In this article I share three invaluable lessons that I learned cleaning houses for 13 years. Many of you know that I’ve had a few great businesses, I learned a lot from all of them but cleaning houses was the best learning experience because it taught me about people. How they live, what they value and what I needed to do to continue to have a thriving business. Let’s get right to it.
Lesson One – Who’s Got The Money
This reason why cleaning houses was one of the best businesses I ever had is kinda sad if you ask me. I learned first hand how most middle class people lived and how the majority of the rich lived. I can’t speak for other cities but there’s a large number of people in Atlanta who are seriously house poor. They live in big houses, drive late model luxury cars, dress like what “they” perceive to be millionaires (not anything wrong with that as long as you shop sale items), but when they have to replace two front tires you can bet your bottom dollar they are going to cancel their cleaning services for at least 2-4 weeks. The graph below explains exactly what I mean. I definitely learned to live below my means and spend my money on what brings value into my life.
Lesson Two – What People Value
Have you ever driven into a neighborhood and saw oil in a driveway, mildew on siding, poor curb appeal, non working cars and more? It’s such a turn off right? All of those things bring down the value of a neighborhood. During my time cleaning houses, going in and out of various communities everyday showed me what people value most. I found that people who valued their homes actually took better care of them. At the end of my cleaning career my company started cleaning apartments and foreclosures. That’s when I was exposed to the after affect of how people lived. I saw soiled carpets, broken appliances and more. I couldn’t believe people actually live so poorly, even in upper middle class and rich areas. Whew!
Lesson Three – Always Be Marketing
Like most people, you’ve heard the term always be marketing and always be closing. As a realtor I knew that I had to always be marketing because once I’ve helped someone achieve their dream of buying a home that was it. With cleaning houses I had a consistent flow of business as most people want long term services. In the beginning of my build I advertised like crazy until my clients started introducing me to their friends and family members. So after a while I didn’t advertise for years.
Well guess what? In 2009 my business started to tank when the banking industry crashed I wish I hadn’t stopped. If you have any kind of business you should ALWAYS be marketing, even if you can’t take on any more clients. You can always refer them to a friend or competitor. Knowing this has made all the difference in how I currently build my existing businesses.
Those are the three reasons why cleaning houses was one of the best businesses I ever had. If you are thinking about starting a house or office cleaning business and don’t know where to start, I recommend an affordable program by Sam. His program will teach you to how to make $54,000yr part-time in a cleaning business, click here to learn more.
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