Upscale Down Town Large City Parking Structure Onsite Auto Detailing and Car Washing

Over the years I’ve had mobile car washing and auto detailing companies ask me about working in large Metro Area parking structures, offering services to company employees in the building. Sometimes folks contact me about setting up services at Airport Park and Fly’s. The other day someone asked about a 1,000 parking space parking garage in the high-rent district. Okay so, let’s say you were putting together a business plan for something like this – how many car owners are really going to be interested in your services? Let’s talk.

It has been my experience that you get 15% peak at the 6th week point providing the quality is “excellent” in the first-fifth week. The first week expect perhaps 5-7%. Now then, generally if you offer 5-day week service you get the most business on Thurs-Fri for weekend, so at first the Monday-Tuesday business might be dismal. These numbers “assume” that you have pre-announced advanced notification, flyers, faxes, or notification from the property manager of a new service which everyone considers trying. You should get 8% of the people getting weekly washes after that 6th week, and the rest getting add-on services for the total of that 15%.

Now then, the people’s cars will still be clean from the original 1-2 weeks, so the second and third week, expect slow growth, less than the first two week, but things then progress. Some folks choose not to use the service regularly because of cost, or kids at home washing cars, DIY crowd; by week six you should peak or plateau at 75% of your future maximum future volume as you slowly win over folks who budget you as a fixed expense.

What about pricing?

Okay so, with all this said unless your buildings contain high-end clientele and is in the downtown financial district – lawyers and other financial type businesses – then your price should be fair and honorable for the middle class. Remember most of your customers will become – if you do this right – weekly executive in-and-out washes at let’s say $15-25 each. Then once per month quick express wax at $40-50. Then, every other month max detail $100+.

You should not forgo the single-mom secretary with the beginner entry point BMW, she’s your very best word of mouth, don’t price her out of the market! Or give her a “free exterior only” wash with tire-dressing if there are 5-or more per office that sign up.

Let’s say you are working with luxury buildings, not condos, I am taking about luxury office buildings with enormous parking structures; if this is a mega-high-end crowd it’s okay to keep your higher price points perhaps one-third or half again more, those higher prices might survive, although I am sketchy on that, economically speaking in the present period. You can always bundle extras rather than lowering price, and you can always bump the prices up a few more dollars once you prove yourself.

What if a property company has 10 or more buildings?

This is common in downtown districts as one company is in charge of many, many, buildings and parking structures. They want amenity type services in all of them. Still, don’t take all the buildings at once, work into it, over committing might be unwise, labor constraints issues, and customer service managers, very challenging working in such a controlled chaotic environment – at first, that is. You’ll get used to it. You have to get it right the first time or your reputation will be trashed for a long while, you could lose 10s of 1,000s of dollars in sales the first six months trying to overcome a poor start.

Indeed, I hope I’ve at least answered some of the questions you might have. Still, please remember all this advice are merely my preliminary thoughts, but I’ve been asked about this now so many times that I thought I’d just put it into an article to save my time in the future. Every circumstance is different, and to do this topic justice I’d really, really need more details on this to better accurately guestimate for each potential circumstance. Please consider all this and think on it.

Do Addicts Really Recover?

In my line of work as addiction professional, I’m often asked “Do people with addiction get better?” The question may sound simple but it’s not really that simple. There are so many facets to addiction. The chemicals are but one aspect. There also are the addict’s personality attributes, attitudes, lifestyle, and values – all contributing and feeding the addiction syndrome. For most people, the obsession by the addict to consume chemicals is the most salient aspect of addiction. This becomes their focus of attention when asking the question, “Do addicts really recover?” Meaning can they give up drugs and become “normal” people again?

After a closer look at addiction, one begins to realize that the chemical abuse is intimately tied to the person’s mental health, lifestyle, and personal values. For example, it is hard to ignore an addict’s criminal activities related to supporting his drug habit or an alcoholic’s scheming and manipulating behavior to hide his alcoholism when the addicted or alcoholic is trying to pursue “recovery.” Can people “recover” from addiction and still carry on with these criminal or anti-social inclinations? What are the chances of a recovering person remaining abstinent while continuing to sell drugs or maintaining his connection with friends who are involved in criminal activities? Can a recovering alcoholic remain sober while bar-tending?

