The first week of 2017. Who's busy and who's slow? How and why on both?

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  1. Matt Wood
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    I'm very slow this week. It's good, because I need to get my 2016 expenses put together, and it's a perfect week to do it. And I'm gonna arrange my goal to market to my current customers also.

    I don't know why I'm slow, other than the obvious of everyone winding down from New Year's.

    But I'd like to hear from the others who are slammed. What did you do different to keep busy this week?
  2. Mark Saiger
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    Slow....

    So I am putting together the 2016 Mileage logs and machine hours right now today.

    We have work in the shop that has been staring at us for months...

    And.....It's going to snow a bunch again today and tomorrow....so probably a good thing slow as it is already getting old shoveling the vans in and out of job sites!

    Prepping also for my Florida Trip and tour to start in couple weeks....will be here fast...

    Looking at last year, most of the first 2 of January were slow....so....kind of following last years pattern so far today...

    But, all it takes is a couple calls to get thing rolling this time of year :)
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    First week is always slower, relax...
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    I'm not worried. Just had some time to chat about it.
  5. Chris Howell
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    Busy.

    Reason: No one else offers the service that we do in our area (Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC).
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    I think I'll set up a Langenwalter franchise there........:twisted::biggrin::icon_razz:
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    I would love it if you did! More exposure for the industry!

    Plus you would have the franchise fees and royalty payments to deal with. :clap:
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    IMG_0103.JPG This is how busy I am
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    Slammed but mainly restoration. We've blocked off all carpet & air ducts for the next two weeks until we complete a commercial fire involving 3 businesses.

    WDR won't quit! We had 19 wdr losses we processed in the last two weeks and then they had 1 Friday night and all day sucker for 3 technicians Saturday. Just as they got home they got another one. I felt bad for them but it goes with the territory. Some Happy New Years Eve. lol

    We are off today but 3 tech's are doing Air Ducts at the fire this AM.

    We start a small mold and finish up the 6 wdr we are different stages of competition. Plus the big fire.

    Its nutz. The new Spartan goes in for the Everest install this week and they got partial walls in the new Transit. I'm just waiting on etrac to complete it. Slow but progress.

    I personally have a dozen marketing pieces I'm in the middle of and just started designing comps for up coming Home Shows in February & March.

    Busy bees! :biggrin:
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    "Yeah, we're busy" would have been enough. :icon_rolleyes:
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    Shut up and give me that Boxer. I miss mine.

    Boxers are so cool! :cool:
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    The machines or the dogs
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    Hey Chris,did you ever receive my info I emailed you!
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    No work at all for me last week and I'm glad. I really need more rest.

    Got four restaurants this week and a couple apartments so far.

    Genny has a remodel cleaning and is starting a new construction cleanup this week as well as her weekly work.

    Got some things done around here like a new garage door opener and put in some electric outlets and lights and did some rewiring of existing lights to meet our wants.

    Still need to get water to the garage so I hope I don't get to busy.
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  16. Chris A
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    Handful of jobs this week is all
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    Quiet last week and this, but that is typical for this time of year. We had two full days last week. Full day tomorrow and Friday, some more sure to fill in. Planning to run an upholstery special for our clients for January. Did it a few years back and it was very successful. Last year we did a carpet one, so we are going to go back to the upholstery this time.

    Lots of shop work to catch up on. Have to practice dying so John is sharp with his skills to really grow this segment this year. Also have to fire up the new Dwell Pro for a commercial account we have some work at on Friday.
    Trucks need complete overhaul. This season was really hard on them. Many little repairs, tightening,etc and just tweaking things.

    We have our budget, proforma and goals for the year....now to lay out the marketing calendar. New admin assistant starts this week. Some office organization happening too. Planning a thank you luncheon for local carpet retailer with 12 employees that have given us a lot of work this year. Have to send out all our referral thank you/bonuses as well.

    Got some stuff done and over to accountant for taxes....need to finish that up as well.

    Down time is good to be able catch up on these things.
  18. Russ T.
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    We just got back from hanging out with Mel's fam in MT. The schedule looks very similar to other years here.

    Our biggest strength is residential carpet cleaning and it slows WAY down for the entire 1st quarter. It takes real planning to deal with the slow down.

    I wish I had the love for WDR like Chavez. It would probably convert our slowest quarter into our biggest...

    ...and may be what we need to move on that 2 acre plot and building...and employee.

    I'm just so comfy sticking with cleaning during the day.

    Come on SPRING!
  19. Lee Stockwell
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    Scheduled work slow this week, allowing some much needed maintenance.
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    I get it that equipment/vehicles need maintenance. But I feel sorry for you guys who are using truck mounts. $30K - $60K for a truck mount....+ all of the maintenance....not to mention repairs. Sheesh.

    My most expensive piece of equipment for spot dyeing is a $30 Shop Vac. (but in all honesty....I go through at least 2 of them per year)

    Not knocking truck mounts. I completely agree that they do a much better job of cleaning carpets than a porty. But how many carpets do you have to clean to pay for the costs of a truck mount???

    It's like a barbershop. How many friggin' haircuts do you have to do (at $11 per cut) just to pay your monthly lease payment?? In Maryland it's about $2,800.00 per month to lease space in a decent strip mall.

    My beef with the carpet cleaning industry is that it's SATURATED. Do this: How many carpet cleaning companies are there within your service area? (all zip codes that you service).
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