Having served in Iraq last year ive started my own company

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by ChrisV, Apr 9, 2007.

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  1. I was silly enough to have volunteered for Iraq last year and now having come back ive started my own company. What i'm looking for is some good ideas on how to get some more clients for my company. My company website is

    Manchester Domestic Cleaners

    So far ive got clients by leafleting, advertising in shop windows and sending information packs to old people's community centres (old people need cleaners). I'm considering advertising on Yell.com but there's a lot of competition on there so im not too sure if it's worth it.

  2. msr

    msr LE

    How is your company different to all the others?

  3. Knowing one of the big cleaners in Manchester,you arent going to get far.
  4. I have one suggestion - tidy up your sites spelling mistakes, and then you won't come across as somebody who is trying to impress their probation officer...
  5. Seeing your catchment area,id head south,who in Gorton wants their house cleaning at £10 a hour???? Ummm or Eastlands or here in sunny openshaw.
  6. not much of an idea just a comment to say well done m8 for starting you own company , but will it not take a lot of your time up orwill you still manage to do the ta aswel
  7. Your site seems very basic - it needs completely rewording, as the style and use of language does not come across as very professional. You also mention some stuff that you don't really have to mention - it's ok to say the cleaners are insured, but you don't need to say "in case anything goes wrong". That thought shouldn't even be allowed to enter a potential clients head.

    Also, I don't know if you really need to have staff photos on there - as it shows you are only a small firm. If you don't put photos up, then that will leave people guessing as to how big you are. Same goes for letting people know when you set up. If the website is done properly, you can create the illusion that you are a pretty big firm.

    Also, have you considered putting up a page of testimonials to say how reliable you are?
  8. But the real question is why you started your own company after coming back?
  9. Is this what you did on Ops in the Sandpit, or is that just an extremely tenuos link to try and drum up some support on this site?

    Still, you could always inport LECs from Basrah, pay them peanuts and sit there with your feet up counting the profits.....
  10. Agree with the above comments, website needs polishing, pardon the pun! the text could be more concise and as said before, lose the staff pics, keep it vague. also, don't mention on the booking page that there may not be someone to take the call, let them find out for themselves with an answerphone, or get the calls redirected to your mobile.
    other than that, good luck!
  11. just a thought, have you tried builders? all the new developments in the country bring in contract cleaners to go over new houses just before handing over to the new owners, give them a try
  12. Good on you fella for going it on your own and actually attempting to earn money without earning those above you 5, 6 or 7 times the amount you earn working for them, as is the case for many contracts in Iraq.

    Have you actually thought about approaching the Military, use the fact that you have served etc. maybe Officers would like their Quarters cleaned or Pads on the patch...

    Other than that, why not make your Company "THE" cleaning Company that specialises in the more rural outlying areas?

    Marketing is a difficult subject, but if you get an excellent Flyer/Leaflet designed (make it humorous but at the same time giving a reason WHY people would choose you above other competitors, maybe offer them the first time or couple of times FREE, okay you will get your cheap skates but you WILL also get return customers, think of something Very Different that you can offer alongside the cleaning that will make up potential customers minds to use your Company, maybe think of a theme i.e. the "James Bond" of cleaners and come in the relevant attire! it sounds silly but its the unusual that will attract and lets face it, cleaning services are not the most interesting item to offer) you then need to get your gucchi Flyer in windows in every village/small town you can think of.

    The alternative is using Google Adwords, a lot of people will look for cleaning services online, but a lot of Companies don't know about Adwords especially that you can actually close your viewable audience right down to selective areas within U.K.!

    Hope this generates a couple of ideas for you as bizarre as they sound! 8)
  13. Have also just checked your site..... Ouch! in all honesty it looks very amateurish, no one in their right mind would take you seriously looking at a site like that! if you are serious about a Business then invest to progress, get your site designed and built by a Professional and get some qulaity photos on there of your top notch cleaning machinery at work... AND GET A LOGO DESIGNED!!! you can find Website Designers and Logo Designers everywhere online, it should have been one of the first things you did.
  14. Good luck to you. My stint in the sandpit gave me the chance to look at things from a different perspective. I identified an opportunity to put certain overseas based service seekers in direct contact with specialist service providers based in the UK and cutting out several middle men from the chain.

    I did very well out of it.
  15. Do you have all the equipment required for cleaning and being able to provide to companies - such as toilet paper hand towels soap disps!!!! I only ask because when i renewed the cleaning contract for the company i work for - i was surprised a few could not accomodate and asked for us to provide!!!

    You could also do with changing your website around - looks too much like a kids website with all the rainbow colours - im not knocking you pal but if you want people to notice then you need to be more prof so you will have to make it look the part.

    I can help you out with this if you need any help - designed a few before as an amateur and so dont even charge just like to help my comrades out.