Life is full of trade-offs. A lone wolf carpet cleaner trades the eventual “big bucks” sale of a large business empire for the freedom from employee headaches. But if you go solo, you must make alternative financial arrangements to fund your retirement.
I remember the day quite well. My operations manager came into my office, sagged into a chair, looked me straight in the eye and said, “Steve, I’m not running a business here. I’m in charge of a kindergarten!” And so it is for almost all carpet cleaners who have chosen to go the “employee route.”
In just a few short months I’ll hit the big 5-0. Fifty can be an unhappy milestone. It’s no fun suddenly grasping that you are on the downhill side of life’s grand slide. At its most severe, this wrenching realization is called a midlife crisis.
Residential carpet cleaning is a tough business. There is constant pricing pressure from "splash-and-dash" competitors who have no grasp of the true cost of doing business. True, these fools will eventually go broke. But it is just as true that some other idiot will rise up to replace them.
Your business success is not based on fancy dehumidifiers or an elegant truckmount. Your economic security will be provided by a foundation of delighted, loyal customers singing your praises to everyone they meet.
A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.
Have a limited marketing budget but realize the importance of neighborhood marketing? Try doorknob hangers, a low-cost, yet highly effective way to drum up more business. In this episode, John Braun discusses the value of this tactic as well as what you should include on the materials you're hanging.
Over 30 authors – over 40 articles…from attorneys, contractors, consultants, instructors and others, both inside and outside the restoration industry. R & R, C & R and Cleanfax, opened their archives and gave us the best they had, other chapters were created just for the “Get Paid!” book and its readers. And every one of them has ideas for how to get paid what you are owed.