Green Cleaning by Tailor Maid

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Tailor Maid are proud to make a commitment to the environment and as such are using Eco friendly cleaning products and equipment.

Our hoovers use HEPA filters which are healthier for people who have allergies or health problems leaving cleaner air.

What is a HEPA filter and do I need one?

HEPA is an acronym for “high efficiency particulate air”. Basically HEPA is a type of filter that can trap a large amount of very small particles that other vacuum cleaners would simply recirculate back into the air of your home. There are a couple of different categories of HEPA filters that can make understanding the abilities of your filter confusing.

Why Buy a HEPA Filter

HEPA filters trap small particles that may cause problems for allergy sufferers and others with health problems. Reducing or eliminating those particles will make cleaner air for the residents of your home. Decide if a true HEPA is necessary for your family, or if capturing a smaller amount of particles is worth the price break on filter costs.

Tailor Maid offers affordable Eco friendly solutions to every day cleaning problems.

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Domestic Cleaning. A tailor-made service for you whether you want a regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly clean or a one off spring/deep clean.

  • We bring our own eco friendly products
  • All housekeepers are fully trained and reference checked by Tailor Maid.
  • Prices from £11 per hour*
  • Opportunity to meet your housekeeper before they start.
  • Regular feedback with Tailor Maid to ensure you are happy with the service.
  • Full Liability Insurance.
  • Our service is tailor made to suit you and your lifestyle.
  • We offer a professional and flexible service.
  • We bring our own products we just ask to use your hoover and mop.
  • No agency fees.

 

Tailor Maid – Green Cleaning

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Peace of mind! By sourcing a cleaner through a company like Tailor Maid you are guaranteed peace of mind. We arrange the cleaners, we vett them and train them. We ensure that you continue to be happy with your cleaner and we can do something about it if you are not! We have insurance to protect you, your property and the cleaner .

All  staff are on our payroll system and are trained by ourselves. You do not need to do anything or worry about anything, except sit back and enjoy your clean house!

 

 

 

 

Mum’s return to work -Tailor Maid

A positive return to work image Children are on their way back to school and the summer holidays are about to become a distant memory. My project during the last week has been creating a scrap book with ticket, photos and memorabilia from the last couple of months; a heart warming reminder of some very special experiences together as a family. It’s not surprising then that many of us go into September with the post-holiday blues. I remember as a child I’d have them going back to school and it’s no different for many adults. Even if we don’t have the blues, it often takes a bit of time to reconnect with what needs to be done at work and remember where we left off.

In the manufacturing industry, many organisations work hard to remind people about health and safety during the first week of September because historically that’s when most accidents have happened. Whether you manage others, or want to better manage yourself to get through the next few weeks, here’s my tips to re-connect and make September the high point of your year: Surround yourself with the energy givers, not zappers Be intentional about spending time with the people that give you energy and make you feel positive. Who are the colleagues and people in your network that inspire you? Fill your diary with meetings and catch-ups with the people and projects that will make you feel good about being back at work – and minimise the time spent with those people that drain you. If you’ve got the post-holiday blues, the chances are you’re not the only one, so make yourself an energy ‘giver’ and not a zapper. Re-clarify priorities Ignore the overflowing inbox and start by re-clarifying the big priorities for September. Be clear about what you’re going to have achieved by the end of the month and what personal growth and value you’ll have gained.

If you manage others, schedule a team meeting as soon as possible. Give enough time on the agenda to look back and celebrate how far you’ve come this year. Then re-state the priorities for the coming three months and be sure everyone remembers ‘why’ each one is so critical – what’s it all adding up to? Do your people have objectives? Take the opportunity to review them and be sure they are still appropriate and top-of-mind. Share reflections from the summer Whether you managed a break, had a summer reading more books or whether you’ve had weeks of juggling childcare, the chances are something was different during the summer. Take time out to reflect; what did you learn, who did you meet that you want to stay connected with, what inspiration did you gather? It’s all too easy to feel inspired as you have a social conversation with someone over the dinner table in the sun, but forget about it once you’re back in the office. Ask your colleagues what reflections they had over the summer and engage in a different level of conversation. If you are a manager, you might be surprised what you learn about what makes the ‘heart beat’ of those around you – insight you can use to best engage and connect with them. Even fiction can give inspiration and insight.

