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9 Ways for Your Small Business to Boost Sales This Summer
What tactics can be used to keep the business thriving by attracting new customers and encouraging returning customers to make purchases?
Summer is right around the corner and that can spell trouble for a lot of small business in South Florida. While we are hopefully reaching the end of the pandemic, those businesses who were able to survive are likely thinking about how they can maintain sales this summer. In South Florida, the snowbirds tend to exit this month and that means that there are a lot less people in the Sunshine State, meaning a lot less potential customers.
While the thought of less Florida residents seems scary for some business owners, it is important to remember that the summer months also bring in a lot of out of town travelers. So, how can business owners in South prepare now to ensure that their stores are able to survive the summer? What tactics can be used to keep the business thriving by attracting new customers and encouraging returning customers to make purchases?
The following are some important tips for small business owners to keep in mind this summer:
- Run a summer-only promotion and use social media to spread the word
- Sponsor a local event in the community
- Create a sales competition within the office to encourage employees to really push themselves
- Launch a loyalty program for past customers
- Create a content calendar to map out how you will push certain inventory during the summer months
- Host events in the store that focus on particular items
- Consider partnering with another local business to cross-promote product lines
- Communicate the store’s COVID-friendly safety policies
- Use email marketing to communicate with customers that inspire repeat purchases
The dreaded summer slow months are difficult for many small business owners in South Florida. However, with a plan in place the likelihood of surviving increases tremendously. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are proud to support all of the small businesses in our community.
Social Media Marketing Advice for Small Business Owners
No matter the size of your business, with social media there is unlimited potential to connect to new and existing customers, establish your brand, an
While trying to grow your small business, it is absolutely crucial to harness the power of social media marketing. On any given day, there are 4.2 billion active social media users. Especially a for a small business, these billions of users present an opportunity to connect with potential consumers and foster these relationships, create an online presence to build brand awareness, and generate profit.
Here are 10 pieces of key advice to tackle social media marketing:
Plan Your Social Media Goals
To make the most out of your social media, create a game plan for different platforms. With clear goals, you will be able to measure your return on investment and objectively evaluate your progress. Make sure your goals are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-specific.) If your brand is already utilizing social media, conduct an audit of current metrics and evaluate areas that need improvement.
Another great tool to take advantage of in terms of planning is a social media calendar. Instead of random posting, curated and targeted content is key is building a brand and a strong online presence. Many online accounts follow the 80/20 rules, meaning that 80% of your content aims to inform, educate, or entertain and the other 20% consists of promoting or selling your products.
Know Your Audience
The world of social media can be overwhelming, so it is very important understand your target consumer and the best ways to reach them. The first step of this can be deciding which platforms are most useful for your brand. There are many demographics online where you can learn about the age range and other characteristics of social media users per platform.
Also, use analytics to investigate data on your consumers to see who is interacting with you online. With a defined target audience, your company will be able to decide if Instagram, Facebook, or Tiktok, or maybe a combination of the three, is the best way to reach your audience.
Build a Community
One of the most beneficial uses of social media for a small business is creating a loyal group of customers. You can use features on Instagram, Facebook, and Tiktok to engage and interact with your followers, answering questions and building a sense of trust and community. This can be done by partnering with micro-influencers, responding to comments, reposting stories of your followers, and using polls.
In additional to building a loyal fan base, social media sites measure engagement on your posts which fuels the algorithm. By creating community and conversation online, you will gain increased exposure on the platform. Establishing these relationships can also produce brand loyalty and increased sales over time.
Keep Up with the Competition
Social media is constantly evolving, and it is important to keep up with what others are posting. Additionally, learning from what others have done with their social media channels can be a great starting point by learning what does and does not work. Establishing relationships with other brands can also lead to mutually beneficial posts.
No matter the size of your business, with social media there is unlimited potential to connect to new and existing customers, establish your brand, and grow your profits.
Keeping Your Restaurant Safe for Customers and Staff
From water issues to fire issues, setting clear safety standards and then communicating them to all is absolutely imperative.
Being a restaurant owner is a tough job. From the constant hustle of customers coming in and out to ensuring that the food is fresh and delicious to keeping the restaurant staff motivated and friendly, it can be a daunting, never-ending job. South Florida has a rich tradition of opening forward-thinking culinary masterpieces throughout the region. With a booming tourism sector, it is important that restaurant do their best to compete and stay in business.
When a restaurant owner thinks about their day to day tasks, the list is seemingly endless. Worrying about financials and operations can seem like a thankless job, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Owning a commercial property means thinking about safety at all times, particularly in the restaurant industry. From protecting staff to protecting customers, safety measures must be in place when there are a varying number of risks linked to running a restaurant.
