Timidly entering the commercial arena …

Many carpet cleaners are fighting off the “residential recession blues” by entering the contract commercial area. But writing the business proposal is a bit intimidating for many of our Site Members. Steve throws a life-line out to one hard working but frustrated carpet cleaner …

Should I “stoop to the level” of my cut-throat carpet cleaning competitors?

After moving to Georgia a carpet cleaner is finding it difficult to get the old cash flow started again. Instead of screaming “Get out there and sell!” Steve says to begin at home with the old-fashioned concept of “frugality” …

Can I charge a premium for after hours commercial cleaning work?

Steve,

Just a short question.  I’ve always felt like I should be able to charge a premium rate for night or weekend work. However, when I bring this idea up to other carpet cleaners they act like I’ve hit on their mother!  What did you do and if you did charge more, how much over your regular rates was it and did you get any resistance?

Perplexed in Toledo

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Scared by the “big bid”?

Large scale institutional work can provide a great “base” for your business. Or it can destroy it! Steve gives some great “look before you leap” counsel that any company can use …

Carpet Cleaning Pre-Inspections That Sell!

Getting your foot in the door can be tough. Making the sale can be even tougher. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a step by step guide on how to inspect your customer’s home and sell your services efficiently on a regular basis. We present the latest SFS Special Report: Carpet Cleaning Inspections That Sell!

Words you hate to hear: “Oh… is that all? I thought it would be MUCH more!”

“Consultant selling” means morphing yourself from being a desperate salesperson into a “concerned consultant”. So now you and your client become a team searching for a practical solution to a shared challenge.