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Default 14-03-2017, 10:10 PM

huddersfield, and july. there are a few other carpet cleaners in this area, cheap and upmarket. i decided to go down the green route and price myself in the middle
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Default 15-03-2017, 12:09 AM

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I am starting a business this year with a friend, we've both worked in sales. so we know how to sell a product, and i've done this particular job before too. its the first business venture i've ever been on so it would be nice to hear what you guys think, maybe my views on it all are a little warped since i think it will be fairly easy...

so we're both gonna chip in to get the best possible carpet cleaning machine, a van, and all the essential chemicals and accessories etc... also we'll budget for leafleting door to door (which is where we expect to get our initial business from), and advertising in newspapers, local magazines & relevant places.
once we have have it up and running comfortably, i am planning to branch out and go for a more hard sales approach by going to hotels, bars, restaurants, function rooms (any kind of other business with carpets & upholstery) to try and generate yearly or 6 monthly contracts by offering discounts (no idea whether this will work). also, my brother has his business working for bourne leisure (caravan "holiday camp sites" all around the country) and he knows alot of big players in that industry so i think there's some big potential for us to get in there too.

now i know its gonna take alot of hard work to get this going, there are other more established carpet cleaners in the area where we're based.

does it sound like a feasible idea? any pointers from more experienced entrepreneurs?
thanks

A good friend of mine does this in Cambridge and makes a killing with buisnesses and the university, your plan sounds good to me.

Maybe take the time to contact some people who already do it successfully and outright ask them what they wish they had known when they started? - Most smaller yet successful business owners will give the time of their day if you ask them humbly and sincerely complement their business..

Best of luck!


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Default 15-03-2017, 02:57 PM

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I am starting a business this year with a friend, we've both worked in sales. so we know how to sell a product, and i've done this particular job before too. its the first business venture i've ever been on so it would be nice to hear what you guys think, maybe my views on it all are a little warped since i think it will be fairly easy...

so we're both gonna chip in to get the best possible carpet cleaning machine, a van, and all the essential chemicals and accessories etc... also we'll budget for leafleting door to door (which is where we expect to get our initial business from), and advertising in newspapers, local magazines & relevant places.
once we have have it up and running comfortably, i am planning to branch out and go for a more hard sales approach by going to hotels, bars, restaurants, function rooms (any kind of other business with carpets & upholstery) to try and generate yearly or 6 monthly contracts by offering discounts (no idea whether this will work). also, my brother has his business working for bourne leisure (caravan "holiday camp sites" all around the country) and he knows alot of big players in that industry so i think there's some big potential for us to get in there too.

now i know its gonna take alot of hard work to get this going, there are other more established carpet cleaners in the area where we're based.

does it sound like a feasible idea? any pointers from more experienced entrepreneurs?
thanks
Respect for having a crack.
If I was you, id try to also focus on partnerships with businesses who absolutely need your services. Private & official university student halls / apartments (anything centering students is big and repeat business), estate agents (everyone of these guys has a preferred service), hotels (although the bigger will use inhouse, smaller may consider) and private (large office buildings with 50+ employees) & public complexes (government buildings, schools etc.)
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Default 15-03-2017, 09:31 PM

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Maybe take the time to contact some people who already do it successfully and outright ask them what they wish they had known when they started?
this is an excellent idea, there's probably hundreds of carpet cleaners in the country so i will certainly ring as many as possible once me and my partner have sat down and are planning things more meticulously, thanks dude
i'll start by ringing all the carpet cleaners in cambridge and say something along the lines of "you did my grandmas carpet and she loved it, im starting up in leeds, can i pick at your brain for a couple minutes?" haha we'll see if i speak to your mate.

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Respect for having a crack.
If I was you, id try to also focus on partnerships with businesses who absolutely need your services. Private & official university student halls / apartments (anything centering students is big and repeat business), estate agents (everyone of these guys has a preferred service), hotels (although the bigger will use inhouse, smaller may consider) and private (large office buildings with 50+ employees) & public complexes (government buildings, schools etc.)
Good luck bro!
yes this is the plan once we are established, i think to begin with we will focus on residential work as we will only have 1 machine and its easier to generate work (i'll focus on marketing while my partner will focus on the graft), and will need to build capital for another vehicle and machine, but once we have 2, i will approach as many types of businesses as i can think of! the list keeps growing! since we are using a "green" selling point, we'll also be aiming at daycare centres, schools, vets, hospitals... anywhere eco-friendly is crucial.

i think the green selling point is also a good angle to work while aiming at more affluent and upmarket customers, so posh estate agents & restaurants, golf clubs etc. as we can charge a premium and earn some decent mullah

its all ideas for now though but i can't wait to get started. thanks guys!

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Default 15-03-2017, 09:51 PM

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im starting up in leeds
Didn't realise you were starting up in Leeds, might need mine doing when I move in May/June!


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Default 15-03-2017, 10:48 PM

haha i'd be glad to! and since you're in leeds and a member of the pua forum we can join forces and go on pussy hunts together
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Default 16-03-2017, 12:27 AM

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haha i'd be glad to! and since you're in leeds and a member of the pua forum we can join forces and go on pussy hunts together
Haha I am in a LTR mate, I could potentially go out and wing but I still enjoy the validation of it all and need to be careful where to draw the line lol..


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Default 16-03-2017, 08:20 AM

haha good man, i'll give you a shout when im moved up there, im travelling around the country working for the next couple of months
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