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post #1 of Old 04-23-2008, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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NEED BUSINESS? Here is how folks.....

This helped me start my business explosively, I hope it helps you!!
Start looking for bids with your local governments (city, county, state, country) and start calling the 'purchasing' department of each agency. Inquire on any new, upcoming janitorial service bids coming out 'to bid' If they say no--FIND OUT WHEN THEY WILL, and record that. Then call back around that date, and bid decidedly. Also, look into your local newspaper website WEEKLY and search in the legals for janitorial services coming out to bid. It is a religious undertaking, but highly profitable. You will need employees, insurances, equipment, supplies, income to pay the employees, references, bid bonds, and certifications. Call your local SBA office, they will help you out. GOOD LUCK!!
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post #2 of Old 04-23-2008, 10:49 AM
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welcome to cleaningtalk.com Jessica. Great advice
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post #3 of Old 05-21-2008, 11:27 PM
 
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Another note on finding customers:

Dont forget to join community organizations and be active in them. The more people see you as a part of their life, the more willing theyll be to use your services. Also, churches and religious organizations are a great way to make contacts. The types of people who go to church are varied, and you can find people from all levels of business there. Just dont make it your focus to drum up business and things may end up falling in your lap. And if you have a talent for writing, try and get some articles in a local newspaper, an internet publication, or even a trade publication. Being seen is being known.
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post #4 of Old 07-30-2008, 08:10 AM
 
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Regarding the local government & council contracts, the problem I have been coming across is most have there own in house services. Cold calling and sending information packs is how I have been working it.
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post #5 of Old 07-30-2008, 07:10 PM
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Finding new business

When you bid on government cleaning contracts, don't they pick the low bidder only? I've checked out a few bids and the current contract price I find to always be ridiculously low.
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