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Our business is being built on a reputation of customer satisfaction. We understand the quality of cleanliness for a business. Cleaning from floor to ceiling, we offer the highest quality of service. Executive Image performs to your complete satisfaction, regular mowing, weeding, mulching, pressure washing, trash removal and parking lot cleaning.
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Stress Management Tips for Small Business Owners

Anyone running a small business knows that it can be overwhelming at times. Truthfully, it could feel overwhelming most of the time. The reason that owning and running your own business is so stressful is that everything tends to fall directly on your shoulders. Fortunately, there are business stress management tips that can help you.

As a business owner there seems to always be an endless number of tasks and actions that await you throughout the day. Executive Image Building Services is a task-oriented business that uses the strategies discussed below to run a successful business.

Many small business owners remark that they experience twice as much stress from running their businesses than they experience maintaining healthy relationships. They also claim that running a small business was much more stressful than both managing their personal finances and raising their children.

That is a lot of stress!

Ultimately, the stress tends to be worth it if you are living your dream of being your own boss and providing a service to customers that you truly believe in. However, that does not mean that there is nothing you can do to manage everyday stress a little better.

Your health needs to be prioritized above all else. High levels of stress on a regular basis can have very negative effects both mentally and physically. Stress can also damage relationships with family, friends and business associates who make up your circle.
If you deal with high levels of work-related stress every day, here are some actions you can take to help reduce stress and stay healthy.

Automate

Technology is a beautiful thing. Modern small business owners are incredibly fortunate that today we have the latest low-cost software and apps that can help manage businesses. Newer technology is being developed every day.

Apps offer a variety of systems to invoice customers, collect payments, and maintain communication with customers. In fact, there is probably a software solution that can help you simplify just about any business process you can think of from posting on social media to running your payroll.

While you might not have the time to research every app you’d like to, picking up a few that you’ve prioritized as being most important to your work could certainly make life a lot easier for you and reduce the stressors of many of your day-to-day tasks.

Delegate

Small business owners often believe that hiring help is not a realistic option in the early phases, however, most times that is not true. There are plenty of tasks that can be outsourced to part-time workers who do not cost as much as your time to complete the same tasks.

For example, are you writing and curating social media content for your business by yourself? You probably know a college student who can perform that job to save you valuable hours.
There are freelancers and part-time workers who can perform administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings or even bookkeeping.

You can also ask other people to help you out when it comes to putting together strategies and answering some of the important questions you face as a business owner. You most likely know people who have started their own successful businesses. Do not be shy. Ask them to mentor you. Ask questions and delve into solutions you had not thought of. Get advice occasionally instead of trying to figure everything out on your own.

Exercise More

Studies have proven that increasing your daily physical activity is a great way to reduce stress. This does not mean that you need to be in the gym two hours a day. Any type of physical activity can help in reducing your stress levels.

If you have 30 minutes before your next meeting, do not sit around looking at your smartphone, go out and take a brief walk and/or stretch every other hour to get your blood flowing.
There’s always room to grow.

Improving your skill set and best practices in workforce management is investing in yourself. When you feel you are moving forward and taking control of your situation, your confidence grows and your business will improve. Listening to others who have similar experiences helps us feel that we are not alone. Expressing your concerns with a trusted confidant helps to reduce stress. Business coaches, industry experts and advice from peers are good ways to manage stress.

Take a Break

Studies have shown that your employees are more productive and happier at work when they use all of their vacation time. It should then be no surprise that the same goes for business owners.
The fact that you never take time off is completely understandable. You have invested everything in your business and it is a very important facet of your life. The more tired and stressed you are, the less value you are providing to your business.

It is important to recharge. Get away with your family or friends for at least a week, and while you are away, try not to think about work at all – no matter how impossible that sounds.

Taking a break does not even have to mean going on vacation. Going out for lunch every day and taking an hour to eat in peace and enjoy a walk around town without checking your emails can do wonders for your stress level. Another good idea is designating one day each week to spend outside the office with your loved ones and to make a rule that you will not be taking any work-related calls or engaging in any business-related tasks during that day.
Any tasks you have lined up are going to be completed more effectively after you have refreshed your perspective a bit and taken a break from the daily grind.

