Articles by Howard Partridge

Are You Addicted? The 12-Step Business Recovery Program

A friend of mine is going through recovery for drug addiction. As I have walked through this with him over the past 9 months, I have learned a great deal about the process of “recovery.”
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How Strong is Your Business?

During the recent economic meltdown, many businesses that seemed to be strong faltered. As you face each day as a business owner and react to everyday demands, do you stop to think about how strong your business is?
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Who Says There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

One of the most powerful and profitable things you can do for your business is get groups of referral sources in one place at one time, with you as the center of attention.
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How Building Community Changes Everything

Across America, businesses large and small struggle with the same issues: cutthroat competition that is selling “below invoice”; customers that don’t want to pay the advertised price; insolent employees and more.
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The Incredible Value of Interior Designer Referrals

Interior designers can be very valuable referral sources for cleaning and restoration companies, as they are in a position to refer very wealthy people to your firm.
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Putting the Value Back in "Professional"

You probably refer to yourself as a professional carpet cleaner. But have you ever thought about what that word really means? You probably refer to yourself as a professional carpet cleaner. But have you ever thought about what that word really means?
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Get on Track and Off the Truck!

The cleaning business is chock full of owner-operators. People who do the work themselves. The one truck operator. The one-man show. Does that describe you?
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Setting GOALS! For Your Business

The GOALS! System outlines an easy way to remember your goals, set your goals, and keep them in place.
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4 Reasons Goals Aren't Met (and what to do about it)

Last month we examined the “5 Steps to Reaching Your Goals.” This month, we’ll dig into four of the obstacles you’ll face in trying to achieve your goals.
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Five Steps to Reaching Your Goals

If you are like many people in America, you made a few New Year’s Resolutions for 2010. Now it’s March. How are you doing? Even if you didn’t make specific resolutions for this year, there were probably a few things that crossed your mind that you wanted to change about your life and your business.
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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.

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Grow Your Business and Improve Operations with New Payment Technology

Attend this free webinar to learn how new developments in payment technology can help you close more jobs, increase upselling opportunities and improve operations.


While winter is considered the "slow season" for carpet cleaners, it can also be a season of great opportunity. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun offers advice for keeping revenue consistent during the cold weather months so you're thriving - and not just surviving - the winter.
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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine


2015 Jan/Feb

The Jan/Feb ICS issue features content on cleaning services during the winter time, commercial cleaning, rug cleaning, new with rugs, marketing for restoration and new products.

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Janitorial Work

In addition to residential and commercial carpet cleaning, do you do any janitorial work on the side?
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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!

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