Learning the hard way

Discussion in 'Starting Your Business' started by Greenlee, Nov 9, 2016.

  1. Greenlee

    Greenlee Member

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    Hey friends , its been a while since ive been here but man have I been learning and working and working and learning.
    I still question myself about the prices i charge but for the most part on standard size rooms 10 x 12 ish im charging around 50.00 each. if they are larger i will go by the sq ft around .35. If you have any advice please pass it on .
    its seems like every house is different and has different situations. but for the most part its just carpet. Im doing residential for now.
     
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  2. Luky

    Luky Active Member

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    Eddie, you don't need anybody's advice . You're doing just fine. You even make some members jealous of you, they might charge less and they wonder how you manage to charge $50 and your aim is even higher. Who's to determine value of your labor, chemistry and equipment used in the process? Keep on going ... If $50 is your
    "magic" number, keep using it, if you think , your final product deserves more, you'll find a way, how to communicate it to your customers.... That's all. Welcome back.
     
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    Sounds like you are doing well with pricing, continue learning all you can on the cleaning side and you will be alright.
     
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  4. Cameron RDS

    Cameron RDS Well-Known Member

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    I think your price sounds pretty good. Set your min charge price, and your off to the races. :) Good luck

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  5. Kingdomcome84

    Kingdomcome84 Active Member

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    When I started 4 years ago, My min was $60 for 1 room
    now its Min 2 rooms - $80
     
  6. Greenlee

    Greenlee Member

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    Thanks for all of your responses and confidence booster. I do appreciate it.
     
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  7. lvtandg

    lvtandg KING of Tile and Grout Cleaning

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    16 years later I don't want to make $60 a house...I'm 52 in a couple days...The whole idea working for yourself is work less make more? Isn't it? All you have to do is ask? Don't worry about others...
     
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  8. LightningCarpetCare

    LightningCarpetCare Active Member

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    I'm on the same boat I charge the same rate keep it going man.


    Lightning Carpet Care LLC
     
  9. C&DClean

    C&DClean Active Member

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    It's what works for you. My rates ($80 first room $25 each additional) might not work for you. Sounds like your doing great. Keep going and then when you want and have the. Then when you want to raise the price with new clients if you need to.

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  10. EricT

    EricT New Member

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    Those rates look cheap compared to what I charge
     
  11. Scott W

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    Every market is different. Every business et-up is different. If you are making a profit and happy with the results, then your pricing is OK.

    May you have continued sucess, Eddie.

    BTW - I see you are from MIssissippi. What area? I did some work in northern part of the state, Iuka and outside Memphis. Have freinds in Jackson and Mobile.
     
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  12. rob allen

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    We charge 40-50-60 per room depending on soil level and size. Works for us.
     
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  13. Luky

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    So, light, medium and heavily soiled. Customer knows ahead of time that techs will determine the final price after walk trough ? How often do they ( techs) hear :" ..but lady on the phone said.."
     
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    yes that does happen. My receptionists are to say "All homes are different. We cannot the see the home on the phone and tech will give you an est before starting. What day would you like Mrs Jones"?
     
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  15. aloha one

    aloha one Scrub a DUB DUB!

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    #15 aloha one, Nov 12, 2016
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    "cannot see the home on the phone" may seem a bit harsh to some? How bouts "Look here Fool I'm not Superman..I cant see thru walls"? Always the gentle approach!
     
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