I loved a novel that a friend leant me and at the end, found myself having been reminded of the fact our actions have impact on others beyond just ourselves. Change your environment Give yourself a lift by changing your working environment a little. Add a new plant, paint a wall, turn your chair to face a different direction. Have your meetings with others standing up or walk with colleagues to grab a coffee more often. Make a change that feels good and energising. Give the gift of time We can all help others to re-engage at work by giving each other the most special gift of all; time. This is particularly key if you manage others. Schedule catch-up sessions with every one of your people within the next week. Think about what will remind them that they are valued. Maybe it’s saying thank you for keeping a project going while others were out or simply reminding them that you value their attitude and skills as part of your team. Do that before you get into the task conversations, not as an add-on at the end.

Remind yourself what reward and recognition tools exist. I have a client who has chocolate bars available for colleagues to give each other as a thank you. Some are just chocolate – others also have duvet days and cinema tickets inside. Find out what’s available, but don’t let that be a substitute for the gift of time. Here’s to beating the post holiday blues and re-engaging with passion for a September full of high performance. *Jane Sparrow runs a management and leadership consultancy and is author of The Culture Builders. Check out Jane’s blog here – it has tips and advice for managers and her website has tools, including video footage of leadership role models.

Tailor Maid-Self Employment 40 year high

imageSelf-employment is higher than at any point over past 40 years, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS says 4.6 million people were self-employed in their main job in 2014, accounting for 15% of those in work, which is the highest percentage since data were first collected. There were also an additional 356,000 employees who had a second job in which they were self-employed.

It adds that the rise in total employment since 2008 has been predominantly among the self-employed and is mainly due to fewer people leaving self-employment than in the past despite the fact that the average income of self employed people has fallen by 22% since 2008/9.

Total employment in the second quarter of 2014 was 1.1 million higher than in the first quarter of 2008, just before the economic downturn that hit the UK. Of this increase, 732,000 was among people who are self-employed so the rise in total employment since 2008 was predominantly among the self-employed. The total number of employees rose by 339,000 over the same period.

The percentage of people starting self-employment, also known as the inflow rate, over the past 20 years has been fairly constant, hovering around 36% to 38%. The percentage of people leaving self-employment, or the outflow rate, was between 32% and 37% until the most recent five-year period where it fell to 23%. The ONS speculates that the reasons for this include difficulty in finding employed work and people working beyond the state pension age.

It says self-employed workers tend to be older than employees and are more likely to work higher (over 45) or lower (8 or less) hours than employed workers. The number of over 65s who are self employed has more than doubled in the last five years to reach nearly half a million.

The number of women in self-employment is increasing at a faster rate than the number of men. In 2014 women made up just under one third of the self-employed (1.4 million). Since 2009 the number of self-employed women has increased by 34%. By comparison over the past five years the number of self-employed men has risen by 15% to 3.1 million in 2014. Despite the rise in women being self-employed, men still make up 68% of self-employed workers, says the ONS.

It suggests part of the reason is that work in skilled trades in male-dominated industries such as construction have suffered more from the effects of the economic crisis than the service sector and professional occupations that self-employed women tend to work in. The top three occupations for self-employed women are cleaners and domestics, childminders and related occupations and hairdressers and barbers.

The most common self employed roles overall are working in construction and taxi driving and in recent years there have been increases in self employed management consultants.

The ONS adds that across the European Union the UK has had the third largest percentage rise in self-employment since 2009

WM Magazine.

Tailor Maid Home-Surge in women setting up their own businesses

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More women are setting up their own business because they fear discrimination in the board room and because the internet has made it easier for them to set up a business, according to a new survey from Freelancer.co.uk.

The survey of 2,000 women across the UK showed that there had been a rise of 29% in the number of women who said they were starting up their own business in the last 12 months because they felt it was the only way they could run their own company.

The survey found that almost 60% of women had set up an ecommerce site or were using sites like Freelancer.co.uk to find freelancers to outsource essential work that was needed to set up in business, such as logo design, e-commerce website creation, marketing and business plans. Others had crowdsourced designs for logos for their business.

The survey also found that almost half of the 39% rise were part-time entrepreneurs, doing one job while starting up their own business.

Freelancer.co.uk figures also show a 73% rise in earnings from the self-employed using the site in 2012. It also shows that more than a third of those registering will set up their own business and start employing other people to work for them.

According to Bill Little, Freelancer.co.uk’s European Director, it has never been a better time for women to start up on their own. “There has been a surge of women starting up their own businesses. Many women now are able to turn their ideas for a business into reality thanks to technology changes that helps the self employed work,” he said.

