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Carlos Gonzales
06-25-2009, 09:38 PM
Just curious about how many washers out there thought one time or another to give it up. Has there been a moment in your business where you just said..."the He%% with it...I am done"?

What kept you in the game?

OrlandoRoofCleaners.com
06-25-2009, 09:44 PM
I suppose there have been days when things were going wrong and I entertained the thought for a minute or two, but never seriously over those kinds of things.

I've given thought to doing other things and starting new ventures, but would most likely still operate this business as well.

Ron Musgraves
06-25-2009, 10:56 PM
Never!!!!!!!!
Looser quit
Winners never die!!!!!!!!

LOL all the way to the bank

RMedbery
06-25-2009, 11:03 PM
No, I make too much money.

Florin Nutu
06-25-2009, 11:06 PM
Nope, never. This has actually been my dream biz since I was 15.

Tony Shelton
06-25-2009, 11:13 PM
Never, not even for a second.

This is our fourth (or is it fifth?, I'm tired) business and we've never quit any of them. We have sold some of them to make room for something more profitable, but never quit.

If you see the signs of impending doom that is completely out of your control its time to sell. And don't lie to the buyer, tell them about the doom. They will buy it anyway. (At least they did with one of ours).

For example, it would be stupid to be trying to run a telegraph company now. You've got to change with the times and if that means selling and moving to something else, you have to do it.

Ron Musgraves
06-26-2009, 01:36 AM
For example, it would be stupid to be trying to run a telegraph company now. You've got to change with the times and if that means selling and moving to something else, you have to do it.
Maybe if we turn third world pager and telegraph might boom...LOL

Terry Miller
06-26-2009, 07:03 AM
I'd say in most company's the owners face challenges. Daily. The odds of having bad days every day decrease with education and training. All problems will not be settled because of the human factor. People are the difficulty when it comes to business. I call them the 100th customer. They will never be happy. Other factors which cause us to re think our business are products, employees and equipment. They all have a great part in determining whether we stay or go. Yes I have thought about buying a condo and selling hot dogs on the boardwalk. No I have never quit our business. Yes I have walked off a customers job. All in a days work. The reason we stay in bad times, is because we always have tomorrow! LOL Thank you.

Ken Fenner
06-26-2009, 07:30 AM
Every day it rains. But then we'll do $5000 on a sunny day and that brings a stupid grin to my face.

Jim Chesmore
06-26-2009, 07:31 AM
every day this week, but that is passing

Don M.
06-26-2009, 12:10 PM
I would say that eventually I want to get out in the next 5 years. I'm working on another business right now, and chances are that will take all my time. I'd like to keep this thing going, or maybe just do roof cleaning and house washing and thats it. No more decks. We will see...

Ron Musgraves
06-26-2009, 12:15 PM
I would say that eventually I want to get out in the next 5 years. I'm working on another business right now, and chances are that will take all my time. I'd like to keep this thing going, or maybe just do roof cleaning and house washing and thats it. No more decks. We will see...

I'm done in seven unless Fleetwash offers the right price next week.

James Foley
06-26-2009, 12:47 PM
Yes , many times over the last 10 years. I have had numerous surgeries and heath problems related to those surgeries. The weather has also played a significant roll over the last five years. It's been brutal in Ct . Last year was worse than this year and this years sucks! Wood care blows and I am getting killed at the moment . One house has sat for 3 weeks one third done. Skies opened up this morning on a deck that was finished last night late and not dry and the garage doors I just had finished this morning ! The next ten days don't look good?

Kory Finley
06-26-2009, 01:46 PM
In the begining sure. Since I started going to these RT's not any more!

Rick Petry
06-26-2009, 04:20 PM
Every day it rains. But then we'll do $5000 on a sunny day and that brings a stupid grin to my face.

"A change in the weather... is known to be extreme. But what's the sense of changing horses.. in mid stream?"

-- Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks

Music tends to help calm and add perspective. This too will pass.

Carlos Gonzales
06-26-2009, 04:30 PM
"A change in the weather... is known to be extreme. But what's the sense of changing horses.. in mid stream?"

-- Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks

Music tends to help calm and add perspective. This too will pass.

