Research Before You Build Your Cleaning Business

Written by Gail Metcalf

You should have some idea now on what type of cleaning business you want to start or expand into. Look intorepparttar different types of cleaning and determine what would berepparttar 146902 best for you.

Do you want to work days? Then janitorial and office cleaning may not be a good option as most of their customers are cleaned nights and weekends.

A better choice would be residential cleaning, window cleaning, computer cleaning, carpet cleaning and even dryer clean-outs.

Before you can start or expand, you need to know who your competition is. In your free time, go thrurepparttar 146903 Yellow Pages and local periodicals in your area and identify these companies. What can you find out about each of them? Call them and ask questions that a new customer would ask. Inquire about their service and what they charge.

Being Other Focused

Written by Kevin Eikenberry

Being "Other" Focused

Inrepparttar Wall Street Journal, Franklin Lavin, U.S. Ambassabor to Singapore wroterepparttar 146901 Manager's Journal column about some ofrepparttar 146902 things he learned fromrepparttar 146903 late President Reagan while working on his staff.

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If you are thinking about moving on from this article because of your feelings aboutrepparttar 146904 politics of President Reagan, please don't. The lesson I am about to share isn't about politics or partisan-ship, or any of those things.


It is about caring.

About being focused on others.

It is a lesson for all leaders.

Lavin shares a story about an appearancerepparttar 146905 President was making at an Alabama school for handicapped children. The event was going super well, until one ofrepparttar 146906 children with a severe speech impediment asked a question ofrepparttar 146907 President. No one inrepparttar 146908 audience could understand andrepparttar 146909 room became tense. The President asked him to repeatrepparttar 146910 question, andrepparttar 146911 energy inrepparttar 146912 room was further dampened. Again, no one understood.

Here is how Lavin tells what happened next, "The teachers froze. What was to have been an upbeat day was turning into a disaster... Reagan torepparttar 146913 rescue. 'I'm sorry' he said with a smile, 'but you know I've got this hearing aid in my ear. Every once in awhilerepparttar 146914 darn thing just conks out on me. And it's just gone dead. Sorry to put you through this again, but I'm going to ask one of my staff people to go over to you so you can tell them directly what your question is. Then he can pass it back to me.'"

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