There are risks and cost to action But they are far less then the long range risks if comfortable inaction.
Earl Nightingale told s story about thr devil and his prised tool discouragement. Why do you think that is? It is because that stops you from action. Hatred , fear, and jealousy may get immature people to do dumb things, but at least they are moving. Discouragement can paralysis. Why even bother, nothing works any way. Why ask, the answer is always no. No one cares about my opinion, The way to beat discourgment is through ACTION.
There are risks and cost to action But they are far less then the long range risks if comfortable inaction.
So here it is March, busy season starting are you ready?
Do you have the planning tools you need to map out your business year?
I was not always this organized! (In fact it’s kind of shocking that I’ve achieved the level of success I have despite doing so many things wrong!) But finally after a lot of headache and struggle I now realize the importance and value of planning out my business activities and I’m finally doing it.
Start by identifying your business goals for the year.
What’s your financial goal?
How many clients would you like to have throughout the year?
What types of and how many business events do you want to attend?
Do you want to launch a new division, new service?
Is this the year you take off?
What marketing strategies and activities are you going to focus on?
If you do speaking, how many speaking engagements would you like to have? What classes do you want to take?
Next, determine your strategies.
For example, if one of your marketing strategies is to offer a free monthly webinar, choose the day and time and put it on the calendar. Put your networking events on, newsletters, reminders and such .
Finally, begin scheduling your strategies to create a visual plan of what you want to accomplish.
The Laminated Yearly Wall Calendar
Get some dry eraser markers and use different colors to plan and schedule launches or promotions, speaking engagements, marketing initiatives, business events, travel, vacation time, etc. Use sticky notes if you want to put something on the calendar but the exact dates aren’t set yet.
It’s so helpful to see your business activities for the year visually. It also encourages planning ahead and taking action if you see too much whitespace.
The Desktop Monthly Planner
Use this to plan out and schedule your e-mail calendar for the year. Map out your editorial calendar for your email newsletter, identifying the different topics you’ll cover. Schedule periodic promotions about your own services. Create space for promoting other people’s resources, products and programs that would be valuable to your community.
I also have a google calendar version of my e-mail calendar that can be easily shared with my team, however I’m old school and find that having the physical desktop calendar helps keep me more on track.
How do you plan out your business year? What tools and resources do you use? I’d love to know. Post a comment below and share your best tips!
My wife and I just celebrated 20 years in marriage, has we were talking about the importance of commitment in marriage I was thinking how true this is in business as well.
I often get asked " What determines if a business will be successful or not? Is it choosing the right target market or niche? Being good at negotiations? or Consistent effective marketing?
All of those are important for sure, but those alone won't lead to a successful business.
Instead there is one internal factor that will predict a business's success.
Want to know what it is?
Ask any successful business owner and they will tell you at some point they made a committed decision to build a successful company. They put a stake in the ground and declared this is what I am doing and there is no turning back.
That is why the first step in our coaching program is commitment!!!
Do you know where the word decision comes from?
The Latin root is decidere, which means to cut off from. So if you make a true decision to succeed as a owner, it means that you are cutting off all other possibilities except for success.
Perhaps one of the best examples of this is when Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes made the decision to “burn the boats” after he and his men landed on the shores of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Most would consider this an insane decision, because if Cortes and his men were on the verge of defeat, there wouldn’t be an exit strategy.
Cortes viewed it differently. The command to burn the boats meant that either they would emerge victorious or they would all die.
As we now know today, Cortes’ bold decision worked out and he became the first man in 600 years to successfully conquer Mexico.
So let me ask you, how committed are you to your business success?
Have you made an unwavering decision that you’re going to do this thing and there’s no turning back?
Are you demonstrating your commitment with action?
Are you truly investing the time, energy and resources required to build the business you desire?
If YES – Congratulations! I’d love to hear about your commitment below.
If NO – Is it time for you to get commitment? Post your thoughts and questions below and I’ll personally reply.
Remember, there’s a big difference between wanting to have a successful business and making an unwavering commitment, having your actions match your decision and doing whatever “burning the boats” looks like for you so that there is no turning back.
Here’s to making and keeping the commitments that deliver the outcomes you truly desire.
If you’re not yet ready to make a committed decision, be okay with that. Don’t beat yourself up. Instead know it’s something you can move towards so that when the timing is right you can “burn the boats” and have 100% commitment.
How do you learn how to do something?
If you have children, grandchildren or know someone who does, you know that no matter how many times you tell then not to stick their finger in a wall socket or touch a fire, most of them will do it. Most will never do it again after their first experience, they learned by trial and error that the experience was painful.
In business, learning by trial and error is costly. Costly in attempting to correct the error, costly in loss of credibility, costly in replacing the damage and most costly of all loosing the customer and their friends/associates. Word of mouth advertising works both ways.
To the right of this article are just a few of the knowledge base questions that a Professional Carpet Cleaner should know and be able to answer. The questions come from real world problems encountered by carpet cleaners who learned how to clean carpet by the trial and error method. They were trained how to do it, but their lack of knowledge cost them money.
"Knowledge is power" and "knowledge is priceless", a small investment in knowing what and why (the "technical") before you perform the how saves you money in both the short term and the long run.
With close to 30 years helping cleaners solve their problems all over the world, we speak from experience. You can have the best training available, know how to do it better than anyone else, but without the proper knowledge at some point in time a surface you clean will come back to bite you.
Invest in knowledge now before you make a costly mistake.
