Carpet Cleaning Business Management

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Ask Steve: What’s the Best Way to Market to Big Commercial Accounts?

I got some of my profitable accounts just by stopping in to new construction that was near completion
By Steve Toburen
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Congratulations on focusing on the often overlooked, but oh-so-very-profitable, commercial contract market for floor maintenance. 


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Level 5 of Being Phenomenal Successful Person – Character

By Howard Partridge
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Over the past few months, I’ve shared “The 5 Levels of Being Phenomenal.” The levels are the stages everyone goes through when they are attempting to change a habit, reach a new goal or develop a skill.


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“Playing the Field” with Employees

“Flirting is the gentle art of making a man feel pleased with himself.” –Helen Rowland
By Steve Toburen
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I hear it all the time. “Steve, my body is getting tired.” And then very hesitantly, “I’m finally thinking about hiring an employee…” Yep, this hardworking solo cleaner is quite correctly scared to death!


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Ask Steve: How Can I Match the Marketing Muscle of the National Franchises?

By Steve Toburen
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Many of the “national big boys” are really great marketing companies that just happen to clean carpets.


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Ask Steve: How Can I Increase Bookings Over the Phone?

By Steve Toburen
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It is extremely hard to differentiate yourself over the phone.


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Ask Steve: How Can I Pull in Prospective Customers at a Home Show?

When you present your company correctly at a home or trade show, people can pre-experience your service
By Steve Toburen
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Reflecting back on our home shows, they were exhausting affairs but extremely rewarding. 


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Ask Steve: How Can I Motivate Adjusters and Agents to Refer Me?

Let’s focus on what adjusters and agents want from a restoration company.
By Steve Toburen
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The logical question is: “How can you HELP adjusters?”


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What Makes for Good Training?

We posed the question to two professionals in the industry – here’s a look at training, from their perspective, that work best for their respective businesses.
By Eric Fish
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When it comes to cleaning and restoration, proper education is a must.


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Being a Phenomenally Successful Person: Level 4 – Commitment

By Howard Partridge
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A man wearing orange pants and pink socks stood on a chair and asked the small audience at a mastermind I was attending, “Are you just interested in reaching your goals or are you committed to reaching them?”


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Avoiding the “Crash and Burn” Phenomenon! – Part III

“Maybe we’ll live and learn. Maybe we’ll crash and burn.” – John Legend
By Steve Toburen
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Failing is never fun. And it is just so tragic to see a hard-working carpet cleaner “crash and burn.” The financial (and emotional) shrapnel of a business imploding can destroy all involved, especially the family.


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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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Don't underestimate the value of a good Internet marketing plan. In fact, if you do this right, it's not uncommon to see ROI along the lines of 30-to-1. Here's a look at 27 free and low-cost tips that you can begin implementing within your cleaning business today to drive more business.
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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

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2014 September

The September issue of ICS features stories on moisture detection, disinfectant services, neighborhood marketing, then we discuss the last level of being phenomenal, and cool products.

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Social Media

Social media is a good way to regularly keep in touch and interact with current clients and reach potential ones. What social mediums do you use in your cleaning/restoration business?
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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.

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ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

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