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post #1 of Old 07-10-2012, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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what's my next step?

OK long story short I went to college and obtained my degree in nuclear engineering technologies and I still have no job.
but I do have a part time job cleaning an factory office lunch rooms and rest rooms. it's a good gig it takes 3hours to complete with my helper it pays $150 a week and they supply everything. I pay my helper $15hr. I also picked up a job cleaning a local church, which pays $175 a month I clean twice a month and it takes me and my wife 1.5 hours to complete.
so my question is
what's my next step if I want to go legit?
LLC yes/no
Insurance yes/no
or just try to find more companies willing to hire me without actually being legit.
In all honesty I would like to give it a go since most people starting a clean company only dream of having some business to start with. Also there aren't many if at all local cleaning businesses around where I live.

Any suggestions or input will be greatly appreciated!
thanks in advance.
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post #2 of Old 07-11-2012, 12:48 AM
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Well, I'm not really sure how you got any commercial work without insurance because every one that I have ever bid on wanted insurance. But... good for you!!

Check with your state with what all you need in your state. Then check with your city. And do yourself a favor... save 30% of your earnings right from the start. If you put it off even 1 day... you will end up screwed! I've seen it too many times. What's that you say? You won't need 30% when your taxes are done? Great... then once you've had your taxes done and you have extra money... spend it how ever you want AT THAT TIME but NOT BEFORE!

Yes, go ahead and LLC.

Also, if you hire people to work for you... don't waste your time with a non compete form. Make them sign a finders fee. In the finders fee charge $3000 per client. That means they can take the client but they must give you $3000 first. A non compete form means that.... you used a lot of ink to print stuff on your printer... too bad you can't eat ink.
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post #3 of Old 07-14-2012, 01:37 AM
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Nice to hear you, that you are interested in cleaning jobs. Still I want to say that you must have degree in relevant industry if you want to continue with it. The reason is simple that when will you go in good company for a job then definitely they will ask your degree. This business need careful person who will care about their client’s imported furniture, table and carpet. I think without having a training you can’t survive there.
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post #4 of Old 07-14-2012, 10:48 AM
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I think insurance would be a good idea. And if there isn't much of any cleaning businesses in your area, than that's a great advantage for you! Go for it!
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Stick with commercial cleaning. We really don't care about any of the furniture!! You really need business insurance to protect yourself personally from any lawsuits. If you form a business and insure it then you will protect yourself. If you have nothing of value to lose then you could hold off for a while but most commercial customers insist on getting an insurance certificate.
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Well, I'm not really sure how you got any commercial work without insurance because every one that I have ever bid on wanted insurance. But... good for you!!

Check with your state with what all you need in your state. Then check with your city. And do yourself a favor... save 30% of your earnings right from the start. If you put it off even 1 day... you will end up screwed! I've seen it too many times. What's that you say? You won't need 30% when your taxes are done? Great... then once you've had your taxes done and you have extra money... spend it how ever you want AT THAT TIME but NOT BEFORE!

Yes, go ahead and LLC.

Also, if you hire people to work for you... don't waste your time with a non compete form. Make them sign a finders fee. In the finders fee charge $3000 per client. That means they can take the client but they must give you $3000 first. A non compete form means that.... you used a lot of ink to print stuff on your printer... too bad you can't eat ink.

thanks for the advice!
I literally know someone that knows someone that works for someone that needed someone to start working ASAP so I said I'll do it.
It was all by chance.

So LLC then Insurance and when needed some Legal Papers so I don't get screwed over by my employees.

thanks all for your input, it was and is much appreciated!
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