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How'd you get started in cleaning industry?

rob allen

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Bootstrapped form nothing
Got laid off from another industry
Worked for another cleaning company first

I'll start. I bootstrapped from nothing after losing a good job in 1985. Went door door selling spotters and a lady asked me clean. Rest is history. You?
 

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Ran a franchise for 3 years, got booted out by owners for exposing their bad practices both in cleaning and employee treatment.
 

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A guy I know came up with an idea of operating a night club for teenagers back in the late 70s. He had a ton of money and I had the time, so the plan was that I would find a building, he would buy it and I would run it and we would split the profits.

So I found a building where a guy updated an old dairy to start a night club but the city would not give him a liquor license. A perfect setup. Lighted dance floor, all tables/chairs/bars/k-way system in place. the only thing it needed was a DJ and light system. It was a great find so I personally put a down payment on it but when it came time for the guy to fund the building he backed out so Im sitting with a building all ready to go. Had to find another investor and finally got it up and running. He was to be a silent investor and I would handle all aspects of the business.

It was a huge success and we had the place packed every weekend. It was a 13,000 sf building so we needed to have the carpets cleaned and the professionals wanted a LOT of money so we bought a Castex portable and did it ourselves.

Well maybe it was too much of a success as the partner wanted to be more involved and thats when things turned south. Eventually we just closed the business.

From there I managed a bar which I HATED because I worked nights and my wife worked days so it was hell. One morning I woke up at 3am wide awake and thought I could start a carpet cleaning business with the Castex. In three weeks I was making more money cleaning than at the bar and the rest is history.
 

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I got started by putting a small ad in the local paper to rake lawns in the fall of the year just to get some extra money. There was a customer that had us rake for her who owned a 4 plex rental and called one day to see if we would like to clean it after a renter moved out. Than she recommended us to her doctor and he hired us to clean on a regular basis his clinic. Than a few other clinics near by eventually hired us. I am so thankful
 
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Answered add : will train • • went to work for a NAZZI • seamed like - lol
 

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Answered add : will train • • went to work for a NAZZI • seamed like - lol
He was a detailed person • put it like that • good for me though cause all was by the book • • except his books
 

Ed Valentine

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Pushed my (University) 1968 beater car up and into the parking lot of the bank. The year: 1971) Went inside, using that car as collateral (!!!) , got a $5,000 loan. Purchased machine and a new van. Knocked on doors..........
48 years later, sold the manufacturing business. Enjoying the lounge chair and a night cap!
 

U. S. Vet.

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Pushed my (University) 1968 beater car up and into the parking lot of the bank. The year: 1971) Went inside, using that car as collateral (!!!) , got a $5,000 loan. Purchased machine and a new van. Knocked on doors..........
48 years later, sold the manufacturing business. Enjoying the lounge chair and a night cap!
Sounds almost exactly how DT got his start • suckered a bank to give him a loan to buy the building across from Grand Central - lol