If you support small business!
National Small Business Week runs through May 5th to May 11th.
This week is dedicated to recognizing the important contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners. Did you know that they make up 50% of the work force?
Many small business owners are family owned and are committed to providing attention to every detail to make their business a success. They take pride in their work by offering things like honesty, value and superior service.
So, if you support small business this week...Thank you!
Oddly enough, the main difference between spring and fall allergies is the is the types of allergens present this time of year. In the springtime it is most likely tree pollen, grasses and weeds, which are much worse due to all the rain we have had. How many boxes of tissues have you been through so far this year?
This means you should be proactive in keeping these substances out of your homes and offices. And diligent about having enough tissues and allergy pills on hand for when the sneezing and runny noses start. Keep your doors and windows closed to help keep all that blowing pollen and dust out. Those yellow desert flowers seem to be blowing everywhere in the desert. Too bad they don't stay on the trees long enough to enjoy their beauty!
Time for a spring refresh
Days are getting longer, now is the time to give your facility a fresh start. It is time for business leaders to take charge and green clean your whole office space. Take a serious bite out of all the dust allergens that that threaten to make everyone sick.
At R & S Cleaning we pay attention to what goes on inside your walls. We know where dirt and dust hide, how to get to it, and how to get rid of it. Regular vacuuming, wiping down furniture and desks seems to help, along with mopping and dusting.
Contact us today to discuss your facility's specific needs.
We appreciate the resources, the beauty and natural wonder our planet has to offer, but, there is still a lot of work to be done to make sure it stays beautiful, clean and healthy for a future for all to enjoy. It is the perfect time to renew your commitment to truly make a difference.
Challenge yourself to learn at least one more thing about the three R's.
In all your busyness, try just a little to make everyday Earth Day.
Enjoy the beautiful spring weather, we know the 100 degree temps are just around the corner.
The internet has made it easier to be an independent small business owner by allowing you to connect with other people all over the country. It allows you access to information and resources that you can use on a daily basis. You will get nowhere however, if you think your job is less important than anyone else. Self-doubt has no place in the small business world.
In our line of work, we encounter many people who look for reasons to say no, or to make us feel as though we are not worthy of their consideration or respect. Although some of the people who have worked for us in the past have had multiple college degrees in all different lines of work, such as engineers, physicians assistants and entrepreneurs who are building their own businesses. They just needed a little extra financial help in order to pay off student loans, braces for their kids teeth or to catch up on bills after they were laid off from their more"important" jobs. I remember a college professor saying many years ago that Campbell's soup and Janitorial services were something that would never go unneeded. (Yes, you can have a college education and run a janitorial company!)
Your business success has everything to do with how your perceive yourself. Do not let people keep you from working towards your goals. Determination and drive will help you achieve you goals, and when you reach those... set new goals. Don't let someone with a fancy job title take away your passion for what you do.
Just be nice to everyone. Support people, support their dreams ~ even if you can't help, a few words of encouragement are always welcome.
As business owners, we usually only get a quick weekend away as we can't leave our business unattended for much longer. This past weekend, we had to cancel our trip due to the fact that a very large car rental agency had extremely poor customer service.
Our cars are older and not in the best shape to make a longer trip. We found this out the hard way after being stranded in Quartzsite last December. If you have ever been here, it is a great town for a quick potty break and to get gas! (Sadly they don't even have a Starbucks!) After spending around six hours there, we decided that until we get more reliable cars we will rent a car for longer trips. It seemed like a win-win situation, we get a new car to travel in without the worries of car repair.
We tried to take advantage of our member services through Arizona AAA. (Which we have found to be great overall.) They recommend Hertz car rental as one of their agencies.
Needless to say the Sun City office that we reserved our car through had such poor customer service that we were forced to cancel our trip. I'm still not quite sure what the reason was? First we were told the car had been in an accident, then we were told they could not get in touch with the people who had the car at the time. The representative told us she was "confident that she could find us a car." But, not once did she call us to let us know her progress. We had to call her each time! We also had hotel reservations that needed to be cancelled in a timely manner, so we really needed to know. We asked if she had anything else available, she did not. We were later told by the corporate office that they had two Suburbans they should have offered us, and price matched the car we had originally reserved. So not only did the Hertz Car Agency in Sun City let us down, so did their corporate office!
This just goes to show that big name companies are not always better. We trusted Arizona AAA to refer their customers to a reliable, honest company. And, Hertz Car Rental for being a well known company that has been around for a long time. (Upon checking various web sites, Hertz has a really poor reputation for doing business.)
Customer service should be reliable, trustworthy and caring. Our company policy is to just say yes and take care of any concerns the people we work for have. It's true that many don't appreciate all that we do for them, but it has always been important to us to provide the service we are being paid for. We think that the old saying "The customer is always right" is a great place to start! Too bad other companies don't think the same way!
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I really wish that it was that easy!!
