What's was your biggest add on or system change failure?

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  1. Mikey P
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    Was your biggest regret..

    Switching to another method or machine?

    Adding additional steps that no one noticed?

    Changing up your pricing from SF to room or vice versa

    Hiring or not hiring techs?

    Going green or anti allergin?

    Trying to get bulletin board prices in Pecan Falls Georgia?





    I'd love to hear from @CJ-FL on this...
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  2. hogjowl
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    Well ok then.
    I’ll just wait.
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    Paying more for yelp and getting the same return!

    Now there’s 10 or so locals with 20-30 plus 5 star reviews and I’m the idiot paying to give them free seo!

    I was on a month to month and went back down. $325 a month now I can spend the extra on google!
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  4. Mikey P
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    Good answer
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  5. Radar Foster
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    Purchasing 2 Bane machines is my biggest regret

    Providing inferior work for the first 10 years in business and advertising low room pricing through ADVO mailings and Supercoups
  6. Justin Stockwell
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    Dude. So true.
    Stopped by a job a couple guys were working on at a restaurant with a Bane last month. That sound brought back memories of mediocrity.
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    Still have monthlies from back then...

    Use to prespray, rotary scrub, Bane extract and then bonnet dry and put fans everywhere

    Now we rotary extract place a few blowers and it comes out twice as nice!
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    I moved to much furniture and didn't compensate for it. Now my repeats expect it.
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    Radio advertisement.

    Purchasing a garage built TM.
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    Whats a blower?
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    2 things for this owner/operator:

    1. Trying to go full force in water damage up to Cat2. I had an eye opening moment way back in '09 that not only slapped me in the face with reality, but also humbled me. It was a a busted pipe that flooded the whole upstairs above the garage and went down to the garage of course. It was a cold winter and I was low on air movers and dehus. So my uneducated self thought, "I'll just dry one floor at a time". I set up my stuff on the upstairs after I extracted the water and pulled the pads, checked on my equipment every day for the next 3 days, only to find all my stuff sitting on the driveway the 4th day. The adjuster didn't like that both floors were not dry after 3 days, and had his wdr crew come do it the right way, and he didn't hesitate to tell me how insurance wants the job done also. I'm lucky he even paid me. So after that embarrassing experience, I learned that not every wd job will be done, unless I invest more in it. So I started to stay very small in that field after that.

    2. Air duct cleaning: I just sold my little rotobrush. I grew to hating cleaning ducts just because that's a 2-3 man job, not a owner/operator job. It's a headache when only one person does it, and it's very inefficient. Plus, Rotobrush is only good for single wide trailer air duct systems and very small homes. Anything bigger needs a negative air system.
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    I also previously did Pressure Washing and Window cleaning, but sold out the pressure washing to focus more on carpet cleaning and dropped window cleaning, because I hate cleaning windows. Some would say that cleaning windows is high profit, but when you have a big investment in carpet cleaning equipment, the profit margin isn't as high as it would be if you did windows 100% of your time.

    But since I dropped all those services, I networked with and air duct cleaning company, a wdr company, and a janitor company for windows and pw, and all of them send a ton of carpet cleaning jobs my way. I have a $1500job this weekend that I got from the pw company that I hope I'll be able to do in one day because it's a little farther than I normally drive that day.
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    @Matt Wood the bundle service: window cleaning, duct cleaning etc has pontential for high profit margin in long term, if planning on having a crew... Thats what i want to do. More service to provide means more exposure to client to upsell services and upselling products for specific services...

    I would like to make $100k+per year just managing my own company and training... Its doable. My area market is ideal for this...
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    I agree. Just make sure you have the crew before you add these services on. I grew to hate it because I was understaffed. My carpet cleaning is enough to still grow way more. With that in mind, I'm training a possible technician this weekend on my big job I have scheduled.

    More service does mean more exposure. But you need to be the best at each service, and to be the best you have to have full dedication with knowledge and equipment, which takes allot of time and money for just one person.
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    I can do it :eekk:.

    :rockon:
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    Man I could write a book. However it would only confirm your thoughts on being an IDIOT.

    Ceiling cleaning system...everyone has dirty ceiling tile. :errf:
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    There are more...more expensive but if I continue, I won't be able to eat tonight. :redface:
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    Ceiling cleaning . I knew how to do it after working for a large school district.
    And cleaning large apartment complexes..............suck
    Carpet and spot dyeing
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    Richard brings comfort to our universe.
    Nice to know that I am not the only one who makes mistakes.

    Thank you Rico.
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    I didn't even mention the 2 properties and building fiascos. Sold both properties. Ya know the drill "Buy high, sell low". :dejection:

    Still have the 5,000 sq/ft small building. Time will tell if it was wise to keep it or not. We do store one vehicle there in the winter, that we don't have room for here. :neutral:
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