Articles by Tom Hill

Connections? Who Needs Connections?

I have often heard the cleaning industry escribed as being comprised predominately of independent owner-operators, a collection of “One-Man Bands,” if you will. It’s been my experience that, more often than not, these “independent” cleaners are really not totally self-sufficient. In fact, they actually work within a very carefully structured network of specialists, contacts, and connections.
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Leasing vs. Buying

In the life of every business there comes the time when in order to grow and take advantage of every opportunity it is necessary to extend beyond everyday assets and cash flow.
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What This Business is Really About

I recently attended a chapter meeting of a carpet cleaner association wherein a local member was celebrating 30 years in business. When asked to reflect and comment on a few of the keys to his success with Country Roads Carpet Cleaning, Dan Joner made some profound observations.
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Qualifying the Job

Before any service begins, it is necessary for the service professional and the prospective client to agree on the scope, price and terms of the job. This process is also referred to as estimating, bidding, quoting or auditing, but in reality what is taking place is job qualification.
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Keeping Your Eye on the Ball

As I write this, the excitement of the 2002 World Series is drawing to a close, the Anaheim Angels having defeated the San Francisco Giants in seven games. I remember my father telling me that success in baseball, with its many complexities, is predicated on one thing: keeping your eye on the ball.
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Getting the Most Out of Your Supply Dollar

The primary goal of any service business is to be profitable. Increases in profitability can only be achieved by controlling two basic numbers: the price charged for services and the cost of delivering those services. In other words, you can charge more or cut costs to open up your margin.
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Building a Business Plan: Getting Started

Every endeavor, great or small, has a much higher chance of succeeding if it is working from a carefully thought out plan. Your business is no different, yet many professionals in the cleaning and restoration service industry forge ahead without any plan in place. Often times the biggest obstacle to overcome in creating a business plan is just getting started.
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The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

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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.
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