“Yet women are being highly innovative using online technologies to start up success businesses quickly and cheaply. They are taking their dreams and turn them into reality at a quicker rate than men in the UK today,” he said.

“What’s more, as these new businesses begin to grow they can access a network of skilled freelancers from around the world to support their business.”

Eco Friendly Cleaning Services

Tailor Maid is now embracing Green Cleaning and in making a commitment to the environment is introducing eco-friendly cleaning products in to our domestic cleaning.

This new service will be for clients who are passionate about not using chemicals in the home to clean with.

Environmental Cleaning Benefits

Lowers your carbon footprint
Gentle but effective cleaning products
No harmful chemicals or detergents
Completely environmentally friendly

We ensure that all the cleaning products we use are eco-friendly, right down to the packaging and production of the solutions. So you can rest assured that your cleaning requirements will be carried out to the highest standards, without impacting on your environment.

Tailor Maid Home-Women In The Cleaning Industry

The following article is from Behind the Broom and is written by Judy Gillies, President and Founder of the Surge Group.

There is a growing trend occurring in the boardrooms of the cleaning industry that is incrementally changing the dynamics of how cleaning operations are managed. That growing trend relates to the number of women that hold executive positions in the corporate realm of today’s cleaning enterprises.

Like most businesses today, diversity in the workplace has become an important issue and has opened up not only avenues of debate and discussion, but opportunities for different age-groups, ethnic minorities and, of course, women to step up to the plate and assume executive and management positions they are qualified to hold. Various studies have shown that this growing diversity in the boardroom can offer many benefits to a company including new ideas, varying viewpoints and fresh insights that aid in problem-solving, strategic planning and service enhancement. Such effectiveness has given credence to businesses around the world to adopt a diverse corporate staff and, as such, the windows of opportunity have flown wide open for anyone with the drive, determination, education and experience to advance in their chosen field. Business dynamics are shifting in all industries on a global scale. Needless to say, the cleaning industry is no different.

THE SHIFT BEGINS

For many decades, cleaning has traditionally been considered a woman’s job and at the entry level, it has conventionally provided a pathway for female breadwinners to enter the workforce. Even as current as 2012, Catalyst.org. reported that ‘maids and house-keeping cleaners are a female-dominated occupation in the U.S., with females making up eighty-nine percent of the workforce’. However, the truth of the matter is, the corporate side of the commercial cleaning industry has historically been largely male-dominated. Even today it is apparent, in many boardrooms, that the majority of executive positions are still held by men.

The tide is gradually changing now, as the wave of diversity makes its way through the global markets. The cleaning industry, like all other businesses, is seeing more and more women stepping into executive-level positions and taking the helm as leaders in their companies. Whether the role is as a facility manager, business owner, or cleaning contractor, more and more opportunities are continually opening up for women in the cleaning industry. A large majority of women who have achieved success in the cleaning industry have done so by starting their own cleaning business and building it from the bottom up, or by purchasing/taking over the family business. Franchise opportunities are also beginning to be an option for women. As well, there are well-established companies in which women, with the proper education and experience, can climb the corporate ladder and assume their place in the boardroom.

CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME

Starting a new business, taking over an existing business, or working one’s way up to a management position in a company presents many challenges to anyone who pursues that path, but for women in the commercial cleaning industry, there can be greater challenges. Gender-based issues have always played a role in the advancement of women in society. Luckily, in my experience as a female cleaning consultant, women are being encouraged to forge new paths; to go out and get the education, skills and training required to be an effective leader. I see more and more women today gravitating to this career path. They are becoming qualified and applying for cleaning management positions, not only because the industry is seeking diversity, but because it has developed in recent years, a much more professional approach and outlook.

Notwithstanding, it is true that women and men in management in the commercial cleaning industry do face the same business-based challenges. They just have to approach those challenges differently, because they are coming from very different backgrounds with very different points of view. Ultimately, women may have had to work harder to gain their success, but this only makes them stronger, more determined and more capable. In turn, this greatly benefits the companies they represent and adds resilience to the commercial cleaning industry. Fortunately, there are many men out there who recognize this fact and there is a marked increase in the number of qualified women who join their ranks every day.

So how, and where, can women advance themselves? As a vital and ever-expanding service industry, the cleaning corporations of today offer opportunities in management, technology and innovation. Fortunately, there is support available in many forms. Besides being a member of The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (ISSA), Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), women can also join the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), which allows women from all industries to network and support each other.

