A Career In The Cleaning Services Industry

Irrespective of the location, whether it is polishing the floor in a restaurant or washing the windows of a 747, it is easy to get into the cleaning industry at various levels. Housekeeping jobs are suitable for those who are looking for short-term jobs. However, housekeeping jobs have repetitive tasks, and involve a pre-planned routine. The garbage removal and hospital housekeeping career is more stable, and can last for years.

There are numerous job openings in the cleaning industry, providing far better options to choose from, including disaster clean up, upholstery and carpet cleaning, eavestrough cleaning and window washing. Cleaners also carry out wastewater restoration, removal of industrial toxins, and cleaning out plugged sewer pipes after using televised inspection devices.

Requirements

The cleaning industry is divided into two sectors, consumer and commercial. Cleaning crews and house cleaners are hired to clean offices, hotel hallways, rooms, bathrooms etc. You may want to combine the two depending on your preferences. Applying and getting a job in the industry greatly depends on what services you can offer. Keeping the customer happy is an underlying requirement to help the business thrive.

A set of predefined rules and regulations are set down for the employees before they start the job in any organization. The employees are expected to follow these rules, as customer satisfaction depends on how well the cleaning staff does its work. Usually, customers don’t visit a particular hotel or restaurant again if the service they received isn’t satisfactory. This directly affects the business as well as the reputation of the employees. However, both the customer and the managing department should know their limitations. To prevent any kind of conflict, the client should be given a clear idea about the working of the management.

Some people opt for independent work, if they have a thorough knowledge of the working of the industry, and ample experience to take up jobs on their own. Others decide upon franchising. In which case, they can set their own rules and administer the working on their own, without consulting any outer managing company.

Options In The Cleaning And Service Industry

The service industry has grown over the years, and it is no longer limited to housecleaning tasks. Here are some of the jobs available in this industry:

Building Superintendent – Cleaning and maintaining the surroundings of a business. Co-ordinate renovations and repairs, team up with tenants and owners to maintain a safe environment. They earn about $12,110 to $ 66,440 per year.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner – Gauge the nature of the job and administer the cleaning accordingly. Cater to customer needs and develop a healthy rapport with the customer. They can work on an hourly or commission basis.

Hazardous Waste Management Technologist – This is an industrial job, and the knowledge of machines and petrochemical companies is needed. On the job training, and post secondary education is the minimum experience and education required for this job.

Cleaning, by its nature, is not a “clean” job. If it were, the need for house cleaners would never arise. People would happily scrub grime off from floors without complaining. Every industry and organization needs cleaning and maintenance from time to time. This is the reason the industry has grown and prospered over the years. There are said to be more avenues opening up in the near future.

Starting a Lawn Mowing Business – Different Ways to Get Into the Lawn and Garden Service Industry

If you are looking at changing your career, or just want to supplement your income, then getting into the lawn and garden care/service industry may just be “what the doctor ordered”. There are different ways and approaches to entering the lawn and garden business.

Broadly speaking, there are 2 main ways to get into the business which are:

  1. Starting with an existing client base
  2. Starting without an existing client base

If you do not have any customers, and want to purchase an existing customer list then this can be done in 2 ways:

  1. buy an existing business from an independent contractor. It is important to keep in mind that when you buy someone else’s business you cannot be sure they have priced and quoted their jobs correctly, and you cannot be sure the customers will stay with you or be poached by the former contractor. Or,
  2. buy a lawn mowing franchise, for example, Jim’s Mowing, VIP, Marks Mowing etc. Jim’s Mowing is a world-wide franchise system, whereas the others are Australian based only. In this case, the franchisor offers a guaranteed income (what is known as the Work Availability Guarantee) for up to around 13 weeks. In short, this income guarantee is bank-rolled by the initial franchise fee (that is, the money you initially paid to buy the lawn mowing franchise)

If you want to start your own business without a customer list then for obvious reasons your income stream will be slow taking off. To counter this, you can pick up immediate income from garden makeovers and odd jobs whilst you build your own lawn mowing customer roster.

Business and Industry in Plymouth

In the past, the area around Plymouth had silver, tin and lead mines with the River Tamar being the centre for ships exporting the mined ores for over one thousand years. Those mines are now exhausted and yet still contribute to the economy of the local area. In the south west tourism brings in around three quarters of a billion pounds in business and is, therefore, a significant factor in the local economy of Plymouth. Plymouth has many tourist attractions and tourist accommodation facilities both within and nearby the city. To help service all the tourism there is of course a wide selection of bars and restaurants in the area offering employment opportunities. Plymouth is, of course, home to Plymouth Gin which is manufactured at the Black Friar distillery in Southside Street. Southside Street has been the home of the Black Friars distillery since 1793. It is now the only producer of Gin in the UK.

As for any port in the United Kingdom Plymouth has a fishing industry that stretches back across the centuries and is first recorded in the Doomsday book. Sadly, along with many other ports, the fishing industry in Plymouth virtually collapsed in the mid-1970s as European/international restrictions on fishing began to bite. Despite the increasing restrictions on fish quotas, fishing out of the port of Plymouth continues to play a part in the local economy, but on a much smaller scale. Apart from landing fish, the coast around Plymouth is well known to have a rich supply of scallops. Many local fishing boat owners supplement their income with ‘Pleasure Fishing Cruises’ for tourists. Plymouth port does not handle the volume of shipping it has done in the past. However, operating out of the Millbay docks, it is still used as a ‘roll-on roll-off’ port by Brittany ferries on their Roscoff (France) and Santander (Spain) routes, carrying both passengers and freight. The docks also provide berths for other ships and can facilitate the servicing of ships moored in Plymouth Sound.

