How this 31-year-old's business rakes in $100K a year removing gum
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How this 31-year-old’s business rakes in $100K a year removing gum

Andrew Meades, owner of commercial cleaning company Meades Restoration , Image courtesy of Andrew Meades/Meades Restoration This is the first instalment of BNN Bloomberg’s five-part series on odd jobs and the Canadians who work them. Gum removal might not be the most glamorous line of work. But you can make a decent living, and it can be satisfying seeing something go from dirty to clean before your eyes. That’s according to Andrew Meades, the 31-year-old founder of Meades Restoration, an Orillia-based commercial cleaning company that specializes in removing chewing gum litter. The company has serviced Greater Toronto Area buildings like the Business Development Bank of Canada in downtown Toronto, McDonald’s restaurants, and Ripley’s Aquarium. After learning about the success of a gum-removal business in Montreal, then 23-year-old Meades invested $5,000 of his own money to buy a small commercial steam machine, and left a job in property management to start his own company. Meades is one of many Canadians who have made an entrepreneurial leap into off-the-beaten-path careers while self-employment in the country continues to grow. According to the latest Statistics Canada data, the number of self-employed Canadians increased by 48,100, or 1.7 per cent, in December from a […]

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