Cleaning & Restoration Association News

Make the Time

We've all heard about the importance of attending classes and seminars, as well as traveling to industry-sponsored events like conventions, trade shows, etc. Well, it's all true.

You are never too old to learn or too young not to. I've found that making the time for these various events has led to valuable knowledge and support, as well as the many new friends I've made over the years.

The key words here are making the time. You may be an owner/operator with a full work schedule, or perhaps you have one tech and you aren't yet comfortable leaving him or her alone for a few days.


It's important that both you and your employees make the time for education, and it's not as difficult a task as it might seem. Many classes are held on weekends and over the slow months of winter or in the middle of summer. If you are a sole proprietor, you can surely find the time over this period to attend a two-day class. If you have an employee, it's usually tough finding a full plate of work for him in January and February. Perhaps this is the time to invest in your help and send him.

When attending seminars during the busy times, remember: we live in the age of the cell phone, the beeper, the Blackberry and who knows what else. I've kept in touch with my technician while on the road with nary a problem. If they need to reach you, they can do so in the blink of an eye.

It's not difficult to coordinate your work schedule so that both you and your employees can make the time to attend an event that will surely enhance your knowledge of our ever-changing industry. If you no longer work on the truck, you shouldn't have any problem with hopping back onboard while your technician is away, and with even one trained, responsible employee, you can certainly find the time to leave your business for a couple of days! Remember, you do have your phone! Another option would be to close your business for three or four days and have everyone attend together. Many associations offer discounts to additional employees of an attending firm. You aren't going to lose any clients over a four-day absence. In fact, I used to leave a recorded message specifically stating why I would be out of the office for a few days. "Continuing education so that we can serve you better!" Most clients, I came to find out, appreciate this.

For what you'll bring back to the table, it's more than worth going out for! No excuses!

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to i Cleaning Specialist Magazine.

Recent Articles by Armand Taddeo

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.


Beginning April 21, Google will start judging websites based on their mobile friendliness. What exactly does this mean to you cleaning website? Find out in the latest edition of The Hitman Advertising Show, which will also cover tips and suggestions on getting mobile compliant.
More Podcasts

ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine


2015 April

The April ICS issue features content on concrete polishing, green cleaning, air duct cleaning, injection sprayers and new products.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Janitorial Work

In addition to residential and commercial carpet cleaning, do you do any janitorial work on the side?
View Results Poll Archive


The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

Don’t worry about the recession or about your competition.  Now you can be the owner of over 400 ways for carpet cleaning professionals to make more money and get more jobs!

More Products


Director_Buyer.jpgThe premier resource and reference guide for the cleaning and restoration industries.

Click here to view


facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png youtube_40px.png


Truckmount.jpgEquipment listings and specifications from the leading industry manufacturers.

Click here to view