Hang in there Rick...as you said it will pass brother!!! :yes:

John Tornabene
06-27-2009, 01:38 PM
I quit..TODAY!!!!! Done-gone-finished!! Never again............Untill Monday....Now where really getting backed up with some houses and decks stripped weeks ago. Thanks God for a Condo Complex we did last week in the torrential rain..that was a homerun. From what I'm hearing here there is rain in the forcast for the next 14 days...which will put us around July 10th..OUCH!!

Douglas Hicks
06-28-2009, 10:45 PM
Yes, I have, usually at 3:00 AM or when I get up at 5:00 or 6:00 AM ot start all over again. I thought I had a partner lined up that I could teach the exhaust business and then sell the exhaust cleaning to him. I would keep the rest of the business for myself.

Then things started to pop up, he wanted to
1. Hire under the table and pay cash to the employees
2. Hide the money we made so as not to pay too much in taxes?
3. If this does not work out, I will take all the new accounts with me.
4. Wanted to split the money 50/50, but wanted me to own 70%. (REad 76% of the liability)
5. Did not understand why I wanted an attorney to write an agreement between us

The biggie, he thought he might be facing bankruptcy on a wrecker company he had about 5 years ago.

Carlos Gonzales
06-28-2009, 10:56 PM
...the nerve...huh Doug? Hope all is well....

I actually had a similar scenario with me but it involved the landscaping business...a cat up in Sacramento wanted too much % of the profits but did not want to contribute for insurance, bonds and etc.....funny thing is that he called me just before Fathers Day and asked whether or not I had any work for him...:biggrin:

Douglas Hicks
06-29-2009, 01:06 AM
...the nerve...huh Doug? Hope all is well....

I actually had a similar scenario with me but it involved the landscaping business...a cat up in Sacramento wanted too much % of the profits but did not want to contribute for insurance, bonds and etc.....funny thing is that he called me just before Fathers Day and asked whether or not I had any work for him...:biggrin:


Did you tell him the job involved a trip to a warm place?

A few months after that fiasco, I talked to another employee where "jim" was working when we were trying to set up the business deal. He was glad we did not work things out and told me that "jim" had asked for his old job back. "jim" was told the position was filled.

One of the guys on the GP had a similar partnership experience. That did not work out either.

"jim" and I were talking to my attorney, I asked the attorney if he ever saw a 50/50 partnership work. My attorny said "Yes, once he saw a 50/50 work very well. Two brothers started a lawm mowing service while in high school. They developed a good business that evolved into full landscape service." There were no other 50/50 partnerships he ever saw that worked.

Carlos Gonzales
06-29-2009, 01:21 AM
gotcha! :biggrin:

Jim@GarageCleaning
06-29-2009, 04:01 AM
Ya I do think of retiring. But then I think, I am already semi retired. I am currently physically working 61 or so days a year. My neighbors think I am a drug dealer or have a wealthy trust that I am living off from.

My wife dose not work and wants me to cut back as well as to be with our kids and do activities as a family.






Thats my 2 cents




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Doug Dahlke
06-29-2009, 07:11 AM
I have found that having a business is like golf. Just when you're ready to chunk your clubs in the lake you hit a great shot and decide to keep going.

I started in Feb of 06. By June of 07 we were in a drought of historic proportions, 08 the drought kept up and the economy started to tank, 09 drought is over but many counties still have water restrictions, lost my commercial contracts and the economy is completely in the toilet. I am also 51 years old, not the greatest age to be looking for work, even if I could find any with unemployment where it is.

Residential work is actually up this year but the loss of commercial is hurting. I have thought about quitting many times but just keep moving forward. Still hoping to pull a rabbit out of my a** and make this thing work.

Dave Olson
06-29-2009, 09:13 PM
Yes, a few times over the years!

One of these times I'm going to do it! :rolleyes:

Carlos Gonzales
06-29-2009, 09:27 PM
Yes, a few times over the years!

One of these times I'm going to do it! :rolleyes:

That made my day Dave...LOL. I feel the same sometimes!!

Ron Musgraves
07-09-2013, 01:27 PM
I still never quit !!

