Hi! I'm Dane Carlson, and welcome to the Business Opportunities Weblog. I've been publishing this website, by myself, and sometimes with the help of others for over twelve years now. You'll notice two things about this site right away:

  • We have tons of content. In fact, since November 2011, I've published more than 26,000 posts on thousands of different business ideas and opportunities.
  • We don't sell much advertising. In late 2013, I realized that by selling advertising, what I was really selling was my readers. In 2014, I've already radically cut down on the number of ads and will hopefully keep cutting.

A reader wrote:

I have a problem. I have a company that provides residential housekeepers. Unfortunately, my workers (independent contracts) have been cutting me out of the deal and going to work directly for the homeowners after cleaning for someone for a few weeks. What do I do? How do I keep my clients?

This isn’t a problem, it’s an error in your thinking. Many small businesses make this same exact mistake, so I’m glad that you’ve written because I hope that by correcting your error many others will also benefit.

You think the homeowners are your clients. They aren’t. The housekeepers are your clients.

Bring them new homes to clean. Take care of their billing, taxes, insurance, healthcare, retirement, telephone, scheduling, advertising, etc.

What do you say readers?

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Originally posted by Dane Carlson on October 26, 2012 in Ask the Readers.

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