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Residential Connection-Keep Your Fire Alive

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By Alonzo Adams | October 9, 2019 << Back to Articles

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I recently read an article about 13 surprising signs of burnout.

It highlighted how some of the signs can be so subtle, that they can easily be missed. The signs—which can be physical, emotional, interpersonal, or professional— can be hard to recognize. But if you are able to catch them early enough, hopefully you can avoid major complications.

I realized as I read the article how easy it would be for someone in the residential cleaning industry to fall prey to burnout. Turnover in our industry is very high—extremely high. New businesses open every day, just as existing ones close their doors.

As the owner of a small business, because it is likely you don’t have enough staff to delegate tasks to, there are so many details that you must handle yourself. There is the stress of building your client base and handling personnel issues, which seem to multiply easily. Monitoring social media and online reviews is a job all by itself. And don’t forget, you need to hire more staff to keep up with your clients’ needs.

It would be all too easy to get overwhelmed and fall into the early stages of burnout. Don’t let that happen. When you started your business, you had that fire. Keep that fire burning. How? Make an investment in yourself.

As the business owner, your business goes as you go. Take time out and focus your positive energy on yourself.

I have my own recommendation on how you can keep the fire burning that you have for your business. Surround yourself with like-minded business owners that share the same passion for their business and want to see you succeed Join me this year at the ISSA Show North America 2019 in Las Vegas. Every year, hundreds of residential cleaning company owners gather at the ISSA Show. It is our own personal family reunion. We gather, we network, we share, we connect. I guarantee you that if you come to this event, you will walk away feeling a stronger passion for your business.

Our show committee has set a goal for this year: All residential attendees will leave the show with at least 12 ideas that they can use in their business. That is one idea to use each month

You are the critical element in your business. The importance of your health and state of mind should not be underestimated. You need to put yourself first. I hope you will consider joining me in Las Vegas in November.


About the Author.

Alonzo Adams is the president of Busy Bee Cleaning Company Inc. located in West Chester, PA. He is the chair of the ISSA Residential Cleaning Council, which represents ARCSI, a division of ISSA, the residential cleaning arm of ISSA.