Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!!

Check out today's Two Maids & A Mop e-newsletter. Our weekly e-newsletter provides subscribers with VIP Only deals and specials. More importantly, we provide at least one free prize every single week in the newsletter. If you would like to join, click here.

TwoMaids New Year's Eve E-Newsletter


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

TwoMaids Pensacola Christmas Party

Some of our folks didn't want their picture taken and some had already left for the evening. But here's a quick picture of a few of our awesome employees in our Pensacola office. We had a big turn out and everyone enjoyed themselves. Dirty Santa is a pretty fun game. Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

December Newsletter

Make sure you check out this month's edition of the TwoMaids Customer Newsletter. Our newsletter is loaded with useful cleaning tips, funny stories and most importantly, newsletter-subscriber only deals & specials. Call our office or shoot us an email if you would like to start saving some money and receiving our newsletter!!

The TwoMaids December Customer Newsletter

Monday, December 14, 2009

Customer Dinner in Birmingham

We held our first ever Prospective Customer Dinner last week in Birmingham. Nine wonderful people showed up at Brio Tuscan Grille. The dinner gace us a chance to introduce our company to nine prospective customers and it also gave us a chance to give one lucky person FREE maid service for the next six months!!! Check out pictures from the evening.....

Meet The Winner Of Six Months Of FREE Maid Service

I'm Laughing Way Too Hard

The Whole Crew

Friday, December 04, 2009

Birmingham E-Newsletter

Reprinted from our weekly Birmingham e-newsletter...... join now & start saving money

I've never been one to conduct business like everyone else. That's why we pay our employees based on your feedback. That's why we give away something free every single week. And ultimately, that's why we're still in business after seven long years.

So with that being said, what I'm about to tell you shouldn't surprise you. By now, you should know that we'll give away the house if you'll just listen to us talk for a little while.

Just last week, I was sitting in my parents home eating some turkey. Times were good and everyone was smiling. That's when it hit me. Eating free makes people smile. So without any further ado, here's my latest crazy idea....

The TwoMaids Crazy Idea
About five minutes ago, I reserved 10 seats for December 9, 2009 at Brio Tuscan Grille - one of Birmingham's best restaurants. I'm not sure if you've ever been there before - but trust me - it's very good and you'll love it. Anyway, I reserved those seats for you. If your one of the first 10 people to claim a seat - I'll buy your dinner that night. But that's not my crazy idea - it's only a small part of my crazy idea.

Everyone that shows up next week will receive a big time prize from me. My plan is to give away free TwoMaids Gift Cards, free Deep Cleaning Packages, free General Cleaning Packages and one really, really BIG prize too. What's the really, really big prize? How about FREE maid service for the next six months! One lucky person sitting at my table will walk away with a full stomach and a free housecleaning every two weeks for the next twenty-six weeks!

I'm no mathematician, but if you're sitting at that table - you've got a very good chance of winning the grand prize. But even if you don't win the big one - I promise that you will not walk out of that restaurant empty handed. I'm giving everyone that sits at my table at least one free gift.

Of course, you'll have to give us a few minutes of your time so that we can at least provide you with a quote. But that's all we're asking. The dinner should last for about an hour and you can leave just as soon as we give out all of our prizes (and when you finish eating).

So call right now and reserve one of my ten seats. The first ten people to call me TODAY earn the right to sit at my table. And if you're lucky, you'll also earn the right to sit back for the next six months and let somebody else clean your house!!

Now, on to this week's giveaway.


Shaun Hutchison

Congratulations Shaun!!! You've just won a FREE Deep Cleaning, a FREE Carpet Cleaning and a FREE Pressure Washing of your entire home!! This was our best giveaway so far and you can bet that we'll top this giveaway one day in the future. Next week, we're giving away a FREE Christmas Deep Cleaning. Good luck and don't forget to claim your seat at Brio's!!!


The deal of the century can be found at Brio's (Birmingham) next Wednesday night. If you're one of the first ten people to reserve a seat, you're guaranteed to win something. And one of those ten folks will receive a FREE professional housecleaning for the next six months.

But that doesn't mean that we can't still offer you some crazy VIP only deal. Check out today's VIP only deal....

The first seven people to refer our service receive a FREE General Cleaning. All you need to do is forward this email to all of your friends. If one of your friends calls us to receive a quote, we'll give you a FREE $125 Two Hour General Cleaning!!

The first three people to schedule a Christmas Week Deep Cleaning receive 15% OFF our normal rates. Call or email us today and we'll give you all the details on our Christmas Deep Cleaning Package. In a nutshell, it's a top to bottom spring cleaning of your entire home. When we're finished, you're home will be perfectly clean & ready for your Christmas party or family gathering.
"Thank you for the Olive Garden gift card. My husband and I have already used it and we'll be using the other gift card in the near future. Thanks again." Samantha N. from Gardendale

"The maids were here yesterday and they did a great job. They deserve a 10!" Mike from Birmingham

Friday, November 20, 2009

TwoMaids November Newsletter

The TwoMaids November Customer Newsletter is published and in homes throughout northwest Florida. Check out this month's issue....

TwoMaids November Newsletter

Thursday, November 12, 2009

How To Get Teenagers To Keep Their Room Cleaned?

I visit a lot of homes either providing estimates or conducting quality assurnace checks. One constant with most homes with teenagers is that the teen's room is a mess. Magazines, clothes, homework and even leftover food is typically strewn throughout the room. In almost every case, the parent makes excuses and apologizes for the mess. It's a tough situation and if I had the ultimate answer - well, I'd be doing something other than running a cleaning company. But I stumbled onto an article that has some pretty good tips that can help control the situation. Check it out....

How To Encourage Your Teen To Keep A Clean Room

Friday, November 06, 2009

What Types Of Cleaning Packages Do We Offer?

We offer four different types of cleaning packages:

Move In/Out Cleaning Package - This is a detailed, thorough cleaning of an empty home.

Deep Cleaning Package - This is a thorough, top to bottom clean of a furnished home.

General Cleaning Package - This is a timed cleaning designed for folks who just need a little tidying up.

Maintenance Cleaning Package - This is our most common cleaning package. Perfect for folks who require our services weekly, every other week or once per month.

Inside our Maintenance Cleaning Package, you can select between a Premium or Budget Cleaning Plan. Some people even alternate between the Premium & Budget cleanings. For example, you can receive a Premium cleaning today and a Budget cleaning next week. For a side by side comparison of a Premium vs. Budget Cleaning Plan, please click the next link.....

