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Drinking glasses domestic cleaning tip No68

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Hopefully you will find this household domestic cleaning tip that provides you with some advice on cleaning your household drinking glasses to be beneficial. You will also find below a link to other useful household domestic cleaning tips and hints that make up this series of small articles that I am currently publishing on a regular basis.

Cleaning tip No68 offers you advice on cleaning drinking glasses.

If you haven’t used your household drinking glasses for quite some time, then simply soak them in the same substance that you would sterilise a babies bottles with.

New domestic cleaning tips are always more than welcome. 

Please note that I have produced these cleaning tips in good faith and has such will take no responsibility for any failure or damage that may be caused or attributed by the use of any of the tips given.

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Buying a domestic cleaning franchise

Friday, May 15th, 2009

When looking into buying a domestic cleaning franchise you are already top of the game.  The UK domestic cleaning industry is huge and offers up fantastic opportunities for those looking to buy into this hugely popular sector of the UK franchise industry.  With literally dozens of domestic cleaning franchises available you can be sure there is not shortage to choose from however as with all franchises the right research must be done to ensure the opportunity is the right one for you.

Before going in too heavily with research the best advice I can give is to first look at the available choices.  Buying franchise magazines and looking through Internet franchise directories, of which there are many, can give you a good idea of what is on offer.  From green cleaning through to commercial cleaning franchises and industrial cleaning franchises you will find that the choices on offer are varied and numerous.  Your first step should be to pick a half dozen or so and put some requests in to the franchisor for the free franchise packs they post out.  Once you have these you can begin to read up on the full package they have to offer and start making a short list of those which look to be of interest.

On having your short list the time has come to research each one to ensure it is not only a viable opportunity but one which will work in your local area and has a good franchise management team behind it.  Your first step should be to ask the franchisor for a list of existing franchisees and start to contact a random sample of them.  Asking the existing franchisee base some good questions will allow you to gain valuable feedback into whether the franchise opportunity hold up to what it says in the promotional materials.

Key questions you may ask are:

How did you find the initial training?

What is the ongoing support like

 

Do your earnings match up to those described in the franchise info pack?

How long did it take to earn back your initial investment?

Asking these will give you a great idea of how the current franchisee network is performing and whether the opportunity itself is a viable one.

Your second stage of research is to find out whether your target area is likely to be able to support the franchise you want to buy into.  If there are already several domestic cleaning franchises in close proximity to you then perhaps you would just be adding to an already saturated market.  However perhaps there is room for a domestic cleaning franchise which uses “green” products only or maybe there is a need for a wheelie bin cleaning franchise.  Doing your research into the local area and ensuring the demographics can support the cleaning franchise of your choice will mean that you do not end up with what is a good opportunity but that is just not going to work due to over saturation of the market.

Once you are sure that the franchise is a viable option, both in the franchise itself and your local area, you can begin the process of buying into the franchise.  This usually means paying a deposit and doing some intensive training to get you up to speed.  The great thing about franchising as opposed to going it alone with a stand-alone business is that you are buying into a tried and tested system.  It should all be fairly each to pick up and in many cases your franchisor even offers to gain you your first handful of clients to kick-start your business.  As such you can start earning from week one and in no time at all have a tidy little franchised business that can keep you and your family for life.

All that being said, please make sure you do not go down the route that many people do.  Jumping into a franchise head first without doing the proper research can only lead to disaster.  In many cases where someone has parted with many thousands of pounds and failed to make a success of their franchised business, it is not because of the franchise itself but because of a multitude of reasons, which could have been avoided, had the correct research been done. 

Best wishes and good luck to finding the perfect franchise opportunity for you

 

 

 

 

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Leaflets re ordering on time!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Well I returned slightly earlier than usual today from an afternoon feeding the mouths on people’s doors with my leaflets.

The reason that I finished slightly earlier than usual is due to the reason that I completely ran out of leaflets and my next order is not due to arrive until the middle of next week! So now I am stuck for a few days twiddling my thumbs waiting for their arrival.

Usually I judge my re ordering much better than this, but what as caught me out this time is the wonderful weather that we are having, I have been staying out for much longer periods of time and hence shifting larger quantities of leaflets per session.

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Toilet & urinal stains domestic cleaning tip No67

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Hopefully this household domestic cleaning tip that offers you advice on cleaning your urinal and toilet stains to be of benefit. You will also find below a further link to other useful household domestic cleaning tips that make up this series of articles that I am currently publishing on a regular basis.

Domestic cleaning tip No67 gives you advice on cleaning urinal & toilet stains.

Purchase yourself two bottles of coca cola and pour them both into your dirty toilet or urinal then leave them over night to work. The following morning rinse off or flush your toliet or urinal the result should be a sparkling clean toilet or urinal once again.

New domestic cleaning tips are always more than welcome. 

Please note that I have produced these cleaning tips in good faith and has such will take no responsibility for any failure or damage that may be caused or attributed by the use of any of the tips given.

