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Holiday Decorating Starts with Clean Windows
Posted on Thursday, November 29th 2018

 
As the holiday season is upon us, it’s time to break out the festive decorations and prepare your home for visits from family and friends. Hanging bright holiday lights and cheerful wreaths will draw the eye of passerby. But before hanging a single decoration, remember that a successful holiday display starts with clean windows. 

Make the Most of Your Decorations

The holidays come once a year, so it’s important to go the extra mile and ensure your decorations shine brightly. Like most things in life, a solid foundation is the key to success. Windows are the perfect place to start when decorating. For one thing, it will be quite difficult to clean your windows once your décor is up, so it’s best to clean them before you begin. Cleanliness is particularly important if you are planning on attaching decorations to your windows, inside or out. Dirt, grime and build up can negatively impact the adhesive used to hang decorations, causing your carefully-placed décor to slide down or even fall off the window.

Additionally, clean windows will make your wreaths, lights and holiday displays pop. The last thing you want is for your friends, family and neighbors to be distracted by smudge-filled, dirty windows. Clean windows can serve as a neutral backdrop for all your festive touches.

Let the Light In (or Out!)

Never underestimate the power of sunlight! Studies show that seasonal depression can be worsened by the reduced sunlight that comes with the winter months. It’s important to maximize any sunlight you can get, even if that is through windows. Clean windows let in more light and can boost your mood and productivity, so you’ll feel energized and festive as you decorate your home for the holidays.

But the importance of light and clean windows doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Around the holidays, many people place candles or lights on window sills. If windows are grimy, spotty or dusty, those marks will be spotlighted by your window display. Keep the focus on the décor and clean the windows before you decorate.

First Impressions Matter

Finally, as guests pull up to your party, the first thing they’ll see is the exterior of your lovely home. That first impression can set the tone for the whole party or gathering. You’ll want to make sure your lawn is trimmed, decorations are hung with care and your windows are sparkling clean. A tidy appearance will help your guests feel welcome, festive and ready to party.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, call in the professionals. Fish Window Cleaning is the nation’s premier window cleaning franchise. For more than 40 years, FISH has been helping customers shine during the holiday season. With more than 275 locations across 44 states, Fish Window Cleaning is committed to making the holidays the best they can be. To find a Fish Window Cleaning location near you, visit FishWindowCleaning.com.
 

Why Investing in Franchising is a Good Idea
Posted on Wednesday, November 28th 2018

Employee burnout is on the rise. In fact, according to a recent Gallup study, a majority of employees feel tired or fed up with their employment to some degree. Out of nearly 7,500 full-time employees surveyed, 23 percent reported feeling burned out at work always or very often and an additional 44 percent reported feeling burned out sometimes. If you are experiencing burnout, consider changing course and pursuing your passion through franchising. For many entrepreneurs, investing in a franchise can be a viable (and lucrative!) career path. Though franchising takes hard work, franchisees are able to take control of their financial and personal future while still enjoying the support and earning potential that comes with an established brand.

Freedom

Franchisees are small-business owners, and as such, they enjoy a level of freedom not often found in corporate America. No longer will you have to endure that incorrigible office neighbor with their loud music and incessant tapping. As a business owner, you have the ability to control your work environment. You play a role in every aspect of the office; from personnel to office décor, you have a say.

Additionally, many franchisees are able to spend more time with friends and family. Those weekends and holidays spent with loved ones can greatly improve overall satisfaction, both personally and professionally. With franchising comes freedom and the potential for a fulfilling next step in your career.

Unparalleled Support

Owning a small business comes with inherent challenges, including building a customer base, establishing a presence in the community and laying the groundwork for day-to-day operations. With independent ownership, it’s up to the owner to build the brand from scratch. New businesses have to establish brand standards, develop marketing and promotional materials and execute new training protocols.

Alternatively, through investing in a reputable franchise, such as Fish Window Cleaning, entrepreneurs can enjoy the freedom of small-business ownership while still maintaining access to professional support. A quality franchise can connect new franchisees with trustworthy vendors, assist with building leases and permits and offer continued support, resources and training.

Strong Earning Potential

Opening a business with a pre-established reputation can make the initial development process much easier. Customers know what to expect from a franchise and often feel more comfortable patronizing known establishments over an independent business. However, it is important to select your franchise carefully for just this reason! The business comes with a reputation – good or bad – so be sure to invest wisely.

In addition to an established brand, a reputable franchise will have a proven business model and definitive steps to help increase your profits. With the franchise’s guidance and your hard work, purchasing a franchise has the potential to be a sound, long-term investment.

As an industry leader, Fish Window Cleaning has unparalleled brand recognition. With more than 40 years of experience making home and office windows shine, FISH has a business model that has withstood the test of time. FISH franchisees across the country are thriving as they contribute to their local communities with reliable, quality window cleaning services.

For more information on pursuing your entrepreneurial dream through Fish Window Cleaning, visit FWCFranchise.com.

When The Smudge On Your Window Just Won't Go Away
Posted on Monday, November 26th 2018

A home filled with sunshine is a happy home. Windows let natural light into the house and can drastically change the feel of a room. Unfortunately, windows sometimes develop a smudge that just won’t go away! That smudge hinders light from entering the room and blurs your view of the outside world. Often that unwelcome blemish on your window is something called “screen burn.” Screen burn occurs most frequently when aluminum window screens corrode and are plastered onto the window by wind and rain. Even after the screen is removed, it can leave an imprint or bleary stain that is almost impossible to clean.

Here’s some information about this irritating screen burn and some tips to return your windows to their full, sparkling potential.

What is “screen burn” and how does it happen?