From wet floors to cooking equipment, restauranteurs must take an active role in establishing safety standards that are well communicated. The following are some of the most important safety measures to keep in mind as a restaurant owner:
- Regular inspections on all appliances
- Fire safety training for all staff members
- Food safety procedures clearly identified and communicated to all employees
- First aid kit readily available and fully stocked
- Multiple fire extinguishers throughout the restaurant
- Clearly communicate hygiene and sanitation standards
- Electrical appliances must be kept away from any wet areas
- Standardized action plan for any type of spill to prevent a slip and fall accident
- Staff must be properly dressed in appropriate aprons and gloves
Being a restaurant owner can be an extremely rewarding and exciting job. Unfortunately, without safety measures in place, the possible liability is enormous. From water issues to fire issues, setting clear safety standards and then communicating them to all is absolutely imperative. If your restaurant has sustained any fire damage or water damage, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here for you. Call us today!
The Importance of Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Commercial carpet cleaning is one of the features of keeping an office clean that has gotten more attention recently.
The pandemic has forced business owners to re-evaluate nearly every aspect of business. From how they run their company to how they interact with their clients and prospects, companies both large and small have been driven to make changes internally and externally to stay afloat. While some of the changes may be strategic, like adjusting lead generation tactics, others may be more practical.
Keeping the workplace clean is one of the biggest shifts in businesses across the world. While everyone has always strived to keep a clean workplace, the standards of clean in the COVID era have changed dramatically. Commercial carpet cleaning is one of the features of keeping an office clean that has gotten more attention recently.
Failing to regularly get your commercial carpets cleaned can negatively impact your company’s bottom line in a number of ways. Both staff and customers will look poorly upon dirty carpets, giving off a bad first impression. In addition, dirty carpets hold a wide range of bacteria that can make the workplace unsafe. Maintaining a clean and healthy working environment is critical to keep staff safe and encouraged to work to the best of their ability.
Things like dust, dirt, and even skin flakes quickly accumulate on a carpet, making the appearance suffer as well as creating a dirty working environment. Carpets are by and far the most common type of flooring found in commercial spaces across the country. As such, maintenance and care is critical. Plus, regular commercial carpet cleaning will extend the life of the carpet and thus save the owner money.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are specialists in commercial carpet cleaning. With over 30 years of experience, our commercial carpet cleaners are experts in their field and highly trained to do a premium job. Contact us today to learn more!
Business Tips for Engaging with Locals
While many businesses are struggling to bring in sizable sales numbers right now, the ones who are surviving are those who are able to innovate during
South Florida has a wonderful and thriving local business sector. It is the small businesses in our community that create the wonderful relationships and camaraderie that we have come to depend on. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are so proud to be amongst small businesses in our little South Florida family. We always aim to give back to them as much as we can and reinforce the fact that even though times may be tough, we are all in this together.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made things really tough for a lot of business throughout South Florida. During this time it has been essential that business owners get creative to keep current customers engaged and prospective customers interested. Engaging with locals is all about finding common ground, offering great incentives, and following up.
The following are some helpful tips for businesses looking to engage with their local community:
- Offer a deal for repeat purchases – customers love to be rewarded and offering incentives for frequenting your store is a great tactic
- Create a referral program to encourage current customers to bring in new prospects
- Team up with another local business and host an event
- Get active on social media and try to reply to comments (from praise to complaints)
- Sponsor a charity that you are passionate about
- Throw a customer appreciation party
While many businesses are struggling to bring in sizable sales numbers right now, the ones who are surviving are those who are able to innovate during these unprecedented times. From local events to social media activity, even the smallest bit of effort can go a long way in engaging your local community and, in turn, driving sales. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are honored to work amongst the South Florida local businesses who play such an important role in keeping our community together.
Hurricane Prep for Your Commercial Property
South Florida businesses must take precautions and safety measures now to safeguard their commercial properties as well as their work staff.
The most recent tropical storm has pointed out the importance of being prepared. The worst scenario for any business owner is having their commercial property damaged due to a heavy storm or hurricane. However, far too many business owners in South Florida fail to have a sound plan for their employees and place of business. While many Floridians use this time of year to get their individual homes ready, it can be easy to neglect the office.
Knowing that a hurricane can strike at any time means having a strategy in place to act fast in the event of an incoming storm. From your top level employees down, it is critical that everyone is on the same page when it comes to hurricane preparedness. The more prepared you and your business are now, the more time your employees will have to prepare their individual homes and families.
The following are some of the most valuable pieces of advice for protecting your commercial property before a hurricane strikes:
- Create a detailed and thorough emergency safety plan that all employees have read and understand
- Keep some backup supplies on hand at all times
- Trim the trees in the areas that surround the commercial property
- Have the business’s roof inspected
- Ensure that backup copies of all important documents are safely stored
- Review your property insurance
- Make a plan for outside accessories and signs
- Inform all employees that the emergency plan will commence as soon as a Hurricane Watch is issued
South Florida businesses must take precautions and safety measures now to safeguard their commercial properties as well as their work staff. Hurricanes are unpredictable, so taking action to control what can be controlled is critical to keeping everyone and everything as secure as possible.
As always, if your commercial property has sustained any storm damage we are here to help. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County has helped countless South Florida businesses and we would be happy to send out commercial damage restoration team to your property right away.
Marketing Tips for Local Business Owners
Are you ready to go out there and support local businesses?
