Putting Together Your Cleaning Business Portfolio

If you are already trying to put together your cleaning business portfolio, then this already means that you are really close to start operating your house cleaning business.

What you put in your portfolio will be your client’s way of assessing your skills and expertise as a cleaner. So you will include photographs, some brochures, flyers, leaflets, some letters of recommendation, and some testimonials from your previous clients, and if applicable, some newspaper clippings that features you as a cleaner or your newly formed company. But then, the next question is, if you are a new cleaner and your cleaning business startup is not even complete yet, how do you get hold of these?

Gathering materials for your portfolio can be a dilemma if you don’t know what to do. Here are some tips on how to get hold of these stuffs even if you are just starting out as a cleaner.

Photographs

What you need are photographs of your work. So it doesn’t mean that it has to be a client’s home. What is important is that it is an evidence of your work. So you can actually clean your own home and take a few snapshots of it. You can also ask your close friends and family members if you can clean their homes, in exchange for permission to take photos of the areas or rooms that you serviced, and including them in your portfolio. The good news about this strategy is that friends and family members are people who are very much willing to help you out as you start your new business. If there’s something that they can do for your cleaning business, startup stuff and all, they are most definitely glad to do it.

In fact, you can even point out to your clients who are viewing your portfolio that a particular photograph is that of your own home, wherein you believe that certain products are best in cleaning certain stuffs. This is actually cleaning business marketing too. If you believe in your own products and service, if it is good enough for your own home, then people will have more faith in your services as well.

Testimonials

Another cleaning business marketing strategy is to have testimonials or recommendation letters from clients or those whom you have rendered cleaning services to. Just like photos, you can clean your friends’ and family’s homes in exchange for an honest testimonial. These are client feedback – on paper. Later on you can add new ones from paying clients.

Well, the house cleaning business is a business with growing trends too. So keep your portfolio updated with certificates from workshops and seminars on it too.

The Importance Of Patience In A Business

Patience is a virtue that has long been preached in many circles. It is important in many aspects of life. This is especially true when it comes to success in a small business. Owning a small business is not for the impatient person. Success in a small business requires a commitment to be in it for the long run. This article will discuss two key reasons why patience is important in a small business and why it would do a business owner good to learn to wait things out.

#1: Small Business Results Are Often Seen Over The Long Term

It’s always important to be realistic in your expectations as far as results are concerned. Remember that your business will always have competitors and often times these competitors have an edge over you in terms of experience and maybe a superior product. This does not mean that you cannot see results, but it does mean you will to work harder to achieve results.

However, your patience will always pay off in the long term. It’s always important to step back and think about where you started and how you have made progress since then. For example, if you run an online business, your website may not get a lot of views or backlinks when you first launch it. You need to network and write articles in order for your website to see views. As you network and write articles each month, you will start to notice that your website is getting more views each month and that more people who are viewing your articles are actually clicking to see your website. But what you must understand is that this is a process that takes months or even years, not days or weeks.

#2: Patience Is Important In Other Aspects Of Business

Patience is important not only in achieving results, but also in dealing with other matters in business such as adverse situations. Often times, the best way to handle an adverse situation is to step back and evaluate your various options and decide which is the best course of action as opposed to panicking. For example, if a customer complains, instead of getting upset or making a snap decision, it’s best to have a detailed discussion with the customer about the problem and assess what solutions are available to the customer as well as how to properly compensate the customer for their troubles.

Can You Make Over $100,000 a Year in the Auto Repossession Business?

A common question in the repo industry is, “How much money do repo men make?”

If someone told you that you could make over $100,000 a year in a bad economy without a college degree, you’d think they were crazy.  But some auto repo business owners are not only doing well – they’re making six-figures a year.  When the economy does bad, they do better!

How Much Do Repo Men Make?

If you start your own auto repossession business, you can expect to earn $250 (or more) per repo’ed car.  If you repossess two cars a night, five days a week, that’s $130,000 a year.  It certainly requires hard work and determination, but it’s possible.

Repossession agents make the most money when lenders hire them to track down hard-to-find debtors – which is called “skip-tracing.”  If a debtor voluntarily gives up their car (or if they’re easy to track-down,) an agent may only make $100 for the recovery.

Repo men who work for someone else typically earn 40% of the repo fee – or $70 to $100 per recovered vehicle (on average.)

What Are The Pros and Cons of Owning Your Own Repo Business?

While it’s true repo business owners make the most money, they have to pay for gas and overhead expenses before they get paid.  And, as the motto in the repo industry goes, “no recovery, no pay.” 

Fortunately, you don’t need to invest in expensive equipment to start a repo business.  In fact, you usually don’t need a tow-truck!

That’s because many lenders keep key codes on file for every vehicle they own.  Sometimes they even keep a spare set of keys!  All you have to do is get a key made, find the car and drive it away.

You can invest in a minimal amount of equipment to get started, and reinvest your profits as your business grows.

What Are The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Repo Man for Someone Else?

Although there are advantages to owning your own business, many repo agents find it easier to get started working with an established repossession company.  That’s because in some states, there are many hoops to jump through to become a licensed repossession business, including:

  1. Getting bonded and insured
  2. Competing a required amount of training (not all states require this)
  3. Familiarizing yourself with repossession, investigation and collection laws
  4. Investing in adequate equipment, computers and software for your business

In fact, many repo businesses owners got their start working for someone else!

While the repo business isn’t for everyone, if you have a tough skin, a hard work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit, it can be lucrative whether you work for someone else or yourself.  The key is getting adequate training before you head out into the field, so you can avoid common (and costly) mistakes!