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Post by milspec6 on Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:34 pm

I just booked a weird job for Thursday.....18 sqft of commercial carpet for $100.

It is the entry to a small dental office in the neighboring town about 30 miles away. He said that he wanted it cleaned really well to get rid of the ice melt residue and when I told him that the truck carries a minimum of $100, he said fine.

I probably should have charged $150 due to distance, but I really didn't think he was going to agree to the $100 either. Oh well, doesn't get much easier than that to earn over 5.5 dollars per sqft.

This is one of the keys that I am gambling on since last fall....these small satellite towns don't have a local cleaner, so they either do without or else they hire out of town. Since they don't already have a relationship with anyone, they tend to just pick the franchises due to name recognition. I was hoping to make my name known in those towns with that door-to-door flyers that I distributed last fall.

I can't call this a success yet, but he did have one of my flyers and I got the call. Hopefully, this opens some doors this year.
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Post by Mo on Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:26 pm

Yeah there has to be some more carpet to clean there and it would probably be a better value for them to clean more. You'll find out when you get there
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Post by milspec6 on Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:07 pm

I am planning on hitting the area with flyers again while I am there. I might get lucky and pick up another job while in town.
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Post by dp1 on Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:10 pm

Studies shown that people tend to recognize / remember and use your service after seeing your ads a minimum of 3 times, of course that number is for majority of people, if your flyer hits a home that needs immediate cleaning, the result would be great, if not, keep hitting them, of course after 3 - 4 times, you would have to evaluate if the neighborhood consists of the majority in that study, if not screw them and move on Razz
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Post by milspec6 on Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:41 pm

I've read that as well, but doing that the old fashioned way with flyers and cards is a little tough to pull off. That is another problem with small towns, there isn't much for advertising options. They don't have a paper to speak of so you are stuck with non-traditional approaches like sponsoring a little league team or maybe local radio, but that is pretty limited in value as well.

Out here in the sticks, it really comes down to word of mouth and reputations. The yellow pages is really just some guy that you know and who he suggests.

That is the market I am working with.
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Post by Mo on Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:01 pm

On the bright side using USPS Every Door Direct Mail program is very affordable and you can send postcards often
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Post by milspec6 on Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:09 pm

That is true and might be the next move. We are getting closer to Spring and things are still pretty dead. It has me a little worried.

I do have solid work from the 18th on-wards with both commercial and residential at a lake community, but those jobs came from referrals and contract....no phone calls yet.
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Post by dp1 on Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:37 pm

Yeah, my phone has been dead as well, yesterday and today is in the high 70s low 80s and I only got about 4 - 5 calls these 2 days, I'm kind of scared of spring rush now since it's been extremely slow.
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Post by milspec6 on Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:52 am

At least I am not alone then. We have 76 forecasted for Sunday now and I am going to try and finish this heater rebuild. Maybe it will trigger some active phones come Monday.
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Post by Mo on Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:05 am

The way I can tell if really slow is that I call my self to make sure the phone is working Very Happy
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Post by milspec6 on Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:09 am

Classic Mo.....as long as you don't hire yourself.
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Post by dp1 on Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:20 am

Yup, in the past at least twice I called Dave and found out his phone was not "working", lol.
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Post by Mo on Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:23 am

@dp1 wrote:Yup, in the past at least twice I called Dave and found out his phone was not "working", lol.
Really so it actually does happen. Bye the way, who is this Dave guy you always speak off?
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Post by milspec6 on Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:36 pm

Secret agent code named "Dave" must be in deep cover again. Saving the world can be exhausting.

Is his phone really not active?
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Post by dp1 on Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:53 pm

His phone was not active a couple of times, but thanks to me, he found out and "fixed" it laughing
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Post by milspec6 on Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:42 pm

Luckily, I have google looking out for me. They test my phone a couple of times every single damn day.
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Post by dp1 on Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:09 am

Same here Bob, all of these damn sales calls are about the only ones that call me Mad
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