Be a Professional Chimney Sweep (Mar, 1982)

Let me show you how to make more money than you ever thought possible as a professional Chimney Sweep

Read my story, if you like the idea of earning $150 per day part time, $700 or more weekly in a business of your own . . .

My name is Tom Risch. I’m 28 years old, own my own home, a 22 ft sailboat and an antique Morgan sports car. I suppose more than anyone, I’m the person responsible for “re-inventing” the chimney sweep business — as I’D shortly explain. Don’t get me wrong. I’m no genius. You could have stumbled into this as easily as I did. And my story is one you should know, if what you seriously want out of life is greater personal freedom, satisfying work — and a lot more money than you’re earning now.

A dead-end road When I got out of school, I thought I had it made. I loafed around that first summer, then went to work for a house painter. But I didn’t like the boss breathing down my neck, so I went out on my own.

For the next few years I tried to make it as a house painter and general fix-it man. I had plenty of independence but I was going nowhere fast One day in 1973 I found myself in a lady’s attic fixing her chimney. An old top hat was lying on a trunk, so I put it on and started singing that great song from Mary Poppins — “Chim-chiminey, Chim-chimeney, Chim-chim-cheree, a Sweep is as lucky as lucky can be. . .”

Wondering what all the racket was about, the lady climbed the stairs and when I’d finished the chorus, asked me a fateful question: “Whatever happened to the old Chimney Sweeps?”

No Sweep in town I didn’t have an answer, but the question aroused my curiosity. At that time the Arab Oil Embargo was on. The incredible boom in heating with wood was just getting underway. Folks everywhere were starting to use their fireplaces and new woodstoves around the clock.

And suddenly, dangerous chimney fires were breaking out all over town. I knew the reason: woodsmoke produces creosote, a highly flammable substance that condenses on chimney flues. Unless the chimney is cleaned regularly, a fire is almost inevitable.

Starting over My local fire chief convinced me my services as a Chimney Sweep were urgently needed. But I had a lot more to learn — most of it the hard way.

Everything that happened next is told in a booklet I want to send you, free. Just let me say here that I made plenty of costly mis- takes and wrong moves — mostly because nobody was around to help me get started right. I realized I needed better tools. It took many months of hard searching to find the right equipment. I designed and built my own vacuum system — the first ancestor of the amazing SootSweeper” we use today.

$45 for an hour’s work My System makes it possible to complete a typical chimney cleaning job in less than an hour. My standard fee was $40 (most Sweeps now charge $45 to $50) — and people were glad to pay it. I found myself earning more money than I ever dreamed possible — $150 to $200 a day, $700 or $800 a week. And almost all of that was clear profit, for there’s very little overhead in this business.

I realized there were more chimneys in my town than I could ever hope to clean, not to mention in my state and the whole U.S.A. I realized my success didn’t have to be unique. I had friends all over the country who could profit from this wonderful opportunity. So I began sharing my experiences with them through AUGUST WEST SYSTEMS”

— the first nationwide organization to provide training, equipment and start-up guidance for independent Chimney Sweeps.

A wide-open field Since then we’ve helped over 5,000 men and women begin new, highly profitable businesses of their own as professional Sweeps. Yet they’ve just begun to answer the need: there are over 25 million fireplaces in American homes. Since 1974 woodstove ownership has leaped from 200,000 to over 5 million, and the end’s nowhere in sight The more the economy worsens, the higher oil prices go, the greater the need for your services. But what’s it really like to be a Chimney Sweep?

Today it’s a lot different than many folks imagine. First, with The August West System you clean most chimneys from below instead of on the roof. Your cleaning tools are brushes attached to our exclusive Flexi-RodsM that let you do a quick but thorough job. The dust from the chimney instantaneously disappears into the SootSweeper in- stead of seeping into your lungs or all over your customer’s rug.

If you’re ambitious and a good planner, you can easily clear $150 a day, maybe a lot more. You can work full-time, or start part time while you keep your current job until your new business is firmly established.

I want to be straight with you: chimney cleaning is no lazy way to quick riches. It’s hard work, you do get dirty. But the rewards can be great Paul Biskner, a real dynamo from Garden City, Mich, says: “I’ve already had plenty of $1,000.00 weeks. Now I’m shooting for a $1,000.00 day!”

The perfect bootstrap business You don’t need special skills, business experience, a college degree or a big investment The August West System gives you everything you need to start earning money almost right away — and we keep on helping you with advice and answers to your questions as your business grows.

But you are the boss. You can work as many or as few hours as you want. You’ll enjoy wearing a top hat (and the response it inspires). You’ll like the feeling of knowing you are performing a needed service. Here’s what Isaac Watts of Madison, Va. recently wrote us: “Every job is different — a new challenge. When I come through the door in my top hat I get first-class treatment — it’s not like being a plumber or repairman. And I know my work is saving these folks from dangerous chimney fires. It’s work you can take pride in.”

Ask for free proof Find out more about the high earnings potential and other wonderful benefits you can enjoy as a professional Chimney Sweep. Just call me TOLL-FREE at 800-243-5166 and ask for ex tension 152. Or mail the coupon below. I’ll rush you a detailed INFORMATION KIT with the complete August West Story. Call or write today!

YES, send me your FREE INFORMATION KIT telling me how to make up to $150 or more per day as a professional Chimney Sweep.

August West Systems, Inc.

Box 603-Dept. 1502 Westport, CT 06881 Toll Free 800-243-5166 ask for extension 152.

  1. KD5ZS says: April 22, 201011:07 am

    Next will you meet a nanny named Mary Poppins?

  2. StanFlouride says: April 22, 20102:10 pm

    Do I have to be able to dance like Dick van Dyke?

  3. KD5ZS says: April 22, 20104:28 pm

    I don’t know, do you sing?

    Poor Julie Andrews is grounded.

  4. Firebrand38 says: April 22, 20104:49 pm

    Quite an example to live up to…

  5. KD5ZS says: April 23, 201011:06 am

    That song won an academy award I believe.

  6. jayessell says: April 23, 20101:08 pm

    KD5ZS: It did.

    PS: Is that your CB handle?

  7. KD5ZS says: April 24, 201012:01 pm

    I don’t use “child’s band.” I’ve been involved with amateur radio since 1973.

  8. TomW says: April 25, 20105:57 pm

    I remember those ad from when I was a kid. They made it sound like chimney sweeping was the coolest, best paying job in the world. I thought they were funny then and I still do now.

  9. Dom says: January 18, 20119:17 pm

    My wife purchased this kit for me back in the 90’s because she was tired working while I did whatever I wanted. Now we’re divorcing and I’ve been able to hide all kinds of money from her and the government while working part time. Now I pay a few inexperienced people to do the work while I reap the benifits and earn close to $100K/year.

  10. Toronto says: January 18, 201110:00 pm

    Dom: Gee, what a ‘man’ you are.

  11. Firebrand38 says: January 19, 20117:38 am

    Dom: Wow, you have me confused with someone who cares. Maybe you’ve explained it to Madeleine.
    I wonder if your employees at Chimney Cricket in BC know how you feel about them. Thanks for sharing.

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