Most scrappers start out by getting rid of some of their own personal scrap or scrap materials from their own business or job siteā€”but when you get bitten by the scrapping bug, you might want to bring in scrap more often. Eventually, you may come to a point where you want or need to ask for scrap from other people or even businesses.

This can be an awkward interaction for many scrappers, especially at first, but it can turn a small hobby into something truly lucrative. Here are a few tips for success.

Presentation is Everything

Presenting yourself as a professional is often tantamount to success when you’re asking for scrap. Wear business casual clothes like a polo and khakis, and consider having some flyers or business cards printed. These will both make you look more professional and help people remember you.

Part of a good presentation isn’t just looking good, though. You also need to do a little research and have some facts and figures to back up any claims you make. For example, if you’re approaching a small plumbing business for its scrap, consider talking about the money the company can save not doing their own recycling, and the positive environmental impacts of recycling.