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I Dreamed A Dream

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Susan Boyle’s moving performance on Britain’s Got Talent reminds us that we should not judge a book by its cover. You have to read the whole things or at least a good portion to really understand what it is all about. The same rule applies when evaluating a franchise business. Specifically:

1. Keep an open mind
Just because you may be familiar with a company, do not assume that you can simply tell from the product or service what your income, role, or lifestyle will be like. Thus it is critical to focus on the business model, not the widget.

2. Keep your emotions in check
Emotions — good and bad — can get in the way of objectivity. Thus, if necessary, pretend like you are a reporter trying to gather as much information as possible about a particular franchise company.

3. Keep the main thing the main thing
Information gathered should be trying to answer four key questions:
a) Does the business model work?
b) Do you want to execute the business model?
c) Will this model take you to your goals and dreams?
d) In other words, is this an owner’s role you will enjoy in the long-term?

By trying to answer these questions through a process of mutual due diligence rather than getting bogged down in the minutia of the details, franchisee candidates are better able to stay focus on what is really important — finding and investing in a franchise business to help create their desired future.

This post was kindly provided by Ursula Barzey

Ursula Barzey is a business advisor, coach and consultant for entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners. Her focus is on helping people take control of their destiny by making life changing decisions that will put them on a path towards creating and achieving their desired future.

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To be a good franchisor

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

I personally think that to be a good franchisor that you must take a personal interest in the success of all of your franchisees by: -

  • Encouraging franchisees on an ongoing basis.
  • Offer your franchisees around the clock 24 hour support where possible.
  • Be prepared to offer hands on support if a franchisee requires your assistance at any time.
  • Offer franchisees extra training if and when they require it.
  • Keep up to date with all new legislation that might apply to your franchise business model.
  • Make yourself easily contactable either by telephone or e-mail by franchisees.
  • Generate business enquiries for your franchisees.
  • Install a feeling of equalness in franchisees so that they all feel part of one big happy family.
  • Continue to grow your brand by the recruitment of new franchisees.

    Can you think of any thing else that could be expected of a good franchisor?

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    Cleaning coffee makers household domestic cleaning tip No66

    Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

    Hopefully you will find this household domestic cleaning tip that gives you advice on cleaning your coffee maker to be beneficial. You will also find below a further link to other domestic cleaning tips that make up this series of articles that I am currently publishing on a regular basis.

    Cleaning tip No66 gives you advice on cleaning coffee makers.

    If you are a regular drinker of coffee, you need to clean out your coffee maker at the absolute minimum of once per month.

    The best way of cleaning your coffee maker is by mixing one part vinegar and one part water inside your coffee pot. Pour the mixed water and vinegar into your coffee maker and then proceed to let it run through. If your coffee maker has a large amount of mineral buildup inside it then repeat the process again if required. Finally after completing this task run clean water through the coffee maker to get rid of any traces of vinegar odor.

    New domestic cleaning tips are always more than welcome. 

    Please note that I have produced these cleaning tips in good faith and has such will take no responsibility for any failure or damage that may be caused or attributed by the use of any of the tips given.

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    Does size really matter?

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

    Well I firmly believe that size really does matter, you do not always receive a better service from using a bigger size, sometimes a small size really does service your needs far better and is often much more conscious of your individual needs and requirements and will look after you far better.

    I have found through experience that the bigger the size the more often you are left disapointed.

    The smaller the size that I have gone for the more satisfied I have ultimately being.

    How have you found size in your experience have you found that you have had greater satisfaction from bigger or smaller sizes?

    Oh just to clarify the point, I am referring to the size of businesses and how they treat their customers. wink

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    A maidservant or in modern terms a maid

    Monday, May 4th, 2009

    A maidservant or in modern terms a maid is usually a female person who is employed within the domestic service industry. A maidservant was once more commonly part of a much larger more elaborate hierarchy in large houses.

     

    In recent times the domestic cleaning maid may be the only domestic cleaner that upper and even middle-income households can afford to hire.

     

    Maids in general can offer the household a wide range of typical domestic cleaning chores such as cooking, ironing, clothes washing, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, walking the family dog, and even taking care of the families children.

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    Advice on chimney sweeping domestic cleaning tip No65

    Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

    I hope that you will appreciate this household domestic cleaning tip that offers you advice on sweeping your chimney to be beneficial. You will also find below a link to other household domestic cleaning tips that make up this series of small articles that I am currently publishing on a regular basis.

     Advice on chimney sweeping domestic cleaning tip No65

    This domestic cleaning tip is or should be very obvious. If you have a open coal fire and instead of hiring a professional chimney sweep you decide to sweep your chimney yourself make sure that you always cover up your carpets and furniture with old sheets.

    Also and more importantly secure a board up against your fire surround and make an hole in it just big enough for your chimney sweep rods to go through as this will drastically reduce the amount of soot that escapes into your room.

    This advice if followed will most certainly save your carpets and furniture requiring some intensive cleaning.

    New domestic cleaning tips are always more than welcome. 

    Please note that I have produced these cleaning tips in good faith and has such will take no responsibility for any failure or damage that may be caused or attributed by the use of any of the tips given.

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