Discussion in 'Lets talk Business!' started by Mikey P, May 30, 2018.
I did just shy of 9k this week.... I’m fookin knackered....
No, area rugs, some T&G, carpet, and a bunch of commercial jobs. I did 3100$ today alone....
Dont eat any Baconators
You're 1 man owner op correct?
Why you running an 870?
You can always back it off, but you can't get more power if you don't have it. There have been plenty of times when it came in useful. I don't plan on being a solo cleaner forever. The machine is rock solid and is a true dual wand machine. Tom and I cleaned a large restaurant with it and had heat to spare. I wish I had a helper to run another wand the last few weeks. The large jobs are all coming in at once. I may hire someone this week.
The million dollar question.
Whats it burn per hr fuel wise for your "average" hose run?
Not mocking cause I know big engines can be efficient if not stressed compared to small engine running at its limit
You know, I really get tired of explaining it. I don't need to justify my decisions. It was the right choice for me. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I can do any job that comes my way. I am not limited.
Edit: Yeah, that sounded bitchy.
About 1.5-2 gal per hour.
The big boost for the week was today’s job’s, and returning a bunch of area rugs this week. I had help 3 days this week. We’re booked almost 3 weeks out. I’m doing the halls/stairs/common areas at the university this week. M/T/W, I’m looking forward to hammering down with 2 Cimex’s. The stairs I’m using my little Oreck. Pads and bonnets for both.
At your low fuel prices I could run it and justify it, here it would need 2 operators at all times or go broke
I just looked it up. Holy Crap! You're paying $8.24 a gallon! Guess I shouldn't complain at $3.56.
I hate to admit it, but I'm looking seriously at an LX electro mount to compete with the low price point porty guys but still outperform and maintain a profit..
Mainly cause Im looking to start 2nd operator admittedly
Damon, hiring someone with no experience NOW will only slow you down.
Have you ever trained someone to competently clean carpet?
Or do you just want a hose puller for now?
Still a big machine.... and a lot of money...
I'd teach them slow like I did my son. First just make him stand next to me and watch. Be a gopher. Then work him into more things as time passes. My 11 year old kid is really getting it. He now rolls up the hoses and sets things up for me. Prevacs, CRB's, and presprays. He also knows how to operate the TM. I love it when he comes with me on jobs. He is now actually quite helpful. I only bring him on vacants.
When I hire I would prefer someone that doesn't have any experience. I don't need so guy telling me that I don't need an acid rinse.
I am a little nervous to hire. The winter time scares me. But I am pretty good at marketing. I bet I could throw out some hack pricing EDDM to get us through it.
Hire the heart. Teach the skill.
I train opposite of that. Working the job from day one. It will go painstakingly slow and drives me crazy but that is the best way that most learn. Also use Steve toburon 10 day training program. If they can't do a vacant house after 10 days then they won't make it.