The Every Day Benefits Of An Acid Stained Concrete Floor

Your floor is an integral part of your American home. Not only does it endure massive traffic every day, it is also one element that can add on to the beauty of your indoor and outdoor space. For this reason, there is a myriad of flooring materials available in today’s market. From wood, natural stone, bricks, marble, to flagstone, river stone, and many others, homeowners are willing to diversify how floors are built. They believe that you don’t just install a floor just because you need one, you do it because you want the best for your home. However, nothing makes a floor more beautiful than an acid-stained concrete floor.

Whenever you want to customize your concrete flooring, you need to use a product that will not disappoint. Acid staining is undoubtedly one of the best and one of the most trusted methods of making outstanding floors look beautiful and have a personal touch.

What are the benefits of this kind of floor?

Durability

As a known fact, concrete is more durable than any other flooring material. Acid staining is aimed at adding durability to the already hardy concrete floor. When installing a floor in your home or business premises, you do not need on that will peel off, discolor, fade, or chip. You need one that will maintain its aesthetic look for a long time and one that the children of your children’s children will remember as a legacy left by their great, great-grandparent. Acid-stained concrete floors will help in achieving this. With them, be lest assured that they will never need refinishing or replacement. NEVER!

Affordable beauty

Sometimes, nobody tends to believe that you can achieve beauty without a price tag. Most people don’t believe in this possibility. With acid staining for concrete floors, you can mimic the most expensive materials in the market such as marble and natural stone, have an array of colors, patterns, and shapes to choose from with an unimaginable price tag. If you think you have a very tight budget that cannot allow you to have a floor of your dreams, you have not tried acid-stained concrete floors.

Water resistance

Water is the main cause of cracks on many types of floor, especially concrete floors. Acid-staining makes it practically and technically impossible for water to have a way to the floor, hence is capable of having zero-corrosion. If your house gets damp and wet especially in the aggressive American weathers, an acid stained concrete floor is your most ideal lifetime partner.

Low maintenance

A broom, a vacuum cleaner, and a mop are all you need to maintain an acid stained concrete floor. Actually, you do not need to use a vacuum cleaner all the time. A sweeping broom is enough to keep your floor alive for a long time. This means that you will save a significant amount of money that you would have used on regular maintenance and resealing of your floor. Even though many suggest that the level of traffic on a floor determines its maintained regularity, this floor has the lowest average cost of maintenance than any other floor in America.

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Do you need a concrete contractor for a domestic or commercial construction project? Before you go any further, there are a few things you need to know! Not every contractor is the same, and opting for the wrong company could cost you thousands of dollars.

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But don’t panic – we’ve compiled a list of the things you need to look out for when choosing a concrete contractor, including practical steps you can take to ensure you get value-for-money. By the end of this article, you’re going to know how to find the perfect concrete contractor for your project. Ready to get started? Good, let’s go!

1. Do your research

If you’ve never used a contractor before, you probably don’t know where to start. A price comparison site is a
good place to begin your research as you’ll find a number of concrete contractors in your area; you can then
compare services based on price and other factors.

Once you’ve whittled down the list to two or three  companies you are interested in, contact them directly and find out more. You’ll want to find out how long it will take for the contractor to complete the project and whether there are any additional costs or hidden charges (for example, if the contractor has to work during the weekend). You might also want to ask for  references or find out which companies the contractor has worked with previously.

Find out about what type of work the contractor specializes in, for example:

  • Patios and driveways
  • Large commercial projects
  • Stamped concrete or textured concrete
  • Paths and decking for residential properties

2. Find out about the company

Third-party review websites can be a good place to ascertain how long a contractor has been in the business
and the type of customer service they provide. These reviews are submitted by previous clients and customers – providing you with lots of useful information when searching for the perfect concrete contractor.

The longer a contractor has been in business, the more experience they will have. When it comes to price, a contractor that charges more for his services doesn’t always mean that he’s better; however, cheaper contractors might use less expensive materials, resulting in a poorer quality end-result. This isn’t always the case, so always do your research and find out about the contractor’s previous work.