My point is that there is a “quality of life” a recovering addict or alcoholic must maintain to achieve a certain level of healthy living. For some this may mean pursuing counseling or following medication regime to control psychiatric symptoms. For others, a complete lifestyle change may be necessary to re-align personal priorities and internalize pro-social values. With addiction, old associations — people, places, and things – can easily trigger a relapse to old “bad habits.” There is a common belief among recovering persons that “picking-up” drugs or any substances is the last step in the relapse process. Long before the actual substance use, the person has already relapsed in his thinking – reflected in noticeable changes in attitude, values, and over-all behavior.

To go back to the original question: “Do addicts really recover?” The answer is a relative yes. For some who consider their addiction as a disorder of the whole person and take a holistic view of recovery, they aspire more than giving up the chemicals to include a reinvention of themselves, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. Others are content with minimizing the harmful effects of illicit drug use but still resort to alcohol use. Still others give up drugs but continue to have dysfunctional patterns of coping or residual manifestations of personality disorders.

Do Addicts Really Recover?
Dr. Fernando B. Perfas

Immersing in New Cultures Through Travel

There is often pressure to see the sights when you travel to a place for the first time. These sights often have more tourists than space for you to move. You may be at the Eiffel Tower, but you share the experience with a few hundred other strangers. Your photos include strangers’ faces and most of your memories include waiting in line.

This may be the price you pay to see the world’s famous sights, but it is no way to experience unique cultures. Travel is not simply taking a photograph next to monuments; it is experiencing something new and far from your comfort zone. Below are some tips to help you get to know your travel destination beyond travel guides and pre-made itineraries:

Go off Book

Having a travel itinerary saves you time and money. You can get a lot done by following your schedules to the minute. Despite this, you can get to know a place better if you do away with overly strict time tables. When planning a trip, make approximate schedules to give you time to savor each activity or place. Instead of taking a tour bus, you may want to experience public transportation and get to know the city.

Choose an Interesting Hotel

You do not have to leave your hotel to experience your location. Some places have well-known hotels with themes and historical value. You can even look at accommodations in an art district hotel. You can very well get to know the true image of a city by visiting artisan and specialty shops around this district. People around these places are usually cultured and interesting to strike a conversation with.

Lose Yourself

A wrong turn into small streets can be scary, but it is an adventure for the true traveler. Allow yourself to be lost one day but make sure you have the money to return to your hotel. This is a good way to walk into quaint little establishments and remove you from places with too many tourists. Even asking a local for directions can have you learning something new about the place in no time.

Try the Local Cuisine

Food is the best and easiest way to get to know a place. Skip the big coffee shop brands and international fast food chains. You can order local dishes on restaurants, but if you want to experience the real flavors of the special cuisine, dine in hole-in-the-wall eateries. You will experience authentic local food while saving money as these places do not often charge big money for dishes.

Travel during Holidays and Festivals

Each place has their traditions and holidays. If you have a flexible vacation schedule, book your trip in time for big holidays and festivities. This is when the locals come out and wear their cultures with pride. There is often a lot of action and activity surrounding special holidays. It could be a learning experience or just a really fun weekend for any outsider looking in.

The world is too big and life is too short to spend it in one place. Splurging on experiences has longer positive effects than spending all your money on material possessions. You no longer have to be afraid of travel expenses. There are plenty of ways to get discounts if you know where to look. Check online resources for features of hotel types such as an art district hotel.

The Easiest Way to Write, Publish And Be Selling Your First Kindle eBook in 30 Days or Less

Who else would love to write their first eBook this month? Are you a coach, consultant, teacher or trainer who would love to see your first book published, downloaded and discussed around the globe?

The truth is, most online entrepreneurs crave the attention, the affection and the publicity that publishing a book will bring, but don’t have the stamina and persistence to get to the finish line.

After all… writers block is probably the biggest enemy for “REAL” writers who want to self publish, how much harder is it for online entrepreneurs and marketers who want to publish purely for publicity purposes, right?

I’m going to give you a really simple “secret” strategy that will help you overcome this obstacle, and if you follow my directions, you’ll have your first book ready to be uploaded within 30 days. (works in just about any niche you have PASSION or genuine authority or expertise)

The secret is simple.

Codify and collate questions from your community, into content.

For example, the Tumblr platform has baked this into their platform incredibly well, and as a result, some of the most popular Tumblr’s are now very books to boot.

How so?

The “Ask Me Anything” and “Submit” feature allows other readers from around the web to submit questions, thoughts, opinions or stories… and due to the viral nature of social media, and built in beauty of blogging around a topic that people share passion and a sense of purpose… you can get an AVALANCHE of submissions in YOUR niche, very quickly.