Being a local business owner is tough. Without the backing of a large corporation, South Florida business owners are left with the constant hustle and grind of keeping current customers happy and attracting new business. In light of coronavirus heavily impacting local businesses throughout Palm Beach County, it is more important than ever to support local businesses when you can. From shopping at a small grocery store to frequently a family-owned restaurant, we can all play a role in keeping small, local businesses thriving.
As our lives return to “normal” and quarantining slowly subsides, we encourage everyone to visit a local business of their choosing. In doing so, we will all play a role in keeping our local economy flourishing and, more importantly, we will have an opportunity to connect as a community. If you are a local business owner struggling to keep your doors open, take a moment to read the following marketing tips:
- Network with other local businesses and consider throwing a joint event
- Make sure that your local listings are optimized and accurate
- Be active on social media
- Run a promotion that specifically targets locals in your neighborhood
- Encourage customers to write online reviews
- Make sure your website is up-to-date and consistently monitored
- Launch an email marketing campaign
- Offer incentives for repeat purchases
Are you ready to go out there and support local businesses? SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is proud to serve our community as a local business. We work with local businesses throughout Palm Beach County as much as possible in our effort to keep our local economy prosperous.
Minimizing COVID-19 Risk at Your Office
Is your office prepared to hit the ground running when business opens up again?
As the world works to navigate this new way of living in the age of coronavirus, business owners in South Florida are scrambling to ensure that their business and their employees are healthy and safe. For essential businesses, that means protecting their space and workforce while they are still working. For non-essential businesses, that means preparing now to open doors as soon as Palm Beach County is allowed to do so.
COVID-19 has left all of us in a state of shock. From keeping our families safe to worrying about covering bills and living a normal life again, it can be easy to get down in the dumps about all of this. However, it is important to keep a positive attitude and do everything in your power to prepare for when business starts back up again. Minimizing your risk now is a critical aspect of getting things going once things are back to normal. Business owners must be vigilant during this time.
The following are some important tips to minimizing COVID-19 risk at your office:
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover coughs and sneezes in the crease of your elbow
- Regularly disinfect any areas that deemed as “high touch” – like light switches, handrails, and doorknobs
- Adjust your air conditioning unit and open windows to increase ventilation
- Stop shaking hands as a greeting
- Disinfect surfaces like desks, telephones, and keywords
- Utilize videoconferencing instead of in-person meetings
- Make sure that employees stay home if they are feeling sick
The CDC has advised upon the use of labeled hospital-grade disinfectant. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we carry multiple products that have the EPA-approved emerging pathogens that fight things similar to the coronavirus. Is your office prepared to hit the ground running when business opens up again? Call us today to get a quote for our specialized cleaning services.
How To Keep Your Store Safe for Customers & Employees
No matter what type of store you own, focusing on safety is essential.
Being a store owner is a tough job. There is a lot on your plate on a daily basis – from ensuring that your employees are happy and working hard to ensuring that your customers are having a great shopping experience and will become repeat customers. Whether you run a restaurant, hotel, large office, or even a mom and pop shop, keeping your commercial property free of hazards and safe for all is imperative to running a successful business.
It is easy to get so caught up in day-to-day tasks that you forget to address one of the most critical aspects of owning a store: keeping it safe. From security precautions to making certain that the premise is free from hazards, safety is a key issue for any business owner. The following are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to store safety:
- Clean up any spill immediately and put up signs to indicate wet floors
- Keep your storefront and interior well lit
- Make sure that employees know how to handle potentially hazardous situations
- If serving food, train staff about food and fire safety procedures
- Keep a first aid kit fully stocked
- Put up signs by any stairs or change in elevation
- Be vigilant about any suspicious activity
- Make sure all employees are trained on proper store closing procedures
No matter what type of store you own, focusing on safety is essential. Far too many store owners neglect to regularly assess the safety of their property until it is too late. Get into the habit of reviewing your safety rules and regulations on a regular basis to ensure that it is up-to-date and relevant. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we specialize in commercial property restoration. If you are a store owner and your store has endured any type of water damage, fire damage, or mold damage, contact us today to learn more about your options.
7 Tips for Small Business Owners
With long hours and a lot at stake, small business owners often look for inspiration and guidance as they travel along the entrepreneurial path.
South Florida is home to some of the greatest small businesses in the country. As small business owners ourselves, we take pride in supporting our local North Palm Beach County community. From visiting local vendors for purchasing items of all kinds to participating in local events throughout the area, we love being able to give back. Owning a small business is not an easy task. With long hours and a lot at stake, small business owners often look for inspiration and guidance as they travel along the entrepreneurial path.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have over 30 years of experience in owning a company. During that time, we have learned countless lessons about business, people, and life. With that said, the following are some important tips for small business owners to keep in mind:
- Support other small businesses. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it usually comes back around.
- Set goals, be specific, and hold yourself and your employees accountable.
- Treat each and every employee with respect. Your staff is your lifeline, act accordingly.
- Delegate tasks that can be successfully achieved by others. Your time is valuable, use it wisely.
- Invest in marketing. Small businesses need exposure to get noticed amongst bigger companies.
- Build a network. Use your local community to your advantage and watch as resources come from all over the place.
- Create a company culture and work hard to keep it alive and well.
