Someone asked me the question: How Quickly Can I Make Money In A Oven Cleaning Business Graham?
Oven Cleaner Makes £1K in His First Business Week…You Must Be Kidding!
Okay if you asked me this even just a few weeks ago if someone could make a thousands pounds a week in their first week in an oven cleaning business I would have laughed at you. “Seriously? You must be kidding! No one can make that sort of money from day one. It takes a while to build up your customer base, and to build up your business”. I would have told you and I would have probably have taken it further and got into a serious strop with you and had an argument with you as I remember the pain I had to put myself through to clean all those ovens to get my first £1000 week.
Which was about one year after starting. (I can’t remember when it exactly was I’ll dig out my diary and put the date in here when I know it).
So then back in 2004 and 2005 I was working like a maniac, charging £35 to £45 for single cleaning 4 to 5 ovens a day. I remember thinking when coping with my seriously aching arms every night “how can anyone sustain this?”. But I did and I pushed through it and grew my business, getting four employees to do what I was doing. All of us working like busy bees flat out driving everywhere, me myself sometimes driving up to two hours to get to a job, driving from Wiltshire to South Hams in South Devon to clean AGAs (Salcombe has always been a busy location for us).
So it has been a surprise when our new franchisee Lee Cole took £1004 in sales in week one of starting his new business. And then even more of surprise when he did again in week two. Week three was a bit lame with £340 but week four was over £1K again.
So we’ve been scratching our heads. And really the conclusion is that we can be a lot better at getting our business going than we think we can!
Lee bought an area from us we had already covered, down in Newton Abbot. As I said I been down there a lot in the past but really the only way that we have gained that business is by advertising on line. But being in an area and marketing locally really does help!
Looking at how Lee has got his work. He has been lucky with repeat customers booking in, recommendations from people who have used us before and by being super pro-active. He has cleaned lots of AGAs and range cookers. So our marketing is hitting the mark.
Oh and there was one small thing I’ve done – I’ve tried out a new way of advertising, well new for us really, using Google Adwords in a different way. I’ll do another post on this soon so look out for it.
Update: Lee announced at our AGM in January 2017 that in his first 15 weeks his total sales income for his business had been £16,000.
Update: Lee’s total sales for his first 12 Months was £47,000 which equalled his old salary as a Waitrose store manager.