Fix Your Diet

One of the worst things about being constantly buried in work is that you tend to stop paying attention to your diet. Many believe that they do not have time to eat properly, which sometimes leads to their diets consisting of nothing but coffee and fast food.
The truth of the matter is that eating healthy does not take that much time. It simply takes a little more attention. There are certain foods that you should eat if you want to decrease stress levels and regulate hormones related to stress.

Try to seek out foods that are low in fat, high in fiber and make sure that you are eating a good amount of fruits and vegetables.
And it is not just what you eat, how you eat is important. On your most stressful days, you are better off eating smaller meals more often. By doing this, you are stabilizing your energy levels so that there are less energy peaks and valleys during the day.
Most importantly, starting the day off with a healthy and balanced breakfast is one of the best ways to make sure that your body is getting what it needs, especially in the crucial morning hours.

Prioritize Sleep

Business owners are often chronically tired because they just do not get enough sleep. Whether you like it or not, getting enough sleep is an absolute necessity, not just for business owners but human beings in general.

Take a look at exceptional athletes, for example. Their work regimes are crazy. They work on making their bodies stronger for hours every day. They keep diligent records of what they eat and they study videos of their performances every day, yet they always make sure they get enough sleep.

Why? Because no matter what other steps they take to improve their performances, it is not going to matter if their bodies and minds do not get the rest they need to recover. Sleep deprivation affects not only your judgment and memory, but your mood as well. A good night’s sleep can truly do wonders when it comes to reducing stress levels. Not only does more sleep equate to less stress, it is also helps you to better manage the unavoidable stresses of running a small business. Tired people tend to lack the patience and clarity of mind needed to properly function in high-stress work environments.

Have Faith

Faith is important because it affects the decisions we make, the way we interact with others, and the way we react to the situations that confront us. The more we practice faith the more we develop. Take time out to practice your faith.
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Executive Image Building Services
Help for Small Businesses During Covid 19

Small businesses across the country have been struggling since the COVID-19 pandemic began and many were forced to close their doors and/or change their business models. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created by Congress to provide relief for small business owners across the country.

PPP loans have been especially attractive due to one key feature: the fact that they are forgivable, provided that small business owners adhere to rules. But those rules have changed -- for the better -- since those loans were first issued. Securing a loan is much easier than previously thought.

Spend less of your loan on payroll and still be forgiven

Originally, to have your PPP loan forgiven, a business owner was required to spend 75% of the loan on payroll costs. That was easy to comply with for businesses that had existing staff and many payroll employees. However, many small operations complained that the 75% threshold left them with too little money left over to cover other essential operating costs like rent payments and utilities. Modifications have lowered the threshold to 60%. This means businesses can spend 40% of loan proceeds on non-payroll costs and still be eligible to be forgiven. In addition, businesses that do not meet that 60% requirement may still be eligible to have a portion of their PPP loans forgiven.

More time to use the loan amount

The initial PPP loan program required small businesses to spend their funds within eight weeks of the date they received their loan. Many small business owners felt that timeframe was too restrictive -- especially for operations that are more seasonal in nature, such as a commercial maintenance business like Executive Image Building Services. The eight-week period was extended to twenty-four weeks, so small business owners now have a lot more time to spend their funds and still qualify for loan forgiveness.
More time to rehire laid-off or furloughed staff

The main goal of the PPP loan program was to prevent layoffs and keep employees working during deteriorating economic conditions. It was also designed to encourage businesses that had laid-off or furloughed staff, to rehire those employees back to their jobs. Business owners who rehired laid-off staff would be eligible for loan forgiveness provided those people were put back on their payroll by June 30, 2020. Recently, the deadline for rehiring staff was extended to December 31, 2020 giving businesses more time and flexibility.