FINDING A BALANCE

Numerous studies show that women and men do tend to lead differently in the workplace. Women naturally bring different perspectives and voices to the table, to the debate and to the decisions, and it is that fresh approach and outlook that helps strengthen any team. Flexibility and adaptability certainly seem to be a common thread amongst the women who have achieved notable success in this field. These attributes help to advance change and innovation.

In reality, managing a successful cleaning operation becomes more than just a gender numbers contest. It is about improving business performance by having a rich and varied board that can collectively consider issues and promote effective leadership qualities with a common goal in mind. Having a balanced team of both men’s and women’s perspectives, along with a wide range of different skills, experiences, opinions and lifestyles is a great benefit when it comes to making decisions regarding cleaning operations. With such a diverse board, customers and stakeholders have a better chance of being heard and understood. A higher level of creativity and dedication in solving problems, strategic planning and handling management issues, allows for greater expansion and growth for the company.

Establishing that balance within the boardrooms of the cleaning industry remains our biggest challenge. To inspire other women to take on these positions and carve a brighter path for the future is, hopefully, the legacy all women in the industry will leave behind. The winds of change are coming, with the future of the cleaning industry holding great promise for those who choose to see it. Like the Olympics, we can start looking forward to the day when the industry will have ‘a female on every team’ and that will be ‘truly great’.

Cleaning Franchise For Women-Tailor Maid Home

Women based Franchise Opportunity Guide.

Women franchisees are present in every franchise business sector – as well as serving as CEOs and presidents of franchise brands. While there is no such thing as a “women-only” franchise, there are franchise opportunities chosen more frequently by women than by men.
Reasons for choosing one franchise opportunity or industry over another vary with each individual, but over the years some common themes have appeared. Many women have chosen franchise brands that provide them with the flexibility to balance work and family, such as home-based businesses. Some franchise opportunities can combine work and family, such as women’s health and fitness, or after-school programs, for example. Other industries often chosen by women in franchising include hair salons, real estate and appraisal, senior services, lab testing services, business services, pets, and many more. Some young mothers even have founded franchise brands to meet their own needs, starting with friends, then turning it into a business, which they later franchised.

Courtesy of Franchising.com

Tailor Maid Home -Things to avoid when buying a franchise

 

Taking on a franchise is a big step. Whether it is a step towards success or financial crisis depends largely on how the process is undertaken.

Here are five things to avoid if you want buying a business to be a positive and beneficial experience:

1. Don’t rush into anything

There are so many things to consider when you are thinking of buying a business that it has to be a slow process. Otherwise, some important factors are likely to be overlooked in the rush.

This procedure, by which a potential franchisee thoroughly investigates the business they intend to buy, is called due diligence.

2. Don’t accept any claims without proof

Any information presented to you should always be verified before you accept it as true.

This sounds very cynical, but it is your professional duty to be certain that the company’s finances, assets and goodwill are as the franchisor states; future employees’ livelihoods, as well as your own, will rely on this.

This includes statements regarding qualitative issues, such as the growth rate of the company to date, any training systems in use and any unique selling points that will enable the business to thrive in a competitive market.

3. Don’t keep concerns to yourself

The franchisor has a wealth of experience in the field you propose to enter and you should prepare a comprehensive collection of questions for them so you can get an in-depth picture of the franchise.

If any answers are not as you would hope, discuss this with the franchisor; you may have misunderstood or the franchisor may be able to address your worries and put your mind at rest.

If the franchisor can’t answer a question at all, find a way to get the answer from another source and consider whether their lack of an answer is, in itself, a cause for concern.

4. Don’t think you have to know everything

You may have what it takes to be an excellent manager but still experience great trepidation when it comes to interpreting accounts.

Don’t be embarrassed by this; if accountancy were easy, the professionals wouldn’t get paid so much.

Therefore, unless you are an expert, it makes perfect sense to ask somebody who understands the language of finance to explain any such information to you.

5. Don’t take a back seat

In the course of your discussions with the franchisor, you will develop a picture of what is expected of you and what you can expect in return.

When this translates to the creation of a franchise agreement, don’t leave it all to the lawyer; let them know what you have been promised and ask them to explain the agreement to you completely before you add your signature and make that final commitment.

Due diligence protects everybody: It protects the franchisor because it means that they are putting their business’ reputation into the hands of a responsible person; it protects any employees you will have because you are making sure their training and work conditions will be adequate and, most of all, it protects you, because it’s only by knowing exactly what you are taking on that you can be sure that the franchise is the right fit.

By Franchise Sales.com