It is very easy for small business owners to get overwhelmed by endless to do lists and pressures from their day-to-day responsibilities. As such, it is important to take a step back every once in a while to go over your business goals, your company’s personality, and the overall sentiment in the office. We value each and every small business in our North Palm Beach County community and are here to support you in any way that we can!
Preparing Your Small Business for the Holiday Season
Reducing holiday stress means planning in advance to ensure that your small business is not only prepared for the season, but in position for success.
The holiday season can be overwhelming for small business owners. From busy stores to vacationing staff, making sure that your commercial property is prepared for extra foot traffic can be difficult. Staying ahead of the competition means doing the legwork before the season hits and it is too late to prepare. In South Florida, the holiday season is busier than in most regions. From snowbirds to vacationers, it is critical to get your store ready to take advantage of the busy holiday time.
Taking advantage of the next month means outlining exactly what needs to get done and executing accordingly. Far too many business owners look to prepare for the holiday season in November, but that leaves little to no room for error. We recommend taking the following steps as soon as possible:
- Make your holiday schedule now and give your staff plenty of time to prepare and make arrangements to be at work when you need them to be
- Do an inventory check now and track last year’s holiday sales to ensure that you are ordering the correct amounts
- Get ahead of your paperwork in order to be present and available when your business gets slammed with customers
- Launch your holiday-focused marketing campaigns now
- Write down specific sales goals and objectives and share them with your staff
- Update your website and your online business listings with your holiday hours
- Decorate your store to help it stand out amongst your competition
- Make sure that your store is safe by keeping conditions clean and updated, especially given the additional foot traffic that is to come
Reducing holiday stress means planning in advance to ensure that your small business is not only prepared for the season, but in a position for success. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we specialize in commercial restoration and restoration cleaning. Contact us today if you are in need of help to prepare your business for the holiday season!
Preparing Your Commercial Property for a Hurricane
Being a business owner is stressful year round, but a looming storm greatly increases this stress. As such, it is imperative to create an action plan.
If the last few days showed us anything it reinforced the fact that hurricane season is here. While South Florida was lucky enough to miss a direct hit, homeowners and business owners throughout the area were given a free lesson in the value of preparedness. During this time of year we are often focused on preparing our houses when a storm is heading our way. From putting up shutters to buying water and nonperishables, Floridians have grown accustom to a certain pre-hurricane routine. Taking each and every storm seriously is critical to keeping you and your loved ones safe.
While preparing your home is certainly the priority, business owners must also consider how they can protect their commercial property. The following are some important tips to keep in mind while preparing your commercial property for a hurricane:
- Take a look at your roof and ensure that it is in good condition
- Remove any outdoor signs or accessories that could become projectiles in high winds
- Consider tree pruning in the areas surrounding the property
- Go over your property insurance
- Create a specific emergency plan and ensure that all employees are aware of it
- Enact an emergency plan as soon as a Hurricane Watch is issued
- Build up your supplies now in the event of a storm
- Make backup copies of any important documents
Being a business owner is stressful year round, but a looming storm increases this stress tremendously. As such, it is imperative to create an action plan before a storm hits. Hurricanes present a threat to everyone, from coastal businesses to businesses further west. If your business has sustained any water damage from a recent storm, our commercial property restoration team is ready to help. Contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today to learn more!
South Florida Commercial Real Estate Market
These major sales underscore the fact that the commercial real estate market is alive and well in South Florida.
Business has been booming for the South Florida commercial real estate market over the last year or so. During the 2018 year, there were a number of notable “mega deals” worthy of discussion. These large transactions unearthed a number of trends that set the tone for the 2019 year in commercial real estate. Like in 2017, there were a total of 15 commercial real estate sales that hit the $100 million mark or more in 2018. The consistency in impressive sales highlights the fact that the market is thriving.
Florida has always maintained a strong commercial real estate presence, both globally and nationally throughout history. Things like tax-friendly laws, a thriving tourist destination, a growing population, and pioneering development projects have made the Sunshine State an attractive place for investors around the world. In addition, Florida’s location on the map makes it a hot market. With access for transportation by both air, sea, and land, South Florida receives significant investment from major global players in the real estate game.
Some of the largest South Florida commercial real estate deals from last year include:
- 111 Brickell, sold for $248.5 million
- Telemundo Headquarter in Miami-Dade, sold for $239.1 million
- PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, sold for $217.96 million
- Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, sold for $170.7 million
- Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, sold for $126.52 million
- Alexander Living in West Palm Beach, sold for $102.99 million
These major sales underscore the fact that the commercial real estate market is alive and well in South Florida. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we handle restoration projects for commercial properties of all sizes. For more information, contact our offices today!
Restaurant Safety Tips for South Florida Eatery Owners
It is imperative to take safety precautions at all times for both the restaurant customers and staff.
South Florida is swimming with restaurants of all kinds. There seems to be a new restaurant being built all of the time and that is great news for residents throughout our community. As a restaurant owner, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to running the business smoothly and effectively. From financials to branding, the to-do list probably seems endless. While often neglected, commercial property owners must always take into account safety, especially in the restaurant industry.
