How to hire a janitorial cleaning service for your business

Hiring cleaners for your workplace is one of those things: it sort of lets you know you’ve made it and can afford hired help for something that seems trivial. Yet trivial it is not – a clean workplace will motivate each and every one of your employees to do better work while a dirty environment will do the opposite. Hence, it pays to have your business squeaky-clean at all times.

Hiring a janitorial cleaning service

To accomplish this, you’ll need to find a proper janitorial service that fulfills every need you could have. Here are some things to look out for before hiring.

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Knowing the people you’ll do business with

Are the janitors you’re considering licensed cleaners or are they simply a couple of folks with a broom in their hands? The difference is a lot more significant than you might think.

For one, when hiring a licensed janitorial service, you’ll enjoy the benefit of added trust – it’s not impossible for your items to get pilfered by licensed professional cleaners, but it’s a lot less likely. For the most part, pro cleaners are very trustworthy individuals that will mind their business and won’t intrude on your company’s privacy or do something even worse.

When talking to a potential janitor for your business, make sure to ask how much experience they’ve had cleaning commercial establishments – it wouldn’t hurt to ask for a reference or two as well. It might seem unnecessary, but it’s really anything but – not only will you have peace of mind knowing that you can trust the person, you’ll also know that the job is being done properly at all times.

Is there a one-stop-shop janitorial cleaning service?

Not all janitorial services are the same – some are large and feature dozens of employees with different areas of cleaning expertise while others consist of just a few individuals.

While a ‘plain old’ janitor can be a great cleaner, he or she could lack the tools and knowledge to deal with some tougher cleaning jobs. When wanting to have your rugs and upholstery cleaned, you might want to consider a dedicated rug cleaning service – to purge your air ducts, you’ll probably need cleaners with specific tools that are rarely in the possession of regular janitorial services.

There are many more examples, but the point stays the same: having the same cleaner for most tasks is perfectly fine. For the trickiest ones, however, you’ll want to think about getting the real pros on the job.

Managing your costs

While having your own janitor (or several of them) is certainly handy, it doesn’t come free. You’ll have to realistically assess the standing of your business and its finances to know how much pro cleaning you can afford.

If professional successes are piling up, great – feel free to hire a regular janitor that will clean your premises daily. This will take a load off your back and allow you to focus on more important aspects of running a business.

On the other hand, if you aren’t there yet, you’ll probably want to hire janitors in a strict on-demand capacity, calling upon them only when you’re really struggling with time or when the sanitary conditions are getting out of hand. If you’re running an up-and-coming business, it will probably pay more to do the day-to-day cleaning by yourself.

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Tips for buying commodities for your business

However you choose to spin it, buying commodities form the backbone of most businesses. In fact, the success of many a business will depend on how cheaply they can stockpile the necessary commodities – you don’t think Starbucks would be as successful if they were paying a lot for their coffee beans, do you?

Since buying commodities generally don’t vary in quality in any significant way, figuring out how to get the best deals on them is a good way to save yourself some money that you can later invest in your brand. Still, while quality of the items isn’t all that diverse, there can be a world of difference between retailers and your seeing eye-to-eye with them. Here are some commodity-buying tips for you to try and apply.

 Buying commodities for your business

  • Squeeze bulk buy for everything it’s worth. As a business owner, you’ll generally enjoy a more privileged status with retailers than a regular customer would. Why? Simple: you buy a lot more than the average customer. This is why wholesale goods cost notably less than their store-sold counterparts. Here is where you’ll apply your savvy to get the most out of your dealings: find a retailer that you can partner up with and offer reliability in exchange for a slight discount. If the retail price of the commodity you need is $10 and the wholesale price is $8, getting the retailer to sell you each item for $7 will amount to huge savings over time.
  • Always work with someone you can rely on. We mentioned reliability on your part, but reliability on the retailer’s part is just as important: you can’t afford to do business with someone who will let you down in the worst of times. Imagine you’re a rain gutter company without a particularly large warehouse, instead depending on your retailer’s timely delivery. What if a client wants complete gutter replacement using specific gutters but your retailer isn’t picking up the phone? In most cases, the client will simply go to another business. As a business owner, having your commodities readily available will act as one of the pillars of your success.
  • Explore alternate retailers. As already mentioned, buying commodities aren’t subjected to greatly-varying quality like some other goods are. This gives you much more freedom to explore alternate retailers and find the one that’s perfect for your needs. If your current retailer is giving you issues and is no longer someone you’d like to do business with, don’t be afraid to look for alternatives – in the majority of cases, all you’ll be doing is upgrading your business.
  • Know the ideal size of your stockpile. We talked how ill-advised it is not to be prepared, but going the other way might not be the best idea either: no company wants to have a warehouse that could serve a thousand times more clients than they currently have. Your stockpile should be abundant and yet economic – figuring out how to make it such will be tricky, especially early on, but it’s a must when trying to run a successful business.
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Tips for buying office supplies

A well-equipped office is an office that runs well – if you’re a manager of one, it’s your duty to provide all the pencils and papers your employees could ever hope for.