Description: Buckram is a heavily sized, stiffened fabric, coarse to the touch. It is customarily made from cotton linen and is generally black and white. It is used as a interlining to impart body to an outer fabric. It is also often used underneath and outer upholstery fabric. Often it can be observed inside cushions. Newer interliner fabric constructions, unlike buckram can impart small open flame resistance to the upholstery or seating, and are made from special, high performance fiber blends.
cleaning characteristics: Caution wet clean or dry clean.Buckram dyes are often extremely fugitive under wet conditions. If wet cleaned, therefore, a minimum amount of solutions should be used. The fabric should be dried rapidly with fans or heat. Some non- durable finishes and sizings are removed during wet cleaning, which may result in water marks or stains. Dry cleaning is the recommended procedure if color bleeding or strike- through is suspected. the Dry -Wet- Dry method may also be used
We will focus on upholstery cleaning for a while these are guidelines only pre test and follow all directions on specific products. Acetate is a low cost fiber found alone or in blends in some upholstery and slip covers. Fabrics made from acetate are supple and drape well. They are resistant to mold, mildew, and moths. Acetate can be solution dyed resulting in excellent colorfastness. Blends can bleed or shrink.
Acetate fabrics due have limitations. They have low elasticity and do not resist wrinkling They are low in strength and lose strength when wet. They get weaker with direct sun. Weakened by strong alkalizes and strong acids. It dissolves in acetone, which is nail polish remover. Can be dry cleaned or wet cleaned.
Acetate fabrics generally don't shrink. Weak solutions off sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen peroxide can be used. Go to a UFT class to learn more.
Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Water Loss Mitigation Contractor
Psychrometry Definition: the study of the relationship between atmospheric air mixtures (air, moisture, humidity, and temperature.) Psychrometry deals with measuring and evaluating the thermodynamic properties of air and water vapor mixtures, to enable restorers to properly analyze and manage conditions during drying.
These factors determine the ability of the air to dry the structure and its content. Simply put, psychrometry is the science of drying. Understanding these conditions and their relationship to each other will assist in determining what equipment will be needed as well as how long it will take to dry a structure and its contents.
Superior Steam Cleaners technicians use this science on every water loss. By using the data recorded on specialized forms during each visit, and analyzing it daily, we can determine if the conditions are optimum for drying. Our experts can adjust the drying equipment to gain the greatest efficiency.
Categories of Water Involved in a Water LossThere are three different types of categories that classify the type of water involved in all water loss situations. Knowing and understanding these categories helps you and the restoration professional know what precautions may need to be taken on the jobsite. Not all water is the same, and it is important to know that there is no set way to classify water. It is also important to know that water will not remain in the same category; as time passes it will become more contaminated slowly turning into a “black” water situation.
Category 1: “Clean” Water - Clean water is just that, water that doesn't pose any harm when it comes in contact with living elements and doesn't contain any contaminants. Clean water comes from a potable supply line. If water passes through or comes in contact with other areas, it may mix with soils and other contaminants from walls, decking, sub flooring, floor coverings and other building materials, making it no longer potable. If “clean” water is left alone over time it will accelerate the growth of bacteria and will become “gray” or “black” water. Any Category 1 water damage will change to Category 2 after 48 hours.
Examples of clean water sources can include:
Examples of gray water include but are not limited to:
Examples of black water include but are not limited to:
Note: Do not try to remove black water yourself, it is extremely dangerous! Allowing black water to remain in an area will quickly make a bad situation worse. Stay out of contact with it and call Superior Steam Cleaners immediately!
Now, don’t get concerned that you must identify the fibers before starting to clean! 99% of the time, cleaning carpet is just coming in to the home (or business), leaving your literature with the customer, doing a pre-inspection (preferably with the customer), cleaning, sometimes doing some spotting and applying carpet protector (if you were able to sell this extra service). The only time we need to know the fiber type is when we see problems or when we must get very aggressive in cleaning or spotting. For example, if it’s 100% olefin, we can use chlorine bleach for spotting, BUT, we cannot use a hot iron and we should not apply a carpet protector to olefin. With wool, we are very restricted in what chemicals we can use for cleaning and spotting. Fortunately both fibers are easy to test for. Come get certified and know what to do. http://wwcir.com/cct-class-registration.html,
Olefin carpet fiber is easily tested for – it is the only fiber that floats in water! To test, simply place some fiber in a glass of water, or preferably some very diluted detergent, hold it under the surface of the water, and squeeze out all the trapped air, and let go. If the fiber floats, it’s olefin! BUT, if you’re planning on using chlorine bleach, test with chlorine bleach too in case this is a nylon-olefin blend.
Wool fiber type is also easy to test for. First, if the carpet or rug smells like a wet dog when you’re cleaning it – it’s wool! In addition, you can always run a “burn test”. Use a butane lighter to melt or ignite an unknown fiber to determine its type (never use a match). The purpose of using butane lighter is to avoid masking the odor of the burning fiber. Burned wool smells like burned hair. Burned silk smells like burned feathers. Additionally, wool dissolves in undiluted chlorine bleach.
Chemical fiber tests are more difficult requiring the use of such things as formic acid and hot cresylic acid. The good thing with carpet fiber is that if it’s not wool and it’s not olefin, both of which are easy to test for, it most likely is nylon!
Burn Tests to Determine Carpet or Rug Fiber Type:Use a butane lighter to melt or ignite an unknown fiber to determine its type. Never use a match. The purpose of using a butane lighter is to avoid masking the odor of the burning fiber since the butane flame is odorless.
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