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Consider A Pool Cleaning Service For A Business

Consider A Pool Cleaning Service For A Business

Pool Cleaning Service Can Be A Great Business Opportunity

Are you looking for ideas in order to start a home based business, have you ever considered opening a pool cleaning service? Living in Florida owning a swimming pool is a necessity. My wife talked me into putting in a 12 thousand gallon above ground swimming pool in order to have pool parties and for the grandchildren to have something to do when they come and visit. We had the pool installed about a month ago and it has been great, now comes the chore of making sure all the chemical levels are perfect in order to have a pristine blue swimming pool. What a nightmare I have gotten myself into.

I thought no problem, I can just hire a pool service to keep the pool chemical levels in check and they will clean the pool once a week while I am at work. No problem I thought, how wrong I was. All the pool service companies in my area are slammed with customers or they don’t service above ground pools, great! Now what do I do?

Having a swimming pool is great, they are relaxing, enjoyable and they can be hours of fun for the family. But a dirty swimming pool can be costly and a breeding ground for mosquitos. Many people like myself don’t have the time or understand the chemistry in order to keep a pool clean and the ph of the water in balance. This is where a pool-cleaning service comes in for being a great business opportunity for those that love to work outside and making people happy.

Marketing For Work.

If you’re the type of person that loves the great outdoors and can work unsupervised and be a self-motivator then this may be a business for you to consider. The clients that you will most likely encounter will be homeowners like myself and owners of apartments, condos, hotels and motels. You will want to find a good pool supply business and a reputable pool builder for the area that you are wanting to service to feed you leads and referrals. Make sure that you have a good supply of professional looking business cards on hand to leave with the pool chemical supply store and the pool installers, this way they can hand your cards out to their clients. Check back often with the store owners and to build a good reputation with them so they continue handing out your name and number.

Here in Florida most everyone has a pool and a pool service. Talk with you competitors, if they are routes are full and they are not looking to add new customers to their business they may help you by giving you referrals of people that call them looking for a service. Another way to advertise your service is by checking the tax assessor office and see who has pulled a permit for a new pool. Drop off to the homeowner of the new pool a brochure of your pool service and offer them a free pool water analysis.

To Get Started

In order to get started you will need to check with the state that you are going to operate in and see if you need to be certified in order to clean pools for the public. If so then check to see what is required to get certified. As for equipment you will need test kits for checking the water condition, poles, hoses, skimmers, pool cleaning screen for taking leaves out of the pool and either a dependable car with a trailer or a dependable pickup truck. Make sure that what-ever vehicle you use for this business that you have it wrapped with your pool cleaning service advertising, your vehicle is a moving billboard.

 

Posted by Tom in Business
Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Starting Your Own Business

Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Starting Your Own Business

Fear will get you know where in business

Being an entrepreneur is a dream for many people, many people put off being an entrepreneur because they do not have the capital to get the business off the ground. Many people have the dream and they have the vision and great ideas but they feel they lack the capital to see their dreams become success.

There are several steps for getting your dream and vision off the ground. If you feel that you have a great idea and you have put a lot of thought into executing your plan don’t let having very little capital stop you from seeing your dream come true. Yes there is going to be stress, yes there will be nights with no sleep, yes you are going to work hard and yes you will have to step out of your comfort zone. But you that want to be an entrepreneur bad enough will make it happen.

Here are some steps that will guide you to get your vision off the ground with little capital.

  • Make your knowledge work for you. Take what you know and have skills in to build your business. Do not spend money on outside sources and consultants to build a business you know nothing about. Take the years of knowledge you have already invested in and build your business, you will find it easier and sometimes knowledge may be all you need to get your vision started. You will spend less money and time relying on others to guide you if you just take what ever you know and put it to work..
  • Let the world know what you are doing. Tell everyone you know what you are doing, this includes your family, friends, people at the grocery store, bowling leagues, business contacts, people at the gas pump and etc. This is called grassroots marketing, or marketing 101, don’t be shy and don’t feel embarrassed to tell everyone about you and your business.
  • Spend your money conservatively. No doubt your going to have expenses, try to keep them minimal if you can. Make wise decisions on your purchases and avoid overspending when you can. Remember you are starting a business with very limited capital, be frugal until the business brings in good revenue, this can make you or break you,
  • Don’t use credit unless you have too. When establishing a business you should not use credit cards for business purchases like computers, meals, furniture, and office supplies that you do not need. These expenses can add up quick and lead the business to the firing squad. Slowly purchase new items when you have positive revenue growth. Don’t add to your stress, if you don’t have the cash yet, then don’t purchase it with plastic.
  • You built it. When first starting a business you will be the one doing everything. You will be answering the phones, marketing, building your reputation, and all of this takes time. Some days you will find yourself working around the clock, just remember you are not doing it for nothing or someone else, you are doing all this hard work in order for you to be successful. This is called sweat equity, your business will be a great success because of your hard work and sweat equity.
  • Make the internet work for you. There are several ways to market yourself, just remember you are starting this business on a shoestring income. Social media today is a great tool to gain exposure to your business and to gain customers. Another source of free advertising is through writing on forums and writing articles in the local paper.When ever you can use local media sources this can be very responsive because the public will look to you as a leading local authority. Use what ever free marketing you can until you have the revenue to advertise more elaborately.
  • Work hard. When venturing out on your own especially with little or no capital you will be working hard. You will need to dedicate everything you have and know into making your business a success. Again you will have to be the one answering the phones, playing office manager, service manager, handling customer complaints  or questions, handling the finances and banking and of course you will have to be the marketing guru. In order to be successful you will have to wear many hats for awhile until your business grows.

 

Don’t be afraid, don’t let limited funds keep you from seeing your dreams come true. Life is full of stress and life is difficult, take that energy you are using now to be successful for yourself.

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Posted by Tom in Business