December was a particularly rough month at work. We were busier than usual for that time of year and it seemed that most days in the office were rushed. Much of our equipment and uniforms were not cared for as well as they should have been that month to the point where some of them needed to be replaced.
Sometimes that is the cost of business.
I figured that I would order some new groomers pants at this time of year since things are a bit slower. Sure, we actually have enough uniforms in-stock for everyone, but I am one of those people who like to be a little more cautious and have extra clothes on-hand just in case we need them.
I guess I plan for the worst-case scenario all of the time – I suppose that risk-management is a good skill to have when you are the business owner, right?
It shouldn’t take long for the new work clothes to be shipped here and I’ll feel a lot better once we have them. In the future we will have to be more mindful of the tools that we use to make our livelihood – we should have taken better care of them over the Christmas season.
It is hard to believe that our company moved into our head office nearly fourteen years ago. At the time many of my friends thought it was a pie-in-the-sky dream that would never come to fruition, but against all odds we made it. We have come a long way from the original fourteen staff we had on opening day and I am proud of what we have accomplished.
In order to celebrate opening our fourth store, I decided that it was time that we gave our head office a bit of a facelift. The building was starting to show its age, and if we wanted to continue to make a good impression with our clients and suppliers, I felt that we needed to give our home a little TLC.
The first stage of the renovations was completed a week ago when we found a great deal on commercial windows Los Angeles. The new windows really changed the appearance of the building and modernized it. We have a new door on order as well, and once that arrives, the front of the office will be almost complete.
We are still working out some kinks in terms of finding someone to paint the building, but when we are done, I know the office will look brand new again. Hopefully the renovations won’t take much more time.
While it might seem like I have everything together, the truth of the matter is that I count on my mentor to help me grow beyond my current skillset. You see, I have wanted to have a serious rental portfolio for years and there is a certain level of knowledge required to make that happen. Since I realized that I didn’t have the required skillset on my own, I sought out someone in the local area that was an expert in rental properties.
I didn’t just work with the first person I met. I decided to look at this much like you would look at a job interview, and therefore I had some questions for my possible mentors to find the right one that would meet my needs. In fact, Mike, who is my current mentor, was the fourth person that I spoke with, and I think from the get-go we knew we would be a good fit.
I can still remember my first day working with him to try and find some replacement windows in Los Angeles for an apartment building he was renovating. I made so many mistakes that first day, but somehow I was able to come out the other side of that task a little smarter.
I know that I have a long ways to go before I am any kind of real estate mogul, but I am so thankful that I can learn from one of the best in the industry right here by my home. I am so thankful for my mentor.
It seems like ages ago since we bought our first uniforms for our staff. Five years ago when we bought a little pet grooming shop in our town, I thought that we would start off things right with groomers jackets & smocks emblazoned with our logo.
It was one of the best decisions that I have ever made.
In fact, it was what set our shop out from the crowd. You could come in to our location and you would know right away who the staff were. In a sense it gave us a spirit of unity, and to this day has been a positive experience for our staff.
But it was time for a change.
Recently, we decided to revamp our logo and our old uniforms just were not going to cut-it anymore. It wasn’t that they were worn out or anything like that, but the branding needed to change to reflect our new look.
So that is what we did.
Our new uniforms showed up yesterday and we are planning to present the staff with them at our company retreat next week. I’m hoping that they love them as much as I do – I think the changes that we have made will be good for the company.
As with any other business, we are looking at ways to streamline our operations and maximize profits. One of the ways to make more profit is by reducing expenses. So, our company has been looking at all levels for ways to cut costs without cutting staffing.
It has been a very effective exercise. There have been a bunch of great ideas that have already been implemented that have been submitted by staff at all levels of our organization. In some ways, striving to be an efficient company has really brought everyone together.
This morning I am attending a meeting that will be covering energy efficiency doors and windows in Glendale. We have been consulting with experts for some time now as to what impact switching to more efficient doors and windows would have on our bottom line, and today’s meeting will answer some questions that we have.
I will be taking back what I have learned today to the board meeting later this month where we will discuss and decide what needs to be done. It will take some time to replace all of the doors and windows in all of our buildings, but I think it will be a step in the right direction if we are looking to reduce expenses company wide.
I’ll know for sure in a few hours.