Next –

You simply take the best questions, content and submissions, and codify it into a structure that works as a book. It really IS that easy, and if you have a popular blog or Tumblr now with lots of existing readers, you can literally do this in a weekend. (especially if you are in an emotive niche where people like to share)

A great example of this?

There are a bunch, but one of my favorites is the “Clients from Hell” blog. Not only have they created a world famous blog around a pretty common shared experience by service professionals (difficult clients) they’ve turned the blog into a brand, a business and a blooming bank account to boot! (with a whole store set up around T-shirts, Mugs, and other branded goods that creative professionals buy by the busload)

Their book… and blog is ALL user generated content. Anonymous people submitting their horror stories working with clients, or short blurbs about difficult customers. It’s very entertaining, a lot of fun, and one of the most popular books (and brands) in the industry.

I’ve seen this done by psychics, mediums, personal development coaches, online entrepreneurs, designers, credit repair counselors, spiritual teachers and just about every other type of “publisher” you can imagine.

The good news? you can do the very same thing with WordPress, or any other blog platform that accepts submissions, and the truth is… you can do the same thing with Twitter, Facebook, and social media that allows you to accept content from your community.

It’s creative – and cool, and pretty darn easy to establish yourself as a bonafide writer, publisher, expert and authority site in just about any niche you choose… including the one that MAY make you rich!

Online Directory Tips

A directory is a list of all the possible services and businesses in an area. Before, the go-to book of every individual was the yellow pages directory. But now that the advent of technology has taken over, we move forward to a dynamic type of directory on the internet.

The dynamic directory listing scheme is a directory where every list has a special treatment, or so to say. Unlike the traditional yellow pages where the contact number and address are the only information available, the dynamic directory allows the viewer to feel the place within a click. There is the availability of the pictures, a virtual tour and videos. This feature would enable one to really have a glimpse of the place without actually having to go there.

It does not matter whether or not your directory is geared towards the local business community or the international arena, it will always be best to have a directory that is content specific. This will create a community within the website. Below are ways to have a better directory.

Create a forum – A forum is a webpage where users from different places could comment and stimulate discussions regarding a certain topic. When you create forum that details all the topics within your directory, people can discuss issues, tips and bugs. This way, people can talk to each other and you can monitor their problems regarding your website at the same time.

Have a news section – People love it when you have updated information on your website. When a person goes to your website and sees no changes, chances are they would look for another website that is worth your time. It is sort of hitting two birds with one stone. One, you attract people to your site and two, you give them useful information.

Announce events – Aside from creating a directory list, it would be best if you would allow your users to announce events to fellow users as well. This would increase their audience and at the same time find sponsors for their event. Think of it as doing your users a favor for the patronage that they have given to you.

One site off the net is one offered by Elumba Technlogies. They have been in the business for song long already. They have dynamic directory listing and has been on the internet for how many years already. You may also resort to other sites which offer the same features.

Rehabilitation – There Is Support Available to Help You Beat That Addiction

No one ever said trying to come clean and overcome your addiction would be easy. In fact, it is one of the biggest obstacles you will face on a daily basis in order for you to remain sane and normal. Even though you may have felt alone while you were going through the addiction phase, there is help and support available during your recovery. That is why you should take advantage of the services that are offered at a rehabilitation center.

There is so much at stake when you make the decision to become sober and take back control of your life. Even though this situation will make you one of the strongest people in the world, it will also make you the most vulnerable. You are going to need more than the love and support of your friends and family to rise to this challenge. You will need the skill, expertise and professional services of the staff at a rehabilitation center.

Keep in mind that the path to overcoming addictions is not completely the same for all substances that are abused. In addition to needing counseling, you can also benefit from group therapy sessions with your peers that are going through the same thing that you are. It is important for you to know that you are not alone and no matter what stage you are at in the process, there is help and support available.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that you don’t need help or can get through this trying time in your life alone. No matter how you got into this situation, you will need some type of assistance getting out of it. Beating an addiction is not something that once you stop taking the substance you are cured. It is a continuous and daily struggle that you will have to fight for the rest of your life. It is important for you to learn more about what caused you to resort to abusing. This means that you will need to get more in tune with yourself. You will need to get help so you can become healthy mentally and physically.

When it comes to choosing a rehabilitation center, you have two choices. You can choose to enroll in a day center or a residential center. If you have allowed your addiction to make you lose control of your life and you can barely make it through the day without thinking about your indulging in your addiction, then you may need to be under constant supervision. A residential rehabilitation center may be best for you. If you are currently struggling with an addiction, but are still able to maintain to work or handle some of your obligations, a day center may be what you need. No matter what type of rehabilitation you choose to got, you will receive the help and support you need to regain control over your life and fight your addiction.

