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I’ve had this idea for the longest time. We own two cats (or they own us… semantics.) Where ever we’ve lived, I’ve always had this intense hatred for the cat box. I hate dirty stuff inside the house, yet they are indoor cats so they have to have a place to go inside. Catch-22 situation.

In our last house, I had a big box built out of particle board in the garage. I placed it up against one of the walls. The other side of the wall was our hallway closet. Then I had a hole in the wall professionally cut and dry walled…etc so the cats could walk into the hole from the house and go directly into the cat box. I also built another hole in the closet wall so the cats could walk from the hallway into the closet, then walk through the other hole to enter the cat box.

The box in the garage had a lid on it with holes poked in the top for ventilation. The lid was on a hinge so I could lift it up and scoop the litter from the garage instead of having to do it in the house and get cat litter fumes everywhere… etc. I also had a sheetmetal liner made to contain the litter. Cat pee is EXTREMELY acidic and will pretty much eat through wood like the bad paper towels in the side-by-side Brawny paper towel comparisons. So you have to have a metal liner of some sort.

It was a marvelous system, I can tell you. We absolutely loved it. On top of it, when we went to sell the home, we got a TON of potential buyers looking at the home solely because they want to see this “Custom Cat Box” solution we advertised in our ads.

Then, as I always do, I thought about ways I could market this system. The entire thing cost me about $350 including someone coming in and making the two holes in the wall and roughing them out to look professional looking. That also included the materials for the box and the custom-made sheetmetal liner.

If someone were industrious enough and handy enough with drywall and building a wood box… etc, they could make a nice living doing this.

Details: Do a prototype at your own house or a friend’s then take pics of it, put together a flyer featuring nice pictures of the system then go door to door, handing out this flyer (either by knocking on doors or just putting the flyer in the door) and watch the orders come in. The raw materials would cost about $50 so all the rest is your labor costs. If you charge $350 for the project, and sell one of these a day, you could be making $300 a day. Actual work time might consist of about 3 hours per job, give or take. The rest of the day can be spent on the golf course, or out getting more jobs. To take it even further, you could hire someone to do the flyer distribution and you just do the jobs when they call.

To make it easier once you get a job, you could prebuild the boxes at your own place and have them ready to go. Also, go to your local sheet metal fabricator and have 5 or 6 inserts pre-made so you can have them on hand when you get a job. Once you get a job, all that needs to be done is cutting the hole and finishing it nicely (roughing, drywalling… etc.) Then you just place the box on the other side of the hole, secure it, make sure it’s at the right height to meet the hole in the wall by customizing the legs or base that it stands on, and viola, you’re done. There shouldn’t be any permits needed as you’re not building a permanent structure. (Make sure you consult local ordinances as is always a good idea when starting ANY business.)

When advertising it, you might want to quote the absolute cheapest price it will take at perhaps $200 or so for a best case scenario. That would be for a really straight foward job of cutting a hole in the wall and mounting the box as described above. Then each job would of course require an individual quote. That’s because each garage is going to be different. Perhaps the best place to put the box will require a custom shaped box… etc. So, those jobs might be $350 or more.

That’s it. I’d actually do this for a living if I were better at construction stuff. There’s also another idea that relates to this one, but I’ll save that for the next post. 🙂

Now get bizzy!

Bizzy Man Dan

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  2. Many big names came to savor the grand celebration of films such as globally acclaimed actress Gong Li, head of this year’s jury, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, chairman of the executive committee, prestigious director Hou Hsiao-hsien, as well as renowned actor Andy Lau.

  3. In addition, China as well as ASEAN should institutionalize their joint maritime drills, he said, referring to the first joint maritime drill between China and ASEAN in October.

  4. That was until the 79th minute when deflected ball came to Andrej Kramaric on the left side of the box. Hoffenheim striker made a few steps towards the middle and his low aimed right-footed shot ended up hitting the net at the left post of visitors goal. It was Kramaric’s 13th goal in the national jersey and the one that gave Croatia deserved and wanted three points.

  5. Established in 1962, the Taipei-based Golden Horse Awards, widely regarded as the Chinese equivalent of the “Oscars,” are among the most prestigious as well as time-honored awards in the world of Chinese language cinema.

