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Lawyer Is Not A Dirty Word in the Cleaning Business!

That’s right, lawyer doesn’t have to be a dirty word in the cleaning business.

Ever heard the expression, ‘If you want to be successful, watch what everyone else is doing – and then do the opposite!’?

I don’t think that’s always true, but it certainly is true a lot of the time… and here’s an important example – attorneys.

That’s right. LAWYERS.

To listen to the average person talk about lawyers you’d think they were single-handedly the cause of the fall of western civilization!

Be honest. Haven’t you heard that?

In fact, can you even think of a time or two, when you may have said something like that yourself?

Probably. We all have. Why?

Well, think about this. What words do you hear people use to describe lawyers?

Scoundrels, vultures… and worse, right?!

Well, it would be easy to jump on the band wagon… and simply join in and agree that they’re a bunch of crooks.

Unfortunately, I can’t -because I know better.

Don’t get me wrong, some of them certainly act like a bunch of overpaid vultures. (Maybe even a larger percentage than in other professions – who knows.)

But not all of them… not by a long shot.

And frankly, contrary to popular opinion, many of them are honest, smart and hardworking.

On top of that, they may be one of the best kept secrets to keeping your commercial cleaning business or residential maid service on the fast track.

Shocking, I know, but let me tell you a quick story.

For years, every now and then, we would come across a “touchy” personnel situation.

Now, don’t get me wrong, we already had an HR manager, and a number of policies and practices in place.

But, sometimes, things just don’t fit neatly into the rules. Know what I mean?

Anyway, sometimes we would get stuck, not knowing whether or not we could legally terminate an employee we had been having trouble with.

We had lots of questions swirling in our heads, but with no confidence that we had any good answers for any of them..

…we were virtually immobilized, stuck!

Questions like….
Did we have all of our legal “ducks in a row”?

Were we on a firm legal footing if we let the person go?

How should we handle the corrective interview?

And for a long time, we would simply do nothing when we were faced with these “sticky” situations.

That’s right, we would stumble around at work like ‘zombies’ because we were so upset about the situation but didn’t have a clue of what to do about it.

Ever been there?

Anyway, long story short, we got in touch with an attorney who specializes in employment law. T

This lawyer became a great legal adviser to our cleaning business.

Anytime we were stuck, our lawyer, yes lawyer, quickly got us un-stuck by giving us the to-the-point legal advice we needed to get over it, or through it, and back on track.

I know. I know, but isn’t it expensive getting advice from an attorney.

Yes – it isn’t cheap.

But it can be more expensive if you can’t get past those inevitable personnel problems everyone is bound to face at one time or another.

The sales we landed and the money we made by getting unstuck and back on track far outweighed the couple of hundred bucks we had to pay for good legal advice now and then.

By the way, this same idea holds for other kinds of advice as well, such as accounting. (Can you say CPA?) Yep.

If everyone says all lawyers are a bunch of crooks, and they wouldn’t talk to one if they were the last person on earth – think about the source of the information.

My guess, with all due respect, is that these people may have never built a thriving and successful company themselves.

God bless them if they have, but nearly every growing janitorial business I know that has – have found a good legal ‘adviser’ to rely on through the years.

Ok, that’s it, I won’t say anything else nice about lawyers. I don’t want it to go to their already ‘big heads’

5 Responses to “Lawyer Is Not A Dirty Word in the Cleaning Business!”

  1. JANET says:

    Wow, as a new business, I never thought that I would ever need an attorney. I’m still trying to learn to float before i swim. Thanks for all of the great advice you provide. I have read your book which I borrowed from the library, who had to borrow it from another state. It was worth the wait, but felt like I lost my adviser when I had to return it. Now, looking to purchase it and keep it as my inspirational business bible. Again, thanks for all of your support.

  2. DLiebrecht says:

    Janet, what a wonderful note – thanks! Glad you found our book valuable. Wishing you much success in your cleaning business!! Dan

  3. Anthony Barnes says:

    Dear Dan,

    You’re exactly right. I didn’t see it that way; there’s a saying YOU LOVE TO HATE THEM. They can help you when you’re in a bind when legal problems come up and you’re not sure what to do.

    thanks,

    Anthony-Glo-Pro The Cleaning Experts

  4. wa wa says:

    Provide service at a law firm and they creep me out..thanks for the advicei will , learn to appreciate them to my advantage.

  5. DLiebrecht says:

    Wa Wa, thanks for your comment. Funny, like you, we cleaned attorney’s offices as well. Wishing you much success in your cleaning business. Dan, CleanGuru LLC

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