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It’s over 25 years since I started my exterior cleaning business; A. E. Mackintosh Cleaning Services. In that time I’ve learnt a lot! Not just about a wide range of exterior cleaning services including gutter cleaning, pressure washing, domestic and commercial water fed pole cleaning applications, and even roof cleaning! But I have also picked up a great deal of business advice which I love to share for the benefit of anyone who is self employed. I have one of the largest exterior cleaning Y ...
 
Cheri Jacobus breaks down what's happening in national politics. She gives it to you straight - even when it hurts! No spin - just the raw truth! From the halls of Congress to hitting the cable TV news airwaves with political commentary and launching the only news and commentary site for right-of-center so-called “Never Trump” voices, Cheri Jacobus is a known, trusted, reliable political analyst and operative who is not afraid to be direct. She is the founder, President, and Executive Produc ...
 
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I finally get to speak with the one and only Trad-Man on the podcast! It's been great spending time with Peter and Carley Mackay on the Unger stand at the Interclean show in Amsterdam. We managed to take some time out to chat about how their window cleaning business has grown, and they have had quite a roller coaster ride running their window clean…
 
Unger tools have been an essential part of my kit since I first started my business, but running a global company like Unger definitely has its challenges. At the Interclean show in Amsterdam it has been incredible to experience first hand how the Unger stand has not only brought so many languages together, but is also reaching a new audience by br…
 
I have been using social media to advertise and support my business for quite some time, and now I have been asked by Unger to attend the Interclean show in Amsterdam, all with the aim of creating as much social media as I can! Yes, it's a fantastic opportunity to be on the Unger stand to demonstrate their new nLite water fed pole window cleaning s…
 
This week I have my younger brother Matthew Mackintosh as my guest. Matt has grown the Mackintosh Family Business from a handful of employees to a team of now over 30 staff which also includes a team of cleaning staff. I speak to Matt to find out what things he has done to grow his business and he shares lots of great tips that could apply to an ex…
 
Richard is not just the man behind the Ova8 brand of water fed pole window cleaning equipment, but he has gained much experience in different aspects of the cleaning industry. It is always a fascinating chat when Richard and I get together to discuss various aspects of cleaning tools and techniques, but this time I managed to get the AM Podcast mic…
 
Probably the question I am asked the most is; how much did you charge for that? Spring is so busy for picking up new customers and doing quotations, so I thought it would be the perfect time to discuss what goes into a quote. What things do you need to consider and what factors have a bearing on the price you charge? If you get it wrong how can you…
 
Darren is a very popular guy in the external cleaning industry, and its easy to see why! He has over 20 years experience working for his family run window cleaning business. He has his own business, DA Components, selling some great tools and accessories to the exterior cleaning industry. And his stand is always extremely busy at the Cleaning Expo …
 
As a professional business coach Greg is no stranger to helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. He has run many different companies over the years including a window cleaning business, construction business, and property development company. Greg has also written a number 1 best selling book on Amazon and has his own podcast, so I just had to …
 
Its great to be back in the garage and to have a bit of a catch up! Ive got loads of news to share and Ive been saving some of my favourite emails to read out. I had loads of really inspirational stories sent to me from my recent YouTube competition, which I found so motivational. Exterior cleaning can be a lonely job sometimes, but listen in as I …
 
This week I am joined by James Neville who has run his cleaning business, PCS Exterior Cleaning, for 17 years. He has recently focused on growing his business in order to push through the VAT barrier. So, from trying to stay under the £85K threshold he is now looking set to exceed £250 this year. I speak to James to find out how he has done it, tak…
 
Choosing a brush that is well suited for your cleaning task can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are new to the industry. With such a wide range of brush types out there, how do you know you have got the best one? Well in this episode I have combined forces with Dave Peden aka: Squeaky Clean Dave to bring you a comprehensive guide to brush…
 
At this time of year we have all been dealing with the headache of going through our accounts and working out how much we need to pay the taxman. So I invited professional accountant Tim Charles on to help us with some great advice on how to handle this kind of thing more efficiently. Not only does Tim have some great advice on how we can potential…
 
Getting new customers can be a daunting part of starting your new business, and getting the right approach to marketing is key. After helping Paul Hickmott to grow his business over the past 2 years, he has achieved rapid growth in such a short period of time! So with our combined experience, we decide to put our heads together to come up with the …
 
The 17th January 2022 has been labelled as 'Blue Monday' and is apparently the saddest day of the year. Mental health charities are trying to change this and re-label it as 'Brew Monday' to help encourage open communication on the subject. So I have got together with Simon Coote from Coote's Window Cleaning to have a Brew Monday of our own! Simon s…
 
Now is the time to think about adding a new service to your business! In this episode I talk about some of the wide variety of different jobs you could do and which ones have worked out well for me. I also talk about some of the things I've tried that haven't gone so well. It is so important to try new things for the development of your business, s…
 
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