6 Tips to Finding Products to Sell on eBay

Millions of people flock to eBay every year to complete easy purchase transactions. As the leading online auction site, eBay also offers a potentially lucrative opportunity to begin a home-based business. The most common dilemma for new eBay vendors is where to find items to auction off. The following tips are guaranteed to assist with finding the perfect inventory for an eBay auction.

1. Look for unneeded and unwanted items in your home. Remember the old saying, “One man’s trash is another one’s treasure.” Surprisingly there is a market for almost anything found in a typical family home. Video games, jewellery, brand-name clothing, and baby items do especially well on eBay.

2. Join a liquidation alert website. Through a series of internet and cellular alerts, members of liquidation websites stay current on where and when to look for discounts. Basically, if there is a close out a store within a specified distance from location settings, the pertinent information is forwarded by email or text, right as the deal closes. This system ensures customers always get the best items for the best possible cost as soon as it becomes available.

3. Join a wholesale website. These websites tend to sell in bulk and it may be necessary to keep an inventory. Those who choose wholesaling need a starting capital and will need to consider the overhead. Another option in wholesaling is partnering with a drop-shipping company. Drop-shippers keep the inventory and allow their products to be distributed through affiliates. In some cases, it may be necessary to subscribe to several companies.

4. Browsing estate sales can produce numerous bargains. Estate sales are designed to sell entire households full of goods rapidly. Become familiar with popular items on eBay and search for similar products to purchase and resell. Estate sales provide the opportunity to acquire items at a low price and auction them for a profit.

5. Although it can be a gamble, storage facility auctions are often a goldmine. When customers have not paid their storage fees for more than 60 days, the storage center becomes legal owner of all contents. Auctions are held in an attempt to recover the storage cost. Items are auctioned off in groups, as a whole, or one at a time for bigger ticket items. Buying in groups or as a whole is risky as individual items are not disclosed; however, valuable contents are common finds in storage auctions.

6. Look at the clearance sections in a selection of stores. All retailers have clearance aisles, and depending on the season, items can be resold. Out of season products will not sell well. Unusual or hard to find items and items in high-demand on eBay are the best for a quick profit.

Join the Ranks of Famous Mountaineers for a Real Challenge

Mountaineering is a popular pastime for the very adventurous and healthy. Climbing and scaling mountains incrusted with snow and ice for days at a time is an extremely difficult task and those who attempt it must be in excellent health and condition. There have been many “famous” mountaineers over the years and some have made quite a name for themselves such as Sir Edmund Hillary a mountaineer from New Zealand. Hillary’s most famous climb was the ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. According to records, the first bona fide climber of tall mountains was someone who was named Ötzi the Iceman, whose mummified body was found in the Alps at an elevation of around 3000 metres and thought to have been there for at least 5300 years! His discovery has been the subject of much study and research since it was found in 1991.

Mountaineering is a sport for some and profession for others
Many consider mountain climbing a sport or challenging hobby while some take it very seriously and have even made a profession out of scaling tall mountains. They rise to the challenge to prove something to themselves or gain recognition, fame, and fortune. Sponsorship makes financial gain possible for those who work hard to maintain the strength and health it takes for this rigorous task. Rock, ice, snow, and extreme weather conditions make for a risky yet rewarding lifestyle for those who take up the challenge. Women have also become adventurous and prominent as a result of their mountaineering skills. Annabelle Bond, who was born in 1969, is one of four British women to have climbed Mount Everest (2004). She went on to become the fastest woman to scale that famous mountain.

Climbing is an addictive pastime that reaps big rewards
Edward Whymper (another Londoner) was the first explorer and climber to ascend the Matterhorn back in 1865. His claim to fame on that particular climb may have been that he survived! Four members of the group he was with perished during the ascent.

Aron Lee Ralston, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA in 1975 made himself renowned by having to cut his own arm off in order to be freed after falling and being stuck between rocks for five days, seven hours. His perilous climb is depicted in a movie titled 127 Hours.

Major William Bill Tilman is another well known English explorer and mountaineer noted for his climbing in the Himalayans as well as sailing voyages.

Matthias Zurbriggen, born in Geneva in 1856 climbed the Alps extensively as a mountain guide and alpinist. He climbed the Aconcagua which is the highest peak of the Americas. He has a New Zealand mountain peak named after him, the Zurbriggen Ridge.