The time to apply for a PPP loan has passed

When the PPP program was first introduced, it ran out of money in a few short weeks. There was a race for business owners to apply as soon as possible. In late April, the program's funds were replenished by Congress. While many small businesses clamored early on to secure funding, the second round of funding still has money to be lent out. If you did not apply for a PPP loan initially because you felt the requirements were too limiting, it may be wise to reexamine other loan options thru the Small Business Administration to apply for a loan at this time. Other loans are Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), SBA Express Bridge Loans, and other debt relief options.
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Executive Image Building Services
The Proper Use of Disinfectants is an Important Step for a Healthy Work Environment

Property owners are more concerned than ever about maintaining healthy work environments. When used properly disinfectants limit the spread of germs and viruses in work environments. Disinfectants are powerful and should be used correctly. Using an experienced company like Executive Image Building Services with trained staff can ensure disinfectants are used safely.

Best Practices

Read the label first

Each disinfectant has instructions with specific important facts:

Precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves or aprons or making sure you have good ventilation during application.

How to apply the product to a surface.

Instructions on how to prepare (e.g., dilute) if the product is a concentrate.

How long you need to leave it wet on the surface to be effective (contact time).

Whether the surface needs to be cleaned first and rinsed after using.

If the product is safe for the surface.

EPA registered disinfectants with a label claim for Staphylococcus aureus will also kill MRSA.

Clean first

· Cleaning first removes dirt and unwanted soils from surfaces.

· For disinfectants to work effectively; unwanted soils must be removed first.

· Disinfectants kill pathogens that live on surfaces

Allow Adequate Dwell Time

· Label indicates how long the disinfectant must dwell on a surface.

· Allow recommended amount of time before wiping off.

· Time can vary from one disinfectant to another.

· Do not allow the disinfectant to completely dry on the surface.

Safety Precautions when using Disinfectants

· Always wear gloves when handling and cleaning with disinfectants.

· Mix and dilute disinfectants per recommendations on label.

· Keep Safety Data Sheets, SDS, with the disinfectant during delivery and when stored.

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How to Keep Your Delivery Drivers Healthy

Commercial delivery drivers are the life blood of our economy - delivering essential products from food to medicine and goods that support our daily life.

If you are in the delivery or transportation business, you know that drivers are what keeps you in business. Just as trucks need repairs and routine maintenance to avoid down time, it can be very costly and disruptive to replace drivers who become ill and cannot drive or complete their route.

One of the best methods to maintain a healthy driving staff is to make sure to maintain their delivery vehicle to ensure it is clean and disinfected. This includes not only the steering wheel, but also cup holders, seat belts, door handles, gear shift knobs, turn signal knobs, and radio buttons. Any surface that comes into human contact may support germs and viruses.

Cleaning during the day is important as drivers enter and exit their vehicles. For continued maintenance, hiring a cleaning service like Executive Image Building Services, can be an answer to a problem. Executive Image provides routine disinfecting of all points of contact on a daily, or any other schedules as needed.

Here are tips for maintaining truck cabs:

· Ensure drivers wash their hands often. This is proven to be the most effective method to reduce germs and viruses on reach surfaces.

· Wipe down all touch points. Truck cabs should be wiped down daily with a high-grade disinfectant that is EPA approved to kill viruses.

· Vinyl seat covers should be cleaned by applying the disinfectant to a test area first as some disinfectants might discolor surfaces.

· Use cleaning and disinfecting “best practices”. Always clean surfaces first - then use a disinfectant. Disinfectant dwell times (the time the product stays on the surface) is important as to the application of proper dilution of disinfecting chemicals.

· Clean interior of vehicles after maintenance and before they are returned to service.

· Equipment which is used daily to complete work, e.g., pallet jacks, dolly’s, and tools, need to be disinfected after each use or at minimum, between staff use.

· Provide necessary Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to drivers to help them maintain healthy personal protection practices.

· If you are currently in the process of hiring a cleaning contractor, we suggest you ensure that the contractor outlines in their proposals the steps they are taking to prevent the spread of disease. This should also include specific steps they are taking to train and educate their staff on infection control.
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Executive Image Building Services
Coronavirus (COVID 19) Cleaning Update

• As COVID 19 evolves and spreads around the world and into our workplaces, Executive Image Building Services remains steadfast and vigilant in monitoring the most current safety, infection control and cleaning methods recommended by experts globally, primarily the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

• Our management team is actively engaged with our cleaning teams to ensure the appropriate cleaning protocols meet the needs of our clients and cleaning teams.