Premium vs. Budget

P.S. The picture above is our new staff in Birmingham, AL!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October Newsletter

Our October newsletter is printed and distributed. Take an e-peek.....

The Two Maids & A Mop October Customer Newsletter

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oprah Learns About Cleaning For A Reason

Oprah Winfrey was the guest anchor for a Texas TV station recently. While hosting the show, she reported on Cleaning For A Reason!!!

Watch the story for yourself....

Click here to watch the news report.

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Law In Georgia May Force Background Checks On Your Maid

A state representative in the state of Georgia is trying to create a new law which will require people to undergo criminal background checks if they perform domestic services such as maid service. The lawmaker created the law because of a recent attack by an individual hired to clean a Georgia home.

Of course, I'm all for it because we've been requiring nationwide criminal background checks for some time now. No way would I allow a stranger with an unknown past walk into one of our clients' home. So the law would help because it would force all those under the table cleaning ladies to provide documentation on their background.

But it got me to thinking....Why do you need a law to force someone to undergo a background check? Shouldn't a background check be an absolute necessity. But then - all it takes is referring back to this particular attack. Here's what the homeowner said toward the end of the article....

Scott said she no longer uses a cleaning service but has hired an independent cleaning worker that a friend recommended to her.

Now, no one knows if this cleaning lady provided her with a background check. But the fact that it wasn't mentioned strongly suggests that no background check was required. A simple reference from a friend was all that was required.

This happens everyday, but it usually happens for different purposes. Usually, it's because of money. You see, individual cleaning ladies are cheap. They're cheap for a variety of reasons but one big reason is because all they have to do is just show up and clean your house.

And that works for most people. But every now and then - it doesn't work. And when it doesn't work - something really bad happens. It could be theft. It could be damage to your property. Or it could result in a brutal attack like the one in Georgia.

Saving money is important in today's tough economic times. I know that. But is saving a few bucks more important than the safety and security of your home and family?

There's always a 1%. Don't let your home become that statistic. Hire someone that has never been convicted of a crime before. And don't stop there. Require references. Require tax documentation. Require that your cleaning lady act like any other business.

Just because we clean your toilets doesn't mean you shouldn't expect to be treated like a customer.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Join Our E-Newsletter & Save Money

If you join the TwoMaids VIP E-Newsletter - you can save money on your next housecleaning. Every week, we provide our e-newsletter subscribers with big-time specials. And sometimes, we really go the distance and provide you with not only big savings - but FREE housecleanings.

So subscribe today and start saving money. Join the TwoMaids VIP E-Newsletter by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

TwoMaids September Newsletter

Enjoy another Two Maids & A Mop Customer Newsletter. And if you want to get it delivered directly to your front door - just click here.

TwoMaids September Newsletter

P.S. Only subscribers to our newsletter are eligible for the monthly offer. If you're wondering, this month's offer is a $300 gift certificate to Lowe's if you schedule weekly service. And we're giving away $150 gift certificates to Publix if you schedule biweekly service. But alas, this offer is only valid to our newsletter subscribers.

Friday, September 18, 2009

TwoMaids Live In Birmingham!

It's been a crazy few weeks. I've had to juggle running our three current businesses in Florida. I've had to find time to furnish our new office in Birmingham. I've had to guerilla market our grand opening at I've had to create thousands of direct mail pieces all by myself for our new office in Birmingham. And oh yeah, I've had to move all of my personal belongings from Florida to Birmingham!!

Needless to say, I've been very busy. But make no mistake, I've loved every minute of it!! Creating a business out of thin air in one of our country's worst economic periods is an extreme challenge. It's scary but fun at the same time. Just like our three offices in Florida, I can't wait to see where we are twelve months from now. Something tells me that we're going to take over this town.

Since I've been in Birmingham, I've been interviewed by two local newspapers, a local radio station, and a popular women's blog. Plus, I've spoken to hundreds of people on the streets telling them about our grand opening promotion. Someone in Birmingham is just two weeks away from changing their life because we're giving away free maid service for the rest of one person's life. The grand prize is scheduled for October 2, 2009 and you can sign up at

As usual, I don't have any pictures because I never can remember - but I'll do my best to post some pictures of my journey from nothing to something.

P.S. Thank God I have have three of the best managers in the world!! Without them, we wouldn't be opening a new office in Birmingham.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Tell All Your Friends....

If you live in Birmingham, don't miss out on this unbelievable opportunity!!

The TwoMaids Birmingham Grand Opening Meetup Group

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

You Can Win FREE MAid Service For The Rest Of Your Life

But, unfortunately, you have to live in Birmingham, Alabama...... Please click the link!!

Introducing the TwoMaids Grand Opening Promotion

Two Maids & A Mop Is Giving Away 10 Free Prizes As Part Of Its Grand Opening

Two Maids & A Mop, a local residential cleaning company, is proud to announce that it will be serving the Birmingham area beginning October 5, 2009. The company plans on providing ten free prizes leading up to the grand opening - with the final grand prize being free maid service for the rest of one lucky homeowner’s life.

“We really wanted to make a big splash in the Birmingham market. So we decided to provide the ultimate prize - free maid service forever“, said Ron Holt, owner of Two Maids & A Mop. “We’re also going to be giving away many other free prizes during our ten day giveaway such as free maid service for one year and several free spring cleanings.”

The contest is free to anyone living in the Birmingham area. To enter the contest, visit and you’ll learn how to submit your name for the chance to win free maid service for a lifetime.

“We’re going to give lots of people free gift cards on the first day of the giveaway period. The value of the prize will increase with each passing day”, says Ron Holt. “And here’s the best part - it’s free to enter the contest. The only rule is that you must live in either Jefferson or Shelby County.”

Two Maids & A Mop has been providing residential cleaning services for the entire gulf coast of Florida since 2003. The company is expanding into the Birmingham market and it plans to continue to deliver the same quality and consistency as it currently provides along the gulf coast.

Two Maids & A Mop will be providing residential cleaning services for Jefferson County and northern Shelby County.

For more information on the free contest, please visit the website at For more information about Two Maids & A Mop, please visit their website at

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

August Newsletter Is Published!!!!