3. Find out about insurance

You will need to choose a contractor who has the right insurance to provide you with the protection you need. This information should be listed on their website, but if it’s not, contact the company directly to find out more. Ask about general liability coverage, workman compensation coverage, and vehicle insurance. Insurance is an important safeguard when a contractor starts work on your home or commercial building, especially as you could be held liable if an accident occurs on your property during the project.

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Empowering Your Employees for Success : For You & Them!

Empowering your employees is the most important thing you can do for your business. Not only will it increase your chances for “success”, but more importantly it will add value to the lives of your staff and even yourself. Stop focusing on the bottom line alone and start focusing on those that can help you turn that bottom line around! One of the most successful men in technology, Steve Jobs, put it perfectly when he said, “It’s not the tools you have faith in – tools are just tools – they work or they don’t work. It’s the people you have faith in or not.”

Ok! So you may be able to close that big deal because you were able to read your client like a book, but how about your staff? Do you pay attention to them? Do you recognize their efforts, achievements, and even failures? One of the worst thing to do is to ignore someone. As humans we are wired to connect with others. Solitary confinement is known as one of the worst forms of torcher. The New Yorker reported on the long term effects of being isolated from others and quoted a telling statement from John McCain, a five and a half year prisoner of war in Vietnam, about being isolated. He said, “It’s an awful thing, solitary.” He goes on to say, ““It crushes your spirit and weakens your resistance more effectively than any other form of mistreatment.” The workplace is not much different from a foreign war zone. Workplace shootings, suicides, and depression is more prevalent today than ever before. Check out the short list below of how you can stop going about your business alone and start giving back to your staff! Be the difference in business, not the statistic!

“Virtually every company will be going out and empowering their workers with a certain set of tools, and the big difference in how much value is received from that will be how much the company steps back and really thinks through their business processes, thinking through how their business can change, how their project management, their customer feedback, their planning cycles can be quite different than they ever were before.” –Bill Gates

  • Organizational instability. Constantly changing management and not having a clear focus of your business goals creates confusion among your staff. If employees don’t know what’s going on, what the priorities are or what they should be doing then they will loose the drive to work. The stresses of your business shouldn’t be on your employees. Invest in solid leadership and you’ll be on the path to success in no time.
  • Offer quality training. When someone is hired into a position they expect to be trained how to do that position. To often small businesses just throw their staff to the wolves with a “sink or swim” approach. This leads to frustrated employees, premature loss of staff, and creates a “do it how you see fit” direction. You need unity in your company which means everyone needs to do most tasks the same way. Train your new hires how to succeed at their job and you will be left pleased with your efforts. If you don’t have a training program, check out this awesome blog by the amazing employee scheduling software When I Work of how to create an effective on the job training program.
  • Rude behavior. Studies have shown that everyday indignities have an adverse affect on productivity and result in good employees quitting. Rudeness, assigning blame, back-biting, playing favorites and retaliations are among reasons that aggravate employee turnover. Feeling resentful and mistreated is not an enticement for a good work environment. The environment in which your employees work starts with you, so get a handle on it and clean up the bad attitudes ASAP!
  • Work-life imbalance. When organizations choose to demand that one person do the work of two or more people it only creates stress and drastically reduces productivity. This is especially true when an organization downsizes or restructures, resulting in longer hours and weekend work. Employees are forced to choose between a personal life and a work life. Try to find a balance for your staff. If they feel you are committed to their happiness, then they are more likely to want to work harder for your business.
  • The job did not meet expectations. It has become all too common for a job to significantly vary from the initial description and what was promised during the interviewing stage. When this happens it can lead to mistrust. It is understandable that a job position might vary over time as your business changes, but keep open communication between you and your staff. Don’t just give them more tasks that are outside of their job title. Talk to them about how you have some tasks that need to get done and find out which ones they might enjoy working on. Communicate if they are temporary assignments or permanent changes due to a new direction the business is going. Knowledge is power and the less you leave your staff in the dark the more likely they are to see the light in the opportunity.
  • Feeling undervalued. Everyone wants to be recognized and rewarded for a job well done. It’s part of our nature. Recognition does not have to be monetary. The most effective recognition is sincere appreciation. Recognizing employees is not simply a nice thing to do but an effective way to communicate appreciation for positive effort, while also reinforcing those actions and behaviors.
  • Coaching and feedback are lacking. Effective managers know how to help employees improve their performance and consistently give coaching and feedback to all employees. Many managers were promoted because they did their jobs very well and got results. However, that doesn’t mean they know how to lead. Leaders aren’t born—they are made. People skills can be learned and developed, but it really helps if a manager has a natural ability to get along with people and motivate them. Managers should lead by example, reward by deed.
  • Raises and promotions frozen. Over the years, studies have shown that money isn’t usually the primary reason people leave an organization, but it does rank high when an employee can find a job earning 20 to 25 percent more elsewhere. Raises and promotions are often frozen for economic reasons but are slow to be resumed after the crisis has passed. Offering competitive wages can leave employees feeling valued and can help you find quality staff for your business!
  • Faith and confidence shaken. When employees are asked to do more and more, they see less evidence that they will ultimately share in the fruits of their labor. When revenues and profits increase along with workload, organizations should take another look at their overall compensation packages. Employees know when a company is doing well, and they expect to be considered as critical enablers of that success. Organizations need to stop talking about employees being their most important asset while treating them as consumables or something less than valuable. If an organization wants empowered employees putting out quality products at a pace that meets customer demand, they need to demonstrate appreciation through actions.
  • Growth opportunities not available. A lot of good talent can be lost if the employees feel trapped in dead-end positions. Often talented individuals are forced to job-hop from one company to another in order to grow in status and compensation. The most successful organizations find ways to help employees develop new skills and responsibilities in their current positions and position them for future advancement within the enterprise. If you are a small business your growth opportunities might be limited, but before you find an excuse to cap your staffs promotion opportunities think of adding a new position that might take your business to the next level. You don’t want to loose a quality employee that is hungry for success, so figure out a way to keep them and get help to grow your business.

