Well, thanks to my friend Ron Holt of Two Maids & A Mop, I've removed a video link that became a dead link while I was not paying attention! Sadly, it was about social media--and if you know anything about social media you know the cardinal rule is not to let your blogs, twitters, and facebook pages grow cold! Thanks Ron for snapping me back to responsibility. If I'm going to have a blog I have to use it. Ron sure is good at that, I guess I need to take a few ques from him! Anywho, I tend to be an all-or-nothing perfectionist sometimes, so when I don't have the time to "give it my all" I end up doing nothing. That's just plain stupid, and I know better.......
So, here's some catching up and I'll do better! I'm reading a book right now that I find very interesting. I don't agree with everything he says, but I wholeheartedly agree with his emphasis on profits. Most of the cleaning businesses I consult with put profits last, behind employee payroll, customer needs, and operational non-essentials. Then, they're miserable because they work so hard for so little. If you fall into that category you need to read this book:
Profits Aren't Everything, They're The Only Thing! By George Cloutier
Now, I modify his philosophy to fit my spiritual convictions, but I do believe there is a time and a place to put your business, it's viability, growth, or crises FIRST--above everything until you fix what's broke or stop the bleeding! That's not an excuse for a long-term pattern of neglecting "quality of life" (i.e. family, god, health....), it's a short-term solution that can reap the necessary results. If you need to grow your business quickly or if your sales and operations are in trouble, or you've been doing without a decent profit margin, there is a time and a place for remembering that PROFIT is why you got into the business in the first place, and a lack of focus on PROFIT might be why things are such a mess today!
It's a good book, I highly recommend it.
Also, have you registered for my Coffee Talks on Thursday mornings? They are completely free! 30 minute power bursts of business instruction perfect for anyone in the cleaning business, but especially women-owned operations. You can register here, for free: REGISTER NOW
If you are a women in the residential cleaning business, or any cleaning related business, I'd like to invite you to join Renee O'Brien and me for the very first ever Smart Women Maid Rich Business Conference Cruise. We have an amazing line up of women-centric topics that are perfect for the CEO or upper management of any cleaning business. The guys will be glad to endorse this trip because the ladies will get serious business training along side mega-fun opportunities. And, they guys can come too. Spouses or even kids can hang by the pool and await our dismissal from the conference workshops. My husband Steve will be there as well as several others. So, check it out, Thursday is the last day to sign up and make payments. The last payment is in June, and the total for the cruise and conference is only $799!
If you have questions give me a call: 404-585-0461