Screen burn is a mark on a window, often in the shape of a window screen. It is similar to a stain but with a unique texture. The imprint is a result of corrosion from aluminum window screens. When there is harsh weather, that screen may press against the window and transfer that corrosion to the glass. Aluminum doesn’t rust; but it does corrode, forming a light-colored, crusty oxide which moves from the screen to the window. That oxide will build up on the glass, particularly when the windows are not cleaned often.

What can a professional window cleaning service like Fish Window Cleaning do about it?

Usually, household window cleaners don’t do much to get rid of this aluminum corrosion build up on your windows. However, there are some stronger cleaning solutions that can do the trick! Unfortunately, some of those cleaning solutions paired with improper cleaning techniques can lead to unwanted scratches that can make your windows even harder to see out of! To avoid this, a professional can assess the damage and determine an appropriate course of action.

Regular window cleaning can help you avoid future screen burn.

Screen burn is built up corrosion — so cleaning your windows regularly can prevent this buildup. The rate of oxidation can vary greatly, depending on the quality of your windows and where you live. Luckily, regular window cleaning by Fish Window Cleaning will ensure that this screen burn will no longer be a problem plaguing your home’s windows. You’ll be free to enjoy a sun-filled room with friends and family.

Next time your windows are less than sparkling, call in a professional from Fish Window Cleaning. You’ll be back to seeing clearly in no time!

To learn more about Fish Window Cleaning, visit www.fishwindowcleaning.com.

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Shop Local This Small Business Saturday
Posted on Tuesday, November 20th 2018

Held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to kick off your holiday shopping. Patronizing small businesses is a terrific way to support your neighbors and enjoy a more pleasant shopping experience. When preparing for the holidays, don’t be afraid to think outside the retail box – local restaurants and service providers can benefit greatly from your patronage as well.

Support Local Economy

Local shoppers make local businesses possible. Your patronage can have a sizeable impact on your neighbor, rather than just serve as a drop in the bucket for a faceless corporation. Your holiday shopping has the power to benefit a resident business owner while simultaneously helping to improve your town; quite a bit of the money you spend locally goes right back into your community. Beyond generating more tax revenue per sales dollar, taxes that are paid by local, small businesses are often used to maintain parks, repair neighborhood roads and aid schools in need. With the help of hometown patrons, small businesses can have a big impact on the wellness of your community.

Bring the Holiday Cheer

Holiday shopping is often a frantic, stressful activity as customers race to get the best deals. Unlike at big box stores, with small businesses, you will typically find a nice, pleasant shopping experience with shorter lines and happier store attendants. Additionally, by shopping local, customers can get helpful, in-person assistance when needed. With large corporations, shoppers often spend hours on hold waiting for a customer service representative to take their call. Finally, many small businesses go above and beyond to decorate their store and make customers feel welcome and cheery. Never underestimate the power of holiday cheer.

Think Beyond Retailers

Small Business Saturday is not just for retailers. All local businesses could use your support throughout the holiday season. If you are spending the day shopping, consider stopping for lunch at a locally-run restaurant. Need help getting your house clean and ready for company? Consider hiring a local service company, like Fish Window Cleaning.

Fish Window Cleaning has more than 40 years of experience serving communities across the country. All 275 Fish Window Cleaning locations are locally-owned and operated. Those small business owners would love to make your windows bright, shiny and holiday-ready. To find a Fish Window Cleaning location near you, visit FishWindowCleaning.com.
 

Franchising: The Perfect Second-Act Career for Veterans
Posted on Tuesday, November 6th 2018

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there were approximately 20.4 million U.S. veterans in 2016. As Veterans Day approaches on Nov. 11, many of those veterans are considering their career path after the military; franchising can be a phenomenal second-act career for retired military men and women who have an entrepreneurial mindset.

Franchising Combines Profit with Freedom

Franchising can be a fantastic career path for a driven veteran eager to be his or her own boss. Small-business ownership, unlike a corporate nine-to-five job, allows the veteran the chance to be a leader. Franchising specifically, as opposed to independent business ownership, combines the freedom of self-employment with the benefits of built-in support that comes with an established brand. With franchising, industry experts will be on hand to guide the new business owner every step of the way.

Veterans Have an Ideal Skill Set for Franchising

Owning a franchise location is a challenging, yet rewarding, endeavor. Succeeding in franchising requires a driven individual with a strong work ethic and a keen ability to be both a leader and a follower. Veterans often have the capability to successfully lead their team while simultaneously adhering to brand standards and regulations. Veterans understand the importance of hard work and the benefits that come from a job well done. With the natural scalability, relatively easy entry and the need for operational excellence, franchising has the potential to be a lucrative and exciting opportunity for veterans of all ages. The key to success is investing in a reputable franchise that is veteran-friendly, such as Fish Window Cleaning, the nation’s premiere window cleaning franchise. By teaming up with FISH, veterans can continue serving their communities but in an entirely new capacity.

Fish Window Cleaning is Proud to Work with Veterans

Fish Window Cleaning recognizes the tremendous value of our nation’s veterans and is proud to be involved with VetFran, which supports military men and women across the country. VetFran is a strategic initiative of the International Franchise Association (IFA) that provides access and opportunities in franchising to U.S. veterans and their spouses. FISH offers veterans 10 percent off the franchise fee and is committed to ensuring that each FISH veteran has full support in every aspect of their business. From securing a location to finding vendors to building a customer base, Fish Window Cleaning offers unparalleled assistance. Whether a veteran has recently left the military or is an experienced businessperson looking for a change, franchising can be a fulfilling career path.

Fish Window Cleaning has more than 40 years of experience serving communities across the country. With 275 locations across 44 states, Fish Window Cleaning is committed to supporting our nation’s veterans. For more information on joining the FISH family, visit FWCFranchise.com.
 

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