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Discussion in 'Lets talk Business!' started by knapster, Jun 4, 2017.

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  1. knapster
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    Hello Everyone,
    I grew up in the floor-covering business and know a great deal about installation and materials but I hope to be able to walk after I retire and have decided to look into another honest living: carpet and surface extraction.
    I have a mechanical mind and to me, common sense just makes sense.

    My first two questions out of what will probably be many are:
    1. Can a hard work ethic and good equipment be enough to get started in this business?
    2. Should I sit on my startup savings for a year or two and learn from an established pro?

    Your advice and experiences are greatly appreciated. Similarly, if you have any questions on repair or other installation related issues, I'd be happy to help.

    Thank you for reading,
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    Ray da Rookie

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    1. Lee Stockwell
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      Come to MF in Phoenix in October. Your background will be golden there, and your question will be answered.
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      How old are you?
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      Yo I AM MIGHT!

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      1. No
      2. No

      A good work ethic and good equipment are not the only thing needed. Without a steady stream of clients you'll be out of business before you ever start.

      Go to and SFS class, see what it takes to be in the game. At dinners and lunches ask your classmates questions.

      Build your plan in class then decide if its a path for you.
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      Welcome!

      If you were to call all your existing flooring customers and tell them about your new endeavor, how many do you think would call you when they're ready to clean their floors?
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      1. No, good equipment and work ethics are key for a good employee.

      2. Maybe. IF you can find someone decent to work under, that'll be gold learning this business out in the field. But something tells me that if you work for another business, you'll just learn how to push a wand, instead of how to grow a business.
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      Get a web site and pay someone to get you ranked properly. Your in Idaho, both your potential customers should be able to find you then.

      But you have to figure out what you're doing first.

      Go live with Saiger for a year.
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      Think about taking a temporary job with a large company in your area. See what you like about it and what you don't like. Find out if you like working with that type of equipment. Think about how you are going to attract your customers. Low prices won't cut it.
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      Please don't advertise low prices. We're not selling bulk toilet paper.
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      Jimmy L, I'm in my late 30's and tired of making other people rich.

      Lee, I'm not familiar with MF but I'll look into it.

      Desk Jockey, thank you. I just found the web page for SFS. Will look more into it.

      Looking into an IICRC course, the closest is in Salt Lake, I am in the Boise area.

      Thank you all for your replies
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      Take a year to prepare. Read this board and learn for a year. Go to the Mikeyfests and take the classes and use the tools. Watch Mark Saiger videos on youtube. Read and study - The Complete Guide to Cleaning and Restoration - it isn't a complete guide but an overview of the cleaning and restoration industry.
      It helps if you are a people person...but apparently not a requirement based on what I have seen...uh...elsewhere...
      Or- You can start now on the side...empty apartments Chinese Restaurants and flea bag motel rooms with basic equipment to learn with. It will still take a year and all the above to become more than a hack...but you will be getting hands on and practical experience.
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      Mickey,
      I am sure all of our customers would use us if needed, I'm 3rd generation installer and learned from the best. Only problem is, all of those customers are in another state. I moved out here to be with my wife and have been working for corporate America (making eyeglasses) for the last 8 years.

      I don't plan on low-balling. I plan on doing quality work for quality pay.
      I learned installations from some of the best in the game, Dad and Gramps. I just got tired of lifting 200 lb. rolls of carpet up stairs. Think I'll leave the low-balling to Stan
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      Stick around. It's nice to talk to someone the same age as me. These old guys keep jibberjabbering.
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      Thanks Bob. Exactly what I've been needing to hear
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      Thanks Hogjowl, cool handle
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      Thanks Matt,
      I've been stalking these forums for a few months now, figured I should get in the game
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      Have you used any type of equip before to clean? If not, might be a reason to find someone who has done it before. Work with them in either starting it up together or work under someone to learn. Or find someone like Robert @ Interlink who would probably train you on cc if you bought a TM. :) I got into this learning from someone that was already doing our cleaning process while at another company. When we decided to start ours, I had savings to put into it, and the marketing part covered. So on the other partner's end, I was able to learn about processes, etc. Some issue or hard stain you haven't come across before, someone that has been doing it for a while probably has.

      If you don't produce good results on cleanings it will show online. That will haunt you.

      It sure beats working for someone.
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      My thought was that, given his experience, he would benefit from this Mikeyfest with it's variety of surface cleaning demonstrations and vendors products to test drive.
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