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A former professional's adventures in entrepreneurship.

Owner: watsonburch

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Language: English

Tags: work, unemployment, entrepreneurship, small business, cleaning

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Latest Blog Posts for Nicotine House

  • Swolen Hand House(s)
    on Aug 21, 2010
    August has been a decent month, better by far than June and July combined. I have 18 jobs on the books for the month, and will have made--before taxes--just under $1800, still far less than I used to bring home every two weeks. This past week was f...
  • Franzia House
    on Jul 30, 2010
    An older woman in her mid-sixties, we'll call her Fern, was preparing to move out of her three-bedroom house into a senior community condo. I met her at two o'clock one afternoon, to take a look at the house and give her a cleaning estimate. Fern did...
  • Windchime House
    on Jul 21, 2010
    My poor husband. For the second time, he accompanied me on a spring cleaning, this time for a woman who would soon return home after spending time in hospice. Her neighbor, a friend of hers, contacted me and wanted to have the house cleaned as a favo...
  • Hospice House
    on Jul 21, 2010
    My poor husband. For the second time, he accompanied me on a spring cleaning, this time for a woman who would soon return home after spending time in hospice. Her neighbor, a friend of hers, contacted me and wanted to have the house cleaned as a favo...
  • Widower House
    on Jun 26, 2010
    I live in an area of lakes, so during the spring and summer the traffic explodes. Weekenders from the city, former year-round residents who keep a summer cottage, tourists and vacationers. My second official cleaning request, just days after my fir...
  • Halfway House
    on Jun 24, 2010
    No house but my own, halfway through what I imagined would be the trial period. The period during which I would decide if I could make a living doing this. Six weeks into my three-month trial, and I'm no closer to making a determination. My fingerna...
  • Carpet House
    on Jun 24, 2010
    Spring cleaning at another lake-front summer home, owned by the typical city weekender. When I visited this property for a quote, the wife was guarded but incredibly nice. She asked if I would mind doing the work on a weekend when they would be at th...
  • Vinegar House
    on Jun 23, 2010
    I'll say it up front. This was a train wreck. A train wreck, and not my finest hour. Lake-front summer home, in the process of being renovated top to bottom. They wanted someone to clean up after the contractors before the furniture was delivered. T...
  • Natural Fibers House
    on Jun 21, 2010
    Another big idea I had, when considering how I would price my services, was to price by the square foot for both commercial and residential jobs. When I was researching the price structures of other local cleaning services, I got quotes like, "Our ra...
  • Hangover House
    on Jun 20, 2010
    The morning after day one of Nicotine House, I was to clean a lake-front summer cottage. More of a summer camp, really. The owner's son, in his early 20's, had contacted me, and I met with him the afternoon before to quote the project. It was a sma...
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