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 Posted: Sat Oct 29th, 2005 01:25 am
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I've always had a bushy head of hair and I usually don't bother trimming my beard. So, this is how I used to look when I'd go out for a service call:


But I started thinking maybe I was scaring my customers. Little things, like I go up to the house and knock on the door and they'd answer with a shotgun in their hands. So, I figgered I better git me a hair cut and now I look like this:


And would you believe that when I go out on service calls, I still get people answering the door armed!? That's what I love about this bidness--there's just no telling what people will do!



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Maybe that service manual tucked under your arm looks too much like a bible:angel:



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haven`t  those photos been posted somewhere else :)  or maybe you need a hat to desiguse the hair cut but keep the beard :):yikes:



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There must be some sort of relevence that u posted those pics. a few days before Halloween!!;)

 

 



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Your pictures remind me of that guy from Turkey about five years ago whose Web site showed a 1970s photo of him in swim trunks. He wanted to meet American women, and one Web page said in huge letters I KISS YOU! I would shut the door:yikes:. Actually I appreciate your sense of humor.

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Are you sure you want to get into a dying trade? :toiletgrab:



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It was a toss up between doing appliance repair or licking urinals at the Texaco. I did a coin toss and appliance repair won. What are the odds? Hint: 50-50. :rooster:



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Probably just as well you didn't buy it, give you the opportunity to be more creative in coming up with your own concept. As my dear old Dad used to say, "Life sucks and then you die." Then again, he died by choking on his own tobacco juice.



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From what I have been reading in the tech forums they are starting to do their own repairs on what they sell...have their own service departments, this will not bode well for us independents, untill we are called out to fix what they messed up due to not having a clue about how to fix this stuff...;)



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TheMechanic wrote:
why are the appliance franchises booming.
Like a bad case of flatulence after big lunch of spicy buffalo wings and cheap beer, this, too, shall pass, mon petit chou.



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I first started working in the Appliance Industry in March of 98, fell into it by accident so to speak, worked for a sales and service co, until Oct of 03, was told then that it was a dying trade, so opened a handy man bussiness, year later my old boss calls and tells me that he is retiring and wondering if I would be willing to hold up his service contract with mfg, the handy man bussiness was to competitive, so I said sure, now I am the only servicer for four brands for a minimum of 20 miles, and have been called up to 80 miles for service on out of warranty, (customer gladly paid the milage charges, and called me back a second time.)

I think that I am young for the trade, but I do see a future in this business, as long as I am willing to give the best service that I can at a price that is fair, to my customers and my competitors, I am not out to cut there throats, and hope that they will not cut mine, as thing progress in this industry, techs will be needed because the prices of appliances will do tho same thing that everything else is.....go up, and people will want the thing fixed as long as the repair is lower then the replacement.

I will say this though if you are thinking of getting into this business,

#1 you cant be thinking that you are going to become rich, you wont, you will make a living.

#2 You have got to be able to get along with all types of people, (Or at least be able to keep from strangling the ones that really need it.)

#3 Know when to cut your losses, when to tell someone that is really ragging you that you do not have to take abuse, pack your tools and leave.

#4 Sometimes you will run up on things that you do not understand, I am sure that not everyone has all of the answers all of the time, you may know it, but overlook the ovious, but never be to proud to ask for someone elses input, be it a tech line, or this forum.

 

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TheMechanic wrote:
And with all the education you have in Electrical Engineering if the appliance repair business is such a bad idea then I wonder why a man of your calaber decides to do appliance repair as a business.
Ok, now you're insulting me-- my background is in Agricultural Engineering; I was going to have a commercial poppy farm in Afghanistan with my old buddy, Moostafa. But, alas, the war with the Soviets and the ensuing take over by the Taliban killed those plans.

And I consider both appliance repair and licking urinals to be a huge step up from the Dilbert world of engineering.



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