Keeping graves in good condition

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: Tombstone Tender BUSINESS ADDRESS: 1330 Clybourn Ave., Burbank PHONE: (818) 567-2926 E-MAIL: [email protected] WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I saw the need for better care of our loved ones’ final resting spots. While attending a funeral, I saw an elderly woman fall as she was trying to clean her son’s marker. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I noticed the lack of care the cemeteries provide. The grass and weeds were overgrown on some of the sites I saw while attending a friend’s funeral. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? approximately two months WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I stayed employed and started speaking to friends that have lost loved ones, offering my services. Most were happy to hear the idea. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? Very little. Cleaning supplies, towels, clippers, permits and local licenses and advertising cost about $3,000 from personal savings. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Since there’s nobody else that provides this service, I couldn’t ask for advice, but friends helped steering me in the right direction. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? Dealing with the grief of others. Sometimes it’s very hard. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $25,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? Right now, Tombstone Tender is only licensed for the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. I would like to expand throughout Southern California. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 OWNER: Evan Johnson ESTABLISHED: 2000 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: two DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: I care for and clean grave sites, markers and tombstones as a bimonthly service. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? yes last_img

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