Editor's Blog

Editor's Blog
ICS editor Eric Fish sounds off on events, news and all the latest hot topics surrounding the carpet cleaning and restoration industries.

The Five Ds to Plan For

October 10, 2010
Putting together a buy-sell for our family business.
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Moving On...It's Time to Share Your Story

October 4, 2010
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really ticked off by the overreaction to every shift in the economy, especially those that relate to the A/E/C and maintenance fields.
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The First Step in Formalizing Recruiting and Hiring

October 3, 2010
The First Step in formalizing your recruiting and hiring process is to realize that recruiting of staff is just like trying to market your company to prospective customers.
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An Open Letter to Werner Braun

September 28, 2010

Some 15 years ago, IICRC officers and volunteers began working with the CRI to foster an understanding that consumer perceptions about their ability to maintain and clean carpet were an important part of the “carpet value chain.”
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Moonlighting...and I'm not talking about the Moon: Part 2

September 19, 2010
Last week, I wrote about a contractor who was having a problem with a Tech who is Moonlighting - a Tech with his own side business.
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Moonlighting...and I'm not talking about the Moon: Part 1

September 12, 2010
I recently had a series of emails from a reader regarding an all too common employer-employee issue called Moonlighting.
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Power of Riding Along

September 5, 2010
If you want to think your team is performing the right way, don’t check on them because you may not like what you see and hear.
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Pushing the Rock

August 29, 2010
It’s easy to get fired up and take control of your company. Well, it is for a day!
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7 Tips on Surviving Returning From Vacation

August 22, 2010
How much do you dread going on vacation just because you know what you’ll have to face when you return to work?
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Floods of Opportunity for Construction Pros

August 13, 2010
Last week I drove to Nashville for the birth of my first grandchild. While there I visited an area next to the Cumberland River, which flooded on May 2, killing 30 people and causing at $1 billion in damage
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Most cleaners rely on their online marketing presence to get jobs. But Google hasn't made things easy lately with their algorithm updates, which has impacted a lot of cleaning sites. Here's a look at some tips and suggestions to improve your Google ranking.
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2014 June/July

The June/July issue of ICS features stories on add-on services, carpet repair, cleaning silk rugs and ranking websites on Google.

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Social media is a good way to regularly keep in touch and interact with current clients and reach potential ones. What social mediums do you use in your cleaning/restoration business?
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