Organizations need to stop talking about employees being their most important asset while treating them as consumables or something less than valuable.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read this one all the way through. I hope this post helped encourage you to strive for more by helping others. Find success for your business by helping your staff succeed. I’d love to hear from you so leave your comments below or reach out to me directly. For more information, visit 2014PEMC.org.

Beyond Busy: Stay in control of your schedule and find the calm in the storm.

So I thought this topic would be perfect since it’s been, “sigh”, over a month since my last post. I can tell you that I’m frustrated at myself, to say the least, for getting so busy that I wasn’t able to keep up with my beloved blog. In these past few weeks I’ve learned some lessons on how to not be overly consumed with my schedule and I’ve also appreciated some tools that have helped me keep my head above the water. When it comes to a busy schedule, take it from me and learn a few things about what not to do! Of course I’ll give some ideas of how to get through the day as well. You didn’t think I was going to leave you with a long list of my bad ideas did you? Keep reading and take back control of your busy schedule today!

Don’t let the busy tasks of the day define your future. Stay in control and find the calm in the storm.
What not to do:

Skip exercising. As much as you may be so sleep med152deprived you want to paint eyes on your eyelids so that you can sleep sitting up, making time for some good exercise is crucial for both your health and brain power and focus. For me, exercise is usually the first thing to go when I start to get overwhelmed with my week. My wife likes to go to the 6am Crossfit class so I find myself tagging along with her twice a week. But I can tell you that if she was out of town or if she decided to take the day off from exercising, I would be right there supporting her decision, face deep in my pillow! I am getting better at making workout more of a priority though since I ALWAYS feel better and more alert after I go. Of course eating healthy is a must too, but this usually goes hand in hand with regular exercise. For yummy dinner ideas check out this awesome food blog and become the chef you were destined to be.

Let your hair take over. Ok. So it took me almost three months to find a time that worked for both me and my stylist. Yes, that’s right, I have a stylist. My hair has some serious cow licks and I can’t settle with some big chain “salon”. My go to style is a faux hawk, but as time goes on it turns into a comb over. Even though I still gel my hair to the side, my side burns start to get way too overgrown and I find myself feeling less and less confident about my appearance as the weeks go on. The day after I got my hair cut I received several comments which boosted my confidence and gave me a new sense of energy. Take it from me and make time to stay well groomed and your successes will follow.

