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post #1 of Old 03-31-2017, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Everyone
I am new to trying out a cleaning service.
I own my own Mobile Install Car Audio Business but in Maine its not that busy in the spring or summer.
I thought with the business' around here maybe as a side job I could do some cleaning since companies need cleaning all year round.
Hopefully not to many dumb questions come from me but get ready for some good ones.
Thanks for your time
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You are most welcome. I am also new here.
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post #4 of Old 04-17-2017, 07:50 AM
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Hi Bernie!
I used to live in Massachusetts, but LOVED Maine! Welcome aboard here, and there is NO SUCH THINGS AS A DUMB QUESTION!!!!
Everyone here was a beginner at some point, and if one is a good cleaner, will ALWAYS be open to new ideas. I am fairly new here, too. It seems that some members are regular home owners, and most are professional cleaners. It is kind of interesting, seeing the different view points.
Glad you found us.
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Welcome Arif & missannienow
Thanks for your intro's and we are here to help. I got into the cleaning biz before any of this (forums, websites etc) was available and so had to rely on the Jan/San Supplier for info, help etc.
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What do you mean, the "Jan San Supplier"? Just curious.

I used various articles on the internet when I first started cleaning. I also drew on my background as a nurse, plus my own years of cleaning my own homes. I made a lot of errors, in the process of learning. Trial and error!! Sometimes making a mistake can be a powerfully good learning experience. As time went on, I gained confidence, which helped me get more (and better-) jobs. At this point I can pretty much pick and choose who I want to clean for. I have found there are a few "super picky" people who are NEVER satisfied with one's work. They always find something silly (or imaginary) to pick on. When I spot one of these, I move on fast. Life is too short to work for people who are never going to be happy with what I do.

This business has its ups and downs especially if you work alone and on a budget. I have learned to roll with the punches and not worry when there is a dry spell. Something always pops up, some great new job.

I have found that owning a super good vacuum really helps impress new clients. I give a demonstration of mine, and watch their faces look surprised when they see all the dirt on the floors under the LED headlight. I have been hired several times simply because of this, as it shows my attention to detail.
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Hello, welcome to the forum. Cleaning services is in high demand among business. You are doing a great job. It is true that success has always been determined by the quality of links, but it will be only possible when your business premise is always clean and tidy that will support the customers for frequent visits and provides safety and health of employees. For any entrepreneurs or owners, employing a professional janitorial service to handle the cleaning needs of your business that will guarantee things are done in the right way. I am running commercial janitorial company in Southern California and we offer over 25 years of experience in commercial office cleaning. Our services include green cleaning, carpet care; floor care, window cleaning, and construction clean up. We want to ensure that all of our clients achieve a clean, safe and healthy living space at an affordable price.

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Great to see there are folks new to business, I hope to see you succeed and grow!
I've always marveled at my Aunt and Uncle- they are coming up on their 32 year running a parking lot/street sweeping business. They rely entirely on business accounts (who knew the liability of owning a parking lot at your business... someone slips on a bottle in your parking lot and guess who they sue?)

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On the subject of legal issues - those of you who have a SMALL cleaning business - no employees, just YOU - do you carry special insurance? I dont. I have only had one customer who even bothered to ask if I did have insurance. I am not the suing sort of person. I figure, if I make a misktake that hurts me, it is MY problem. But I would like to hear how other people see this issue, and if you DO carry some sort of insurance, who with? and what does it cost????
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Why don't you offer a mobile carwash.Spring and summer is the perfect time to wash cars.
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post #11 of Old 05-02-2017, 03:23 PM
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I have insurance general liability and workmens comp
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post #12 of Old 05-02-2017, 04:46 PM
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Okay, but h ow much does this cost you??? Where did you go to get these services????

I am a tough old lady but I really would like to know more.
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post #13 of Old 05-02-2017, 06:29 PM
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It depends how much insurance you purchase
Workmens comp may be to pricey if it's just you,but again it depends where you live

Ask other small business people where they buy their insurance.If you ask enough of them you will start to hear the same
company name repeated a few times.

Landscapers,accountants,tile setters,carpet cleaners just any small biz.Ask them.
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