Doug Rucker
07-09-2013, 06:31 PM
What is this word you speak of "Quit"

Craig Harrison
07-09-2013, 08:26 PM
I've never thought of quitting the business of powerwashing, but I have let some services go. They are usually replaced by shorter time/higher rewards type of services. There are some stains that I have given up on in the past, like about 1000 times but something always pushes me to go back until I figure it out.

That's what I love about the biz is there are so many different ways and techniques to clean something. It's our jobs to figure out the right combination to make our jobs faster and more profitable.

Chris Apple
07-10-2013, 12:15 AM
Just curious about how many washers out there thought one time or another to give it up. Has there been a moment in your business where you just said..."the He%% with it...I am done"?

What kept you in the game?

It was tough in the beginning. Not enough work, hard work with little to show for it.

But quit? Never! The easiest way through something is straight at it. Failure isn't an option.

Steven Mendez
07-10-2013, 08:04 AM
No not yet lol. I have actually been doing pretty good here in Maine. I think that maine is a little slower than the rest of the country when it comes to cleaning up their property. I am trying hard to spread the word and it can get frustrating at times. but I believe I will overcome the battle and start to flourish. AUDENTAS FORTUNA JUVAT.

Guy Blackmon
07-10-2013, 09:35 PM
I had a plan coming into this. 5 years, sink or swim 5 years. I worked a "regular job" while building our business so I had a safety net. Pretty hard working 80 plus hrs at the time, but you get out of it what you put into it.

Simple answer.....No, never thought about quitting....Ever.

Chris Dubbs
07-11-2013, 11:06 AM
I quit every day when the work is done. And every day I get up and do it all over again.
Quitting is a way of life, but not my life!


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Ron Musgraves
07-12-2013, 01:28 AM
I've never thought of quitting the business of powerwashing, but I have let some services go. They are usually replaced by shorter time/higher rewards type of services. There are some stains that I have given up on in the past, like about 1000 times but something always pushes me to go back until I figure it out.

That's what I love about the biz is there are so many different ways and techniques to clean something. It's our jobs to figure out the right combination to make our jobs faster and more profitable.

Craig you have no idea how that last paragraph is everything !!


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Tristan Colborg
07-14-2013, 02:10 AM
No not yet lol. I have actually been doing pretty good here in Maine. I think that maine is a little slower than the rest of the country when it comes to cleaning up their property. I am trying hard to spread the word and it can get frustrating at times. but I believe I will overcome the battle and start to flourish. AUDENTAS FORTUNA JUVAT.

Steve that is a nice logo, where did you get the idea from??? :smile:

Rance Tilley
07-14-2013, 05:57 PM
No. Never. I'm in it to win it! Like Chris Apple said " Failure is not an option". I have invested to much to quit now, besides I love this work. To me it's very satisfying and rewarding. Also there are some really good hearted people that are true to the industry and only want everyone who is serious about their business to succeed. It is good to have friends here who are willing to help a brother out when he ask for help. There is definitely a family type atmosphere here that makes things even better, for me anyway. Thanks to everybody who has taken the time to help me out when I needed it and thanks to all of you who have steered this ship in the direction it's going and making it what it is!

Steven Mendez
07-20-2013, 12:52 PM
Steve that is a nice logo, where did you get the idea from??? :smile: I must admit that i got the idea from yours. I do feel kinda sleazy about it. the balls in your court, if you want me to scrap it i will.

Scott Stone
07-25-2013, 04:40 PM
Absolutely, I even applied for a couple of jobs. FOrtunately for me, I wasn't hired. I know why, but I am good with it.

Chris Apple
07-26-2013, 09:53 AM
Absolutely, I even applied for a couple of jobs. FOrtunately for me, I wasn't hired. I know why, but I am good with it.

Wow, talk about a close call!

Scott Stone
07-28-2013, 11:33 AM
It was a frustrating time in my life. Thankfully the hiring managers had a big enough ego to be afraid of what I had done. Last I heard, they were both unemployed within a year of to hiring me, due to incompetence. One of them was specifically told to hire me, and thought he had more influence then the president of the company. He could call that an unfortunate miscalculation.
Like I said, it worked out well for me.