Loose site of your short term & long term goals. If your business is doing well 10-Steps-to-Achieving-Your-Business-Goalschances are it was because you had some sort of goal of where you wanted to take it. Most business owners don’t find success by simply stumbling upon it so you naturally have to plan and work for it. If planning and hard work got you here, why just show up and get lost in your daily to do list? Even though this isn’t something I’ve completely failed at, I do struggle to stay on task and plan for the future when I get really busy. I run multiple businesses so I find myself challenged to find the focus to stay on point with one task at a time. If I’m at a point of mental and physical exhaustion I have to take a step back and see where I am and where I want to be. Sometimes that means planning for the week, month, quarter, or even 5 years down the road. Whatever the case is I am regularly revisiting my business and personal goals to make sure I am still on schedule for success.

My saving graces (just a few of them):

Putting my marriage “first”. My wife and I are coming into our fifth year of marriage and I learned early on that she is “first” in my life. Being that we are both Bible believing Christians, we put God above all, so we then put each other as second above all the rest. Being a business owner I definitely have a full schedule and as my business grows the draw to always be working is a constant. Because of this I have to regularly be putting my wife before my work and more importantly before myself. Her and I have found a great balance where she supports my long hours most nights and I make a point to come home early on the nights she is making a special dinner, wants to snuggle up and catch an early movie at home, or wants to go for a walk to get fro-yo. The point is that she knows I have a lot on my plate so she does everything she can to help make life easier on me and I make a point to be around WITHOUT work. I come home early, set down my phone, and enjoy some genuine conversation with the love of my life. Having someone support you when your schedule just seems too much is priceless. Just remember, no matter how busy you are, it is never ok to ignore the feelings of those close to you. Being selfless is a freeing gift.

Having a to-do list. Honestly I wouldn’t be able to get as much done if I didn’t have an  todoist1efficient way of keeping track of my tasks. Todoist is one of the best to do apps that I’ve ever used and it’s packed full of features making collaborating with teams a cinch! Having a place to put my thoughts/tasks helps to keep my worries at bay. I feel more in control of my day when I’m not worrying about forgetting to do something. Have a plan for how you will take on extra burdens and tasks and don’t let a busy day bring you down. If you don’t have an app already you should seriously check out Todoist. It will be your new best friend.

Delegating my tasks. DELEGATE,DELEGATE,DELEGATE! I can’t say enough about how important it is to delegate tasks for your business and even personal ones too. Despite our technological advancements, there still are only 24 hours in a day so you need to make the most of them. As your business starts to grow so will your responsibilities. It’s no way to live being at work for 18 hours to only come home to shower, eat, and go to bed. You need to start handing over some responsibilities to your staff and let them take some of your worries away. I’ve found that I start my new employees with the tasks that won’t make or break my business, but those that, if done correctly, will help improve my business. They will start to learn how to execute decisions and you will see which staffers are ready for the big choices and which ones might need a little more time. I try to make sure that my employees understand my overall vision and what is expected so that they don’t have to ask me about EVERYTHING. Every time one of my employees asks me a question I think, “is there a tool, reference sheet, or training I can give them so that they don’t have to ask me that next time?” People feel empowered when they can accomplish tasks on their own so I try to give my employees as many tools as I can to empower them and they don’t know how to do something I don’t just do it for them, I typically teach them how to do it and make them accomplish the task right then and there. Being able to delegate tasks is quite freeing and it’s helped me continue to grow my business.

This was really just the short list of how you can get through a busy schedule without loosing your mind. I could list a hundred ways of how to manage a busy schedule, but I think the above are really the core concepts that have helped me and might just be able to help you too. The overall idea is to not let stress get the best of you when you’re overwhelmed and to realize the rest will fall into place as time goes on. So thanks again for reading this one all the way through and remember that if you can find a sense of control of your schedule you may just be able to find the calm in the storm.

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