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post #21 of Old 08-02-2015, 01:03 AM
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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 #22 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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post #23 of Old 08-06-2015, 06:23 AM
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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 #24 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 #25 of Old 07-10-2018, 09:05 AM
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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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post #26 of Old 07-12-2018, 06:02 PM
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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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post #27 of Old 08-15-2018, 10:12 AM
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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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post #28 of Old 08-21-2018, 07:15 AM
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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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i think 1000$ is a tricky price, you should make a list of everything you need to buy and establish before you do. Sometimes it takes a higher price, sometimes less, it really depends on your business skills.
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post #32 of Old 07-26-2019, 05:06 AM
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It depends on the volume of the business. If you want to buy all the advance tools then it will not be eneough
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Lots of good info on this thread. My short answer is yes but you need to be creative with your marketing as after all your other costs you wont have much left with that $1,000. Now if you have a part time job on the side and can add in a few hundred dollars each month until things really get going then you're in a much better position.
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It's not enough! Try to get more or you will lose your money!
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$1000 is ceartinaly enough to get started. I had a Jani king franchise.. I still own it to. I need to sell it BTW. Anyways, unless you want to strip and wax floors you can start a cleaning businesss. All you need is a few backpack vacums some trash cans some signs rags ect. Unless your client is going to provide thier own supplies. You will hash that out in the contract. And you can charge 25 cents per sqft of cleaning.
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Originally Posted by GavinHemmings View Post
In fact, I realized that $ 1,000 is a pretty small amount and shouldn't be so worried about money. Recently I have had serious problems at work and for a long time I could not get my salary. I also had to pay off the car loan. Then I decided that it was best to just take a payday loan, I think this is the best solution in such cases because borrowing money from friends is a bad idea. The most important thing is to find a reliable company for obtaining a loan and then you will not have any problems. I found an awesome payday loans company in Michigan and am happy with the experience with it.
Why didnít anyone tell me about this some months ago?!
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Yes go for it.

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post #39 of Old 09-24-2020, 07:42 PM
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$1000 is not enough but it's doable indeed!
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post #40 of Old 10-19-2020, 02:33 AM
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