Maintaining a safe working environment in a restaurant means taking into account things like cooking equipment, wet floors, and fresh food. From your staff to your customers, the following are some important tips to keep in mind for restaurant safety:
- Be sure to train your staff on fire and food safety procedures
- Place sanitation and hygiene at the highest priority
- Implement an action plan for spills to prevent slip and fall accidents
- Have your appliances inspected regularly
- Make sure electrical appliances are kept away from wet areas
- Keep multiple fire extinguishers in the restaurant
- Give your staff proper safety equipment like gloves and aprons
- Keep a fully stocked first aid kit available at all times
Owning a restaurant is one of the most exciting jobs that a person can have. Unfortunately, with this excitement comes a risk of injury and accident. As such, it is imperative to take safety precautions at all times for both the restaurant customers and staff. If you are a restaurant owner and have any type of water damage or fire damage, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help! Contact our office today to learn more.
Small Business Strategy To Boost Summer Sales
Keeping your commercial property in tiptop shape is another key factor in maintaining positive sales numbers.
Small business often dread the summer months. Shouldering through the slow season makes it difficult for business owners to meet sales quotes and keep the business thriving. Not only is there typically less foot traffic during the summer months, but employees tend to be less motivated and less productive. From vacations to shorter hours, employers are tasked with the responsibility to think outside of the box for new strategies to increase sales throughout the summer.
Focusing on marketing efforts in the months leading up to summer is imperative to keep sales going strong. The following are some great strategy tips to consider implementing into your business’s marketing plans this year:
- Run summer sales and specials, heavily utilizing social media to promote them
- Plan an inter-office summer sales competition to boost productivity
- Participate in and/or sponsor local community events
- Host an event to garner more foot traffic
- Offer exclusive deals to loyal customers to encourage repeat purchases
No matter how you plan to ramp up your summer sales strategy, now is the time to start brainstorming. Far too many business owners feel the impact of slow summer sales when it is too late to make any significant changes. Springtime is the best time for executives in the company to make plans to keep sales strong in the coming months. It is also the best time to encourage your employees to get involved in the process.
Keeping your commercial property in tiptop shape is another key factor in maintaining positive sales numbers. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we understand the stresses that South Florida business owners are under during the summer months. If things like water damage, storm damage, fire damage, or mold damage have impacted your business, we are here to help. Contact our commercial damage restoration team today to learn more!
Preparing Your Business for Rainy Season
No matter how you plan to prepare your business for rainy season, the key is to start thinking about it now.
South Florida residents have grown accustom to constant rain throughout the year. Rainy season, however, is right around the corner. Typically running from May through October, Floridians must be ready for almost daily thunderstorms. While some days are quick sprinkles, other days seem to feel like never-ending torrential downpour. Homeowners think about rainy season and how it may impact their home all of the time. Business owners, however, tend to give rainy season much less thought, if any at all.
As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your business is as efficiently as possible. South Florida business owners must account for rainy season and how it may affect their company’s bottom line. Keep these tips in mind when preparing your business for rainy season this year:
- Make sure the gutters around your business are unclogged
- Have your roof inspected this month
- Make sure your stock room is secure and waterproofed
- Do a system backup of any important files
- Be sure to train your staff on what to do during heavy rains
- Keep your store equipped with the proper warning signs for slippery floors
- Prepare for a potential dip in sales by having a promotional event before rainy season begins
- Talk to other local business owners to get ideas from their preparation methods
No matter how you plan to prepare your business for rainy season, the key is to start thinking about it now. Giving yourself and your staff a few months to get ready is imperative to a smooth rainy season. If your commercial property has suffered from rain damage, our commercial water damage restoration professionals are ready to help. Contact the team at SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today to learn more!
Setting Achievable 2019 Business Goals
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we take special pride in serving small business owners throughout South Florida.
Small business owners in South Florida are consistently tasked with the job of moving their companies forward. As we prepare to embark on the New Year, it is important to not only reflect of the previous year, but to plan ahead for the coming year. In 2019, we encourage all of the small business owners in our area to set achievable goals that will inspire their employees, give their company a general direction, and set the tone for a successful year.
We recommend choosing one or two of the following goals and then creating a specific plan for implementing them in your particular business. Each industry varies in terms of strategy, but the overarching objectives are often the same. Take the following goals into account when planning for the 2019 year:
- Lower the company’s business costs
- Institute a new customer service technique
- Focus on improving company productivity
- Better utilize social media to market your business
- Hire new employees
- Increase the traffic to your company’s website
- Dedicate time to networking
- Implement an employee incentive program
No matter which of the above goals you choose to focus on this year, be sure to outline a plan of action that is measurable, attainable, and timed-based. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we take special pride in serving small business owners throughout South Florida. As such, when things like storm damage, water damage, fire damage, or mold damage occur, we are here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about our commercial restoration services!
Keeping Your Business Safe During the Holiday Season
When it comes to small business security, you truly cannot be too careful.
It’s finally fall and that means that the holiday season is right around the corner. For many businesses throughout South Florida, this is the time of year to prepare the commercial properties for increases in customers, and hopefully, increases in sales. From office holiday parties to family gatherings, the holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, however, it is also the time of year when business owners must account for potential criminal attacks. As such, it is important to create a security plan for the holiday season.
