I've told this story for years. Teresa and I were in the Amway business from 2002 to 2012. While we were there, we were blessed with incredible friends and mentors. One of those men is Herb Eplee. He build his Amway business to 6-figures and residual income in the early 90's and retired from corporate America at 37 years old. Herb is a self-acclaimed Kentucky redneck. He had a retirement party that literally made the Spartanburg, SC newspapers as he set 5 alarm clocks in a field. He labeled them Monday through Friday and blew them up one by one with a shotgun. All of his friends in the Amway business celebrated with American flags as he quit his job. I met Herb 10 years later. He was my Amway Upline and helped Teresa and I in so many ways along with our other upline mentor Joe Schirripa. These two men, whom I'll share more about in future podcasts taught us business owner mentality and mentored us in business, marriage, and faith.
In July 2008, Teresa and I were fed up with our cleaning business. We had 3 part time employees. I was pulling in $5,000 to $6,000 per month, but kept less than $2,000 in profit. We were starving and full of debt and stress. Our tea kettle was past the whistle; check out "The Whistle is a Warning". We got on this coaching call with Herb wanting help on fixing our cleaning business, so we could be more effective in our Amway business. Well, good ol' Herb gave us some advice we did NOT want to hear. Here are some of the highlights on this call:
We listened to the advice he gave and our business changed course rapidly in 3 months. In September 2008, I was solo cleaning again and profited over $3,500 and over $4,000 in October! I never imagined that I'd stay a solo cleaner, but as we got a hold of the ISO Model, solo cleaning made more and more sense!
The Smart Cleaning School Podcast helps cleaning business owners from start-up to the struggling solo to the striving seven-figure get SMARTER in their businesses, reshape their mindset, increase productivity, clear the overwhelm, and get clarity through SMART goal-setting & personal accountability. Ken Carfagno is a lifetime learner and teacher. His mission is to help visionaries make the impact they were meant to make.