Are you “sailing against the cash-flow wind” as a professional carpet cleaner?

As Chuck reflects on how the typical carpet cleaning or restoration business is much like a boat he focuses on your business wind- MONEY! No money? Then as a business you are “dead in the water”. A simple concept? Yes. But at times agonizingly difficult to implement. Read on for Chuck’s meditations …

Which type of carpet cleaning business “boat” will you choose to sail on?

Chuck Violand has been kicking off the Strategies for Success seminar for the last couple of years reflecting on his love of boats … and how different business models are like varied boats- all of which require different skills and tactics to avoid a tragic shipwreck. So which type of boat are you skippering? Check back in frequently to see Chuck’s latest thoughts …

Stay Focused!!!

“I solve problems. That is what I do.” How often have you thought that this mantra essentially sums up your business life as a carpet cleaner? And yet Chuck Violand shows that this constant “desperation problem solving” may actually hinder instead of help your cleaning business …

Hiring outside your “Comfort Zone”- Part 2

build-your-teamIn my most recent Instructor’s Blog post I talked about how important it is to hire technicians who will hold our feet to the fire as owners and managers.  But of course this idea of choosing employees based on what they can get out of us isn’t limited to only front line workers. Another critical hiring decision we make in our companies is when we hire an office manager and/or administrative person.

Read moreHiring outside your “Comfort Zone”- Part 2

Does your business suffer from “Boiling Frog Syndrome”?

Chuck Violand reflects on the sad fact that most small enterprises are not destroyed by fierce competition or outside forces such as a sour economy. No, the rot comes from within. Read on for an orientation on this insidious danger …