Because of the space constraints that most offices deal with, buying office supplies can be tricky – how do you have enough without sacrificing too much space? Here are some things to keep in mind when buying supplies for your office.

 Office supplies buying tips

  • Look for offices selling surplus supplies. Because of how hard it is to gauge the exact amount of supplies an office needs, quite a few managers will order way more than is necessary and only later realize that they could use the extra space and a bit of money back. Moreover, when an office goes out of business, its supplies are frequently discarded or sold for dirt-cheap prices. You’ll always want to be on the lookout for businesses selling the supplies you need, be it through word of mouth, online searches or any other way of finding out about the good deals.
  • Aim to hit the sale. Most retailers of office supplies will offer at least a couple of annual sales on their items, sometimes cutting down prices by as much as half. Needless to say, you’ll always want to buy during these sales, and you’ll want to buy a lot as well. But what can you do if you’re finding yourself with an urgent need for supplies ahead of schedule? You’ll have no choice but to work on your logistics so that you are ready to survive until the next sale. While you shouldn’t become one of the aforementioned businesses getting rid of their extra supplies just to get breathing room, you stand to save a great deal of money with the right timing.
  • Always search for alternate retailers. You might be happy with your current retailer, and that’s great. However, part of what makes a successful businessman is that he’s always looking for that upgrade, always looking for a better deal even when the current one seems perfect. How far and wide have you searched for office supplies? You could be overlooking a seller that sells what you’re buying for less, or one with better shipping options, or one that’s willing to make a partnership deal to be the sole provider for an office. Whichever the case, it pays to keep on looking.
  • Talk to your employees often regarding the state of your office. You might have a general idea of the supplies you’re missing, but it’s probably far from complete – to know everything that’s needed, you might have to talk to every single person in your employ. Taking the time to talk to your workers and ask them what they feel is missing from the office will give you a better perspective and let you re-supply much more effectively, not to mention that your employees will thank you for it – a boss that stays close to his employees and pays attention to their needs is a boss people enjoy working for.
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How to import goods from Mexico to Texas

Mexico’s goods are hot, that much is certain. The country has an impressive annual export count, especially relative to its size and economy. How? It’s pretty simple – their stuff is cheaper than ours.

Therefore, it stands to reason that you could make a pretty penny importing goods from Mexico to Texas. It’s not just the lower acquisition prices you’ll be enjoying – lots of areas in Texas have a very prominent Mexican community that will be happy to take stuff from back home off your hands. To add even more incentive, consider that there’s an ever-increasing number of Mexican-themed establishments in Texas: restaurants, bars, lodges…

But before you get on to becoming the next great cross-country trader, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations – it will eliminate losses and lead to much greater profits later on.

How will you get the stuff from one place to another?

If you’re looking to start an importing venture, you better have a good idea of how you’re going to bring the items into our country. For businessmen from the future: simply fire up your teleporter and you’re ready to go – don’t even have to deal with customs! For the rest of us, though, a more primitive method will have to do the trick. Importing is generally done in two ways, regardless of business size:

  • Importing by yourself, usually via truck. This is the simplest and most effective method considering Mexico’s not all that far from Texas, but it has its drawbacks. For one, you’ll have to actually drive a truck across the two countries on a regular basis, which could intrude on your schedule considerably and prevent you from running your business the way you’d like. You can get someone else to drive the truck for you, but be careful – it will have to be someone who’s not only an experienced driver but also a person whom you can fully trust. Either way, whoever’s doing the transporting will need an import license which probably isn’t going to be available 24 hours from the moment you requested it, so plan ahead.
  • Importing via a specialized company. This way, you’ll enjoy the benefit of someone else going through all the hassle – your only job will be to open up your warehouse for someone to unload the goods. While it might sound rosy now, it’ll sound less so when you consider that these companies charge a fee based on distance, type and amount of goods and so forth. It all depends on the size of your business – smaller businesses won’t always find it profitable to work with an importing company.

Keeping your duty in mind

There’s also something to be said about duty fees. While some items imported from Mexico are duty-free, others might empty out your pockets as they’re being brought into the country.

Therefore, most people getting in the importing business will first pay serious thought about the goods they’re looking to bring in. If you had a great importing idea only to realize that the goods in question carry a heavy import duty, it’s best to keep on thinking.

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