Small business owners are at risk of robberies since they often have extra cash in-store during this time of year. Be sure to keep in mind the following safety tips in the upcoming holiday season:
- Go over all of the security employees with the staff and ensure they have a thorough understanding of protocols
- Check that all alarm systems, surveillance cameras, locks, and cyber security software are in working order
- Ensure all doors and windows are locked upon closing each night
- Update your system to account for the extended holiday hours
- Try to make bank deposits at different times, avoid having a set routine
- Consider bringing on a nighttime security guard
- Avoid checking your business email account when you are on a public Wi-Fi network
- Install an outside lighting system
- If hiring seasonal employees, be sure to do thorough background checks
The holiday season is a profitable time for many businesses, but an unexpected break-in could send your business into a tailspin. When it comes to small business security, you truly cannot be too careful. Keep these tips in mind this year and have a wonderful holiday season!
Top Tips for Workplace Safety
It is absolutely vital that all employers and employees have a regular discussion regarding potential safety hazards and unsafe practices.
Whether you are an employee or an employer, having a basic understanding of workplace safety is extremely important. For many organizations, the simple practice of creating safety guidelines and procedures seemingly is sufficient enough as their workplace safety protocol. Even worse, many companies do not even inform their working staff about safety regulations and best practices. Unfortunately, these mistakes are what lead to far too many on-the-job accidents and injuries. Safety standards should lay the foundation for all things done in your organization and communicating these standards is imperative.
With that said, it is absolutely vital that all employers and employees have a regular discussion regarding potential safety hazards and unsafe practices that are specific to their organization. The following are some of the top tips for workplace safety to share with your company:
- Safety equipment should be worn correctly and consistently
- Each and every machine and/or tool must only be used by a trained employee
- Remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings
- Every employee must take regular breaks throughout the day
- Emergency exits cannot be blocked
- Inform management or direct supervisors of any unsafe working condition immediately
- Be cognitive of proper posture while sitting down
- Avoid taking safety procedure shortcut at all costs
- Inform employees and entire staff of any new or updated safety procedures
Employers have the responsibility to ensure that their entire workforce understands possible workplace hazards and the proper rules and procedures to avoid them. Risks are inherent in virtually every type of job, but avoiding accidents and injuries hinges on a company’s ability to enforce their workplace safety best practices.
5 Reasons to Get a Commercial Carpet Cleaning
From millions of skin flakes to pounds upon pounds of dust and dirt, your commercial property can definitely use a professional cleaning from time to
Running a business is stressful. With an endless to-do list and employees to oversee, keeping your commercial property clean and tidy likely not business priority. However, far too many business owners find out the hard way that commercial carpets can get very, very messy. From big businesses to small businesses, carpet is the number one type of flooring found in commercial properties across the country. Since carpet covers much of the commercial space it is considered an investment and keeping it tidy is critical to protecting that investment. The majority of cleaning crews use a vacuum and hope that is enough. Unfortunately, a simple nightly vacuum just won’t cut it.
Are you thinking that the carpet in your business is actually clean and free of stains? Well, it is important to keep in mind that not all dirty carpets reveal themselves in stained areas. In fact, there are a variety of issues that could be lurking on your carpet that are not visible to the eye. Below are 5 reasons that you probably need to get your commercial carpet professionally cleaned:
- Bugs like dust mites and fleas are likely loitering throughout your office space carpet
- Food and beverage spills happen all of the time in your office, leaving them untreated could result in odors and bacteria growth
- Skin flakes are gross to think about, but are probably occupying a large portion of the carpet in your business
- Mold is likely growing on your carpet when moisture and spills are not properly cleaned
- Dirt and dust accumulation is not covered by a vacuum and must be cleaned professionally to fully handle it
From millions of skin flakes to pounds upon pounds of dust and dirt, your commercial property can definitely use a professional cleaning from time to time. At SERVPRO, our team of commercial cleaning and restoration professionals is ready to upgrade your office space today!
Post-Construction Cleaning Tips
From strip malls to office buildings, from restaurants to schools, and from hospitals to retail stores, properly clean a commercial property is vital.
After a renovation or any type of construction on a commercial property is completed, quite of bit of dust, debris, and general mess typically follows. In order to get back to business as quickly as possible, it is imperative to conduct a number of cleaning practices to ensure the property is ready for customers to walk through the door. Things like remodeling a retail space, upgrading the lobby of a hotel, or renovating a restaurant kitchen all require a multitude of materials and equipment. This material and equipment creates a serious mess that will require a deep, maybe even professional, cleaning.
When the contractors and construction workers leave the site, they often neglect to clean up after themselves. Therefore, it is smart to have a basic understanding of what to look for when cleaning a commercial property after construction work is completed. After the job is finished and the dust settles, keep the following cleaning tips in mind:
- Be sure to clean all of the lighting fixtures
- Spot treat carpet
- Vacuum all flooring
- Dust air diffusers
- Damp mop and buff wood flooring – waxing may be required as well
- Retouch baseboards
- Thoroughly wipe down the windows, mirrors, and any interior glass throughout the property
- Clean all restroom fixtures
- When necessary, do a deep carpet cleaning
- Check in areas like closets and cabinets to remove any dust
- Sweep exterior walkways
- Polish light switches, door knobs, and window frames
From strip malls to office buildings, from restaurants to schools, and from hospitals to retail stores, the ability to properly clean a commercial property after construction is imperative. At SERVPRO our team of commercial cleaning and restoration professionals have years of experience in post-construction clean up. Contact us today to learn more!
