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Offline fernand

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Starting a business .
« on: March 09, 2013, 11:47:00 AM »
IM sick of working for the "man" i worked for a coin operated laundry service for over 15 yrs only to be sold like live stock to some new guys here in chicago. My thought is to go out on my own and start a appliance repair/ parts shop I'm not the brightest bulb on the strand but i do shine sometimes  can any one help my with a few pointers on where to buy parts whole sale or things like that?   thanks    Fernand.

Offline AJ

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Re: Starting a business .
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2013, 11:57:57 AM »
Hi fernand,

I have upgraded your account to 'Technician' so you now have access to our "Professional Appliance Repair Trade" board.

Also moved your topic "Starting a business" to the, "Professional Appliance Repair Trade" board as it's where we discuss topics such as this.

Of coarse if your reading this you probably figured this all out by now. ;)

Were does the company you work for now purchase parts?

I purchase most all my parts from DEY out of Sioux Falls, SD. But I would guess there are probably place in or closer to Chicago.
Hope you find our site helpful.

Offline fernand

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Re: Starting a business .
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2013, 12:00:37 PM »
we get parts from the main office in kansas they dont tell us nothing for the most part id believe  directly speed queen or

Offline Wedgeman55

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Re: Starting a business .
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2013, 09:46:36 PM »
Hey Fernand, welcome.   I too worked for the coin op - commercial company for almost 30 years and was in a similar situation.     It's a little scary at first, but once you get going you will like the freedom after working for someone.    I actually ran the service dept for my company,  so I had parts, bookeeping and other skills already.    Who bought your company,  one of the big boys - Coinmach or Mac Grey?    They suck up all of the smaller companies in an area,  then have a monopoly.     Your biggest challenge - marketing yourself.   Getting customers.   Keeping customers.    Having customers network with their friends to get you work.     How you sell yourself.     etc. etc.     

I actually fixed everything since the early 70's.    Dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, Washers, dryers, everything.     If you don't fix everything, just coin op laundry,  then  think about taking some classes in your area.    Even if you just want to open a parts shop, you should have knowledge of all appliances.   Good luck, plus you have us here to help you where we can.   
Commercial Laundry repair Tech and Installer  1973 to 1980
Service Manager / Technician Commercial Laundry repair company 1980 to 2002
Refrigeration - HVAC - Boiler School 1974-1976
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Offline fernand

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Re: Starting a business .
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2013, 12:08:32 PM »
Thanks ,im going at this full throttle ,anyway i worked for a company called crown coin  they sold to a company called jetz service.what company did u work for

 

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