A major employer in Plymouth is the DML group. DML was established in the 1980s to run the Royal Dockyard and, since 1997, it has owned it. The Royal Dockyard was, once upon a time, the most important and significant naval dockyard in the country. Now it is mainly in the private sector under DML with only a small part of it retained by the Royal Navy, which is now known as the ‘Plymouth Naval Base’. DML in turn is owned by three other companies; Haliburton KBR, Balfour Beatty and the Weir Group. Therefore, as a group, DML has interests in oil extraction and production, building construction, transport infrastructure and defence engineering. Whilst DML is still involved in small ship and yacht manufacturing, its main source of work comes from the refurbishment and maintenance of ships and railway locomotives. Employing nearly 5000 people and with an annual turn-over of £400 million, it is a major employer in the south west of England.

The international conglomerate BAE Systems has a site in the Southway area of Plymouth, which is used in the construction of Platform Solutions, namely Gyros and IMUs (Inertial Motor Units). Such devices are widely used by military operators to provide platform stabilisation for gunfire systems, as well as flight controls for manned and unmanned machines. Originally known as UK Sperry Gyroscopes, Plymouth has over 90 years experience in the production of inertial sensors.

Toshiba Carrier UK, on the Belliver Industrial Estate in Plymouth manufactures air conditioning units ranging from small domestic ones to ones suitable for light commercial activities. Founded in Japan in 1875, Toshiba is now better known as a manufacturer of electronics goods. It has, however, been producing air conditioning units for over 30 years now.

Bluestone is a major national construction company which has its south west base located in Plymouth. The company works mainly on publicly funded contracts such as building schools and hospitals.

Although relatively one of the smaller employers in Plymouth, Gleason’s has a long tradition of working in the town. Gleason’s is a manufacturer of cutting tools and gear, which were vital to the development of the once large ship building industries that were here. Now employing 150 people with an annual turn-over of about £20 million, it still provides tools to other local industries and companies across the UK such as Toyota, Ford and Black & Decker.

Present in Plymouth for over 20 years, Rittal-CSM, in Roborough Plymouth, manufactures enclosures and work-stations for IT equipment located in business and industrial settings. It employs some 700 personnel and exports its products world-wide and has an annual turn-over approaching £70 million.

At the Tamar Business Park, Plymouth has the Information Technology Transfer Centre. The function of the centre is to develop and apply digital technologies in innovative ways, thereby encouraging ‘high tech’ businesses to locate themselves in the Plymouth area. It specialises in finding ways to develop the use of imaging technology such as 3D scanning and rapid prototyping.

Revolutionary New Labor Force Providing Flexible And Cost-Effective Business Services

Over the past decade many companies, professionals, executives, individuals & organizations have a used a cost effective business solution known as the Virtual Assistant, to streamline their business. They have benefited from hiring their services, which can save you time and money in your business or projects. Many companies are seeking cost-effective support for their business in their “own backyard” instead of venturing overseas for outsourcing services or business support services.

By working with a Virtual Assistant, a business can save by: lowering overhead costs, eliminate federal obligations of an employee, you only pay for the services that you request, eliminate the cost of finding/training an employee, they can help you to reduce your work hours, help you to improve or reduce administrative tasks, provide assistance at half of the cost of employees. Some of them offer discounts on their services, you don’t have to have a business or employees to use their services or some of them can work along with your current staff.

They provide professional business services in a variety of areas: office / business management or support, business consulting, web design, secretarial services, tax processing, accounting, personal assistant, payroll, public relations, bookkeeping, computer services, real estate, typing services, research & analysis, marketing, project management, transcription services, business management, art dealer/ art design, web analytics, computer specialist, seo, data management, email management and many other specialized business services. All business services don’t have to be outsourced to them & they can assist with portions of your business needs or one time projects.

Their business experience & backgrounds in business are endless. They work via the Internet, phone, email, instant messenger, fax, courier services and postal mail. There are no geographic restrictions on some of their services; which can be offered worldwide & some of them offer one single service or multiple services. When a business is created and growing, administrative tasks can increase. This can equal to less time that a business has to generate new revenue or focus on other aspects of business. Wouldn’t it be great to have an assistant to call only when you need them? That’s what a Virtual Assistant can do.

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Outsourcing is better for the environment, reduces commuting back and forth to work, there is less worry about late employees, employees wasting time on the job and costing a company extra money. A Virtual Assistant is a professional who is 100% focused on your business needs and only bills for the hours worked and/ or tasks completed and they can be a good business solution for outsourcing and helping to cut back on additional business expenses.

While more businesses move their marketing and communications to the internet, Virtual Assistants become a more obvious choice for business or staffing problems. You can hire them faster than an employee and pick which hours, days or services that you need their assistance on. For less than the cost of temps or employees, you can take advantage of professional assistance with a variety of skills with the click of a mouse.

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