Creating A Niche In The Office Cleaning Business

There is a certain independence in running your own business. There are a lot of advantages: you could work on your own time; no boss but yourself; your earnings are limited only by your efforts. The sense of freedom to do a job as best you can and be paid commensurately is what a lot of start up businesses strive to achieve. For business owners, it is their chance to do something they enjoy doing.Starting and running a cleaning service business can be a big job. There are a lot of things that can be offered as services for customers. Limiting the business to only a few high-end services with a high return of investment can be a very lucrative strategy. One service or set of services which have a high return or investments is that of an office cleaning business.Service offering segmentation could be viewed as either vertical or horizontal. Horizontal cleaning service offerings are those which you can offer to almost all offices, buildings or factories. This range of services include janitorial services, general cleaning and maintenance, light cleaning and tube replacement, computer cleaning, window cleaning, washroom service, as well as janitorial supplies. No matter what the customer’s industry is, they would still need to avail of services from the above list.On the other hand, vertical commercial cleaning services are industry specific. There are some industries with strict requirements which are specific to that line of work. Examples include airport cleaning services, daytime cleaning services, specialist food industry cleaning, IT hygiene services, industrial cleaning, hotel and leisure cleaning services, contract and commercial office cleaning, retail contract cleaning services and train and railway station cleaning services.These industry segments have their own unique requirements. Due to security concerns, airport cleaning services require strict background checks of the cleaning personnel. Although not as strict, IT hygiene services also require a trustworthy personnel. Hotel and leisure cleaning services require special training of staff since they will be interacting to some extent with hotel guests. Specialist food industry cleaning and industrial cleaning also require special training which is specific to the client’s industry segment.In an increasingly competitive world, specialization results in better service. With a smaller niche, it is also that much easier to be the best within that market segment. Although that market segment might be small with only a few possible clients, the word of mouth factor becomes even more important. One good thing about small industry segments is that almost everyone knows everyone else. The small community shares information even as they compete with one another. In developing your office cleaning business within this segment, once you deliver great service, it is easy to also get the jobs from others in that market segment. This is particularly true with airports, restaurants and hotels. These industries are tight-knit and it is very common for personnel to transfer from one company to another within the industry. Proving your capability with one company opens the door to opportunities with their competitors.With a specialist approach it is not necessary to have a large company. Even a small start-up has a chance at competing with the established cleaning service companies. The important thing to remember is to create a niche and to be the best in that niche. In the office cleaning business, being thorough with the job is what it’s all about.

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Bad News – Good News

Financially and economically bad news. What does this bring? Restlessness. Sleep problems. Bad habits. We all experience occasional sleeplessness, but wow combined with all this financial and economic yuk; who does not have bad news? Drugs a solution? Yes, let us help all the pharmaceutical companies; they will like that! I am not saying that it is out of the question, but there do seem to be better solutions depending on the amount of sleeplessness you endure.

Do you have a short-term sleep problem? What are your sleep routines? Tell me all the bad news. Bad habits anyone? Bad habits such as long or late day naps are probably not helping. Do you watch TV in bed? Do you drink coffee by the pot full or by the cup full? Do you drink alcohol and how much per day? A lot of bad news in sleeping patterns can lead to multiple health related problems so it is important to examine your routine to seek out what could be the problem of your sleeplessness.

Can your bad news of bad sleeping patterns be altered? Take a closer look at your routines. Do you eat large meals before you go to bed? Do you have a lot of distractions at bedtime? Do you have a lot of noise pollution waking you up in the middle of your sleep? Do you set your alarm only to shut your alarm off 3 times after you first hear your alarm go off? Are you comfortable sleeping on your mattress; it is hard or soft or just right? Your bodies pressure points are more important than you may think. Have you tried listening to a fan or a soft steady noise, or music, while first trying to sleep?

Solutions. Are there any solutions for bad news? Yes, of course. If you have had a sleep problem that persists, anyone would tell you first to go see your family physician. Often, your doctor can give you more sound advice than anyone else or refer you to a specialist if desired.

Other solutions to bad news. Some good news solutions can be helpful. There are three good news solutions that you may want to try for your sleeplessness.

