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    Dasanii05 Posts: 15, Reputation: 1
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    Dec 21, 2015, 10:02 PM
    To the POINT... I'm a DREAMER!
    About two and a half years ago I started getting into the industrial cleaning business through a company named PPS. A temp service. So I cleaned offices, event centers, conference halls, auditoriums and so forth. I enjoy it. After 4 months of being an the same ticket we lost our supervisor and they appointed me as the new supervisor. Did that about 6 months and loved it. So my question is what ALL do I need to start my own commercial cleaning business? Agrees? Funds? Lawyers? ECT....also I do have a felony conviction on my record. That gonna stop me?
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    Fr_Chuck Posts: 81,304, Reputation: 7692

    Dec 21, 2015, 10:33 PM
    So what do you know about pricing jobs? About bidding on contracts? About selling?
    What is your business plan on getting new contracts?

    Are you ready to go out 5 to 6 hours a day selling, then doing all the work yourself, on small jobs till you get a business going?
    Do you have about 1 year of money saved up, to live on. Almost no business makes money the first year, and some not even the second.
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    joypulv Posts: 21,593, Reputation: 2941
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    Dec 22, 2015, 06:28 AM
    I did bookkeeping for all kinds of one person businesses. No matter how good they were at their craft, they failed if they didn't know how to estimate a job, present it, anticipate problems, and follow through on getting paid. We could be here all day and still not teach you anything. You read and read, ask and listen, and use your brain. Being self employed is VERY time consuming. About a third of your work time will be hidden from the customer, so you have to charge that much more, at least, for the actual cleaning. Someone comes here every day asking about starting a cleaning business.
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    talaniman Posts: 54,318, Reputation: 10854

    Dec 22, 2015, 07:24 AM
    If you have been working for a cleaning business for this long then emulating what works for them, and improving on what doesn't is a nice place to start. Being able to observe first hand how they go about business and asking questions about competition, and clients, vendors, and best practice techniques is a better way to learn than all the reading and research you could do.

    Use this experience wisely and take advantage of the opportunity to learn the business. Start taking some notes. Past mistakes can be overcome if you don't dwell on the past, and have a record of accomplishments to offset a great work record for starters.
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    J_9 Posts: 40,299, Reputation: 5646

    Dec 22, 2015, 07:37 AM
    My only concern is the felony. Can a felon be licensed, bonded, and insured? Many contracts will require this.
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    talaniman Posts: 54,318, Reputation: 10854

    Dec 22, 2015, 08:37 AM

    Can't hurt to apply and see.

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