Starting Smart in Business

 

Start Right Start Smart

Start Right Start Smart

 

Creating an Inspiring & Supportive Team Starts with a Mentor!

These success stories went beyond these folks and their dreams. They didn’t start in the cleaning service business like I did, but they definitely showed their strength and tenacity for their own passions and pursued their entrepreneurial spirit!

 

 Maui’s Small Business Awards

The Maui Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2009 American Savings Bank Economic Update and U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Awards Luncheon at the Maui Beach Hotel on Friday, April 17, to pay tribute to business leaders who have made vital contributions to the community. 
 

 

Moms Making Money

SCORE Advice Helps Moms Start and Grow Their Home-Based Businesses
When Vivian Frankel was organizing a conference to help other stay-at-home mothers establish and grow their own home-based businesses in 2004, she made sure that counselor Jerry Earle of Los Angeles SCORE was on the agenda.

 

In 60 Seconds…
Whether they’re on the medal stand at the Olympics or standing in line for a hotdog at the recreation league cookout, great athletes always credit their coaches for instilling the discipline necessary to achieve a goal, offering helpful tips to sharpen their skills or providing encouragement during difficult times. Likewise, an entrepreneur can benefit from the wisdom and insights of an experienced business coach. Finding this unique individual is easier than you may think. 

0:60     Define What Do You Need Help With
A business coach can assist with things as specific as making sales presentations or as broad as developing a long-term growth plan for your business. Determine those areas in which you need the most help, and make a commitment to finding a qualified expert.

0:46     Consider Crossover Expertise
The ideal scenario is to have a coach with experience in your particular trade or industry. That may not be possible for some specialized businesses, or in certain geographic locations. Don’t worry; the basic tools and strategies for success transcend all types of businesses. If you want to add franchises to your carpet cleaning business, for example, a coach with a background in the restaurant industry can guide you through the process of evaluating potential markets and structuring contracts. 

0:34     Get an Objective Perspective 
Entrepreneurs count on friends and family members for many things, but don’t expect honest criticism to be among them. Your business coach should be someone who is fair, reasonable and interested in your success, but also willing to tell the truth, even if it’s not what you want to hear.

0:28     Find a Compatible Comfort Factor
Personalities don’t always click. You may discover that an otherwise perfect business coach is difficult to work with, or doesn’t fully understand your perspective. (For example, many female entrepreneurs prefer working a coach who is also a woman.) Your coach should be someone who earns your trust and confidence, not intimidates you into following his or her advice.

0:17     Where to Find It
If you have visited www.score.org, you’re already well on the way to finding the perfect business coach for your needs. SCORE has 389 chapter offices across the country where you can receive free, one-on-one counseling from experts who have done it all.

0:03     Take Advantage of Technology
You don’t even need to leave your home or office to work with a SCORE business coach. Just go to SCORE’s Web site, select “Ask SCORE” and identify the area(s) in which you would like some coaching. By browsing through the resumes of potential coaches, you’re sure to find one with the expertise and skills you’re looking for. An email to that coach is all it takes to launch a rewarding relationship that will benefit your small business.


Brought to you by SCORE “Counselors to America‘s Small Business.” Ask SCORE.

~Me ke aloha pau ole

 

The Endurance of a Business Owner

 

There are multiple reasons, beliefs and personal convictions that act as anchors during the entrepreneurs’ hardest challenges and decisions in their professional career. Imagine the gift of being free and liberated to do as you wish in your own cleaning business. That same business that enriches your life personally and financially, allows you to offer great service to your customers and solid employment and growth to your staff. That same freedom-giving train can potentially fall off its tracks if it’s not properly cared and maintained for. The possibility of everything crashing all around is the silent dirty little secret that a lot of business owners fear.

 

Here are several practical guide-posts that have been useful for many successful entrepreneurs. Business owners that strived to live out their dreams and create their own destiny and ultimately defy the odds of many to live the life of a few.

 

Encouragement:

Possessing a deep knowledge of self awareness, confidence and self-esteem allows one the ability to salve their own wounds and push on when things seem unclear or negative.

 

 

Focus:

To behold great passion is the torch of all creative souls. Having clarity throughout ones life, especially in business is magical. Using that drive and ambition is an electrifying force that acts as their true north.

 

 

Strategy:

This should be referred to as your business’ vehicle. The catapult is what will bring your goals into better viewing and eventually materialize. Choose the medium that best suits your business, organization and team.

 

 

Planning:

I love the mantra or the slogan; be, do and act. That’s the epitome of a plan, it’s quintessential. From being, one can create the dream or desired outcome. From the doing, one learns different measures of success and builds on the experience. And finally, from acting, success shines through more and more and cause and effect is in full force. The degree of congruency is refined and sharpened for accuracy, repetition and feedback.

 

 

Gratitude:

The most generous response to give someone is to say mahalo, thank you. Embodying gratitude is an appraisal of yourself being exactly where you need to be at the right time, at the right place and with the right people. Being grateful with what you have in your life is like a stepping stone to feeling happy, open-mined, non-judgmental and easy going. That is when the best business opportunities seem to manifest which naturally perpetuates more feelings of gratitude. Thus, another angle to the law of attraction.

 

Detachment:

Peace of mind and clarity are the main benefits of living with detachment. To let go does not mean to be irresponsible, but only to let go of the controlling mindset of the ego. To assume and superimpose that there can only be one acceptable effect or outcome, completely cuts off any of the other infinite possibilities that one cannot begin to imagine. There are so many nuances that one must keep the ego out of the equation at this juncture.

 

Through all these different layers, or guide posts, developing and building on ones confidence is key. Doing so will enable our natural abilities to expand as we are faced with challenges and simultaneously, also raise our standards and re-group for yet another cycle. So, with all due respect, mahalo a nui loa to everyone and a me ke aloha pau ole!


Every Smart Business Has an Exit Plan

One of the reasons so many businesses fail is the lack of focus. Even if you begin your cleaning service business with a solid plan and follow it with all the gung-ho you can muster, one can still lose focus. You almost need a plan for your plan; micro-managing if you will. You can mange and revise your business plan quarterly, bi-annually or just yearly, depending on your companys’ priorities. For instance, implementing your marketing plan effectively might require that you consider a weekly or monthly meeting with your sales staff or just your accountant and advertising representative. Where as, your financial plan that includes any business loans or employment benefits, etc. might only need your attention bi-annually. 

Another point to consider is your over-all future plans for your business. Where do you want it to go? Should you expand your services and/or employees and also your administrative duties, or do you want it to remain small and manageable? There are pros and cons for both, just decide what best suits your goals and needs.

Those questions are just as important as your start up business plan. You need to know where your’e going, besides where your’e at, to fully realize your professional and financial potential as a business owner. An exit plan doesn’t just have to be about walking away from a failed business, it might include semi-retirement objectives, such as, weaning yourself out to a minimum of only 10 hours a week, or just keeping in touch with the office no matter where you may be. Take yourself and your cleaning business seriously and evaluate your goals and objectives and formulate an exit plan for the future.

Optimize Your Marketing 1 hr. a Week!

Leave extra business cards with all your clients; tell them they’ll get 20% off for their referrals.

Make homemade soap or candles to give to all your new clients on their 1st cleaning. Don’t forget about Christmas, too!

Offer specialized services that coincide with the seasons; windows/carpet, spring cleaning, holidays and New Years.

Create gift certificates that your clients can purchase for gifts; remind them about the 20% off if they become regular clients!

Marketing doesn’t have to be a huge expense, just be creative and consistent!