Packing for men is a more difficult task than packing for women. The size of their clothing, and all that cotton seems to make it a more complicated. I begin by lining the bottom of the case with underwear. The underwear has been packed inside a packing cube so my husband doesn't have to "unpack." He just places the cube in the hotel drawers. The packing cube also levels out the bottom of the suitcase where the bars for the pull up handle are stored. Then Ill use a shirt packing case or organizer. These are made by several manufacturers and consist of a form that you can fold a shirt around (similar to the way shirts are displayed in department stores.) These will keep the shirts from wrinkling by securing them neatly so they will not move about in the suitcase. I then stuff my husbands shoes with his socks. I place the shoes in shoe covers to protect the clothing and then these are put around the perimeter of the suitcase. I also roll up some sweatshirts and shorts for casual wear or to use in the hotel gym. I use a leather case for his shaving and toiletry needs. Anything in an aerosol can I will pack for him keep in his carry on case. The leather case has a water resistant lining because I know that many bottles and containers can loosen in travel. This case is also placed around the perimeter of the case. I pack his slacks on hangers, laying them out the long way so they are folded only once. Packing with hangers avoids the need to re-hang them on the hotel hangers once he's arrived in his room. The shirt holders can go directly to the bureau drawer along with the packing cubes that have filled with his underwear. I also tuck a small folding laundry bag inside the packing cube. When he needs a sports jacket or a suit I will pack in a garment bag. He has two different sizes, depending on the amount of jackets he is taking. I have never found a way to fold a jacket in a suitcase without it needing professional pressing when he arrives at the hotel. One of his suitcases has the garment bag inside the case. Whenever I do pack a jacket or suit for him, I'll pack a travel steamer. They have dual voltage so they can be used around the world, and they will use any type of tap water. My husband has found it quick and easy to use the steamer whenever it's necessary to remove the slight packing wrinkles. Secure the suitcase with a TSA approved lock and he's on his way.
You are a young contract cleaning company or just starting out and want to expand? So many cleaning firms are run as a one man band and do not want to employ cleaners so they are incapable of expansion. If you are reading this then you are not among that number and want to enlarge and expand your cleaning business. There are a few simple rules you must follow if you want to be successful in this and retain your contracts.1. Visit each site at least once per week. In order to ensure that the cleaning is taking place as you want it to. Vary the times and days of your visits.2. Maintain good communications with the client and respond rapidly to any requests or complaints.3. Maintain good relations with your staff. Your most valuable resource are your staff so treat them well and not just in monetary terms.4. Maintain all equipment used on a site in excellent working order. If a piece of equipment is not working efficiently then the cleaners no matter how hard they work are not going to be able to carry out the cleaning effectively and they will soon become disgruntled.5. Ensure that there are always adequate supplies of cleaning materials available for the cleaning staff on each site. If they have not got the materials then they cannot carry out the job effectively.These five points would seem to be common sense and indeed they are. However the larger you become and the more contracts you take on the more difficult it becomes to carry them out consistently. You are out there working away trying to attract in more business, attending to new customers, setting up new contracts and sometimes involved in crisis management. Under these normal pressures of work these basic principles can be pushed to the bottom of the to do list. A clean may be going along with no problems and under these circumstances it is quite easy to assume that all is well and does not require your attention. Then out of the blue it can come up to bite you! Consequently always give time to perform these five rules regardless of the other pressures on your time.Experience has shown that the larger the company becomes the more these five points become neglected. Very large companies often lose contracts simply because they neglected these five cardinal rules and you can step into their place and pick up these contracts. However you must always be on your guard that you do not fall into the same trap as you become bigger.
Traveling home on a five hour flight recently, I had the misfortune of sitting in front of the chatty cheerleader'. She was talking to the male passenger sitting next to her. Now I have nothing against cheerleaders at a game they provide hours of entertainment for all the family, but this girl was right out of the T-Mobile commercial. You know the one? It's where the girl apparently speaks through her entire monthly minutes in one conversation.So there I am, trying to sleep after a day's worth of long meetings, and like I said, it's a 5 hour flight. This girl would just not stop talking, even to take a breath. At first it was amusing, then it got irritating, and eventually I couldn't take any more.I put my Bose noise cancelling headphones on and immediately they silenced the roar of the jet engines down to a mere whimper, but cheerleader girl seemed to be amplified even louder! Agggh! If only the headphones had a reduce cheerleader noise' setting - no such luck. After going through a range of emotions, most of which are unrepeatable here, I decided to try and look for the positive in all this.I asked myself, what if I had been sitting next to the cheerleader, and she was chatting to me? In all honesty, I suspect that I would have humored her, I may have even enjoyed the conversation.In hindsight I think I was overly tired. I always try and look for the good in people, and I encourage you to do the same. Usually you can find something, even in the worst of situations.Never let a bad circumstance affect you beyond a day, make sure you clear your head and wake up in a positive frame of mind, ready to move on. I can laugh about the situation with the cheerleader now, and little did I know at the time that she would provide an instructive lesson for all of us.