Reccardo Cassin, born in Italy in 1909 made over 2500 ascents and considered one of the leading mountaineers of his time.

George Mallory, noted Englishman and mountaineer became obsessed with the conquest of Mount Everest back in the 1920’s and upon his death his explanation of why he did it “Because it is there” caused him to become famous throughout the world.

Maurice Herzog, a Frenchman, was the first man to scale a peak over 8000 metres (8091m above sea level). He lost his gloves and nearly his life after developing painful frostbite on the fingers of both hands as well as some toes. He and his fellow climbers did make it down successfully however.

The above climbers and many others risk their lives but continue on, thriving on the challenge.

Home-Based Can Mean Big Business

Nowadays, you can get started with less than one thousand dollars. This will buy you your own website, millions of dollars in inventory, sales and marketing tools, and a team of experienced entrepreneurs working with you every step of the way to help you achieve all your goals in life.

You don’t even need a warehouse with receiving and shipping departments. All you really need is a computer and telephone which most people have anyway.

Initially, I looked at franchises and distributorships when deciding about another business. One of the problems I saw with these two models was the large amount of capital needed to start in most cases. Although the potential rewards were high, the risk was more than I wanted to subject myself to in the current state of the economy.

Another problem was the need for office or warehouse space. This meant I would have the added expense of paying rent and utilities.

Other shortcomings include the long hours it would take to succeed and the need to hire and manage employees.

These were all added expenses and headaches that I didn’t really want or need.

I wanted this to be my last business but it had to be something substantial that I could continue to work at as I got closer to retirement age and possibly beyond.

Then, I looked into home-based businesses. I had a friend tell me about network marketing. My initial thought was that it wasn’t for me. My friend, unbeknownst to me, had been very successful at it and thought I could be too. I took him up on it and decided to explore it further.

I was glad that I did. The investment was small. The return has been greater than any I could have achieved in any other business.

The low risk and high reward far outweighed any other business model.

From past experience I can tell you that it is important to pick the right home-based business. A good support team is crucial to your success. In network marketing, you will need a good upline of people that you can call for help and expertise. Make sure that you choose something that interests you. Do something that you will enjoy talking about and will be passionate about.

A number of really successful people have commented that this is a business structure that will thrive in the coming years as baby boomers get older.

Most boomers don’t have enough money saved for retirement. Also, many of them are losing their jobs or having their hours reduced. Some are just tired of the corporate world.

I get one other benefit from my home-based business. The ability to help other people reach their goals and dreams in life. Most people are either afraid to start their own business or don’t have enough capital to do so. They are afraid to go it alone. Choose the right team and you will never run your business alone.

A home-based business can be the path to financial freedom for anyone.

Using Drupal As Your CMS Platform

Most websites use WordPress or Joomla as their CMS system. However, there are plenty of CMS platforms available and Drupal is one of them. The Drupal CMS platform has plenty of business tools and this helps with easy maintenance.

Drupal is an open source platform that offers you plenty of options and it’s really flexible allowing you to modify, share as well as distribute content with ease. However, Drupal isn’t just a CMS platform it’s a SaaS – that is Service solution which is perfect for small businesses and can even be effectively used for larger enterprises.

Benefits of using Drupal

There are plenty of benefits of using Drupal, some of them include:

You don’t have to pay anything

There are plenty of CMS platforms and a few of them charge significantly in order to use their systems. Of course WordPress one of the best platforms is totally free as well.

Drupal is totally free and there are absolutely no hidden fees involved. There are plenty of advantages of using a free CMS platform as there are plenty of people who’d be using them and hence there are plenty of developers ready to help you out.

It’s got some top clients

Drupal has plenty of high profile clients and they only use it because it’s an amazing platform. Some of the high profile clients include: The white house, Wake Forest University, FedEx and a lot more.

It’s got amazing support

Whenever you decide to choose a CMS platform for your business you don’t just need to make sure that the platform is good; but, at the same time you need to make sure that it’s got high quality support from third party applications.

Web Design flexibility

Unlike most of the other CMS platforms out there that offer just a few frameworks and limited custom coding capabilities, Drupal allows you to showcase your brand in an attractive and interactive way.

Therefore, you can make sure that your design suits your business needs without worrying about any hindrances by the CMS platform.

It’s optimized for search engines

These days after the Google panda and penguin updates you need to make sure that your website is ideal for search engines. Of course the Penguin update only focuses on backlinks, but there are plenty of other algorithm changes that various search engines are making.

Drupal is extremely Search engine friendly and the content on your website would be displayed in a way that is easily crawled by most search engines.