We recently lost two of the businesses we clean for simply because they
decided at the spur of the moment to close their doors in this state without warning. This is hard on everyone involved. Having your income all of a sudden taken away without warning leaves you scrambling to make ends meet. Luckily for us, it was just a portion of the offices we do business with. But, it does trickle down to the people who work for us because they want to work in certain areas of town without having to make a long distance commute in order to work. We even had a few people ask us who worked for these companies if we were able to hire them until they could find another job. Sadly, we were unable to help them out at this time, even though we had worked with them for quite a few years and had developed a business relationship with them. So, if you do happen to be in need of (or know of someone who does) a commercial cleaning service who works with some fantastic companies all over the valley, please contact us. We would love to help out some new people by by being able to offer them a job. Thank you and have a wonderful Wednesday.
As we begin the third week of the New year and the beginning of a new work week, it is a great time to start working towards the very best version of ourselves. Although it is never too late to start. Each day is new and different and starts out with so much potential.
Last week I watched the Rachel Hollis: Made for More movie with my three daughters at the theater. They all really like Rachel Hollis and how much encouragement and inspiration she has to offer when she speaks on different subjects. She spoke a lot about making things a habit so that you will follow through with them. I found that I also am a fan and would love to attend her weekend event called "Rise". As well, as read her books. She talks about her personal life as well as how she has spent many years working on her business and getting it to where she wants it to be. So, I look forward to making some new habits that will help me excel in all areas of my life.
I also recently joined a gym near our house that includes many classes with its membership. This morning as I was getting ready to attend a yoga class, I found that my work out clothes were scattered all over the closet. This makes for a frustrating start to my new exercise routine! I found a short Facebook video featuring Marie Kondo organizing workout clothes. How convenient is that?? And although as part of her show on Netflix is that things bring you "joy" in order to keep them, I can honestly say that my gym clothes do not bring me much joy. But, the end results will! And if I can start a new day finding all the essentials to make my day easier while still half asleep, all the better.
Bummer, it looks like I have some books to read and another Netflix show to watch!
What are your plans to help yourself and your business be the best they can be?
The holidays are a great reminder to take inventory of all the good things in your life. What was your favorite thing about the holiday? Did you have a special memory that you are grateful for?
As a new calendar year begins, kick it off with plans to live a healthier, better organized life. Making gratitude a habit can have positive benefits to your own happiness as well as those around you.
From our family to yours, we wish you a marvelous Monday! A wonderful work week, and a sparkling New Year!
I feel great crossing things off of my to do list, but I think I might feel better seeing a list of what I have actually accomplished. I have always had a to-do list a mile long, but that can get discouraging. For every item you cross off-you tend to add one or two more items to be done. Just looking at my to-do list can make me feel anxious, overwhelmed and tired.
Because your "done" list is a list of your accomplishments, it shows progress. Looking at it will encourage you to push ahead and add more to your list.
You already schedule important things such as doctor and dental visits ~ and they get done. Maybe scheduling grocery shopping, laundry and other projects you need to accomplish will help you get them done in a timely manner. I know that I have days where I spend to much time playing on my phone, and then I end up rushing through the rest of my day. If I time blocked just a small portion of my morning, I could enjoy these things without feeling guilty.
Bottom line - the only things that matter are the things that you actually do. It takes just as much time to write your "done" list as it does to cross things off your your to do list.
Just Remember, It always seems impossible until it's DONE!
Boy are we having a case of the Mondays!
In just a matter of 30 minutes that it took to run to the grocery store to pickup a few last minute items for dinner, our dog Lillybelle, stole a couple of packages of homemade tortillas off the counter and proceeded to shred the plastic bag and eat a majority of them. Our other dog Indy was also a prime suspect, but she luckily didn't seem affected by it. My daughter called as I was on my way out of the store and said that the dog was whimpering and appeared to be bloated. I probably would be also if I had ingested that many tortillas.
We hurried her to the vet, and within a few minutes they had her throwing up a brick of tortillas. (Sorry, if you don't have pets or kids this is probably pretty gross.) It's amazing what a relief it was when she did that! After that was done, they gave her another shot for the nausea and then a pro-biotic capsule to give her a for a few days to help get her "gut health" back to normal. Almost $300 later we were on our way home.
After what seemed like a very intense morning, we are happy to report that it appears she is somewhat back to normal, although a little lethargic.
Unexpected expenses such as that leave little left over for us at the end of the month. Our business was much more successful before the recession hit us hard. Many of the businesses we cleaned for were forced to go out of business. I know that many people think that people who run their own business are banking, but many of us are not. We are normal families with normal expenses like mortgages, car payments and such. Sending our kids to college is important to us as well as continuing to run business that has paid the bills for over 35 years.
We continually maintain or replace equipment as needed. Thankfully, our business doesn't require top of the line technology in order to run efficiently, just some good vacuums, environmentally safe cleaning products and some good old fashioned elbow grease. (Also, the intelligence to know what and when to use all the things we just mentioned.) We would love to hire more staff to help provide the top quality service that customers have come to expect, as well as provide jobs for more people in the community.
We have a small budget and try to use social media as a way of advertising for more business. Larger franchises have more money available and are often able to advertise for more than just one area. This really hurts a small business like ours who strives to maintain a great reputation. We could really use a working partner who is familiar with this line of work and how this type of business runs. We do not get to set our own hours, we work at least five days a week and are usually on call 24/7.
We are proud to be business owners and take pride in the job we do.
Please think local next time you are in need of a service from another business instead of a big name. Small business owner (and their dogs) will greatly appreciate it.
I hope you have a fantastic, (barf free) Monday.