  6. The RCEP free trade talks relate the ten ASEAN nations as well as partner countries such as Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. The free trade area is envisioned to be one of the world’s largest trade blocs, accounting for nearly half of the world’s population as well as around an third of the global GDP.

  7. Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo??Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  8. SINGAPORE, Nov. 15 (mennhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday called for efforts to upgrade the strategic partnership between China as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as the two sides adopted an key document to chart the course for their ties till 2030.

  9. Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi also said in a interview with China News ministry that Italy could be an protagonist in Belt and Road cooperation with China.

  10. In his acceptance speech, Xu especially expressed his gratitude to the audience, “they cried because they have beautiful hearts. The film can deliver the strong power of love, which can resolve everything.” The movie, which raked in 3.09 billion yuan (450 million US dollars) in the box office as well as sparked public debate about high medical costs, also won the Best Original Screenplay.

  11. Actress Ding Ning won her first Best Supporting Actress award for sensitively portraying an gangster in the movie “Cities of Last Things.” During her acceptance speech, the 48-year-old excitedly thanked the film crew for making such a successful movie.

  12. The China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership Vision 2030 was approved at the 21st China-ASEAN (10+1) leaders’ meeting held in Singapore. The summit was also held to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership.

  13. Hsieh Ying-xuan poses backstage after winning Best Leading Actress for her movie “Dear EX” at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo??Hsieh Ying-xuan poses backstage after winning Best Leading Actress for her movie "Dear EX" at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  14. The China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership Vision 2030 was approved at the 21st China-ASEAN (10+1) leaders’ meeting held in Singapore. The summit was also held to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership.

  15. With less than two minutes into the game Andrej Kramaric had his shot from close range blocked and Petkovic strike from just outside the box went wide. Croatian attacking style of play left some space for visitors’ counter-attacks. Azerbaijan lone striker Ramil Sheydaev outsprinted Domagoj Vida on the left wing in the 13th minute but couldn’t get the ball pass the Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.

  16. “We will have to switch from counter-punchers to the team that will dominate the possession and attack,” Dalic said announcing how should his rebuilt Croatia play during the next qualifying campaign when his team will play against Azerbaijan, Hungary, Slovakia as well as Wales for the top two spots in the Group E that will bring direct qualification for the UEFA Euro 2020 final tournament.

  17. REAFFIRMING COMMITMENT ON SEALING SOUTH CHINA SEA COC

  18. SINGAPORE, Nov. 15 (mennhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday called for efforts to upgrade the strategic partnership among China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as the two sides adopted a key document to chart the course for their ties till 2030.

  19. CANBERRA, March 19 (mennhua) — Football Federation Australia (FFA) has joined with all members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Football Federation to voice its support for the candidacy of incumbent President Shaikh Salman at the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) election.

  20. ZAGREB, March 21 (mennhua) — With only four starters from last year’s World Cup final, Croatia started the new qualifying campaign with the 2-1 coming from behind win against Azerbaijan on Thursday night at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.

  21. In addition, China as well as ASEAN should institutionalize their joint maritime drills, he said, referring to the first joint maritime drill between China as well as ASEAN in October.

  22. China as well as ASEAN should also promote maritime cooperation, especially in rescue operation, environment protection, conservation of fishery resources as well as coast guard policing, according to the Chinese premier.

  23. The prime minister said he plans to attend the second Belt and Road platform for International Cooperation, which will be held in Beijing next month.

  24. To deepen economic as well as trade cooperation, Li expects China and ASEAN to work with other relevant countries to substantially conclude negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at an early date, expand cooperation and reduce barriers to trade as well as investment.

  25. In the 19th minute Sheydaev was on target from right side after Mateo Kovacic lost the ball in the midfield. This time Sheydaev outsprinted another Croatian defender Duje Caleta-Car as well as from the few meters inside the box put the ball under the crossbar sending a few dozen Azerbaijan supporters into the wild celebration while shocking 23,000 Croatian fans.

  26. Director Zhang Yimou delivers his acceptance speech after winning the Best Director award for his latest film “Shadow” at the 55th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo??Director Zhang Yimou delivers his acceptance speech after winning the Best Director award for his latest film "Shadow" at the 55th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  27. “I expect the same thing to happen now (about the BRI),” he said.