All of the planning in the world is an exercise in futility without the working capital to successfully carry out the plan. If a business sells to customers on terms, then "working capital" availability is dependent on cash flow timing. In most instances a business will incur a cash flow gap between the time cash is required for inventory, payroll and operating expenses, and the time cash is received from customers paying on terms. Lets explore a simple example of this timing difference that makes up the cash flow gap:Day 1: Your business orders materials from suppliers on N/30 terms;Day 3: Your business receives materials and begins production (which takes 5 days);Day 8: Your business ships product to customers on N/30 terms;Day 14: Mid month Payroll is due;Day 30: Month-end Payroll and supplier invoice are due;Day 48: Your customer remits payment to you.In this scenario the cash gap is 34 days, which is from day 14 when payroll is due, to day 48 when customer remits payment. The cash gap encompasses two pay periods and a payment to your supplier, whereas the gap normally includes multiple payments to suppliers for ongoing customer orders. If your business is mature and growing conservatively, or less than 10% per year, then you probably have sufficient cash reserves or a bank line of credit to cover the cash gap. But, if you are a growing business with opportunity, how do you cover the cash gap? Oftentimes a bank line of credit is not sufficient to cover the cash gap for growing businesses because bankers look historically to your companys past to determine how much debt they will lend to your business in the future. Many growing businesses have found themselves caught short on working capital as their cash flow stretched during a period of growth.Cash flow funding through account receivable factoring may be just the tool needed during periods of rapid growth. Factoring is not a loan or debt, but the selling of frozen assets (invoices) at a discount to obtain the cash in a more timely fashion (typically within 24 hours of invoicing your customer). Your business sends invoices to your customers and a copy of the invoice to the factoring company. The factoring company purchases the invoice from your company advancing 80% of the face amount of the invoice. When your customers pay the invoice, the factoring company remits to you the 20% reserved, less their fee (normally 1-5%).In the cash gap scenario discussed above, working capital would be enhanced by providing your company with cash (80% of the invoice amount) on day 9! Your company would have cash flow to make payroll on day 14, and pay suppliers and make payroll on day 30. When your customer pays on day 48, the factoring company remits to you the 20% held less their fee.When planning for growth in your business it is important that you assess the working capital needs and cash flow gap in order to ensure that your plans can be met. Utilizing an accounts receivable factoring program can assist in your successful growth. But, be sure to assess the cost of the accounts receivable program as a percentage of sales. And, make sure that you do not have a term contract with the factoring company so that you may exit the program whenever your business has grown to the next plateau.
Starting a vending route can be an easy, inexpensive and profitable way of entering the vending industry. You can opt for various kinds of vending machines and products according to your business needs and objectives. For starters, the bulk vending business is a great opportunity to gain financial freedom as well as setup a rewarding venture. Say goodbye to the restricted office job, time schedule and earning potential. Basically, this includes gumball, toys, stickers, tattoo and candy vending machines. Beginning in the bulk vending industry involves choosing a vending machine and products according to the desired customer base, locations and sales level. It is better to plan before you actually enter the industry. At a later stage, it becomes quite difficult to get out of a loss-making vending route. Planet Antares bulk vending machines are easy to setup, move and transport. You can get good locations easily as these machines can be kept in a small floor space or even hung on the wall. You can enjoy flexible working hours and service these vending machines easily too. Vending products are also easy to handle and refill in the vending machines. You must look for busy areas with large amounts of customer traffic comprising of children and their families. These people form the biggest client base for candy vending machines and toy vending machines. "Planet Antares" Inc allows you to take benefit of its vending locator service to get the best locations for your vending machines. These are usually places with kids waiting and using candy or toy vending machines to pass time.Also, you must look for areas with low rate of theft and vandalism. Security mechanisms like automatic alarms should also be introduced for protection of your vending machine against theft. However, these systems are more commonly used in snack and beverage vending machines. The bulk vending operators do not prefer investing too much on equipment, especially if the vending business is a part-time or additional source of income.To get a well performing vending route, search and compare various vending machine suppliers before selecting a particular company. Look for good quality vending machines with technologically updated features and capacity to stock a large amount of product quantity. The vending machine supplier should also provide customer and technical support as well as instruction manual to guide you as a beginner. With a little more prudence and strategic operations, you can establish and run a highly successful vending route with bulk vending machines.