As Care.com recently became a publicly traded company in January 2014 (CRCM), and now has an army of more than 9.7 million members comprised of 5.2 million families, and 4.5 million caregivers, it begs the question “is the playing field changing for independent residential cleaning businesses?” Let
Have you noticed lately that it is getting harder and harder to get clients to sign up for recurring service? If so, you are not alone. Depending on where you are located, the house cleaning business competition is getting thicker and thicker. It seems like there is a competitor (individual or co
As we begin to inch through the first month of 2013 you undoubtedly have either heard from others their New Year’s Resolutions or have some of your own. You are also likely familiar with the concept that 70% of those well-intentioned goal-setters, won’t keep those goals. What is the diff
It’s the summer time. The sun is out, the weather is warm, and as a service industry business owner times may be a little slow. The lazy days of summer are upon us and we have to do something about it! You may think a summer slowdown is just part of your business cycle. People are on vacation.
I love Steven Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. It really identifies techniques that accomplished people have in common. One of my favorites is “Habit #7 – Taking the time to sharpen the saw”. And, basically it is the concept that if you are a woodsman chopping wood all d
QUESTION: I’m having a few staffing issues that I’d like to deal with before my busy season hits in September. What can I do to get my business running smoothly before I have no time to deal with it? ANSWER: You are a genius, did you know that? Thinking ahead and making changes to your b
Question: What can I do to get more customers this summer? My typical summer slump is killing me this year! Answer: This all too common problem has an easy answer and a hard one. The easy answer is to stop worrying about the slump and take advantage of this slow period to make much needed updates an
Year’s ago a business mentor of mine gave me some good advice. She said “If you want to be a successful small business, then you can best help yourself by finding other successful businesses, and behave as they do.” Now years later I have to agree that there are definitely similari