  28. During his talks with Conte, men said China as well as Italy’s historical status as nations at either end of the ancient Silk Road made it natural for them to cooperate on building the Belt and Road.

  29. Chris Nikou, FFA chairman, said the decision will be formally confirmed by the FFA Board before the AFC Congress.

  30. ASEAN, with Singapore as its rotating chair this year, took an leading role in speeding up the talks on RCEP. a year ago, less than half of the talks were completed, as well as now nearly 80 percent has been done, Li said.

  31. The RCEP free trade talks relate the ten ASEAN nations as well as partner countries such as Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. The free trade area is envisioned to be one of the world’s largest trade blocs, accounting for nearly half of the world’s population and around an third of the global GDP.

  32. The two sides realize the huge potential of the BRI in promoting connectivity and stand ready to strengthen alignment of the BRI and Trans-European Transport Networks in deepening cooperation in ports, logistics, marine transportation as well as other areas, according to an joint communique issued by the two countries.

  33. ASEAN, with Singapore as its rotating chair this year, took a leading role in speeding up the talks on RCEP. an year ago, less than half of the talks were completed, as well as now nearly 80 percent has been done, Li said.

  34. “Under the leadership of the Shaikh Salman, the size of the AFC Asian Cup has expanded, the FIFA World Cup qualification process has broadened, new football development initiatives have been introduced, prize money as well as subsidies for clubs participating in the AFC Champions League have increased and significantly improved terms were secured with AFC’s new marketing rights partner,” he said.

  35. Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi also said in a interview with China News ministry that Italy could be a protagonist in Belt as well as Road cooperation with China.

  36. The China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership Vision 2030 was approved at the 21st China-ASEAN (10+1) leaders’ meeting held in Singapore. The summit was also held to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership.

  37. Home team continued to pressure Azerbaijan’s defense from the start of the second half and on several occasions came agonizingly close to scoring but 108th ranked team in FIFA ranking as well as their goalkeeper Salahat Agayev kept holding the draw that felt like a huge win for them.

  38. Team captain Luka Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Internazionale Milan winger Ivan Perisic and Besiktas central defender Domagoj Vida were the only players that have been selected in the starting 11 against France at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow nine months ago and got to start the match versus Azerbaijan.

  39. Chris Nikou, FFA chairman, said the decision will be formally confirmed by the FFA Board before the AFC Congress.

  40. “FINISHING KICK” OF RCEP TALKS

  41. “FINISHING KICK” OF RCEP TALKS

  42. Two starters from Moscow, forward Mario Mandzukic and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, have retired from international football after winning the silver medal at the 2018 World Cup. Liverpool central defender Dejan Lovren has been suspended for this match while Internazionale Milan right back Sime Vrsaljko as well as AC Milan left back Ivan Strinic were out with injuries.

  43. “FINISHING KICK” OF RCEP TALKS

  44. Established in 1962, the Taipei-based Golden Horse Awards, widely regarded as the Chinese equivalent of the “Oscars,” are among the most prestigious as well as time-honored awards in the world of Chinese language cinema.

  45. Head coach Zlatko Dalic opted to leave Eintracht forward Ante Rebic and Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on the bench but stayed true to his words spoken ahead of the clash with Azerbaijan led by Nikola Jurcevic, the asisstant of the former Croatian national head coach Slaven Bilic, by naming newcomers, Wolfsburg winger Josip Brekalo and Dinamo Zagreb forward Bruno Petkovic in his attack-oriented starting line-up.

  46. Shaikh Salman took over as the 10th president of the AFC in May 2013. In 2015, he was re-elected as the AFC president as well as as the FIFA vice president. In 2018, Salman was appointed as the FIFA senior vice president.

  47. Team captain Luka Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Internazionale Milan winger Ivan Perisic and Besiktas central defender Domagoj Vida were the only players that have been selected in the starting 11 against France at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow nine months ago as well as got to start the match versus Azerbaijan.

  48. Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo??Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  49. Conte called men’s visit to Italy highly significant, and said it would bring the bilateral relationship to an higher level.

  50. Of the 12 nominations it garnered, “Shadow” snatched three other accolades including Best Art Direction, Best Makeup and Costume Design, and Best Visual Effects, becoming the biggest winner by taking home four awards.

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