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Achieving Your 2021 Business Goals
The goals that you set for 2021 should be precise, feasible, and communicated throughout the company.
Owning a small business is no easy feat. From working long hours to wearing many different hats that ensure the business is running smoothly, small business owners often find themselves with a stressful, overwhelming to do list. It is not easy to be in charge and know that the livelihood of so many depend upon the success of your business. As such, it is important to set realistic, yet lofty business goals for each and every year.
The last year was likely filled with more downs than ups, teaching many business owners how fickle industries can be and how important it is to be dynamic in staying afloat. In 2021, many business owners will look to gain back the business that they lost in 2020. Setting new goals for a new year can be a daunting task and sometimes leads to generalization. Writing down general goals can be a helpful way to direct your thoughts, but business owners really looking to achieve great things in 2021 must be more specific.
The goals that you set for 2021 should be precise, feasible, and communicated throughout the company. Too many small business owners make the mistake of writing down goals and failing to share them with their staff. In order to be successful in 2021, you must share your vision with your entire team. We recommend pinpointing two or three objectives and then mapping out what it will take to get there.
Some of the most common small business goals for 2021 include:
- Improve the company’s productivity
- Implement a social media plan
- Reduce business costs
- Set aside time for networking
- Re-evaluate customer service protocols
- Revamp the company’s website
- Institute an incentive program for employees
While the above goals are just examples, they serve as a way to direct your thoughts. Small business owners should hone in on a couple of goals and then create a specific strategy for achieving them. Involve as many people on the team as necessary in creating the plan to achieve the goals. Share the goals amongst the entire team and hold yourself accountable.
At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, we know that 2020 was a difficult year for everyone. We are confident that our community is stronger for the hardships that we have overcome and we take pride in serving your community for any and all damage restoration needs. On behalf of our team, here’s to a successful 2021!
11 Tips for Keeping Business Going During COVID-19
Local business owners who are struggling to keep business flowing should consider some of the above marketing tips to keep their doors open.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of nearly everyone around the globe. People have had to adjust their daily lives and businesses have had to adapt to keep their customers happy and safe. The shutdowns made it very difficult for small businesses to stay afloat and maintain a steady flow of customers. Now that things have settled down a bit, it is important for local businesses to adjust accordingly and make plans to ensure that their companies remain successful.
Marketing has never been more important for small, local businesses. The goal of marketing efforts must be to not only maintain business and loyalty from current customers, but to attract new prospects and leads at the same time. The following are some important tips for keeping your business going during the pandemic:
- Send out regularly email communications
- Make sure that all online business listings are accurate with store hours
- Get active on social media and engage with customer base
- Network with likeminded businesses in your local community to potentially share customers
- Launch a loyalty program to reward repeat purchases
- Create a promotion specifically geared towards local buyers
- Update your website regularly
- Host an event an your place of business
- Build a new incentive program for customers who bring in new prospects
- Encourage your staff to promote the brand
- Entice your happy customers to write online reviews
While these times are certainly tough, there are a number of different avenues a small business can take to remain in business. Local business owners who are struggling to keep business flowing should consider some of the above marketing tips to keep their doors open.
IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up to date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood
SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.
Restoring Your Seminole County Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at Seminole 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 Altamonte Springs/Longwood
SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood 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.
Faster to Any Size Disaster!
SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Seminole County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 407-830-9899
Whether your Seminole County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Seminole County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
- Commercial Mold Remediation
- Commercial HVAC cleaning
- And more!
Immediate Steps to take After Flood Damage in Your Business
Hopefully your business will never experience flood damage in Seminole County. However in case you do, it is important to know how to handle the situation before it happens so you are prepared. Flood damage can cause structural concerns and several other issues. There are crucial steps to take immediately afterward in order to help protect yourself, your business and your employees.
Make Sure to Protect Yourself
Whenever possible, you will want to avoid wading in flood waters due to contamination and possible unseen hazards. If the need arises and you must walk in any flood waters, be sure to wear sturdy shoes or rubber boots which will protect your feet from hidden debris in the water that could trip or cut you. Always be sure to keep an eye out for snakes or other critters which have been displaced by flooding, and do not ever put your hands anywhere you cannot see them first.
When all else fails and you are not sure about going into your building, wait for the professional remediation company to arrive. They are aware of all the procedures and steps to take to keep themselves and others safe. They will have all the necessary protective gear to wear as they are assessing the damages for you.
Shut off Potential Hazards
If it is safe to do so, you will want to make sure that you turn off any electricity to the affected areas. However, if you are not 100% sure if it is safe to do so, it is best to stay out of the water as water is an excellent conductor of electricity. When in doubt, wait for professionals to arrive. Your safety should be your number one concern.
When you call in professionals for help, the remediation company will also have special tools to aid in finding any signs of hidden moisture. These tools will help ensure that they completely dry out your business properly to avoid any further secondary damages.
Pictures, Pictures, Pictures!
Make sure to document as much of the damage to your commercial property as thoroughly as you can. This will help you when you are filing your claim with your insurance company. When you are able to safely re-enter your business, get photographic evidence of the damages that were left behind by flooding. You will want to document all that you can and then speak with your insurance company in a timely manner.
Salvage What you Can
The professional restoration company can assist you in this process. It is important to understand that anything porous that has come into contact with flood water should be discarded. This is because flood waters can be highly contaminated with bacteria and could pose a risk in the future.
Rugs and padding will always need to be disposed of if they are damaged by flood waters. You will also need to have any insulation or drywall removed if they have been affected by flood damage. Any food which has been affected will also need to be thrown away.
SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood is a professional and local company in Seminole County who will quickly respond to your flood damage needs. When you experience such an event in Seminole County, we have the experience and resources to help.
Contact us any time at (407) 830-9899.
Faster to Your Altamonte Springs and Longwood Water Damage
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –(407) 830-9899
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood
SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.
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