What????? You don't think you should be earning doctor's wages????? If the MARKET allows it then I say get it! You don't make that day in and day out every day. I know you have slow times that a doctor doesn't have. So, you believe in the communistic business model that limits profitability??????? Someone has to make the money. In my area, it might as well be me making the money.Not 100% on that but probably around 20. Life would be too easy at 5 or 10. Maybe I'm wrong but I personally don't think an O/O should be earning doctors wages from 1 crew. In business the sky is the limit but I feel $500 a day profit is suffice working by myself.
I believe you should be able to make a hundred Zillion dollars if you are able to. This would take a couple crews of course. But for a one man operation earning doctors wages carpet cleaning, I just don't see it. I have had $1000 + days working alone and I felt everyone got a good deal and a good job but to earn 300,000 a year from a 1 man operation is pretty extreme.What????? You don't think you should be earning doctor's wages????? If the MARKET allows it then I say get it! You don't make that day in and day out every day. I know you have slow times that a doctor doesn't have. So, you believe in the communistic business model that limits profitability??????? Someone has to make the money. In my area, it might as well be me making the money.
What do you live in pennsyltucky?Nothing in this world sounds cheaper and lower class than the phrase "whole house special" That"s what every coupon business says. Lets all just never say that again. Just loose it.
I never count vents.. What matters to me is the size of the home. A 3000 square foot home takes all day to walk back and forth to your truck or just to pull your hoses around even if it has relatively few vents. I ask the aprox. square footage and how many rooms on each level, and if they have two systems and if one is in an attic space then I figure how far they live from me and I just give them a price. I go from as low as $285 to $575. As far as three a day I guess you actually wear a track suit. I take about 1.5 hours per level and 1.5 for set up and packing up. I would be exhausted doing even two in a day. Maybe you had a day once where you had all very small jobs schedual at one time but no way you even have forty jobs lined up all the time so that you are out there doing two or three jobs day after day after day. You do a couple a week like the rest of us. And no one charges $35 or $40 per vent. That's how much someone was able to get away with once or twice but we all know customers calla round and you can't quote those prices all day long and you just can hardly keep up with all of the work. Yes please charge me over $1000. bucks. Not happening. Every one in here lies so bad it hurts to read it.
You Just do whatever works for you: on money and time.What planet are your customers from? Sears and Direct Energy are the big guns in our area. I've done work for people that have paid them $400 - $600 but they spend mega bucks on advertising and have been around forever.
Like I said, my market is probably the mid class and even the rich cheepos but there are millions of these people and it's much easier to get in the door and I'll never lose my shirt on advertising.
Well to be specific i am also talking about using a negative air machine and including the main lines. Here that means dragging that beast into the basement.I actually laughed at the Pennsyltucky thing and how you managed to down two states at once. I guess we do have some farms here. All I'm saying is that the two story homes here, and yes we go that high here in Pa, have about 25 vents. So your telling me that every last one of your invoices for regular 2000 to 2500 square feet you charged $700 to $900. and your customers just say yes please. No negotiation no checking prices. With just three jobs a week that puts you around $140,000 a year minus just a little fuel for your truck. That's at least Chiropractors wages and I think everyone in here would be hard pressed to say they earn anything near $140,000 a year blowing out vents. If you really push $200,000 a year doing this with one truck then good for you. It gives us all something to shoot for.
$1600? Ok here's the deal, you do my marketing, hook me up with 3 $1600 jobs a day and I'll give you $1000 for each one. We can both be millionaires.So larger homes deserve a discount? That sounds insane. You should never assume your price is too high. If someone can afford a large home, they can also afford to take care of it. What if the home takes all day, still $500? I cleaned duct work in a nice, two story home on Monday. Took almost 9 hours and cost was around $1600. They didn't bat an eye at the price, they wanted a thorough cleaning and to have someone they could trust in their home. Im going back next week to clean all carpet and upholstery. IMO, you should charge what your worth and make a profit. Never be ashamed of making a profit. Again, just my opinion.
I am just up the road from you and find the same pricing issues you do. The problem i see is that with so many hack companies out there that they have saturated the market and have set customer expectations at a very low level. You should take to note that for every job you do get and are able to show the customer true value compared to your competition that your reputation for honest true value work will spread like wild fire. At the same time they will look back at the last company they hired and be very pissed of at how they got shafted. This experience will make your company irreplaceable for the people that have seen the difference.I'm moving to your town! The market is saturated with duct cleaners in Canada (The Toronto area anyway). Every light post has a Duct Cleaning $99.00 on it. We seem to get shafted up here!