Monday, September 03, 2012

Markets in Everything: Mobile Showers in Oil Patch

It's true, this teenager didn't really build this business. Somebody else made that happen. His family.
Yahoo! News -- "An armada of food trucks and other roving enterprises is catering to North Dakota oilfield workers.  Eighteen-year-old Evan Jensen (pictured above) believed workers would value a hot shower nearly as much as a hot meal."

"He pitched the idea to his parents back at their farm in eastern South Dakota. His father and other relatives helped him convert a 53-foot semitrailer into a five-stall shower center with an office and laundry facilities.  A 6,000-gallon semi tanker alongside the trailer provides fresh water and collects the greywater."

"The mobile venture is called Better Showers, and a shower costs $10. Towels and washcloths are $1 extra. The water pressure is strong, the soap is free and there is no time limit." 

MP: One more new business and probably several new jobs created in the heart of North Dakota's oil patch, where the jobless rate in July was a jaw-dropping 0.70% in Williams County, and where ten counties have jobless rates below 2%.   

7 Comments:

At 9/03/2012 4:40 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

It seems highly unlikely that this young scofflaw is in complete compliance with all regs and zoning.

Such naive entrepreneural spirit can't be left un-crushed. Get busy you code nazis.

 
At 9/03/2012 5:49 PM, Blogger The Hobbyist said...

So all the roads in ND are private roads?

 
At 9/03/2012 5:54 PM, Blogger Mark J. Perry said...

We built those roads with our tax dollars.

 
At 9/03/2012 5:58 PM, Blogger hancke said...

Those 1500 muskrats didn't catch themselves either.

 
At 9/03/2012 6:52 PM, Blogger Che is dead said...

Very impressive, but just wait until he gets accepted to Georgetown University. He'll be 30 years old, still in school and unable to figure out how to pay for his own contraceptives. Of course, he will be a rising star in the Democrat Party.

 
At 9/04/2012 6:12 AM, OpenID 4d2f8d9e-d6fd-11e0-a15b-000bcdcb8a73 said...

This young man is hardly Democratic Party material. He's a portrait of what makes this country great.

 
At 9/06/2012 10:36 PM, OpenID beijaflorbeyondthesunset said...

I can recognize the value of a good shower. I have a two-gallon pressure sprayer with a shower head as the shower on my boat. It's barely enough to feel like I rinsed off all the soap.

Anybody who can manage to make a profit in today's environment deserves congratulations, as I see it!

 

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