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Buying business and ladders?

Posted by ThirskMan (ThirskMan), 9 January 2004
What can i do about buying business off people. Cos i want business now rather than build it up or is that a crap way of doing things?
How do i know what i should be paying if I do buy off someone?
I am  in North Yorkshire - what should I be charging around here anyway for new houses I do get? I'm crap with charging.
What ladders are better? Wood or very cold metal! Benefits and disadvantages? Cos my hands freeze in winter on the ladders.
Posted by fez (fez), 9 January 2004
I'm in North Yorkshire too. You would be best off getting some decent leaflets printed (see the Vista Print subject on this forum) and go knocking on doors in the areas that you want to work. Don't say that you are starting up a new business - tell 'em that you are expanding your business into their area. I promise you that you'll pick up a load of work in no time. Even without advertising, I usually get offered work off someone every other day when I'm cleaning.

As for pricing, I aim for around 20 an hour so a small semi that takes 20 minutes I price at 7- 7.50. All other prices work off this; so a larger semi with a conservatory would be 12-14. For a large detached I charge 25 if it takes an hour. Don't be afraid to charge a fair price and don't be talked down EVER!
I have been talked down in the past and those customers are usually the worst. Tell them your price and let them take it or leave it. If you price too cheaply just to get work, you will regret it very soon. Clean less windows for more money. Wink

As for ladders, I use aluminium at the moment. They are reasonably cheap, last well and are light to carry. I have no problems with the cold metal in winter as I wear neoprene gloves on the coldest days.
Wood ladders tend to feel sturdier though on windy days and your hands stay clean (unlike aluminium).

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