Our August Customer Newsletter has just been published and distributed. If you would like to join our mailing list and receive all these fun, free articles, click here to sign up. Readers of our newsletter get first dibs on great offers such as this................

If You’ve Never Hired Us Before…...
We’ll give you a FREE DEEP CLEANING if you‘re the first one to call and schedule a weekly maintenance cleaning. Keep in mind that a free deep cleaning represents a value of more than $300 for most homes!!

Unfortunately, this deal is no longer valid because we had a call earlier this week. Sign up for our free monthly newsletter and start saving some money!!!

Check out this month's newsletter............

TwoMaids August Customer Newsletter

Friday, August 14, 2009


Two Maids & A Mop has endured two major hurricanes that essentially brought the business to a standstill. Most recently, we've fought to combat the global economic meltdown. It's safe to say that we've waged some intense battles with the market. But the good news is that we've won the war. During all those devastating storms and economic slowdowns, we've done nothing but continue to grow at breakneck speed. Why?

Well, I would love to claim the prize but the real reason is because we offer something no one else offers. Our customers understand that they're hiring much more than a simple cleaning lady. They're hiring a professional housecleaning company that provides safety, security, reliability, dependability and most importantly, top-notch quality housecleaners. We do this because of our Pay For Performance Plan. Plain and simple.

Since we opened on that scary April Fool's Day in 2003, we've grown from just three part-time employees to more than 40 employees in three offices along the panhandle of Florida. When I look back, I wonder how it all happened!!

But the feel good story doesn't end here. No - not at all. In fact, the feel good story is about to feel a whole lot better because we're growing again.

Two Maids & A Mop is proud to announce that we'll be serving Birmingham, AL in the near future. Beginning on October 5, 2009, we'll be providing the same level of service and professionalism to residents in Jefferson and Shelby County, Alabama!!!

Between now and then, keep your eyes posted to our website and blog. We've already devised the biggest grand opening in the history of maid service grand openings (seriously!). Plus, we plan on blogging about opening as much as possible. We'll provide you with some fun pictures of our first few days/weeks so that you can appreciate how much time and effort goes into making a Two Maids & A Mop.

Thanks for the last six years. I can't wait to see where we are in another six years!!! Get ready Birmingham - here comes Two Maids & A Mop.......

Friday, August 07, 2009

Charity Car Wash Tomorrow In Pensacola!!!

Tomorrow - August 8th, Two Maids & A Mop of Pensacola is hosting a car wash for the American Cancer Society. The car wash begins at 9 AM and ends around 1 PM. The car wash is being held in our company parking lot located at 6400 N. Davis Highway in Pensacola.

All proceeds from the car wash go towards the American Cancer Society. Each Two Maids & A Mop location volunteers or raises money for various charitable efforts as much as possible. Keep your eyes and hears open for a charitable event in your city or neighborhood in the near future. But if you're in Pensacola tomorrow, bring your car to our office parking lot and we'll make it look good as new.

"Raising money for the American Cancer Society is near and dear our hearts because almost everyone of us has had a loved one affected by cancer at some point", says Ron Holt, President of Two Maids & A Mop. "Our goal is to raise $1,000 with this event and our goal is to raise a total of $5,000 as a company through our other cancer related charities."

Two Maids & A Mop also provides free housecleanings to any woman currently undergoing cancer treatment. If you or any woman you know is currently undergoing cancer treatments, please contact your local Two Maids & A Mop office for more information.

See you tomorrow in Pensacola!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Do Bedbugs Really Exist?

Yes. Encounters with bedbugs used to be rare in this country, but not anymore, thanks to increased international travel. Here's how you can detect, prevent or annihilate them....

What are bedbugs? They are insects that lurk in the crevices of mattresses, box springs, and furniture. They emerge at night to feed on the blood of their sleeping victims. While their bites are generally painless, they can leave behind red, itchy welts similar to a mosquito bite.

Why are they making a comeback? Encounters with bedbugs used to be rare in this country, but not anymore, thanks to increased international travel.

Do they fly coach? They can travel by crawling into luggage or attaching to clothing, furniture, or mattresses. Really. They can even crawl into the cuff of your trousers for a free trip home.

Are they really "bed" bugs? Yes, they are typically found in and around the bed, including mattresses and box springs. They also live in headboards, night stands, lamps, baseboards, and electrical outlets.

If I have them, am I a lousy housekeeper? Bedbugs have been found in even the nicest homes, but cluttered environments do provide more locations for these pests to hide.

Do they prefer one region over another? No. They are everywhere. Bedbugs are found in every state, even the hot-weather ones (although temperatures higher than 113 degrees can kill the creatures and cause their eggs to explode).

How do I get rid of them? They are even more tenacious than squirrels. They hide in hard-to-reach locations, making them difficult to eradicate. The only solution is to hire a pest-control expert to treat the infestation.

What should you do when you find them? Bedbugs cannot be effectively eliminated with do-it-yourself approaches such as washing all the bedclothes. Quarantine the infested items, since moving items out of one room and into another may spread the infestation. Tenants who have bedbugs should contact the landlord or property manager. Bedbug populations can grow quickly, allowing them to spread to other rooms of the home or neighboring units.

Ounces of prevention. This is what you can do to protect yourself, the experts say:

Inspect vintage furniture, antiques, and used appliances or consignment items for signs of bedbugs before bringing them into the home.

Use zippered encasements on mattresses and box springs. This will help keep these items from becoming infested and will trap the bedbugs inside if bedbugs are already present.

If you suspect you have bedbugs, have your home inspected by a trained professional. Controlling bedbugs will require the assistance of a pest control professional.

If you are traveling abroad, here's what you should do while there to minimize the risk:

Check headboards, mattresses and box springs for bedbugs and the dark blood spots they leave behind.

Hang all clothing. Leave nothing lying on the bed or furniture. Avoid unpacking clothes and storing them in the hotel's furniture drawers.

Don't allow your baggage to sit on the floor. Store it on a luggage rack as far from the bed as possible.

If you notice evidence of bedbugs, request another room or change hotels. When returning home, leave luggage in the garage or basement until you are able to thoroughly inspect it for bedbugs.

Vacuum suitcases upon returning from trips, and immediately wash clothing in hot water.

Monday, July 20, 2009

July 2009 Customer Newsletter

We've published our first monthly customer newsletter!!! Take a peek.......

