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Automatic Floor Scrubbing Equipment

When auto-scrubbers were first introduced in the 1950s, they were designed simply to clean large, open areas faster, easier and more profitably.
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Is a Dollar Saved Really a Dollar Earned?

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.
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Are You a Lone Wolf?

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.”
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Achieving Your Dreams

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.
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Commercial Carpet Cleaners Diversifying into VCT Floor Care

Have you ever been cleaning a carpet when your client asks, “Can you clean my tile floor while you are here?” For many cleaning contractors, the answer is an unfortunate “no.”
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The 13 Most Profitable Words You Will Ever Say

Thirty years ago I was a struggling young carpet cleaner, working like a dog to build a business and provide for a growing family. It wasn’t easy then …and it isn’t any easier for you today.
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Face to Face: Secrets to "Selling Up"

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.
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Face to Face: Selling the Sizzle

The appointment has finally arrived. Now it is time to tell the customer how much the job will cost. Suspense hangs heavy in the air as you enter the home. Emotions are running high.
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Face to Face: Choosing the Right Tools

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.
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Is There a Distributor Link in Your Value Chain?

Remember the concept of vertigal integration? Consider the distributor as part of your own value chain.
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The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

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.

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Grow Your Business and Improve Operations with New Payment Technology

Attend this free webinar to learn how new developments in payment technology can help you close more jobs, increase upselling opportunities and improve operations.

Podcasts

The winter slow season is a great time to pursue commercial cleaning accounts and stay busy. John "the Hitman" Braun solicited questions from thousands of cleaners across the country regarding their questions on commercial cleaning accounts and answers them in this episode of the show.
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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

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2014 Nov/Dec

The Nov/Dec ICS features content on how to get better meter readings, a roundtable on truckmount development, neighborhood marketing and more. Also included is the annual Buyer’s Guide and Directory.

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The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

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ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

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