Ron Taylor runs a tombstone cleaning business. He cleans and repairs both tombstones and metal grave markers.
An article in the Rocky Mount Telegram quotes Taylor as saying, “I was doing genealogy research, and I was going out to the cemeteries to check for dates on some of my relatives. I started to see how bad the stones looked, so I started cleaning them, and I did the same thing for some friends.”
He decided to go to a workshop in Raleigh that was led by a person who does restoration work for the N.C. Office of Archives. “He showed us some of the better techniques so you don’t damage the old stones,” Taylor said. “I have just been doing this commercially since March a year ago.”
You can read more about Ron Taylor’s business at http://goo.gl/NIKZdJ.
Taylor is based in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, so obviously his territory is limited to that area. His business plan sounds like it could work elsewhere, however. If you are looking for a new sideline business venture, a tombstone cleaning service might be a good thing to consider. Who is better qualified and more motivated than a genealogist? It worked for Ron Taylor.
Another resource for learning the business may be found at http://www.gravesitebusiness.com/.