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post #1 of Old 09-01-2009, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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As I'm starting out with my new residential cleaning adventure I would like to learn from people who have been there and done that. What's your story. How did you start up? What/how did you do to advertise? What brought you success?

What advice would you give to someone just starting out based on your experiences?

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Thanks for the encouragement. I wish everyone on this forum was as nice as you!

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I'm new to this site and even newer to the business (haven't cleaned my first roof or siding yet!). Unfortuantely, I'm scheduled to be one of the millions who have lost or will lose their job to corporate downsizing. And as a 48 year old publisher, my chances of getting another job as a publisher in rural northcentral Wisconsin are very slim. However, through my years as a publisher and business manager I've had to research and launch new businesses and initiatives for my company. With that experience I took it upon myself to research business opportunities over the last year or so after work or on weekends. Well, I have my mind and crude business plan set for a roof and siding cleaning company. Looks like low cost entry, there's a need for the service from coast-to-coast, and I won't have to travel all over the country to make a living (I hope). My biggest fear though is to create and place affordabe advertising that works and generates leads that will get me started, and to learn the proper and preferred way to clean roofs and siding.

I wish all of the luck in the world to others out there looking to start their own business because it can be daunting. However, as others have said in this thread, keep the faith and work hard. I will keep others informed of my progress and please, please feel free to contact me with ideas or helpful hints -- I need it!
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Thanks for the encouragement. I wish everyone on this forum was as nice as you!
Don't pat yourself on the back yet. He probably missed the post where you told everyone that you only wanted a job not a business and that you had no intention of becoming a legitimate business.
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Don't pat yourself on the back yet. He probably missed the post where you told everyone that you only wanted a job not a business and that you had no intention of becoming a legitimate business.
LOL Thank You!
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residential cleaning is not as fun as you think it would be ! people complain over little stuff, call in switch the hours, schedule they cant make up their mind its just so much more difficult then commercial clients good luck !

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Everybody can do cleaning nowadays . Next day we will all be able to create supermarkets chains , or put a man on the moon . I think everybody needs to think well about this , this is a place where professionals get work , amateurs don't . My oppinion , though there are some exceptions


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Everybody can do cleaning nowadays . Next day we will all be able to create supermarkets chains , or put a man on the moon . I think everybody needs to think well about this , this is a place where professionals get work , amateurs don't . My oppinion , though there are some exceptions
We need to educate the consumer on the difference in a professional cleaner and a trunk slammer
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ooppppsss Sorry Cassandra. I didn't know you was a realtor. lol But as you will see... I just call 'em like I see 'em. lol Referring to another post I made.

As for residential vs commercial... I guess that is another thread I'll start.

I started with $0 and a 1974 Nova that barely made it to the 1st job. We took $35 of the first job and put an ad in the paper. That got calls coming in. I put in many, many hours building my business. I did everything possible to get the word out. Yes, it did work so if you're serious just keep pounding the pavement. If you're not serioius, it won't work. And by serious I mean this... atleast 6 hours a day 5 days a week you will get out and try to drum up business some way some how. Here is what I did... I figured I'd be working 40+ hours a week cleaning. So, I would put in 40+ hours marketing myself. And when I got a few jobs I kept right on doing the same thing. Then when I started cleaning 20 hours a week and marketing 40 hours a week I cut it down to 20 cleaning and 20 hours marketing. Then 30 hours cleaning and 10 hours marketing. Then when the schedule got full I hired someone and we started the whole thing over again until finally all I did was run my business.
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As I'm starting out with my new residential cleaning adventure I would like to learn from people who have been there and done that. What's your story. How did you start up? What/how did you do to advertise? What brought you success?

What advice would you give to someone just starting out based on your experiences?

Thanks

educate yourself on the house cleaning business learn as much as you can. Dont forget to rite a business plan and what you want out of your business. And dream big dont let any one get you down you can do this.
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We have to aware people about cleanliness.
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Im dont know what you r getting at ?
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Im dont know what you r getting at ?
If he new he'd tell ya but im figurin he dont know

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STAND OUT FROM THE GROUP! My biggest help was to realize what set me apart from the rest of the cleaning companies. So what does that look like for you? For us it was the product we used. A lot of people want to be chemical free. So we decided to use our own homemade cleaning products. Yes it takes a little more time and effort but we can charge a little more for the quality. (Recipes were mostly found on Pinterest by my wife) We also cut a lot of costs by buying simple things at the Dollar store. And then as far as building clients. We made a "Personal Client Profile" Meaning who we wanted our ideal clients to look like. And then we printed off a ton of business cards "Vistaprint" great very inexpensive usually 500 cards for $10 which is great. Then make it a goal to pass out all those cards in a month. Even if people dont call right away they will put that card in their bag and see it months later and think hey ill call and give it a try. Facebook is a good start. Make a website Wix is a good free place to start. And dont let the small things get to you! Dont give up and you'll do just fine! Good luck and I wish you the best!
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ooppppsss Sorry Cassandra. I didn't know you was a realtor. lol But as you will see... I just call 'em like I see 'em. lol Referring to another post I made.

As for residential vs commercial... I guess that is another thread I'll start.

I started with $0 and a 1974 Nova that barely made it to the 1st job. We took $35 of the first job and put an ad in the paper. That got calls coming in. I put in many, many hours building my business. I did everything possible to get the word out. Yes, it did work so if you're serious just keep pounding the pavement. If you're not serioius, it won't work. And by serious I mean this... atleast 6 hours a day 5 days a week you will get out and try to drum up business some way some how. Here is what I did... I figured I'd be working 40+ hours a week cleaning. So, I would put in 40+ hours marketing myself. And when I got a few jobs I kept right on doing the same thing. Then when I started cleaning 20 hours a week and marketing 40 hours a week I cut it down to 20 cleaning and 20 hours marketing. Then 30 hours cleaning and 10 hours marketing. Then when the schedule got full I hired someone and we started the whole thing over again until finally all I did was run my business.
Many thanks for your sharing. Have a nice day all.
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so much advice I did not even know
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I agree. Make yourself stand out from the crowd of people who do cleaning now. Not all of them are good at their jobs or even CARE about what they do.

Search yourself. What is it that you LIKE about cleaning??? Be very honest here. If you truly do not like cleaning you might not ever be successful at it. If you know what you like about cleaning, you can use that to attract good customers.

Me: I (for some reason) love cleaning floors. And I also have a cat who sheds tremendously. I market my love of cleaning floors and my love of cats - and over time, almost all of my customers have cats (or some other pet). I also, for some reason, enjoy cleaning bathrooms. Many cleaners simply do not get it that bathrooms collect MORE dust than other rooms (due to using paper products, I think). Getting rid of that dust can be tricky.

Be willing to work very hard, and to care about what you get done. If you dont, you wont keep your customers. They will look elsewhere.

I picked up a new customer today. She fired her last house cleaner because that person did not move objects in order to dust! This is kind of basic. In order to dust you have to move stuff. When you clean a floor, you have to move stuff. When you clean a kitchen counter, you have to move stuff! YOu have to be willing to go the extra mile for your customers, if you want to keep them.
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I started cleaning homes professionally back in 2007 after realizing how much joy it brought me. I then started my own cleaning company called Heavenly Homes Cleaning and have been growing my client base ever since.

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