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post #21 of Old 05-15-2015, 02:49 AM
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Bobby, you should be fine as a start. Good luck!
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post #22 of Old 06-16-2015, 02:17 PM
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Should be enough.
Build your own site. (there are many platforms like wix.com that offer a free website)
Advertise lightly on google to attract your first paying cstomers.
Don't try to over do anything until you generated some cash flow and you should be golden
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post #23 of Old 07-11-2015, 10:21 AM
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Plenty

I personally think it's plenty if your willing to do the legwork to promote yourself. Business cards and flyers are cheap and you can simply walk bike or drive yourself around your neighborhood placing them inside mailboxes. I'm starting my own stripping and waxing business and spent less than 500 on equipment. As for marketing I'm learning and doing it on my own at the same time. I haven't got my first account but have stopped by about 15 businesses handing my cards out. My Next step is a mailing service.
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I personally think it's plenty if your willing to do the legwork to promote yourself. Business cards and flyers are cheap and you can simply walk bike or drive yourself around your neighborhood placing them inside mailboxes. I'm starting my own stripping and waxing business and spent less than 500 on equipment. As for marketing I'm learning and doing it on my own at the same time. I haven't got my first account but have stopped by about 15 businesses handing my cards out. My Next step is a mailing service.

What town are you in?
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I personally think it's plenty if your willing to do the legwork to promote yourself. Business cards and flyers are cheap and you can simply walk bike or drive yourself around your neighborhood placing them inside mailboxes. I'm starting my own stripping and waxing business and spent less than 500 on equipment. As for marketing I'm learning and doing it on my own at the same time. I haven't got my first account but have stopped by about 15 businesses handing my cards out. My Next step is a mailing service.

What town are you in?
Suffolk Long Island ny I'm self promoting myself on my days off from my regular full time job. Any tips on how to get that first job.
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Well, first of all, you better leave those mail boxes alone. If you touch a mail box that isn't yours it's a federal offense. And yes, the post master general WILL call you and give you 1 warning... if you are lucky. I got my warning in 1995

Strip & waxing.... go to day cares, Montessori schools, any type of private schools and places like that. That's my best shot for ya.... I'm residential because commercial is a PITA to get (and get paid). There are companies that you can hook up with and get all the major accounts for stripping and waxing but they pay peanuts. One of my buddies in Kansas City used to do 62 CVS Pharmacy stores and he used to have to do them all splash & dashes..... splash a little water on the floor and dash off to the next store.

By the way.... the lil woman used to work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and lived in NYC for over 10 years. She was just in Massachusetts a few months ago for work plus that's where she was born (Mass).

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post #28 of Old 08-04-2015, 02:56 PM
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more then enough

I started will a heck of a lot less then that. Also, you are going to hear a lot of the so called pros tell you about marketing and you need to pay SEO for your web site and this and that.

Your marketing budget should be x amount of dollars and so forth and so on. Don't listen to them, you know what you need to eat.

Bottom line, you go out you hand out biz cards and have a nice flyer printed up at Vistaprint also consider a yahoo listing I do a paid one for 9.95 a month and in one contract it paid off for years now.

Get bonded, most businesses will only want a bond. In all my years of doing this I have had one, only one customer ask me for my ins. Now if you plan to do sub work then you will need it, but why work for someone else anyway.

Good luck. Oh and if you think you will not have any bosses to deal with in this business, think again for each customer you have they will now be your new boss.

My wife and I met a guy in a shopping center a few days back trying to steal one of my customers away from me, so I walked up to him and introduced wife and myself to him, he was a young guy with his hair in a pony tail and tats on his arms and legs.

So I said what makes you want to be in the cleaning business and he told me he was tired of having a boss, my wife and I looked at each other and started to laugh, he had no clue why we were laughing and I told him good luck and we walked away to go pick up my check at the customer he was trying to steal away from me.
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A thousand dollars is a tiny amount to start any kind of business. However, if you are really motivated and really push forward, you can succeed. I guess you can buy some used machines, detergents and other supplies. Then once you build yourself a name, you can expand and buy professional machines. Just remember - always provide quality and extra bonuses. Multiple order discount should be your magic phrase. Good luck
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post #30 of Old 08-24-2015, 11:05 PM
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Where there is a will there is a way. Obviously more cash would be ideal, however you can start with nothing I believe!
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post #31 of Old 08-27-2015, 09:40 AM
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I disagree. Keep saving and get started professionally.
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Well, I do not think to start a cleaning business only requires some dollars. It requires a successful business strategy and planning. And starting a cleaning business is not an easy task to do, you need to figure out how to deal with the cleaners and how to popularize your business brand. Well, being a professional blogger, I have written a blog on how to start a cleaning business. If you get some time, you can read it and maybe it helps you.

Some of the steps I am sharing here:

Business name and logo

Brand your business through online or offline marketing

Establish your online presence
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I believe that you would win. Please try, may be good or bad, but better than do nothing.
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$1000 is more than enough. Social media, Craigslist, website builders can all be used for free marketing.
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I Agree with Sprintcar.
You can most definitly start your business with $1000. I started with a whole lot less and am doing just fine. I will not get rich doing this work, but I do feel more secure now, having the extra income.

Knowing your strong points is key. Know what you are really good at and use that n your marketing. We cannot be good at EVERYTHING!!! Some things just do not appeal to us. Figure out what you love about cleaning and go from there.

Settle in, get a few jobs, and learn as you go. That is the only way you WILL learn! On the job. Go slowly and gain confidence, and always try to learn something new about cleaning.
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As several mentioned here... Your marketing is going to be your cost.

What others haven't really mentioned is, if you go out and hustle, you can get clients pretty cheap, but it'll take a lot of your time upfront.

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The importance is your campaign and your mind. if you make the wrong choice, you will fail even with 1m$.
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If you want to begin for slim dollars start by passing out flyers and maybe an ad in a small local newspaper or craigslist.

It may take a while to get some clients, but they will have cost you next to nothing to obtain.

I would also begin with house cleaning for those on a tight budget as you could use the homeowner's supplies and vacuum cleaner.

I realize you will be charging less money if you are doing it this way, but again you won't have any equipment costs out of pocket.

A tiny general liability policy is still a good idea no matter how you begin. Damage, breakage etc could keep you awake at night.

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If you want to stick to a budget. What I did is wrote out a business plan with all that I would be spending my money on, and then went and price checked it at different stores. It took some time. I realized I could get a lot of things at the dollar store, like spray bottles, cleaning rags, buckets, and different small things that would help cut costs. Hope this helps. Good luck to the both of you.
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My vesicle broke down in the first month of my business and i had to buy a new one. getting ready for the unexpected is one of the pitfalls of not having much start up capital. I made a few marketing mistakes at the beginning too, which is natural for a first time business. Do your home work and lots of planning and I think you can do it.
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