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Cleaning up for a living: Everything you need to know to become a successful building service contractor

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | Cleaning up for a living: Everything you need to know to become a successful building service contractor.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Don Aslett(Author)

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Aslett shares the know-how he accumulated while building a $12 million cleaning business.

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  • PDF | 204 pages
  • Don Aslett(Author)
  • Betterway Publications; Ex-library edition (1988)
  • English
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  • By D.K. on December 30, 2012

    I'm researching how to start my own residential cleaning company and in doing so I wanted to read as many books as humanly possibly on the subject before I develop my business and marketing plans. Let me begin by saying that this book is geared toward commercial janitorial work and NOT residential though he does briefly touch on it."Cleaning up for a Living" offers a great foundation to start your knowledge base, but make no mistake about it, the publication is so old that some of his tips and advice are outdated; however, the fundamentals to be successful are still the same. I'd advise anyone in a similar situation to look for reading material that is more catered to the type of cleaning business you want to start and not as outdated. This book was originally published in 1991 according to amazon but the copyright in the book says 1987, my point is even if it was released in 1991 you are talking 21-22 years since it's release. Some of the laws and advice he gives would be illegal by today's standards. For instance, if an employee is accused of stealing he recommends a polygraph exam which we all know MOST employers are not legally allowed to administer or force their employees to take as a stipulation of keeping their job.Other things I noticed that show the book's age is the blunt and profoundly wrong statement that, "women as employees are more reliable,more loyal, and overall better employees." If that isn't a sexist and ridiculous fallacy by today's standards then I don't know what is.Aslett also puts way too much faith in the friendliness of your competitors as he recommends throughout the book that you contact other cleaning companies in the area and ask them what programs they use, products, and other trade questions. Not sure if times were ever as friendly as he makes them out to be but I'd be hard pressed to believe that Molly Maid would be willing to tell a new startup in the area what it pays its Maids or what calculations it uses to estimate commercial jobs but maybe that's just me.All and all it's still a good book with the exception of the outdated information. I think if you write a solid business and marketing plan, conduct some market research, and use common sense you can make your cleaning business a success. The master copies of various forms he gives in the book are great; HOWEVER, I would have them thoroughly checked out by your lawyer to ensure the legality of them considering their original date, especially the non-disclosure forms he provides.I'd like to see Aslett publish an updated version of this book with the same basic principles but include what more he's learned in the last 20 years since it's initial release.

  • By A customer on May 5, 1998

    Don Aslett covers many of the major points that anyone who wants to start a business should consider. He has obviously gained a thorough knowledge of the subject through many years of practical experience in the business. As a cleaning contractor who started in the same way as Don I disagree with some of his views regarding hiring and motivating staff although this may because of the different countries where we work (Reviewer resides in the UK). He advises buying products from local suppliers in order to recieve a good reliable service. This is always more expensive for the contractor and does not guarantee good service.His points regarding overspending on items such as vehicles etc is well founded and his advice is generally sound. It is an interesting read although to gain more knowledge on the subject an aspiring cleaner/entreprenuer will need to know much more about the subject before considering embarking on a cleaning career and setting themselves loose on an unwary public. He has covered the subject in other books he has written and this may be found there. All things considered his book is readable and quite informative and generally quite good value for your dollar.

  • By A customer on April 27, 1997

    While the book does give a lot of valuable info to one starting out in the service business, it is not explained in enough detail. It leavea me with a lot of questions that I still can't find answers for. It should be followed by a book that will provide the answers to the serious minded service person.J. J. RobinsonVirgin

  • By Guest on April 19, 2014

    Don Aslet is a professional with many years of experience.In "Cleaning Up for a Living" he talks about essential things neglected by almost every other similar books.Cleaning business is not just about dusting,emptying trash cans or vacuuming carpets.It is a challenge to work in an environment where you won`t have a high social status,where you will be rarely praised for your good job but immediately criticized for your mistakes,where your employees turnover hits an 300% average a year and where the best of them might become very easy your competitors.Are you ready to work long hours in the evenings and nights,sometimes weekends too?Cleaning is a business very easy to start and grow.These advantages can easily become traps when you don`t pay attention to details and when you are not prepared to manage an exponential growth (you can double your business volume overnight).The rewards are high and you will not have to wait for a rise from your employer to double or triple your annual income but there is a price you will have to pay for that.In this book you will not find technical advice but an excellent and accurate description of what is a cleaning business,what are it`s challenges and what you should do to be successful.

  • By gerard golden on July 11, 2013

    This book gives the best information than any other I have read. It's the only one you would need, period!

  • By Cathy L. Brewer-goucher on September 10, 2011

    this was for a good freind who is in the cleaning business nd he tells me that this is the best book for his buiness

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