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propertymaintenance, post: 214286, member: 67411 wrote:
The Idea: Okay, so this might seem a little.. old school, but having been through plenty of other ‘new and exciting’ businesses that I did not enjoy and ultimately failed I am looking at going back to basics – which is in Property Maintenance. Essentially the services provided would include Law Mowing & Care, Professional Carpet Steam Cleaning, Window Cleaning & End of tenancy cleaning.. basically the essentials for landlords/property managers and the elderly (or just those who are happy to outsource these services!)

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you wont find many service business’s of this nature that would provide such a wide range of services, f anything I have cut back my offering. I think the primary reason being is you will need to invest in much more equipment, which would be sitting idle at home. In my view pick one or 2 complimentary services, and make them you strong points. You also have the issue of either having to carry all the different gear, or having to go home and swap gear over. All this is time wasting.
Plus you need to consider advertising multiple services rather than just one or 2.

propertymaintenance, post: 214286, member: 67411 wrote:
Notes – It appears as though these types of services ARE popular in my area and being utilised. I have seen plenty of pro-lawn mowers out and about, always seeing carpet cleaning vans around and know of at least one other cleaning company that is doing okay with end of tenancy clean ups. What I have identified is that none of these competitors are really ‘dominating’ the market place.. not very good branding (if any) no websites, this kind of thing (the area is specialise!)
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I see 2 sides to this comment, “”No one is dominating, due to branding, etc”

1. Not sure if you have seen a small business called JIM’s or VIP, I think that blows one side of your argument out, but having said that there is a reason they aren’t more dominant, and that is that not everyone wants to go with the “dominant”players, they have trust in the small independents, and would much rather go with them, its a perception thing, bacuase all the Jim’s guys I know are great people, trustworthy and do a great job (should I say that, its true so why not). And even if the perception was right there are good and bad in the big players and the independents as well.

2. Yes there are heaps of Indies with little branding, and not dominating the market, but they are servicing there customers quiet happily, and making a good income out of it. Do we want to dominate, well my perspective is no. You yourself have mentioned what income you want to make, sorry but that also is definitely not domination.

propertymaintenance, post: 214286, member: 67411 wrote:
. Remember, I’m not seeking world domination at this point, but if I could make $150 a day (take home) I would be doing cartwheels!
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Yes you are right that is not domination, and most in the business would not bother opening the garage door in the morning if that was all they were earning. A good operator would be aiming for much more than that in a day, and even dodgy Joe down the street would as well.

propertymaintenance, post: 214286, member: 67411 wrote:
Do YOU currently pay for these types of services? (lawn mowing, deep carpet cleaning, window cleaning?) How frequently? Do you believe there is a strong enough demand for this kind of business to operate above ’16 year old mowing lawns’ level?

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I can only realistically comment on lawn mowing and landscaping. But it does vary by season. Most but not all are on 2 weekly cycle, but during spring a heap go to weekly, which creates scheduling nightmares, when you have a full day job which suddenly takes a full day per week. Or currently in winter some drop to 3 or 4 weekly. T
Than your pruning jobs are generally 3 to 4 monthly.
Window and carpet cleaning I would guess, but just my guess, are adhoc on consumer demand.

propertymaintenance, post: 214286, member: 67411 wrote:

What type of price would you expect to pay for somebody who does a great job?

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I would love it if I could get someone to come mow my lawns and clean my house for $20.00 he says tongue very much in cheek

propertymaintenance, post: 214286, member: 67411 wrote:

What is it you would be LOOKING FOR in this type of business? What would stand out to you as a point of difference and make you pay a little more or switch from your current service provider?

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Quality reliable service, and as an example reliable may actually mean missing a week. I have regular clients who want it 2 weekly no matter what, but I have educated them that weeks like last week (nearly 100mm of rain) I will not turn up, been I will make a mess of there place and it would look bad. Sure I loose a weeks income from that job, but I have a much happier customer, even though they were happy for me to do it.

propertymaintenance, post: 214286, member: 67411 wrote:

Do you think these few services make a good combination to get me through all seasons? or am I splitting my focus to much? Any suggestions for finding new business?

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As per my earlier comment I think narrow down the services

propertymaintenance, post: 214286, member: 67411 wrote:

and most importantly.. can you see any reasons why I should avoid this industry all together? Am I on the right track? Have you identified any opportunities here I might have missed?

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Personally having spent 27 years in corporate world, nothing wrong with any of the industries you have mentioned. Been your own boss is great, although in reality I have over 80 bosses at any given time, but I run my business to suit me, as long as I provide the service.