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Has the election??

Post by Mo on Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:07 pm

Has the election slowed down your November? November is normally a good month for me.Last week was kind of slow and not much scheduled next week. Whats going on?
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Post by milspec6 on Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:01 pm

For once, I get to claim the opposite. I am busier right now than I have been the last 4 months. Being more visible on the internet probably had a lot to do with it, but it is still nice.

I am booked nearly all week, but I suspect that the election will shut everything down after that and might even kill the holiday cleanings this year.
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Post by Freemind1 on Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:33 pm

November I don't get calls. I did get a call this week, but she was just a price shopper.

Rob, you should track your traffic.

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Post by brownieboy on Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:12 am

So many people so that the election affects their work but for me its never happened. Even if I see a drop in jobs I normally make up for it by expanding my business to get back to where is was before. Cool thing about doing this is that when my business picks back after what ever slowed it down is over I then have a more expanded and bigger business Hippo

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Post by dp1 on Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:45 am

Same here Mo, it slows down here too for me, usually when this happens though, we get slammed the last week before thanksgiving, so I'm a little worried that might happen Sad
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Post by Mo on Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:59 am

I took a look at the last election in 2012 and it was the slowest November pf the four years so I guess I answered my question.

Im going to the Keys in Jan no matter what happens
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Post by Mo on Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:01 am

@brownieboy wrote:So many people so that the election affects their work but for me its never happened. Even if I see a drop in jobs I normally make up for it by expanding my business to get back to where is was before. Cool thing about doing this is that when my business picks back after what ever slowed it down is over I then have a more expanded and bigger business Hippo

What do you do to expand your business brownie?
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Post by Mo on Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:03 am

@milspec6 wrote:For once, I get to claim the opposite.  I am busier right now than I have been the last 4 months.  Being more visible on the internet probably had a lot to do with it, but it is still nice.

I am booked nearly all week, but I suspect that the election will shut everything down after that and might even kill the holiday cleanings this year.

Good for you Rob. Is it mostly residential?

I still think your nest slow down you should do another postcard distribution to the same neighborhoods you did the last time
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Post by Mo on Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:05 am

@dp1 wrote:Same here Mo, it slows down here too for me, usually when this happens though, we get slammed the last week before thanksgiving, so I'm a little worried that might happen Sad

You should probably start up adwords again DP. Of course its easy for me to say Its not my 10.00 per click money Money Pile
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Post by Mo on Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:06 am

@Freemind1 wrote:November I don't get calls. I did get a call this week, but she was just a price shopper.

Rob, you should track your traffic.

I get the feeling residential window cleaning really dies in the winter compared to carpet cleaning
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Post by dp1 on Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:26 pm

Yeah Mo, it's easy for you to say, lol and it's not $ 10 / click, it's $ 15 on average !!! That means some clicks can be close to $ 20 !!! I would have to be very desperate to go for that, but then again I probably will be very desperate in March, lol.
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Re: Has the election??

Post by milspec6 on Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:59 pm

Right now Mo, it is really balanced between residential and commercial. Even in size of job, they are comparable. Cleared $2200 for the last 2 evenings commercial and then I have a residential on Wed. that includes tile, counter-tops, carpet, and 4 pieces of furniture......should be a large ticket as well.

Then there are some smaller residential slotted for this weekend. So far, it looks to be a pretty good week.
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Re: Has the election??

Post by dp1 on Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:27 am

Well Mo, now it's really going to kill your month, lol Laughing
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Re: Has the election??

Post by milspec6 on Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:01 am

There were a lot of angry people around here last night watching the election, but the acceptance speech actually went over pretty good. It might have been the first time he sounded "normal".

Time will tell, but I did get a call from the local bank for an estimate, so he didn't kill business yet.
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Re: Has the election??

Post by Mo on Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:18 am

I hope not remember this is Arizona so Im expecting parties, celebrations and wine spills Very Happy
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Post by milspec6 on Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:00 pm

You might have to send wine out as a holiday gift....just include your card in the box.
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Post by Mo on Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:04 pm

The party has begun just scheduled 4 today. Hes creating jobs already Very Happy
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Post by milspec6 on Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:07 pm

I mentioned that bank estimate.....what an idiot.

I talked to the custodial manager today and asked how much carpet is there in the bank? He says that he has been there since it was built 20 years ago and that the square footage with the addition was 67,000 with 36 stairs. Shocked

I asked if he meant 6,700 sqft? He replied no, and repeated the 67,000 sqft. I chuckled and suggested that unless the bank is a few city blocks, it must be 6,700 sqft.

He asked me to come down Friday to measure and he will prove it. I will need to bring some hot sauce for his crow dinner, but I will be nice about it. Very Happy

It is an interesting job really. The custodian has been encap cleaning the place for the last 3 years after watching a previous cleaner do it. The problem now is that the soil load is too great and his encap cleaning isn't getting it done any longer.

It certainly needs HWE at this point, but that means there needs to be a door left open after-hours. The manager is not a fan of that idea, but I am not going to use a portable on this job, so he will have to accept it or call someone else.

It looks to be a good situation though as this bank pretty much dominates the city and is probably holding paper on 80% of the commercial buildings in the area.

Hopefully, we can come to a compromise Friday so that I can clean it before the nice weather is gone. Right now, it has been steadily in the mid-60's which is amazing for this time of year.

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Re: Has the election??

Post by Mo on Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:12 am

Is it a one story building? Are they going to have a security guy on sute while you're cleaning
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Post by milspec6 on Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:39 am

It is 2 stories and we are working that part out. In the past, I have chained the doors and posted a security guard inside the door. I do have a close friend that is a Deputy Sheriff in that area so I might be able to get some help with that.

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Post by milspec6 on Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:10 pm

I don't know who is dumber.....me or the Bank manager.

We scheduled the estimate for today......Veteran's day. Locked building when I arrived and stupid look on my face. I called him at home and he said that he forgot as well.

I am just a stupid carpet cleaner, he is responsible for a lot of people's money. I don't think I should bank there.
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Post by Mo on Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:39 pm

LOL No day off for residential work
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Post by milspec6 on Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:21 pm

True, residential is always open.

Tonight is supposed to be down to the mid 20's and the smell of chimney smoke is in the air. Residential cleanings end shortly after in this area, but I just booked 2 more large commercial towards the end of the month.

Winter is when commercial is king and things are looking good for me in that arena.
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Post by dp1 on Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:32 pm

@dp1 wrote:Same here Mo, it slows down here too for me, usually when this happens though, we get slammed the last week before thanksgiving, so I'm a little worried that might happen Sad

Unf@&$!?believable, I got 2 jobs today, 2 freaking jobs !! and this is the last week before Thanksgiving week ! Yes I checked the ads are popping up as they should, I know election year is usually slower but not this slow, this is like going back to 2008, when we first started. Very frustrating !
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Post by ACpower1 on Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:18 pm

october was slow, then november hit and we booked out fast for anything before thanksgiving

I got a bunch of needed stuff done in october but my list is still long, I like busy but I also really need some down time to do some overhaul cleanings/maintenance on the trucks.



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