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home or Business
If you think your home or business could use some professional attention, contact our SERVPRO team at your earliest convenience.
With the spring season right around the corner, it is typically the time of year where homeowners and business owners take a few weekends to spruce up the interior and exterior of their home or business. Keeping your home or business tidy and clean is important for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, a clean home or business is less likely to face issues like mold damage and other problems that stem from a lack of attention and care. In addition, maintaining the cleanliness of a home will help tremendously in the resale value of the home should the homeowner consider selling one day down the road. From the kitchen to the garage and from the backyard area to the bedrooms, spring cleaning is extremely important for South Florida homes.
If you are looking to spruce up your home this spring season, keep in mind the following cleaning tips:
- Clean out your refrigerator – dispose of expired items and wash each tray
- Give all of your doormats a good wash
- Clean your upholstery and carpet – get professional help from SERVPRO to make sure the job is done right
- Pay special attention to washing your baseboards
- Dust all ceiling fans
- Scrub down your stove and oven
- Sanitize all sinks
- Disinfect your kitchen sink’s disposal
- Thoroughly clean all bathrooms – including shower doors, shower walls, and drain areas
- Disinfect and clean all toilets
- Reorganize your bedroom closets and drawers
- Pressure wash your driveway and roof
- Wash all windows
- Degrease and clean all kitchen cabinets
While there are certainly additional tasks to accomplish while doing your spring cleaning, the above list should serve as a great starting point for you and your family or you and your employees. While spring cleaning is important, keeping your home or business clean throughout the year is the key to ensuring major dirt buildup is avoided. Mold damage is one of the most common side effects of untreated water leaks and other home or business issues. If you think your home or business could use some professional attention, contact our SERVPRO team at your earliest convenience.
Preparing Your Business for the New Year
On behalf of SERVPRO, we wish you a happy, healthy, and successful 2018 and beyond!
As a business owner, thinking forward to the coming year is critical to maintaining current goals and setting new objectives. People often look at New Year’s resolutions as personal goals like losing weight, being more attentive to loved ones, or giving back to the community. While all of those resolutions are important, people fail to look at New Year’s resolutions as it relates to their own business. From treating your employees well to creating a solid company culture, being introspective this time of year should extend personal life and move into your business world. The most savvy business owners take time each year around the holidays to reflect on successes, analyze failures, and set new goals for the year to come.
December is often chaotic for businesses of all kinds. As such, it is imperative to be diligent in your efforts to shift focus to the year ahead. We suggest spending some time as many of your employees as possible in order to get feedback. In doing so, you will have a well-rounded idea of where to start your business resolutions brainstorming session. Consider the following as your write down your company’s New Year’s resolutions:
- What is the industry as a whole doing differently that your company? Where do you see major trends going?
- How is your competition identifying opportunities in the marketplace? What can you adopt from competitors who are doing well?
- Who is an outstanding employee? How can you give them more responsibility moving forward?
- What are the overhead costs in your organization? Are there any ways to cut that number down?
- Does your office have a happy, positive mindset? Company culture is critical to productivity, is yours a constructive one?
These questions will lay the foundation for your company to succeed. Start by writing down overarching goals and then create specific bulleted lists as to how your organization will achieve them. On behalf of SERVPRO, we wish you a happy, healthy, and successful 2018 and beyond!
Protect Your Commercial Property from Water Damage
Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and a little professional assistance.
Owning and operating a commercial property is stressful. South Florida business owners understand how quickly a commercial property can go from up and running smoothly to suffering badly from any disruption of business as usual. The middle of hurricane season is upon us and this often leads to heavy rains and unforeseen hiccups in typical day-to-day activities. As such, protecting your commercial property from water damage is essential to maintaining your business goals, keeping profits up, and making sure that your employees and customers are happy and satisfied with your business operations.
There are a million different things on your mind as a business owner and keeping up with water damage prevention may be on the bottom of your to do list. However, failing to plan can result in lost business, dissatisfied customers and work force, and a damaging reputation that may be impossible to come back from. Whether you delegate the commercial water damage planning process to someone else on your team or you take it upon yourself to get it done, thinking through a myriad of “what if” scenarios is critical to keeping your business afloat during trying times and unexpected natural disasters.
First and foremost, your business must establish emergency procedures during a storm. Who is responsible for what tasks? What if a storm is coming and the business is closed that day? Which staff members are on call for last minute preparations? Are all of your data and important documents backed up somewhere? Who has access to this information? Have you had a full inspection of the interior and exterior of your business in the event that damages are suffered? Are there any leaks or cracks in the windows, doors, or walls that need to be addressed? Is your plumbing up-to-date and effective? If these questions are overwhelming you, it’s time to create a plan before it’s too late.
