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Travis;
You remind me of another person that USED to be on here. He had big dreams, just like you. He asked a ton of questions that had been answered 100's of times also. He would not listen to anything anybody said. He was trying to build his rig, but in reality, he was building a "show quality" trailer rig. All fancy and everything arranged perfectly. After about 6 months of all this nonsense, without even trying to clean any roofs, he sold all his equipment. at a BIG loss, and went back to a "real job" lol.nono

I would recommend that you put together the equipment you already have, go clean some roofs to see if you like this work. If you do, you have all winter to improve your rig, or build another one with somebody else's money, and next spring, give it hell. Right now, this whole thing is just a pipe dream that may or may not come true.
Gary

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sounds like you have some great "long term" goals. A successful business won't happen over night, maybe just an idea towards it.

a business plan requires alot of research and forecasting. It's a must if you will be trying to get small biz loans but in our business I don't find it necessary. Start up costs are minimal. What works best is setting goals and working towards them every day. Your goals today often are not your goals tomorrow.

do quality work and business just happens for you!

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I have an investment for this kid and yes I'll consider it a favor to him. Hop on a plane and come clean some roofs here in Jersey. Yes for free.




   That's what I was trying to tell you Travis.  Get out and do some cleaning in the real world.



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138394, Thanks Phil

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Travis check out William Brewer's rig. Simple but works. Mine is simular but I am using two 55 gallon drums until I get a few more roofs cleaned. We do not have a seperate location, we are using my garage to save on costs.

As I stated in an earlier post you have to do your homework for your area. I cleaned couple of roofs but my truck died so I had to stop. We have other work so we are ok.

We are in the suburbs of Chicago. I have been trying to sell jobs in my spare time but am having a tough time. Roof cleaning is not common here and people look at me like I'm nuts when I ask to clean their roof. I have a lot of educating to do.

Hopefully my truck will be running next week and we can start up again before it gets to cold.

Like the others said, you do not need a partner / investor. I once had an investor in another venture and believe me it was not fun. Use your $5,000 learn then go after the big jobs.

Good Luck.

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Travis, you need to spend $500 and go see Ed Thompson. He's a straight shooter, no non-sense kinda guy. That's the best thing you can do for yourself right now. Hell, I wish I had that offer when I was in your shoes. That would have dramatically reduced my learning curve. The learning curve can be very expensive. He might smack you around a little but you'll probably deserve it. He'll set you straight and tell you everything you need to know to get started.

If you don't take that offer, you're going to make many mistakes that wouldn't happen if you went to him first. Don't want to spend $500? Spend $200 and take a train!

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Or a unicycle

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Thanks for the advice. I am too much into planning and not enough into doing.

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