General Cleaning Issues - Floorcare, car valeting, buying and selling businesses, pricing, staffing, market research, etc.
Posted by martin_606 (martin_606), 5 January 2004Hi Guys
when people ask you what you do for a living and after you tell them and you get that slight pause and an 'OH'...
Don't forget to also tell them that you are part of an industry that turns over £3.1 billion and growing!
Then leave them to stew on that.
Posted by Musicman (Musicman), 5 January 2004Or if you sell burgers and have a habit of saying 'Have a nice day' you can also tell them you're part of an industry worth £100 billion.
Tell them to chew on that!
Martin what are you trying to say? Are you ashamed of the industry you work in? Are people embarrased for you when you tell them what you do for a living? Do you really get that response from people?
If so you need to work on your personal marketing.
Tell them you're an entrepreneur, you run your own business, you escaped the rat race, you're no longer a wage slave, you're your own boss, you choose the hours you work etc.
I bet you that almost everyone using this forum is in this industry because they enjoy it (and make good money from it). How many people do you know that genuinely enjoy their jobs?
Do you think that if asked what he did for a living Richard Branson used to say that he sold a few records?
If people do react like that then they ain't worth talking to in the first place mate.
Posted by martin_606 (martin_606), 5 January 2004I am never ashamed of anything I do.
This post was about another post on the CC section where people were talking about responses they get from people.
Just wanted to offer an angle for people who do come across this kind of attitude, it was that simple.
Posted by mike_halliday (mike_halliday), 5 January 2004I don't like to brag or anything but do you see that .1 of a billion, thats my contribution
Posted by Ian_G. (Ian_Gourlay), 5 January 2004Mike, Ive now got to do some more Maths to see how rich you are I think the answer is Mega
Posted by DP (DP), 5 January 2004Iím †not sure what you say to people, (if they have already categorized your trade), will make any difference to their views. I think if you need to say something then get it wrong, can make it a lot worse, especially if the comments are transparent.
Sometimes a lot of explanation or over reaction can reveal something about the person being uncomfortable with themselves, and any defensive statements could simply compound the matter.
People will always judge other people, its human nature and you wont stop it. †
I would suggest that †"less is more" in these issues and †an all knowing smile can have a real effect and if you feel you have to say something, keep it short and believable. The personal betterment statements rarely convinces anybody unless they were already involved with you before you started.
Anything else and I would be wondering who am I trying to convince them or me.
Just my views.
Posted by Ian_G. (Ian_Gourlay), 7 January 2004How many other industries is it possible to go from being bankrupt, aquiring a claped out ford escort van, hand painting it , to having ten good condition vans and drive around in a merc in the space of 8 years/
Posted by wreelyclean_servic (Wreelyclean Services), 9 January 2004 ....So you`ve got the rest of my £3.1 billion have you.......give it back you swine....
Posted by PPThomas (PPThomas), 19 March 2004I
Posted by cleaningbloke (cleaningbloke), 21 March 2004I get exactly the same response from people when I tell them that I have a cleaning biz. Some people are just Snobby sods!
Posted by stevey331 (stevey331), 28 March 2004£3.1 billion!! all i can say to this remark am very proud to be part of this industy.and when people ask wot i do i tell them everyone needs some sort of cleaner so i say dont knock cleaning if you DONT know nothing about it !!
This page is a thread posted to the cleanitup forum at www.cleanitup.co.uk and archived here for reference. To jump to the archive index please follow this link.