AlturaSolutions helps businesses grow by turning words into sales. This article, How to Run a Successful Carpet Cleaning Business was published by AlturaSolutions for client Segura & Associates
Let’s face it: Running any business can have its share of headaches… and successes. But for many people, having their own businesses is a lifestyle decision. They want to be their own bosses, run their own shows and not have anyone looking over their shoulders.
So if that fits you, and you prefer working for yourself, then you might as well do everything possible to be a success. And this applies to any business, including the carpet cleaning business. But before I go into some specifics, there is one quality you must have in order to be a success, and that is to be proud of what you do.
This is often more of an issue for those in the cleaning business — people cleaning commercial and residential facilities — but it can and does overlap into the carpet cleaning industry. Carpet cleaning is a very honorable profession, and run properly, it can be a very lucrative one at that. So be proud of yourself and your company. With this out of the way, here are five keys to success in the carpet cleaning business.
Yes, we’ve heard this before. But can an attorney practice law without a law degree? A doctor without a medical degree?
These people earned their positions with education of the skills of their profession through training. Venturing into the carpet cleaning industry without adequate knowledge of fibers, fabric cleaning and what you’re doing may result in you being a failure before you even walk out the door. The more knowledge you have, the better you can start out swinging.
Become a businessperson
I know one person in the commercial cleaning industry who always considered himself a janitor until he hired workers to take over the cleaning. Now he was no longer a janitor — he was a businessman, and that’s when his business really took off. While you probably will have to be a sole operator initially, as soon as your business picks up, phase out the fieldwork, and begin focusing on marketing, hiring and training your workers and operating your business like a business. This can be a very big step for some people because they view their business simply as a “job.” But once they view their business as a business, that’s when they have the potential for real success.
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