July 2009 Customer Newsletter

Friday, July 17, 2009

You Need These People In Your Life

"Two Maids and a Mop has created a great team of pros that are reliable in their service. Our life is now more organized because the house is cleaned very well once a week, and thus we can accomplish more of our required tasks. This great team does a thorough job that is attuned to our cleaning needs. Kitchen and bathrooms shine; carpet is well vacuumed; and surfaces are dust free! And the ladies are great with our two house dogs. You need these people in your life!"

Chris in Shalimar

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Why You Should Hire A Maid Now

It ain't 1952 anymore. Hiring a maid is no different than buying groceries. For many, it's a necessity that saves them both time and money.

Outsourcing chores by hiring a cleaning service or personal assistant might sound like the kind of splurge that a recession-era budget would quickly eliminate. But outsourcing certain household tasks can end up saving so much time and energy that the cost is well worth it—as long as you use your newly freed-up time wisely.

Jen Smith, author of the Millionaire Mommy Next Door, says that her housecleaner makes it possible for her to run multiple businesses while leaving her plenty of time to spend with her daughter. "The point of outsourcing is that you can accomplish more, without kissing your free time goodbye . . . . Because we outsource, we make money and have more free time," says Smith, who is based in Colorado.

Click here to read the rest of the article.....

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Customer Feedback

Unsolicited customer feedback - right at your fingertips.

Check out these customer testimonials for our Fort Walton Beach office.

Check out these customer testimonials for our Pensacola office.

And check out these customer testimonials for our Panama City office.

Nineteen extremely positive testimonials for Two Maids & A Mop!!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Are You Crash Proof?

Peoria, IL -- An apartment building is a mess after the building's cleaning lady drove her SUV through a brick wall. Maricella Cuevas says she accidentally hit the gas when pulling into a parking space next to the apartments.

Now, there's a car-sized hole in one of the apartment's walls. Cuevas says she regularly cleans some rooms in the building. The car crash knocked a stereo cabinet onto the legs of a woman sleeping inside the building. She was taken to a hospital, but the injury is believed to be minor. The cleaning lady who ran into the building was startled by the crash, but was not hurt.

Of course, this article is funny since no one was seriously hurt. The apartment building may need some renovation - but other than that - it's just a funny side story.

But what would have happened if the cleaning lady was hired by you to clean your house? And what if your cleaning lady was just a cleaning lady - not a cleaning business? This is what would happen.....

1. You would be forced to pay for all damages.
2. You would be forced to pay for all injuries.
3. You would be forced to pay for all lost income as a result of the injuries.

And in the end, you would even be forced to hire someone else to clean your home!!!

If you're bound and determined to save those few bucks by hiring a cleaning lady, then you should know that you are assuming the same liability as a professional cleaning business.

You're an employer - not a customer.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How To Clean Your Dishwasher

And if you're frugal (like me), here's an even cheaper method to clean your dishwasher.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ten Creative Ways To Clean Ten Weird Places

Chances are you own a shop vacuum, and maybe a pressure washer. These tools — plus a few more — will help you get started getting rid of the dirt on your house’s siding, shop floor, basement corners and fences and decks. Here is the ultimate guide to putting grime in its place.

Ten Creative Cleaning Tips

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Theft By Individual Maid

A person recently wondered why we post so many articles about maids stealing from customers. The person thought that such negative talk could lead to a negative impression of our own business. The answer should be simple.

The constant posting of articles detailing thefts by individual maids should serve as a constant reminder that cheap sells. Individual maids are cheap. That's their thing. An out-of-work maid knows that the easiest way to make some quick money is to simply offer ridiculous low rates and the customers start rolling in.

It happens time after time. And all sorts of problems arise soon after the hire. Some people are lucky. Some people just hire real bad cleaners. Some people just hire unprofessional cleaners. And some people aren't lucky at all. Some people hire individual maids that steal.

A quick Google search of news articles across this country reveals countless numbers of articles that proves my point. You are risking everything by hiring an individual maid.

There are several reasons to hire a professional housecleaning company. One reason is because our customer service is 100% better than someone that is just cleaning "on the side". Another reason is because you become a customer rather than an employer. But one very important reason should be obvious. The safety and security of your family is at risk when you an individual maid. I'm serious. It happens everyday. Don't let it happen to you.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Are You A Customer Or An Employer?

Kobe Bryant was recently sued by his ex-housekeeper. The California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board ruled that Bryant and his wife must pay $326 a week in unemployment benefits to their former housekeeper. The ruling affirms a decision by an administrative law judge who found that the maid testified credibly that she was forced to quit because she was "demeaned and humiliated" by her employer.

While that story is interesting, the most important item to take away from the verdict is the word "employer". Kobe employed his housekeeper. And as a result, he was forced to act like an employer. In other words, he had to follow all sorts of laws and regulations that he was surely unaware of because...........he's an NBA basketball player. Not the owner of a maid service.

Of course, the state of California says that Kobe was the owner of a maid service. So the question to you is.... Are you the owner of a maid service? There's one simple way to determine if you are the owner of a maid service.

Every single legal business entity is required to register for a Tax ID number with the federal government. This number tracks a business and forces a business to follow certain laws and regulations. Most importantly, this number gets you off the hook as a maid service customer.

To determine if your are a customer or an employer, click here. Now, the search isn't free. But it's important - just ask Kobe Bryant if he thinks it's important. Conduct the search now because tomorrow could be too late.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Individual Maid Steals From Niceville Homeowners

There's been countless numbers of articles detailing thefts by individual maids. Often, those thefts occur in places such Ohio, Texas, California, or Georgia. In other words, a long way from northwest Florida.

NICEVILLE, FL -- A joint investigation by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and Niceville Police Department has led to the arrest of a Valparaiso woman on multiple counts of grand theft.

Thirty-year-old Jennifer Michelle Denney is charged by the OCSO with six counts of grand theft and six counts of dealing in stolen property. The Niceville Police Department has also charged Denney with one count of grand theft.

Investigators says Denney stole more than $30,000 in jewelry from various homes in Niceville and the Bluewater Bay area while working as a housecleaner.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Reverse Lottery Ticket

Hiring an individual maid is like playing the lottery in reverse. At best, you'll hire a cheap, quality driven cleaning professional. At worst, you'll hire a cheap thief.

It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is for these crooks to steal your money. You would never let a stranger enter your at home at 9PM just because she knocked on your door. But that caution goes out the window if that same stranger offers you a low rate for housecleaning.