• Prevention is key to limiting the spread of any virus, however, there are products we can provide beyond general cleaners for building entrances, common areas and high traffic areas.

• We use enhanced cleaning methods and EPA registered disinfectants to help prevent the spread of viruses and pathogens, especially in frequently touched areas. We incorporate both aerosol disinfectants and CDC approved disposable disinfectant wipes to prevent cross contamination and provide the most effective sanitizing results.

• If you are notified by health officials that a person has been tested and diagnosed for COVID 19 who has recently visited your facility, immediately contact your manager and follow the CDC guidelines. Also, please contact Executive Image Building Services 317-865-1366 to talk to a representative regarding your immediate cleaning and disinfectant needs.

• Executive Image Building Services can provide a list of the cleaning products and disinfectants upon request.

CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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Executive Image Building Services
Why handwashing is so important

Your Mom may have told you to wash your hands before you eat. This reminder was more important than you might think. Keeping your hands clean is the most important method to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to other people at your place of work. Many diseases, flu, and common colds are spread by employees not washing their hands with soap and water in the workplace.

The following instructions will help you to wash your hands properly.

Wet hands under clean, running water. Apply soap and lather by rubbing your hands together. Lather the backs of your hands, between fingers and under nails. Scrub your hands for at least thirty seconds. Rinse your hands under clean, running water and dry using a clean towel, paper towels or allow them to air dry.

Here are reasons why hand washing is so important:

Germs Make People Sick

People, especially children, frequently touch their eyes, mouth and nose. Germs can travel from the hand and get into the body, which can make us sick. People and pets spread germs like Salmonella, E. coli and norovirus, which can cause flu-like symptoms and may cause respiratory infections. Some germs can be life threatening, especially for those with pre-existing health conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper hand washing can significantly reduce the number of people who get sick.

Cross Contamination Can Make You Sick

Germs have few limits. They don’t care whether you’ve handled food or your computer. Germs spread easily. To prevent cross contamination in the work environment, proper cleaning of surfaces with a disinfectant is the best method to reduce workplace illness. Regular office cleaning with services provided by Executive Image is one of the best methods to reduce the threat of cross contamination.

When to Wash Your Hands

Hand washing should become second nature. You should wash your hands frequently because you never know when you’ve encountered germs. Wash your hands after using a tissue, dumping garbage, before eating, during food preparation, after changing a diaper or after shaking hands. Basically, wash your hands frequently.

Liquid soap is the best choice. Bar soap, especially if used by numerous people can become contaminated. The bar of soap tends to sit in a pool of water and germs can linger on the bar. A dried out bar of soap can develop cracks that allow harmful germs and dirt to get inside. Generally, most people prefer to use liquid soap. Hands-free dispensers are the best.

Germs Can Transfer to Other Objects

There’s a reason why germs spread like wildfire through day care centers and schools. Germs are easily transferred to objects like toys, smart phones, laptops and handrails. That means that anyone who hasn’t washed their hands properly can potentially contaminate anything they touch.

Properly washing children’s hands is vital to stop the spread of germs, but you’ll also need to disinfect toys and surfaces regularly to prevent the spread of infection. This means that you need to disinfect anything that little hands touch, like doorknobs, benches, handrails, toys and chairs. It may seem like a daunting task, but it will help to keep everyone germ free.

When to Use Hand Sanitizer

Washing with soap and water is the best method to combat germs, however, sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where you don’t have access to clean water and soap. That’s when hand sanitizers are most useful.

Studies have found that hand sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60 and 90 percent are most effective. Non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not work as well. They only reduce the growth of germs rather than killing them. To get rid of grease and germs, good old fashion soap and water are the best choice versus hand sanitizers. You can also wash your hands followed by using a hand sanitizer.