How to Enter a Cleaning Business Owner
That sounds silly doesn't it? Why would I have to learn
how to enter a forum? I just sign up and post right?
It would seem on the surface to be that easy, but
sometimes you see people have a real hard time getting
off on the right foot...
Over time forums create a very tight community. Members
learn the rules and looks out for each other...
That's the first thing... Read the rules. Different
forums approach how you display links differently or
even what you can talk about...
The other thing is don't come in gang busters!! Don't
try to prove yourself and get to excited about proving
Get to know the community first. Hang out for a while.
Introduce yourself politely... Usually there is a
separate area set aside for intros... And then start
Get to know the other posters... Remember a lot of these
people have known each other for a while. They may even
be doing business behind the scenes...
Once you have a feel for it, start helping out.
Helping out... If you have any knowledge to contribute,
provide it... Help people with things you know about.
Learn... Read... Learn... Read some more... Ask
Then let it rip if you want to.
The bottom line is very few people can go crazy right
off the bat... There is an exception here or there, but
usually the community wants to see you contribute for a
while before you get bold. They need to get to know you.
Definitely don't provide a sales pitches to your
favorite products or resources in your first post... You
will getting flaming posts and anger the community.
Everyone will see you as a spammer and you'll make it
into their ignore list or worse,
you'll be removed from the forum. Remember cleaning
business owners go to the forums to share their
experiences with like minded people, they don't go to
them to be sold to. If people don't know you yet, they
can not be sure you aren't a
What about debating topics or answers you don't agree
Debate is an art. If you have spent much time on
cleaning business forums you know which members are able
to debate their positions on topics without having it
turn into personal attacks.
Debate is good, it allows members to see differences of
opinion and if often times the beginning of great ideas
If you are not able to debate without becoming upset,
without issuing insults or taking it personal it is best
you avoid the
If you are new to the cleaning business and new to the forums ask
questions but keep in mind the veterans in the industry
learned on their own, thru their own mistakes and
without the Internet to help them out.
If you approach your questions as if you are looking for
handouts, looking for someone to tell you how to do
everything, how to bid your jobs, etc. you may not get
the responses you were hoping for.
Is there anything wrong with asking to see what a
proposal or a contract looks like?
Not at all...if you've never seen one you've never seen
one right? BUT...you will be
amazed at the differences in responses you get if you
post the ideas you have (be it pricing, wording, format,
your flyers) and ask for
feedback on that.
In other words, attempt it yourself and ask for
feedback on what you have done. As a cleaning
business owner you will soon be making a lot of
decisions so consider this practice.
Appreciate the answers and ideas that are given to
If you post questions you aren't obligated to agree with
the answers you receive but don't argue the answers.
What worked for one person may not work for your
company... but remember someone gave their time to try
to help you out.
Other community members learn quickly who enjoys
exchanges of ideas and information and who handles
advice in a negative way.
The seasoned people who may have ideas that will can
help you may hesitate to respond to your questions if
experience has shown them they will end up having to
defend their answers.
Take the ideas you like, express your gratitude and move
It's just like building any relationship. Easy at first
until you get to know each other.
After becoming established in a few forums one of the
first things you will notice is you see many of the same
members on each of the boards you visit. The cleaning
industry is more tightly knit than you may have
imagined. It won't take you long
to realize a lot of these people already know each other
and at some point you will most likely see a difference
of opinion or a disagreement between people get dragged
from one community to another. The members who handle
themselves well do tend to get more assistance and
guidance from their peers. Those who don't or haven't on
one board may find they don't get much help on any of
Forums for the cleaning industry and the relationships
that can be established from them are powerful things.
Your memberships can greatly benefit your business
growth when approached with a little common sense,
appreciation of the rules and the good manners momma
taught you. :)