Hiring a professional cleaning company costs you more money in the short term. But hiring an individual maid can certainly cost you more in the long term. Here's a couple that nearly lost more than $100,000 simply because they hired a stranger to clean their home.

Housekeeper Steals $107,000 Worth of Jewelry

The stranger may have a newspaper advertisement. The stranger may look decent. The stranger may even have references. But what do you really know about that stranger???

Has she been convicted of a crime in the past? How long has she been in business? Is she bonded and insured up to at least $300,000? Does she carry workers' compensation up to at least $1 million dollars? How can she guarantee your satisfaction each and every time? How can she guarantee her arrival time each time? And how can she guarantee you that she will be in business this time next year?

Those are the first questions you should ask every single prospective maid. But here's the first and only question most people ask.....

What are your rates?

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Simplest Way To Explain The Decision of Hiring A Maid

If you hire an individual to clean your home - YOU ARE AN EMPLOYER

If you hire a professional cleaning company to clean your home - YOU ARE A CUSTOMER

Which do you want to be?

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Don't Tell Your Maid To "Break A Leg" While Cleaning

Three quick questions:
1. What happens if your maid falls and breaks her leg while inside your home? Since you're the employer, it's your responsibility to cover all medical expenses. In addition, you may be responsible for lost wages as a result of the injury.

2. What happens if your maid gets bit by your dog while in your home? Ditto the first answer.

3. What happens if your maid lies and fakes an injury while in your home? Then it's up the court system to decide the verdict. If you win, then you've still lost plenty of valuable time. If you lose, you may lose much more than just time.

One final question:
4. What happens if all three of these things happen and you've hired Two Maids & A Mop as your maid service? Nothing happens. You have no liability at all because part of your payment to Two Maids & A Mop acts like an insurance premium. You're not responsible for any injury at all. All you need to care about is the quality of the cleaning. Forget all the legal stuff when you hire us.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Just Hire The Best People

We claim to be the best cleaning company in each of three cities we serve. Two recent surveys have proven that many, many people know that we are the best cleaning service in town. But just how do we create the best cleaning service in town? It's really simple and it all boils to just one central idea.

Only hire the best people.

Of course, you've got to give people a reason to want to work for you. Our Pay For Performance Plan gives our employees a chance to earn the highest wages in the local cleaning industry. Money talks and our employees know that they can earn above average pay if they make you happy. That by itself is sometimes all it takes. But we do much more than just pay above average wages.

In the cleaning industry, most businesses pay on a commission basis. That means that you get paid based on the quantity of cleanings in one day. Notice I said quantity - not quality. The quicker you clean - the more money you make. The longer your day - the more money you make. Our employees get paid an hourly rate from the time they walk into our office to the time they walk back into our office. In many cases, our employees only clean two homes in one day. The absolute maximum number of homes cleaned in one day is just three. Many prospective employees have told us horror stories of cleaning six, seven - sometimes eight homes in one single day. They call it speed cleaning. We call it commission cleaning.

Like I said earlier, money talks. Using the commission scale, an employee wants to clean as many homes as possible simply because more money can be earned. But here's the kicker, employees at Two Maids & A Mop still earn (on average) earn more money than our local cleaning company competitors. We've heard time after time from previous employees of those companies.

So you not only work less - but you also get paid more money. That's an obvious win-win situation. And that's a win-win for our customers too. Our customers know that our employees get paid based on their satisfaction. But our customers can also be comforted knowing that their maids won't be exhausted by the time they enter their home.

That's our formula. Just hire the best people. It's worked for a long time now. And something tells me that it'll keep working.

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Typical $1000 Cleaning Business News Article

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- With the nation's economy in disarray, people around the country are searching for ways to supplement and earn additional income.

While many may consider starting a home based business an interesting solution, the thought of sinking tens of thousands of dollars into a start-up is scary.

But some people have found a less expensive solution. When Lawrence Yancy retired as a food inspector he decided to start his own business, and he did for less than $1,000. "It cost me $529," said Yancy.

These are some other potential businesses that cost $1,000 or less:

E-Commerce Consultant:
Use your computer smarts to help others grow their online businesses.

Theft Prevention: Many people don't know how vulnerable they are. If you have police or a security background you can teach other business owners how to prevent thefts.

Residential Cleaning: Secure a number of clients, whether for homes or apartments and go to work. On average a cleaning company will charge $15-to-$25 an hour.

And there you have it. Just like I've been telling you for years now. Starting a housecleaning company takes little money. It takes little initiative. It takes little education. And it takes little courage. After all, it's only a few hundred bucks down the drain if your new company goes belly up.

Of course, a real professional cleaning company costs much more than $1,000 to start.

A real cleaning company has to provide its customers maximum protection such as general liability insurance, workers' compensation and bonding. Maximum protection will cost a real cleaning company at least $5,000 annually.

A real cleaning company also provides cleaning supplies and equipment. Professional cleaning supplies cost about $500 for each cleaning crew.

A real cleaning company also has to follow the law. Following the law means paying payroll taxes, paying local licensing fees and paying federal income taxes. The amount of this cost is based on two things; 1) How busy you are - and 2) How honest you are. A conservative estimate is for all three taxes to cost a cleaning company somewhere between $5,000 - $15,000 annually.
The costs continue to build as the legitimacy of your business increases. But that's not the point of this story anyway. The point is this:

If you started a housecleaning business and it costs you less than $1,000, what will you do when:

1. One of your employees steals from one of your customers?
2. One of your employees breaks a customer's expensive vase?
3. One of your employees breaks her ankle while cleaning your stairway?
4. Your customer base suddenly drops off?
5. Your husband gets a new job in another town?
6. You get the flu?
7. You find a stable job?

The answer should be obvious. You'll quit. You'll quit for the very same reason you started. Because starting a housecleaning business takes little money. Little initiative. Little education. And little courage.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Virgin Housecleaning Customer

There's a story like this everyday in at least one newspaper in this country. The story goes a little something like this. A couple hires a housecleaner. The couple hires the housecleaner primarily because her rates are sooo good. The housecleaner starts out pretty good. The couple laughs at their neighbors who hire the more expensive professional housecleaning company. The housecleaner gets comfortable and one of three things occurs:

1. She starts slacking off. And in some cases, she just starts showing up whenever she wants to show up. And quite often, she's just stops for no apparent reason at all.