Don’t panic! Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and a little professional assistance. The team at SERVPRO specializes in commercial property water damage cleanup and restoration. We understand how important your business is to you and your family and our staff of highly-trained commercial restoration specialists are here to help!
A Clean Workspace Checklist
Be sure to keep this checklist in mind while you perform regular cleanings throughout your workspace.
Business owners know how overwhelming running an office can be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When it is your responsibility to oversee the day-to-day operations within a company, cleaning is understandably the last thing on your mind. From dusty cabinets to stained carpet floors to smelly kitchens and everything in between, keeping your workspace clean and neat is a constant challenge. However, keeping a workspace tidy is actually more important than many business owners imagine. Studies have shown that work productivity and employee morale is much higher when an office space is kept well-ordered and organized. As such, hiring commercial cleaning services to regularly visit your office and clean is vital to your business’s bottom line.
In addition to encouraging and motivating your employees, a clean office is also critical for clients and guests who visit your workspace. How can a potential client trust that your company will provide great services if your office is a mess? Spend some time today walking around your office and give yourself a grade against this clean workspace checklist:
- Clean floors: check for carpet stains and dirt on hard floors
- Trash cans: empty your trash cans each night and wash as needed
- Dusting: spot check all surfaces and furniture for unwanted dust
- Fingerprints: remove any marks from glass doors, windows, surfaces, and walls as well as any door frames and light switches
- Disinfect: make sure all floors are mopped and door handles are cleaned
- Cabinets: spot clean and polish all office furniture to remove any unwanted stains
- Break Room: keep kitchen and fridge/freezer clean and tidy, throw away expired or old food/beverages
- Vents: vacuum vents once a month
- Organize: make sure all files, folders, and papers are neatly stored
- Restrooms: refill soap dispenser, disinfect surfaces, clean toilets, and make sure that all bathroom appliances are operating correctly
No matter what type of office you run, cleanliness is essential to the well-being of your business and its employees. Be sure to keep this checklist in mind while you perform regular cleanings throughout your workspace.
Hurricanes and Your Commercial Property
As we find ourselves in the midst of hurricane season, South Florida business owners must be mindful of the potential threat of a major storm.
Hurricane preparation is essential for every Florida resident. Storms and inclement weather can strike at any time, sometimes unexpectedly, and therefore having a plan is critical. Storm damage to your business is even more of a threat as commercial properties are unprepared far too often. When a hurricane warning is issued, most people focus their efforts on protecting their loved ones and their home, which is understandable. However, it is important to avoid neglecting your place of business. Water damage and flooding emergencies require quick response, thorough services, and a dedicated, trained commercial restoration team. At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of responding to commercial storm damage emergencies with efficiency and expertise.
Restoring and cleaning commercial properties can be tricky if done improperly. We are dedicated to not only doing an outstanding job, but to minimizing the disruption of your business as much as possible. This keeps your clients happy and allows for your business to run as usual during the process. Some of the commercial properties that are provide services to include:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
As we find ourselves in the midst of hurricane season, South Florida business owners must be mindful of the potential threat of a major storm. If a storm strikes and causes damage to your building, you want a company that you can trust and a company who understands the importance of getting back to business as soon as possible. To learn more about our commercial services, contact our restoration experts today!
A Future Look on Residential and Commercial Restoration
SERVPRO is committed to keeping up with technology in order to provide our customers with the best resources, products, services, and tools available.
The restoration industry has grown tremendously over the last several years and projections point to a continued rapid growth into the future. In general, the restoration market is expanding due to an increase in demand. This particular need looks rather different depending upon the end-user, however, things like natural disasters and aging properties contribute greatly to the rising demand for restoration. As the global world becomes more and more connected, the standards for which restoration companies must adhere to becomes significantly higher. Clients are now able to insist upon excellent customer service and can easily spread the world if they suffer from a poor experience.
Technology plays a major role in the future of restoration, and in a variety of capacities. First of all, new products and services that have become available make both residential and commercial restoration more efficient and productive. As a result, projects are completed in a very timely manner and allow for restoration companies’ staff to move on to new projects quicker. In addition, new technologies allow for lower costs on commercial and residential restoration services. These decreases in cost and increases in volume make organizations like SERVPRO truly thrive.
While technology continues to infiltrate the restoration industry today and in the future, resources and tools will only further develop their capabilities. Nevertheless, the downside of technology and connectivity is the lightning fast response to poor service. Smart phones and mobile devices make customer service more important than ever before. Residential and commercial restoration companies must strive to provide unmatched customer service or they run the risk of being hammered on review sites, social media, and the like. The restoration market must take this into account as they move into the future.
With all of these state-of-the-art tools at their fingertips, commercial and residential restoration companies are tasked with the great responsibility to evolve. Looking inward, SERVPRO is committed to keeping up with this technology in order to provide our customers with the best resources, products, services, and tools available. As we work diligently to maintain high-quality commercial and residential restoration services we are constantly monitoring the state of the industry and how our company can stay ahead of the competition.
Restoring Your North Palm Beach County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at North Palm Beach County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.