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post #1 of Old 07-14-2014, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning business vs. Italian Ice Business

I have been looking into both types of businesses. I like both of them for different reasons. I like the office cleaning business cause of the potential monthly contracts and I like the Italian Ice business because you get paid right at the time of purchase and you can choose to only do events. What do you guys thing about the pros and cons of both? I need to focus on one. Thanks
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post #2 of Old 07-14-2014, 10:27 PM
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That is one strange question to answer but I owned a vending machine business before my commercial cleaning business and prefer the cleaning business. Vending was cash which was best part. Perishable items and expensive equipment were the negative. Best part of cleaning is the cost of equipment for quick expansion is minimal compared to most other businesses. Biggest cost in commercial cleaning is in extending credit to customers and handling the cash flow.
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Interesting question! I would ask whether or not you've been in business for yourself yet and what type of situation your in... I would think locking down monthly contracts in building up to quit a regular job for example would be less risk than the italian ice being that it's more direct sales time and time again but your gonna see an obvious bias here! lol
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As for the product itself of Italian Ice, I'm not sure about. But, I have a friend in the kettle corn business and I'm telling you this.... if I wanted to go to events and set up and do that kind of stuff.... I'd do that in a second. The reason I don't personally do it is because of the time that it takes. If you sign up for an event at most places you must stay until the fat lady sings. I've went a few times just to help because I do love the business. Sometimes it has been dead and he ended up making $1.50 profit and other times he was popping corn and we were bagging as fast as we could to keep up. I don't know how much the Italian Ice set up is and not sure how many months a year you could sell it. Kettle corn is all year long. If this interests you google a guy named Greg Sweet/kettle corn kitchen. Atleast with kettle corn it can be used within the next few days.... some stays good a month or so. My buddy has like 3 or 4 units now and he sends people out to events every weekend. Residential cleaning was the same as your Italian Ice idea.... we got paid at the time of service. That's a huge reason I tried to stay away from commercial. I hate for people to owe me... I'm too cheap! Keep in touch and let us know what you do.
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I am considering to buy a cleaning business myself and as far as my personal research on the various business industries shows, starting a cleaning business rules out to be one of the best franchise opportunities for entrepreneurs with both high and low starting finances. They have over 90% profitability in Australia and represent the larger part of successfully growing businesses all around the world. You can check out this article to get some more insights on franchising and the benefits of starting a cleaning business. It is basically a market with inexhaustible capacity especially in areas where the cleaning industry is not oversold. Yet, to be honest, it is more of a personal choice. What made me choose cleaning as a future business investment was this interview I read, where a cleaning business owner from Fantastic Services Group shares his story about entering the industry after being a car detailing company owner and public relationship manager. You can read it here.

After all, the choice of your future company's type is up to what you most desire to do. Sometimes experience matters, sometimes it doesn't. The Italian ice business represents a good option, yet keeping up with product expiration dates and equipment maintenance may be more of a burden. As far as home sanitation goes, detergents and cleaning tools tend to be much easier to manage and maintain.

Regarding payment options, if the cleaning franchise you buy has systematised work standards, postponing your payment shouldn't even be an option.
It'll be great if you keep us posted with more information about your business startup.

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Franchise? Oh lord no! If you want to franchise come to me and I'll take your money and make you a little to keep you happy.
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Well said Sprintcar! Mark1st, what makes you so sure that the info you heard from that franchisee wasn't done in exchange for money? You can't believe everything that you hear.
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I would go with the cleaning business for faster growth opportunities. Probably more lucrative, too.
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