2. She steals money from you.

3. She gets injured while in your home.

If you're lucky, your housecleaner will just stop showing up. Because your individual housecleaner isn't going to return the stolen money or goods. And if you're just plain unlucky, then your housecleaner will sue you for thousands simply because she can. After all, you're the employer and she's the employee.

Of course, none of this will happen to you.

That's exactly what one of my good friends said about three months ago. We're buddies and he wanted to hire my company because - well - we're buddies. But my rate was about $50 more than the two Columbian ladies that cleaned his neighbor's home. So I told him to hire the other "company" and then report back to me in a few months.

That report was filed today. And while he didn't give me the authority to reprint his email, just assume that hiring the two Columbian ladies didn't work out so well for him. And yes, he's now one of our customers.

Unfortunately, getting burned is the best formula for hiring Two Maids & A Mop. The virgin housecleaning customer just doesn't get it. You have to live it to understand it.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Dirty Maids Strike Again

HOUSTON, TX - Could your housekeeper be cleaning you out? It happened to a Houston woman-- her identity, stolen, by a couple of "dirty maids."

Now, two years later--she's got big tax troubles, over something she didn't do.

Shannon Lackey hired them to clean her house. “I said, wonderful job and then asked them to come back,” Lackey said. But Lackey had no idea her housekeepers were sweeping up more than dust.

“They were going around and cleaning people's houses and helping themselves to the identity and checks of their unsuspecting victims who thought they were just getting their house cleaned,” Assistant DA Mike Elliot said.

Joyce Butler and Harrison Johnson are the "dirty maids" who owned a company they called Afford-A-Maid. Butler and Johnson both pled guilty and were convicted of felony theft and money laundering. Johnson's now doing 18 months in a Texas state jail. Butler got 4 years probation, with 90 days in jail.

Lackey felt relief. “I thought it was behind me,” Lackey said. But she got the phone call last week from the IRS saying she has a $21,000 tax lien. Someone had filed a phony tax return-- in her name—and at the same time her housekeepers were busy doing their dirty deeds..

No one knows for sure who's behind that bogus tax return, but one thing is for sure: Lackey's troubles are far from over. “I just balled. I just balled! I thought it was over with,” she said.

And ironically, Butler still works as a maid but cleaning commercial businesses instead of homes.

Lessons To Be Learned
1. Just because someone calls themselves a "company" doesn't mean that they're really a company. Anybody can create a professional sounding business name. It takes about five seconds and zero dollars. Don't be fooled.

2. Do some research on your new cleaning company. Ask for references. Ask for proof of insurance. Ask for proof of the bond. And don't just hire someone because they're affordable. Would you hire a dentist simply because he's affordable? Better yet, would you let a dentist use a needle in your mouth if his business name was Afford-A-Dentist?

3. If you've hired a real cleaning company, make them prove to you that their employees are safe and secure. No reputable cleaning company will hire anyone that has a criminal background. And if you're bound and determined to hire an individual, do your own nationwide criminal background search. It costs about $50, but it could save you lots of heartache and money down the road. In this particular case, a simple background check would have shown that one of the maids had been an outstanding warrant for credit card abuse!

4. In a nutshell, treat your house the same way you treat everything else. Saving a few bucks is important - especially in today's economy. But seriously, would you hire just anyone to file your taxes? Would you hire just anyone to photograph your wedding? Would you hire just anyone to clean your teeth? Then why would you hire just anyone to clean your house?

Yes, we clean your toilets. And yes, we scrub your baseboards on our hands and knees. But that doesn't mean you should expect any less professionalism from us as you do from your accountant or dentist. In the end, you're still a customer. And no matter if we cleaning your kitchen sink or filing your taxes, it's our job to make you happy.

Start acting like a customer and these kind of news clippings will disappear.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Testimonial From Gulf Breeze

"As always they are wonderful. They treat my home as if it was theirs. Unexpected tasks are done that are a big help to me. I know they don't have to play with the baby or make my bed but they always do. I am so thankful for their hard work."

Kimberly of Gulf Breeze

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cheap Rates & A Big Smile!!

It's been proclaimed time after time on this blog. Starting a cleaning business is easy. So easy that just about anybody can do it. It doesn't take a lot of brains. It doesn't take a lot of money. Heck, it doesn't even take a lot of nerve. Because if your new cleaning business fails, what have you really lost?

A quick trip to Walmart and you have your supplies. All you need now is a customer. And you know that the trick to getting a new customer is simple: just offer your services for a low price. There's at least one person out there that will hire you because, after all, it's just housecleaning - anybody can do it.

That's the recipe for your new cleaning business. Cheap rates and a big smile!!

Of course, anytime something is that easy - you can bet something bad is bound to happen.

Click here for proof.....

Monday, March 23, 2009

TwoMaids In The News....

Talking a little spring cleaning in the Pensacola News Journal...

During the gloomy winter months, many people tend to let their housekeeping slip, said Ron Holt, owner of Two Maids and a Mop, a Gulf Coast-based maid service. "It's a seasonal thing," he said. "When the sun starts shining and the weather turns beautiful, that's when people get the urge to get their homes in order."

This time of year, and its attendant clean-sweep urges, "is like the Super Bowl for the cleaning business," Holt said.

Did I really say that?? Man I sound corny....

Friday, March 20, 2009

Cleaning For A Reason

Contact Two Maids & A Mop now if you or anyone you know is currently undergoing cancer treatment. We have openings in all three locations.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Google Reviews

Looks like a couple of our customers have reviewed us at Google Reviews. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Click this link for the reviews or just keep reading......

"I've had Two Maids & A Mop cleaning our house for almost two months. I changed from the speed cleaning company. They do a great job and leave the house spotless. No complaints. If you something specfic done just leave them a note and it is done. Great service!" Gulf Breeze, FL

"I was very pleased with the service. Two women cleaned and scrubbed, and the house looks great. They were friendly with the dog as well, so she did not have to be penned up while they were working." Pensacola, FL

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

How To Lose Your Personal Liberties......

A top U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee was arrested last year on suspicion of encouraging one of her cleaning ladies -- said to be an illegal immigrant -- to stay in the country.

An affidavit says Lorraine Henderson continued to employ a woman after being told she was an illegal immigrant.

