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    I thoroughly agree with the others. Here are my additions.

    A one man show will be around as long as that one man is healthy, content and able to work. There will be no legacy to hand down. Nothing of value to sell. That one man owns a job, not a business. I'm not knocking it, many are content with working hard and making enough to pay the bills and take a vacation every year. The business model of a one-man show is very fragile. You may go your whole life without someone running a red light and T-boning you at 40 mph. Then again, you may not. I understand that no one can start off with ten employees but you have been in business long enough that you should not be out cleaning at all. You should be out selling, marketing and building relationships with large accounts. Marko, I suggest you get a book called E-Myth. They also have it on audio tape. It will be the single biggest life changing book you will ever read or listen to.

    Whenever I explore growing larger I look at the diminishing return on adding crews. Josh said it perfectly. Just because you double your workforce, you do not double your profit. Its always a better idea to raise prices. It sounds like you are priced too low, Marko. Most of the one man shows price too low. Why is that? Because they do not think ahead abbout the time they will need employees and to create job positions like sales, operations managers and foremen. Those are the things that a BUSINESS may require.

    You are a young guy. You are also smart enough to understand that you are going to wear out. If you are looking to hire someone it is because the work load is getting too great. Start by raising those prices. Yes, some restaurants may drop out but so what? You will actually make more money working less. As your book builds back up, you will then have the proper profit margins to begin hiring employees and your wife won't notice a thing becuase you will be making the same money you are making now.
    Ken Fenner
    PressurePros, Inc
    House Washing
    Pressure Washing Companies




  • #12

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    Ken, you sound like a smart dude.
    That one man owns a job, not a business.
    Couldnt have said it better myself.

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    Thank you all fo rthe advice and i will think on it all.I will check that book out as well.After talking to several being an employer isnt MY best road to take at the time.Now i have 4 sons that will be men soon and i feel i will hand them the business and maybe it will grow.Now as of work i got plennty of work but can always handle more heck i got most of my days free you know.Price wise i am not cheap but fair is the best way to put it.My prices are the same as others but sometimes it can be cheaper then sometimes it can be higher it all depends.Some areas i go i have to charge more because it takes an hour or two to drive but the local will out bid me everytime.Then i have some that is less then a mile away and the price cant be beat.So i am what i call fair not cheap or expencsive just fair is all i tell people.Anyways thank you all for the help and i think i figured out a way got a good suggestion and i think i will use this persons advice.Learned at the hospital almost had my number 6 lol but we were sent home but hopefully moma will have soon so ii dont have to be so worried about her .Thank you ALL.
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    Thanks Roger. I've been blessed enough to have some great business mentors throughout my life.
    Ken Fenner
    PressurePros, Inc
    House Washing
    Pressure Washing Companies




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    Quote Originally Posted by PressurePros View Post

    You are a young guy. You are also smart enough to understand that you are going to wear out. If you are looking to hire someone it is because the work load is getting too great. Start by raising those prices. Yes, some restaurants may drop out but so what? You will actually make more money working less. As your book builds back up, you will then have the proper profit margins to begin hiring employees and your wife won't notice a thing becuase you will be making the same money you are making now.
    This is something that Ken told me earlier this year, since then Ken and I have became great friends and I look up to him as one of my mentors . . . The sooner you grasp this "concept" the better you will be. . . I am far from perfect and am far from figuring this thing they call business out but with time i know i will grow my business into a successful one and it will all be from building off of the paragraph ken just typed . . . Good luck marko
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    DJ, this is the cycle of success. In the very near future you will be able to hand down what you have learned through the teachings of others. What rocks is that you will also be able to add the wisdom of your own trials and tribulations to your teachings. This is the motivation and the reason I am so involved in getting the UAMCC up and running. Thanks DJ. you are a good pupil.
    Ken Fenner
    PressurePros, Inc
    House Washing
    Pressure Washing Companies




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    Quote Originally Posted by PressurePros View Post
    I suggest you get a book called E-Myth. They also have it on audio tape.
    Thad Eckhoff
    Apex Services
    (601) 329-5819


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    I agree with Dave on the Delco articles. The one that has inspired me to grow the most is this one http://www.dcs1.com/articles/gold.html

    I got a chance to spend a few days with the man mentioned in that article last month, and it was nothing short of life changing. The adjustments we have made to our company since that meeting have made all of the difference in the world, in a word the difference was: PROFIT.

    You can work as hard as you want on anything, but if you are just working hard scraping grease, that is all you will ever be, a great greaser. Focus on becoming a great business man, turn the work over to trusted men, and get on with the business of MAKING MONEY!!!

    The smartest man I have ever known once gave me this little tidbit. He asked me what business he was in, I said the grease business. He said wrong, I am in the money making business.

    Get yourself out of the grease business and in to the money making business and you will be happier than you could ever imagine.

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    Excellent, Matt. How can you not love the tale of the Mirza Empire? There are a million greasers, pressure washers and one man bands out there that know how to clean. Their businesses stands on one leg though when it comes to sales, marketing, management and acquisitions. I've said it before and I will say it again. Whenever you listen to or read something from someone successful, you always hear the same basic story.
    Ken Fenner
    PressurePros, Inc
    House Washing
    Pressure Washing Companies




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    I read this a few years ago, this part is just too hard to believe.
    Christie recalls that it took her and Daryl three hours to clean their first hood, which would only take them about 25 minutes today
    25 minutes? I would love to see that.

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