Once again I’m digging into the “mailbag”. This means I’ll be sharing my answers to a few questions that people have asked me lately.
If this is your first time here, I’ll make mention that I try to answer as many questions as possible via email. So if you have any, you can always reach out to me via my contact page. Anyway, let’s get started!
Question: What is the difference between linear low density or high density liners?
Generally speaking linear low density liners have a heavier feel and are more opaque in appearance (you can’t see through them). High density liners on the other hand feel thinner to the touch and are able to hold more weight at lower gauges.
When deciding which is needed, ask yourself… Are sharp objects being thrown away? Yes means linear low density can liners are recommended. If not then go with the high density can liners.
Question: Are movie theaters worth marketing to?
That is an interesting question. I can say that I have had experience cleaning the carpeting in several movie houses (networking contacts was the reason I was hired), but I never performed the general cleaning duties. The carpet cleaning that I was hired to do was profitable, however the carpeting was horribly soiled.
My advice would be to try and see what happens. A good sales letter, flyer (that has a special offer on it) and business card sent to the General Manager would be my angle. If you were able to offer several services (cleaning, windows and carpet care) it would no doubt increase your chances of getting hired for at least one of those duties.
Question: What is the best portable carpet cleaning machine you would recommend for me?
Choosing a good machine comes down to matching performance with your available budget, so there is no one size fit all approach. I can say that I am a fan of Powr-Flite, U.S Products and Sanitiare. I don’t think you could go wrong with those vendors when it comes to quality and dependability.
Question: What market did you focus on when getting started, residential or commercial?
I took whatever I could get. I needed money to come in through the door, so whether it was cleaning a house or a business I was going to do it. I probably focused a little more on houses because they were easy to get hired for, but once I had regular money coming in I switched gears and went commercial.
Question: What were your most profitable services outside of the cleaning?
Carpet cleaning was hands down the most profitable add on service for me. You can earn a lot of money in a short amount of time if you play your cards right. After that it was construction clean-up services, window cleaning and tile & grout services in that order.
Question: What did you do for references in the beginning?
I didn’t have any. If someone asked for one I had friends and family say good things on my behalf (I did some cleaning for them at no charge / low cost, so technically they were my customers).
Question: Can I succeed without a website in the beginning?
I didn’t have a website from day one, and things turned out fine for me. I do recommend one as soon as you can afford one as it is important, but the fact is, if you don’t have the money it can wait a bit (you will be just fine).
Question: Do I need to be bonded?
In most cases the answer would probably be no. With that said, you may run across jobs that require it. I would recommend you get bonded (it’s VERY INEXPENSIVE) because it makes a great SELLING POINT and it takes away one more objection to them doing business with you.
Well, this wraps up this weeks post. I hope you enjoyed it! I like revisiting the mailbag regularly because it touches on several different topics within a single post. Anyway… if you have questions of any kind just leave them in the comments below.