Lorraine Henderson job as a Boston port director included helping keep illegal immigrants out of the United States. She was charged in federal court last year with harboring an illegal alien. An affidavit alleges that the immigrant was one of three Brazilian women -- all said to have been in the United States illegally -- whom Henderson paid to clean her condominium.

And just recently, Henderson was sued by two of her cleaning ladies for discrimination.

Of course, everyone knows why Henderson hired the illegal immigrant to clean her home. She was cheap. Cheaper than everyone else. So cheap that she legitimized the illegal activity.

If you hire a professional cleaning company, you never have to worry about being sued. You never have to worry about being audited. And you never have to worry about being arrested.

The question you have to answer is, " Do I want to save $10 - $20 so much that I'll endanger my personal liberties and freedom?" If the answer is yes, then go ahead and hire the cheapest cleaning lady in the world. If the answer is no, then go ahead and hire a professional cleaning company.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Customer Feedback From Mary Esther, FL

"I was VERY HAPPY with the service. Unfortunately I had a meeting and wasn't able to be there when your two employees arrived. They tried calling my cell phone twice but I wasn't able to answer either phone call due to my busy schedule. Instead of just waiting around for me to call - or worse leaving - they began cleaning what made sense to clean.

Your employees were very professional and asked succinct questions to ensure they performed the services I was looking for. When I got home the house was SPOTLESS, a pretty impressive feat based on the amount of dust from repairs and the general disarray (I have boxes with blinds laying around and other pieces of furniture out of place).

Your exceptional employees have taken a huge weight off my shoulders. I'm trying to rent out my house, and now I'll be able to show it while I'm gone. You've always done a great job for one of my friends and I'm glad he recommended your services to me. I'll be happy to pass on my recommendations to others as well. Please rate my service as a whole hearted 10. Take care and thanks again."

Meghan from Mary Esther, FL

Monday, March 02, 2009

Understanding The Nanny Tax....

If you hire an independent housecleaner, then you are subject to what's called a "nanny tax". The tax can be best described in this manner.

Look at your next pay stub from your own employer. The difference between your gross income and your "take home" pay is collectively called your payroll tax. Those payroll taxes pay for such things as social security and unemployment insurance. Everyone has to pay them - not just you.

When you hire an independent housecleaner, those taxes still have to be paid - and since you are now the employer - that responsibility lies with you. The government requires you to report your housecleaner's income and it also requires you to pay the corresponding taxes.

Here's a great article that sums up the nanny tax.

Of course, you don't have to pay the nanny tax if you hire a professional cleaning service such as Two Maids & A Mop. Just one more reason to hire us!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hiring A Housecleaner Has Never Been Easier

Hiring a housecleaner has never been easier. With unemployment levels rising every day, that leaves more people than ever looking for a quick way to make an extra buck.

Cleaning your house has never required lots of money or intelligence - so you can bet that many of those unemployed people will be leaving a flyer on your door in the next few weeks.

Be careful. Just because someone calls herself a housecleaning company doesn't mean that she knows one thing about how to clean your house or run a company. Here's proof that hiring any 'ol housecleaner could cause you much more pain that you realize.....

My Housecleaner Stole From Me - How Can I get My Money Back?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Examining The Mind Of A Struggling Cleaning Business Owner

Everyone knows that it's quick, simple, cheap and easy to start a cleaning business. All it takes is a few bucks and little sweat. And for that reason, it's also just as easy to quit.

That's why so many people decide to contact a professional cleaning service. They just get sick and tired of going through countless numbers of cheap housecleaning "companies".

To get a more in-depth analysis of how the mind of a quick, simple, cheap and easy cleaning business owner works....... read this. Here's some nuggets from the linked article.

1. How To Start a Business Without Any Money - Start A Cleaning Company!!
"I am 21, a student and a business owner. Seven months ago I opened a cleaning business (I couldn't afford to open anything else) and since then my life has been a living hell."

2. How To Hire The Cheapest Labor Possible - And Get Away With It!!
"The first month I found it hard to get a contract, but I did get one eventually, and found some employees willing to work part time. In two months, something was stolen from the place I was cleaning... they almost gave up the contract but I returned the goods, fired the employees, and found new ones."

3. How To Quit Your New Company - And Leave Your Customers High And Dry!!
"In January my car broke down and needed a major repair on the engine. I needed to get the cash from my cleaning contracts for December but they didn't pay and I cannot pay my university, car insurance and taxes. I am so sick of it and I feel I am coming to a nervous breakdown pretty soon. Is running a business always so painful? Am I too weak, or did I just chose a complicated domain? I am starting to think seriously about closing because I feel I just cannot take it anymore."

Of course, that's not easy to read. There's no pleasure in knowing that someone is struggling. But the point of this post is to illustrate to you how the mind of a struggling cleaning company operates.

Since there is no investment in time or capital, there's really no need to pursue the venture any longer. Eventually, the business closes and leaves its customers searching for another option. The option for that customer is then two fold.

1. Do you keep on hiring the cheapest cleaner?, or...
2. Do you finally decide to pay a few more bucks and hire someone that you can depend on?

Cheap rates keep on selling - especially in this down economy. But eventually, time proves that your cheap rate is cheap for a reason.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Random Comments From This Week

We've had a great week. Check out some of this week's customer comments......

They did a great job, I will rate them a 10++!
Lisa from Pensacola, FL

They did a great job. A 10. I love coming home from work to a clean house!!!
Rhonda from Cantonment, FL

Fantastic job today! Give 'em both a 10.
Al from Panama City, FL

They are very sweet and they did an incredible job yesterday. 10++ for both ladies.
Robin from Pensacola, FL

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Retire "Pay For Performance"?

A columnist thinks the phrase "pay for performance" needs to be retired. Here's his explanation....

"With trillions of dollars disappearing from stock markets and economies worldwide, it’s a gross understatement to call 2008 a bad year. It was a year that slashed our savings, threatened our jobs and rocked our confidence. Yet, at the very same time banks were “borrowing” billions of dollars from our nation’s treasury, their executives were also larding on themselves huge bonuses. Over $18 billion worth, according to President Obama. I think it is time to officially retire the phrase “pay for performance.” The phrase to use now is “pay in spite of performance,” because clearly for today’s corner office crowd this escalator only knows how to go up."

Pay for performance works. But it only works when performance is measured effectively. In our business, a customer provides feedback. That feedback is THE ONLY factor used to determine our employees' paycheck. That's a powerful, motivating tool - money does indeed talk.

