Did my first job 285 sq. ft.. Carpet looked like it hadn't been cleaned in years much less even vaccumed. Took about 4 hrs. and 10 pads later. Was my first job didn't won't to pass but next time will really check whats envolved and charge accordingly
In this business you will kiss some pretty ugly frogs from time to time. I try to treat these as a learning experience, testing various techniques that would not be needed on an easier, more typical job. Anyway, these jobs make the rest of your work seem easier by comparison.
What type of carpet was your first job? I'm new to CCing as well and found that once I could distinguish between the various fibers and grades I could be more efficient by selecting the right products for the job.