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How did u get to b a kitchen exhaust cleaner?

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Just curious as to how everyone came to do what they do? I was just looking for a job. But found a career. My boss is a great guy and takes very good care of me. I love the whole pressure washing industry. I kno Kec isn't for everyone but I love it. My favorite is going into a neglected place and make it shine. New topics been kind of slow and I been wondering how everyone got in the biz.

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I bought ours with equipment and customers in 2008 for $60,000, it was originally called Restaurant Exhaust Systems Cleaning.

A friend of mine was working with the guy who started it in the 80's and he offered it up for sale.

The original owner was pushing 80 years old and he was just getting to weak, blind and deaf to keep up with it anymore, I guess that many years of chemical exposure can really take it's toll!

Now, 5.5 years later, we still have 90% of the original customers and have a gross sales of more than $200,000/year.

I only have one full time employee and we only have one unit running.

The business continues to grow and I am looking to start a second part-time unit in the next couple of months.

Came up with the name Boyz In Da Hood when a group of us were all sitting around having a good time drinking.

 

I'm also in the repossession of real estate business, working for the banks and other lender processing companies.

Yes, I'm that bad guy that comes knocking on your door to take your house away!

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That's good. Quality speaks for itself. My boss did same thing. Bought a bunch of contracts except we lost almost all of them still have a few but not many. The company he bought was doin jobs for practically nothing. Where ru from boyzinthehood?

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Northern to southern, central to western Nebraska. We don't have any in Lincoln or Omaha yet and we have one location in Colorado.

Ainsworth, NE to Superior, NE, Beatrice, NE to Sterling, CO.

 

Some of our originals have since closed their business, that's 99.9% of the reason we lost those.

We've had to raise a price on a few but they were ok with it, with the rising cost of fuel they kind of expected it.

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WOW 200k cleaning hoods with one unit and one full time employee. Thats impressive to me. We have been cleaning hoods since Jan, 2012 with two part time guys and one unit running. We have about 50 accounts we service and generate no where near 200k. We started out cleaning carpet back in 2001. Only after losing a few customers to hood cleaners who do carpet also, we started researching and studied the business. I would see a hood cleaning company in the kitchen on the same night we were there to clean the floors collect a bigger check from the same customer. In 2012 we cleaned our first hood.

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Naturally if you can adopt more service lines that are in the same "industry" as hood cleaning it directly relates to a lower attrition level as long as your services matches your sales model.  We have had good success with this and have an attrition rate of 97.4% with over 300 clients.  Develop a larger billable amount/client and it equates to less drive time pay, more efficient production and less lost clients to your "standard" hood cleaner.   Just be conscious that you don't want to dilute your model to a point where you are not proficient in managing your lines of business and its hard to control if you dont have an efficient infrastructure set up. Just my two cents.

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