First, one way to change your sleeping habits can be to learn to change your behavioral habits about sleeping. Try something new. Even a new sleeping area, or a different room, may help. Change the color of your room where you sleep to a peaceful, relaxing color. Rearrange your bedroom furniture or just take some of it out. Perhaps removing the TV would be a great idea.

Second, another way to change your sleeplessness is to change how you go to sleep. Sounds funky? Well, try it because it may help. Teach yourself to relax before you go to sleep. Usually, your blood pressure falls when you are asleep so try letting it fall before you try to go to sleep. Change your routine to be less stressful around bed time. Try yoga, or just simple steady repetitive deep breaths for a couple of minutes. A friend of mine did really well with just deep breathing exercises and a more calming schedule around bed time.

Third, another tip to falling asleep can be as easy as pie. If you are not allergic to milk, try a glass of milk before going to bed. Milk can help induce sleep. Interesting? It is true. Also, try mental techniques not just the physical. Prepare mentally for going to sleep. If your mind is on today’s disaster, you are not going to sleep very well. Let it go, let all the mental thoughts of the day go. Rather, focus on your favorite place to be, a calm, fun, relaxing place. Let the thought take you in and actually go there mentally. You can try several favorite locations and see which ones work best for you. Create your own euphoria. Your utopia will get you to sleep more quickly than that work disaster or home disaster that just never ends or just can not seem to be fixed. You may wake up after a great nights rest with fantastic solutions to problems you have not even thought about yet! Keep a log book beside you just in case.

Extra. Stop worrying! I know; easier said than done. Example, if you are worried about gas prices, do something about it instead of worrying. Did you know every 10 miles per hour you drive over 60 is like the price of gasoline going up per gallon purchased? So drive only 60 miles per hour instead of 70 miles per hour to save on gasoline costs. Make simple solutions to worrisome problems. You will feel better than you might think with just a few simple changes to your lifestyle.

Chronic insomnia is serious. See your doctor if all else falls. Your body can not function correctly without enough sleep. Trust me, I know. I found this out the hard way. Do not cheat yourself and your family out of crucial rest. Usually if you feel bad others feel bad around you. Use good news solutions to bad news sleep problems.

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Photo Art – Making Your Photos Look Better

With the wealth of image editing software available nowadays, it is not surprising to know that more and more people want to get photos with better quality and with a unique touch of art. Most people let specialists make modifications to their photos for them so that they could get some form of photo art from their ordinary photos. However, there are also some others who would like to do the job themselves.Knowing More about Photo ArtIf you are the kind of person who would like to do your own photo editing so that you could come up with a work of art out of your normal everyday photo, then you need to know the following things. First off, you must be aware that photo manipulation, which is one way of making photo art, has been around way before computers came into the picture. In the past, this was done through manually putting photos together one by one in the darkroom or using double-exposure, paints and inks to do some retouching. Burning, cutting, masking, dodging, and fading are just among the photo manipulations done in the past that are somehow similar to the digital maneuvers now done with the help of computers and photo editing software.There is also another way for you to create your own photo art, and this through removing the original background of your photos and replacing them with another. This can be done with the use of a photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop, which has a number of tools that could be used in taking away backgrounds from your photos.Here are just some of the tools in Photoshop that you could use in enhancing your photos and come up with an excellent photo art by simply pulling out the original background:

Magnetic Lasso Tool. You can use this with the quick mask mode and be able to get the background from your photo in an average time of ten minutes.
Background Eraser Tool. This is the easiest tool to use and could produce results in less than three minutes.
Pen Tool. With this, you could make a path around the image in your photo and then change it to something you could get from a selection. Expect to remove a background using this tool within 15 minutes.
Channel Mask. This tool makes use of channels to make a mask so that the background of your photo could be removed. This is relatively easy to use considering that you would already be successful in less than two minutes.
Technique Combination. If you really want to be sure, then you could pull out the background from your image by combining two or three or all of the techniques mentioned above. This kind of strategy will take an average of 20 minutes to get results though.

Aside from photo manipulation and the removal of background to make your own photo art, there are also other ways for you to be able to do this, and these are the basic editing techniques. These include the use of special effects like putting sepia tones, using the glow effect, and even the most basic of adjusting the contrast and brightness of your image. Although these techniques may be among the basic photo editing capabilities that you may have, they will already pave the way to having a better photo in your hands.

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