Where you are and where you could be..

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  1. Desk Jockey
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    Rico Suave

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    Me too the bright lights of the big city (KC) are just an hour away.

    The town I live in (1,212 pop) has 1 gas station/convenience store, a pizza joint, a two stall car wash, a post office, fire house and ball diamonds. Ohh and a new dollar store. That's it! lol
  2. Russ T.
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    Sounds like Huxley!
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    Topeka is 20 minutes away.

    Not far but once home, I hate to go back. If I get to work and forget my phone or wallet, I don't go back for it. lol
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    I'm where I want to be. I'll admit it's a bit of a challenge with a population of 200,000 between Shasta and Tehama counties, but I'm happy, even though I'm a bit over financed. Considering how small my community is I'm happy with what I've done with my business. 800 active customers and growing

    When I lived in the East SF Bay Area I was buying properties in Chico and Paradise. I then bought a few boats and would keep them on a property in Paradise. I found myself always looking to escape there, grab my boat and head out to Lake Oroville. I eventually was able to make the move to Paradise where I continued to grow my rentals and build new homes. Then it happened, I met my wife. I sold everything, moved to Redding and made babies.

    That was the extreme Reader's Digest version :)

    All I can say is thank God for the cleaning business and places like MB. As much as I joke around here, I'm truly grateful for you guys and the vast amount of experience to pull from here. When we lost everything and had to start over, Carpet cleaning saved my family and my sanity. I'm still not back to where I was, but I can at least pay the bills and have forward momentum. It's only getting better. It's been a ton of work, but I'm punching through.

    With the exception of the small population and high number of meth-heads, I'm pretty happy here. I don't mind having to work a little harder to get the better customers. I've faced tougher obstacles. I do roll around in my mind the vision of where my business would be if I was doing this in the Bay Area. Would I have 5 vans and employee issues? Who knows. I'm happy.
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    Rico Suave

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    We operate in the same size market. I've always wondered if the bigger market is easier or harder. ???
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    I grew up in small towns and out in the country. Hunting and fishing, hiking, swimming in the river and all that. Ended up across the country in the big city. I hate the city with a passion. Fighting the traffic and stupid politicians who don't listen to me and take my advice. I would love to go back to a small town. My sister is always sending me real estate listings from Saskatchewan with houses for sale from 59,000. I could sell here, live there and have enough left over to buy something somewhere warm for the winter. My wife loves it here and her family is here, so this probably where we will stay. Having said that, we are surrounded by lovely mountains and the ocean with excellent fishing opportunities both in the salt and freshwater.
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    The smaller the market.....
    The easier it is to corner it.....

    My business consisted of the south end of a city with a population of maybe 90 thousand

    Hey there goes Mr Bob.....
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    Yes, if life is business, friends, family and home based hobbies than you can be happy anywhere..

    But if adventures in the great outdoors is part of your sanity.....


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    Smaller population makes it ultra competitive.

    We have a Paul Davis, Rainbow, Servpro, ServiceMaster, Stanley Steemer as well as a number of other Kansas City guys that will come in if its big enough for them.

    Add another dozen other independents like us, all fighting over the same population and it gets interesting. :winky:
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    Fishing if its your thing, wild turkey, deer, racoon, pheasant if you hunt. Man do we have the critters! :winky:
    I don't hunt or fish so I just see them but don't kill'em. :biggrin:
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    Well then it musta been the quality splash and dash with the great prices
    That made them love me
  12. Mikey P
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    Dude..

    Have you forgotten the obvious?


    Besides charm, there was ONE other reason all those single old black ladies were calling you and it wasnt your emulsifier or wand skills..
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    Our population is 1.5 million in my service area but the competition is just as bad. We have all of the guys you named but in multiples. We have many Paul Davis, service master, etc franchises as well as coit, Chem dry and other large companies, many of whom do real cutthroat marketing. I think most places large or small have about the same ratio of service firms to population.
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    i callt them ...dear?
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    The restoration industry has reached maturity, it's crowed now.

    Just like rug cleaning industry. Can't throw a rock without hitting one of them fools in the head. :winky:
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    That's one of the few good things about my area. Competition isn't too bad
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    Yup, you got the baddest truck in town.
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    Thanks Ron
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    I’m in the best land and among the best people on Earth.

    Why complain?
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    Population 8000. Born here. I live in the redwoods, less than a mile from one of the cleanest rivers in the United States. Less than 3 miles from amazing coastal beaches. Very moderate weather, with a little too much rain. I've driven through 35+ states and a few countries, and enjoyed alot of places, but I like it here.
    Once you establish a buisness in the service e industry it's tough to move.
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