Desperately need help, I'm running out of money and can't pay the bills.
This post might be a little long-winded, but I'm hoping to find the right person who can offer just the right words, inspiration, or someone who may have even been in my shoes and can help put me back on the right track, because
I feel that I'm getting to the point of giving up.
So here it goes.
I moved to Texas when I was 13, due to my parents relocating. Both of my parents were entrepreneurs their entire life. However, when moving, I fell in with the wrong group of kids and started getting in trouble. By the time I was 18, I was catching the bus to the Texas State Prison. I spent several years there, what seemed like a decade. I lost contact with all my little buddies in school and made up my mind while inside I wanted to be successful not a criminal. So I came home, started applying for jobs. After 50 applications, I came to the conclusion, with a screwed up background and credit score, no-one was willing to give me a shot other than scooping poop at minimum wage. This isn't what I decided on or anticipated when I decided I wanted to be successful.
Coming from an entrepreneur family, small business is the direction I went. I knew if I worked for myself I wouldn't have to worry about my past and I could move forward. In order to get my feet and put my plans into action.
With that said, I decided an easy business to get my feet wet would be a lawn business, the grass always grows right?
I scooped poop long enough to save up for some commercial handhelds and a commercial walk behind mower. Next,
I invested in a commercial printer and photoshop. I taught myself graphic design by reading books while I was incarcerated over the years. I read books about copywriting. And so on. So I started designing my lawn care flyers and off I went walking.
By the end of my first year, I had picked up 60+ weekly customers. I kept going, kept pushing. By my second year, I had over 100 weekly contracts and (2) more guys working for me. By my 5th year, we were (5) guys deep, maintaining 200+ residentials, 5 Apartment Complexes, and several businesses in Austin, Tx.
I got involved in a relationship. My partner was graduating from college and she had a job offer in Houston. So we relocated and at that time I felt it was about time to start a new business. I scoped out the Market, when I got to Houston, I noticed lots of mold and mildew on homes because of the humidity, I decided to start (Soft Washing.) It's relatively a new market, similar to power washing, but a much safer and more effective way of cleaning the exterior of
homes. I thought working in water out in the heat would be much more enjoyable the older I got anyway.
Long story short, I didn't calculate everything like I should have. I didn't anticipate on the need to constantly market. And the cleaning business is so much different. By this time, I sold all my equipment and contracts in Austin to a relative and moved on to my new venture.
Now after 1 year in Houston, my second venture has failed. I've spent the entire year, copywriting, designing, printing, and walking in excess of 100,000 flyers, and I've yet to make any money. I keep trying to stay motivated and keep going, but I am losing hope. It's not working, I'm failing to meet my end of the bills, and I'm starting to go hungry literally. My wife is making just enough to pay her end of the bills. I don't have family to run to. So I'm here asking for anything, just help, advice, pointers, from those who have been at a low spot.
So I've came to the conclusion, I was meant to be a landscaper. I was very successful at it. I made a lot of money at it, bringing in more than 5k profit a month for several years. Not to be big headed, but I was really good at landscaping,
and after many years in the business, I felt confident enough to give customers word that we could provide them the best-looking properties in Central, Texas. I know I need to get back into landscaping. However, I've hit rock bottom, and have exhausted my funds and have no family around to run to.
So as of now, my only option is to make some money with the Softwash equipment that I do have. I do have professional equipment, surface cleaners, a garage full of chemicals, and so on. However, after putting out thousands of flyers a week I just cannot find work for it. I even tried the "Name Your Own Pricing" strategy, and just can't get people to spend money on cleaning their homes. I've tried every tactic. Mold and Mildew. Increase Curb Appeal. Name Your Own Price. 40% off exterior cleaning, I just can't get the phone to ring and people to spend money.
Can anyone point me in the write direction of where to at least make some money with the equipment I do have until I can get back into landscaping in the spring? As I mentioned, I have the equipment, just not the work. I need help. Just some ideas. To hear from someone motivating.
I feel like I'm at the point of giving up. But I know inside, that that will do no good, just put me further in a hole I'll eventually have to dig my way out of.
I'm thinking about investing $200.00 on a 24 ft. Extension Pole, and A special gutter cleaning nozzle, and trying to switch over to Gutter Cleanouts through the fall/winter for at least some kind of income. Is it possible to profit or make some money focusing on cleaning gutters only? Would it be easier to sell than Soft Washing?
I'm just at lost for words. I literally drive around neighborhoods all day and see mold all over siding and homes. I leave them a flyer. Try and talk to them. Leave more fyers. No-one cares here at all about mold or mildew growing on their walls or windows.
I need some help can someone give me some ideas?