Of course, pay for performance doesn't work when the reward is already set in stone. Pay for performance also doesn't work when the reward is less than rewarding. And most importantly, pay for performance doesn't work if the measuring system is flawed.

The success of a maid service is directly based on the satisfaction of its customers. And since our employees' paycheck is 100% dependent on our customers satisfaction - we think that our "pay for performance" plan can be safe from any early retirement.

The TwoMaids Pay For Performance Plan Explained

Monday, February 09, 2009

What People In Gulf Breeze Are Saying About Us.....

"What can I say? Two Maids & A Mop is like a part of my family. Their work is always above and beyond my expectations. Even the baby knows and loves them. Please give everyone big raises as they deserve them."

Kim from Gulf Breeze, FL

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Another Politician Gets Caught Gambling

Tax troubles have tripped up another Obama administration official.

Nancy Killefer withdrew from consideration to be the federal government's chief performance officer -- a new position -- because of her past failure to pay unemployment taxes for household help at her home.

"I recognize that your agenda and the duties facing your chief performance officer are urgent," Killefer wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday. "I have also come to realize in the current environment that my personal tax issue of D.C. unemployment tax could be used to create exactly the kind of distraction and delay those duties must avoid. Because of this I must reluctantly ask you to withdraw my name from consideration."

You may never run for President. You may not even run for your neighborhood's board. But the fact still remains that you are breaking the law when you hire an individual maid. You can gamble and take the chance you'll never get caught. Or you can just follow the law and hire a professional cleaning company. The choice is yours.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Dirtiest Hotels In America

"I don't know where to begin... roaches, rats, mice, horrible smells, dirty sheets, horrifying bathrooms, outlets that hang out of walls... Just to name a few, but the worst part aout it was that at 4am I woke up to a bunch of guys breaking into our hotel room while we were sleeping!!"

Wow!! That's a review from the dirtiest hotel in the country. Make sure you don't stay at any of these hotels. And we'll make sure that we don't hire any employees that have worked at one of these hotels. Deal?

Here's the list of the top 10 dirtiest hotels in America.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Customer Testimonial From Valparaiso, FL

The gals went above and beyond yesterday. Everything was wonderful. We've been moving furniture between rooms so it's been difficult to keep up with us. Thanks to both of them for their hard work!

Give them 10s!!! -- Sue from Valparaiso, FL

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Housekeeping Sweatshop

Reprinted From A San Fransisco Newspaper -

Q: Our longtime housekeeper (a foreign-born legal resident) has grown her business, hiring a Mexican woman (here illegally) to clean houses. Of the $80 I pay the housekeeper, between $10 and $15 goes to the woman who actually cleans. She speaks no English and probably couldn't have gotten the job on her own. If we offered her $60 directly, she'd be paid more fairly and we'd save $20, but our original housekeeper would lose. Should we do it?

A: "Grown her business" — yes, much like Pharaoh grew his pyramid-building operation. By subcontracting her work at $2 to $3 an hour (assuming five hours to clean a house), your housekeeper has breached ethics, the minimum-wage law and ordinary human decency. For you to benefit from this exploitation is thoroughly discreditable. You must provide the actual worker a fair wage. Talk to her with the help of a translator and seek a way to pay her directly without imperiling her other jobs. You might also consider calling the cops to shut down the sweatshop your longtime housekeeper is running.

Nothing is wrong with subcontracting if a boss provides a legitimate service, including finding work for employees and not simply skimming their paychecks, offers a living wage and decent benefits and heeds relevant laws such as those governing Social Security, insurance and licensing. But if you paid the Simon Legree housekeeper $80, why not pay the honest worker the same? The well-off should not try to save a buck at the expense of the poorest and most vulnerable. You might also consult a lawyer about legalizing your employee's immigration status (or abandon all hope of running for the Senate).

From Two Maids & A Mop -

Even when you know you're breaking the law.... Cheap keeps on selling!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Two Maids & A Mop Featured In Panama City Beach Newspaper, an online newspaper dedicated to news and information concerning Panama City Beach, recently published an article written by yours truly. Check it out......

Customer Service In The Service Industry Stinks

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Drunken Maids Loose In Peru

LIMA, PERU - Peru's top court said showing up to work drunk isn't enough to get you fired, less so if you aren't likely to put others at risk. Peru's constitutional court ruled a seaside district in Lima dealt out a punishment "disproportionate" to the crime by firing a maid for drinking on the job in 2004.

Judge Fernando Calle said that the firing was "abusive" because a maid "isn't a manager or a judge, she's not going to cause a car accident or kill anyone."

The court ruling said an employer has the right to fire a worker for "repeated" drunkenness, but not for an isolated incident.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

It's Always The Housekeeper

The U.S. Treasury Nominee is in trouble for hiring an illegal maid for his home.

What would you do if you're neighbor was stealing from your garage?

The answer is obvious. You would defend your property. Call the police. Do whatever it takes to prevent the theft and punish the thief.

Well, if you're neighbor is hiring an individual maid - she's stealing from you. And your stealing if you're hiring an individual maid too.

Not paying your taxes is a theft. You're stealing at the expense of someone else.

It always amazes me when I meet normal, law-abiding people who justify theft simply because their maid is cheap. Are you a thief? And if so, are you justifying it?

Remember that scenario involving your neighbor. Does it feel different when the theft is blind? Either way, your pockets are being invaded.

Of course, it can all be corrected pretty quickly. Just hire a professional cleaning company. Pay your taxes. And don't steal from your neighbor in the process.

Friday, January 09, 2009

The World's Best Cleaning Agent

It's cheap. It's eco-friendly. You can drink it. Eat it. Even bath in it. And in our case, you can clean just about anything with it.

We're talking about vinegar. The world's best cleaning agent!

Click here to see just how many things can be cleaned by using vinegar.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

From Across The Pond.....

Here is a classic example of what can go wrong when you hire an individual housecleaner.

UNITED KINGDOM - Police are searching for a woman after about $50,000 in cash and jewelry were stolen from a family home.

Gaytri Mondal worked as a housekeeper but disappeared in September, along with $10,000 in cash and various items of jewelry.

Investigating Officer Matt Holman said: "Gaytri had earned the trust of this family over a long period of time. However, this trust has been abused and she is suspected of taking a large quantity of money and jewelry."

Call a professional.