate in cell phone drives and let them know that it is helping the environment if they do. This can sometimes get students to react and join in if they think it's for a “worthy cause”.
Offer the cell phone recycling as a fundraiser for churches or youth organizations. You of course are not going to want to lose money on this but still can offer them enough to make it worth their while. Set down a flat rate for each phone that you honestly know you can afford to pay and then give this offer to the church or organization. You would be surprised at how many organizations would be willing to help out if they knew that they were going to receive a fair amount of money for their efforts.