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  • Commercial Window Cleaning

    Posted on January 1st, 2012 mike1174 No comments

    Commercial window cleaning can be just as lucrative as residential although harder to get your foot in the door. Unlike residential window cleaning the commercial side can be very difficult to land a contract or to even make your existence known. Why it is true that you can go door to door offering your services, most companies have a no soliciting policy, usually in the form of a front secretary who takes your information packet or card and puts it in the trash as soon as you walk out.

    Since staring my San Diego Window Cleaning company I have learned that if you are determined that commercial is the way to go, the best way to get a commercial job is to market your business so that companies find you instead of you finding them. They will call you up and about ten other competitors to come out and place a bid. If you win you can land a sweet continual contract that guarantees so many cleanings per year. You can also get paid some good money although not as much as the equivalent in residential. When you do get paid it typically can be anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months. You will have to invoice the company and wait for your check. Also most commercial properties are not going to pass along your information to other businesses so don’t count on getting referrals from them.

    My San Diego Window Cleaning company does not clean a lot of commercial buildings because the range in size which goes from low rise to high-rise. If you are doing a building with several floors you might pull in several thousand dollars for the cleaning. However projects at this magnitude will require a crew of guys and a lot more equipment. For the sole proprietor I think the limits are going to be three stories with a water fed pole. Although you can make a lot of money with commercial you might find that you could have made more money in residential in the same mount of time.

    The upside to commercial window washing is that you can fill up your schedule faster with lots of commercial repeat cleanings. They like to do things like clock work, every so many months, continual regular maintenance. The down side is they are looking for the cheapest deal. This can mean a significant cut in profits as you compete to be the lowest bidder. Yet at the same time most businesses are not nearly worried about any imperfections in your cleaning abilities which might allow you to clean faster.

    If you are looking for more great articles on window washing just check us out at San Diego Window Cleaning or Carlsbad Window Cleaning.

  • Affiliate Marketing Structure Versus Sole Trader

    Posted on May 6th, 2011 mike1174 No comments

    Today, many of us want to back in our jobs and go to work for ourselves. However, the difference between those who want it and those that actually do it is staggering. Those that do make the attempt have two options open to them. Create their own sole proprietorship or create and affiliate marketing business. Both can be quite productive if they are successful.

    Business requires a great deal of work despite the avenue you take. The more you’re put in the more you are likely to get back. However, the sole proprietorship requires much more time and commitment and a much greater degree of risk. Creating your own business is extremely difficult. Unless you have a unique idea that is marketable you are going to have compitition with other businesses. You have to create stragedies to attract customers away from the already well known businesses in your area and over to yours. If you succeed the rewards can be immense but if you fail you could loose everything.

    Affiliate marketing businesses provide several advantages in this area. First, you are marketing products that are already in existence. Fairly known brands are not so hard to sell especially if the have a good reputation. Good and trusted products will attract customers much faster than something new and unknown. Affiliate marketing takes care of all of this for you.

    Being a sole proprietor is incredibly risky. If your business fails like the vast majorities do your source of income has ended. Depending on how much debt your business had and how your financed the venture, you could loose much more than income.

    Affiliate marketing takes the risk away. You paid according to how well you perform. You do not need to worry how the business is performing overall. You get your commission based on what you sell. Affiliate marketing businesses are usually well established so you don’t have to worry about them folding up at a moments notice.

    Advertising is a huge part of any business. If you’re a sole proprietor, advertising depends on you. You have to have enough in your budget to hire someone or devise a campaign yourself. The first costs money and the latter requires a great deal of time.

    With affiliate marketing, the advertising is taken care of for you. You’re usually given all you need in the form of leaflets, catalogs and other product information. You also likely given good advice on how best to sell the products. Affiliate marketing programs should try to help you as much as possible. They better you do the better they do.

    Finally, many times you need support and advice when you run a business. If you’re a sole proprietor, you’ll have to hire out professionals for this. This runs into extra costs for your business. With affiliate marketing, there should be a representative on hand that you can contact for support and advice. This service is usually free to all members.

    Business is tough no matter how you slice it. Either route you take will require hard work and dedication. However, if you want to work for yourself, why not join a program where most of the work is done for you. With affiliate marketing, the risk is taken away. This allows you time to concentrate on what needs to be done. Making profits and creating your business.

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