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Post by Allied on Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:45 pm

Allied Carpet Care is born…
Hello all! As the title of this post states my wife and I have started a CC business. I have been working in the CC biz on and off, part time for over 18 yrs. On and off part time because I am an active duty service member (USAF). I started out cleaning carpets for a company in NJ, before I joined the military. I am committed to running a customer service/family operated company. My wife will be the day residential tech and I will be the “after hours” (5-9 PM) and light commercial tech.

We have been planning this biz for some time now, and have been blessed to be able to save and start the company basically debt free. The only equipment we are financing is the van, but only after we paid off our two personal vehicles. We figured the two car payments could not be used/claimed for tax purposes but the van payment could.

We are looking forward to becoming part of this community and help anyone as much as we can.

Here are some pics of our setup

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Post by Mo on Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:13 pm

Welcome Bo and wish all the best on the new venture and you have one sweet looking set up. What are you going to do to get your biz off the ground?
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Post by Pro Touch on Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:08 pm

Welcome aboard! Sweet looking setup.

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Post by carpetdaddy on Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:09 pm

Welcome. Very nice. If you need any help just ask. Question  Good Luck.

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Post by Ryan S on Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:34 pm

Hey Bo!

Congrats on your new business. Best of luck to you both. You will find this to be a valuable place to hang out and learn. I like the your name too. We call everyone Bo, where I'm from.

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Post by Allied on Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:55 pm

Thanks everyone...Mo, my wife is a realtor so we have a decent amount of work from that...we are not in a hurry...I have 1.5 years before I retire from the AF...so we are just going to get the word out, do flyers, local advertising, val pak...and most importantly, do quality work and let our custys be our best advertising.

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Post by milspec6 on Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:01 pm

Funny, I guess I wasn't the only one doing that in the military. You are approaching this so much smarter than I ever did. You have the overhead at a minimum. You have a great looking set-up. You have a supportive wife....and you have us to help in any way that we can.

One of the things that the military teaches you from the very start is that a team will beat an individual at every task. Even something as simple as making your bunk (racks) every morning was faster and better if done as a team than if each individual was responsible for their own. The same is true in life. Many cleaners start out on their own, flounder, and go broke in the first year, but the cleaner who surrounds themselves with good support will always prosper.

I salute you and wish you the best in this new adventure. If there is anything that I can do to help, just ask.
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Post by Mo on Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:38 pm

Doing a quality job is the bottom line Bo. Your wife is one tough cookie you don't see too many female carpet cleaners.

I remember when I first started I went door to door to all the dental offices in town and followed up with postcards. I snagged a couple that way and I still clean them to this day.

PS. Thank your service to this country and you too Mill
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Post by milspec6 on Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:43 pm

@Allied wrote:Thanks everyone...Mo, my wife is a realtor so we have a decent amount of work from that...we are not in a hurry...I have 1.5 years before I retire from the AF...so we are just going to get the word out, do flyers, local advertising, val pak...and most importantly, do quality work and let our custys be our best advertising.

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Having a realtor in the family is awesome! One of the things I do for the local agents is offer the full house cleaning package (carpets, tile, sanitization, deodor, radon testing) as a closing item. The new owners get to start their new house off with a full cleaning while the costs are paid by the seller in closing costs. It is a win for everyone and then you leave your card with the new owners.....probably get half as return customers and it cost you nothing in advertising.

This method has accounted for a full third of my customers last year alone. Best part is that the houses are empty and you can work them in the evenings to avoid conflicts with the day job...or Air Force in this case.
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Post by Allied on Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:45 am

That sound like what we are doing with our realtor package...we are doing one free for every five they send us to be used at any house they like...up to three br

Where are you out off milspec?

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Post by Mo on Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:01 am

Hey Bo His location is right below his picture. Oh your probably wondering what city.
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Post by Allied on Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:28 am

I cant see pics on my phone when on this site....thnx

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Post by CleanTech on Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:25 am

thought I replied this this already.... anyway


great looking truck! That must be an accelerated reel kit?

If I did a regular van without question I would use that

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Post by Mo on Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:36 pm

Bo, Do you see were it says Miispec6 to the far right of screen. His location is below his name? He's in Nebraska

Your phone should automatically default to the mobile version, scroll down to the bottom of your screen to make it set for the mobile version. What phone do you use?
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Post by Allied on Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:18 pm

Ummm...its the S3....dont see any options on the bottom...but no worries...ill log in with laptop...thnx

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Post by Mo on Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:33 pm

Cool. Millspec has a full time job and works cleaning biz full time so it's safe to say he's probably working Laughing
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Post by Davey Cracker on Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:11 pm

Welcome, Bo!! wink 

Nice looking setup you got, I'm jealous! :albino: 

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Post by Mo on Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:11 pm

Ametex Inferno 30/47 I believe with a color coordinated wrap
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Post by milspec6 on Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:50 pm

@Mo wrote:Cool. Millspec has a full time job and works cleaning biz full time so it's safe to say he's probably working Laughing
Yep, just finished up a 14 hour day in a very cold rain and later I have to clean some store bathroom tile. Just keep juggling time!
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Post by milspec6 on Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:57 pm

@Allied wrote:That sound like what we are doing with our realtor package...we are doing one free for every five they send us to be used at any house they like...up to three br

Where are you out off milspec?
I didn't want to be rude and not answer, I am located outside of Omaha, Nebraska. I know, not much help to you, but let me throw this suggestion out. Does you wife have a company newsletter that goes out to other agents in the area? If so, make sure you include a section for yourself. I do that local and it normally is just some monthly cleaning advice / tip along with a discount offer, but it reaches about 42 agents and provides an excellent return without ad cost.
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Post by Allied on Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:15 pm

@Mo wrote:Ametex Inferno 30/47 I believe with a color coordinated wrap
Mo...its the 'starter' Amtex TM, the Inferno 20/36...so far it has performed very well.

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Post by Allied on Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:17 pm

@milspec6 wrote:
@Allied wrote:That sound like what we are doing with our realtor package...we are doing one free for every five they send us to be used at any house they like...up to three br

Where are you out off milspec?
I didn't want to be rude and not answer, I am located outside of Omaha, Nebraska.  I know, not much help to you, but let me throw this suggestion out.  Does you wife have a company newsletter that goes out to other agents in the area?  If so, make sure you include a section for yourself.  I do that local and it normally is just some monthly cleaning advice / tip along with a discount offer, but it reaches about 42 agents and provides an excellent return without ad cost.
No worries...she does have a newsletter...goes out to all her connections...and she is spreading the word at all agent open houses...work is starting to trickle in!

Milspec are you still AD?

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Post by Allied on Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:20 pm

@Davey Cracker wrote:Welcome, Bo!! wink 

Nice looking setup you got, I'm jealous! :albino: 
Thank you!

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Post by milspec6 on Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:47 pm

My AD ended in 2005, but I haven't changed much...well, except for the worn-out body and a lot more grey hair.

Sounds like you are following the same path that I have regarding this business Allied, those newsletters will lead to a pretty good stream in short time.
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