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How Can Hood Cleaning Helper Help You?
I decided to start Hood Cleaning Helper because I want to save other hood cleaning companies the headaches that I went through.
My story starts in 2004 while working for a well known coffee company as a route salesman.
The county in which I live started going to a grading system for restaurants. As I was talking with one of my customers, they mentioned that the new grading system was partly based on having their restaurant hood cleaning serviced on a regular basis and they were unable to find a reputable company.
They asked me to ask some of my other customers who was cleaning their hoods.
A week later, I returned with some shocking news, but the news wasn't really for my customer.
It was for me. I asked 55 people the following week and all but 3 of them said "Why, do you know someone?".
A lightbulb went off in my head.
How hard could cleaning hoods really be?
I saw a great opportunity and a way out of my 9-5 job, or so I thought.
I did a lot of research online and after about a month or so, decided on a school to learn my new trade. The next day that I got back from that school, I went to work as usual, but then after getting home and eating dinner, I didn't just sit down for the rest of the night.
I cleaned my first hood. I was scared to death to mess something up, but I didn't. The day after that, same thing.
I continued working at my day job for another month, but picked up a pretty good amount of customers very quickly and finally decided to take the leap!
Wow, was that a mistake? I made lots of mistakes my first couple of years. Mistakes that I never thought I would recover from as a business.
Along the way, I got tons of help on how to do this, and that. Now, after 8 years, I can see why 80% of new businesses fail within the first 2 years. I'm thankful that I'm not one of them.
So, I decided to take my experiences, good and bad, and teach other restaurant hood cleaners what to do to stay out of the traps that many business owners fall into.
If you're interested in starting your own hood cleaning business, stick around.