June 2010

Keeping It Simple

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by Tom Watson on June 30, 2010

Starting a cleaning business (or any other type of business) is not a terribly complicated task. That is as long as you keep it simple. Everyday I see or speak to people who complicate the process, making it harder to achieve success. They somehow manage to turn something easy into something hard. This can manifest […]

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Interviewing Basics For The Cleaning Industry

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by Tom Watson on June 29, 2010

Hiring people is a tough business. Finding the proverbial “needle in a haystack” can be a real chore. It’s difficult to see through the facade of the applicant at times. They are obviously going to try to show only their best side (and suppress the “other” side) during the hiring process. This is to be […]

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Make Life Easy. Hire Quality People.

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by Tom Watson on June 29, 2010

No one thing determines how well your cleaning company runs as much as your people. It’s no real surprise really, it’s just so easy to forget. Many times (in your haste) you settle for the first normal looking, normal acting, normal talking person that walks in the door. I’ve been guilty of this many times, […]

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Tips On Verifying References

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by Tom Watson on June 27, 2010

A very important part of the hiring process is checking out the applicants employment references. When you are running a cleaning company this is a step you don’t want to skip. A lot of information can be gleaned from not only what type of references your applicants supply, but what the those references say (or […]

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First Key To Success

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by Tom Watson on June 26, 2010

One of the most important parts of starting your own cleaning business boils down to one thing. Believing you will be successful. This may seem a little obvious to some (I hope you are in this camp), but to many this whole “believing in yourself” talk is nothing more than nonsense. The naysayers will say […]

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Never Never Never Never Give Up

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by Tom Watson on June 25, 2010

“Never never never never give up” is quite a powerful quote. Those famous words are attributed to Winston Churchill from a speech he gave in late 1941 concerning the war effort. Those words never never never never give up also resonate in the context of starting your own cleaning business. It is easy to get […]

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5 Step Plan For Managing Your Staff

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by Tom Watson on June 24, 2010

While some of you will keep your cleaning business small, and do the work yourself, many will hire staff. To have success with a staff, you and your employees need to be on the same page. Which in turn will make your business run smoothly. Like it’s on auto pilot. Now to ensure everyone is […]

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Screening Applicants Over The Phone

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by Tom Watson on June 23, 2010

When you run a help wanted ad with your phone number listed you can be sure of one thing. The phone is going to ring. Probably quite a bit. Now having a bunch of applicants calling is a good thing right? I mean that is the whole idea correct? Well…yes it is. But it could […]

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The Help Wanted Tracker

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by Tom Watson on June 23, 2010

Keeping track of the specifics of your help wanted ads is important. Especially if you want to repeat successes and avoid constant failures when running help wanted ads. After all…the ads aren’t cheap. So the best way of tracking what works and what doesn’t is to create a simple form. Use it to collect some […]

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Employment Ads That Deliver

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by Tom Watson on June 23, 2010

At some point most cleaning companies need to hire staff. Many times you can tap your friends and family for help filling a position when needed. This approach works for a while but eventually you are going to need to run a employment ad in the paper. At first glance it does not seem all that difficult, […]

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