Christmas Lights installation in Portland, may be cheaper than you think

Across our Portland area houses are aglow with Christmas lights and if you have yet to break out the ladder at your house, maybe this is the year to hire someone to do the job. There certainly are a lot of companies that will do the work, but. It’s not an easy job, so you want to be sure the person hanging your lights knows what they are doing and can prove they are insured.

The lights are out all over Portland, but in a good way. This is the time of year to decorate your yard and home for the holidays. While you can do it yourself, there are businesses popping up overnight that will do the job for you.

However, there’s one thing to keep in mind. A professionally done job does not necessarily have to be expensive can be affordable. The costs depend on how many lights you want. Before you hire a company to do the job, we recommend making sure the company can take care of employees and make repairs if there is a problem.

“First and foremost, I think you need to make sure they are insured and bonded, with the concern of employees climbing up on ladders and your home, you want to make sure they are covered,”

Contact the team of Oregon Roof Care considered the most affordable professional Christmas Lights installation in Portland. Call now  971-344-2958


Dissatisfied and Stuck

Lately I seem to talk to more and more people who express frustration about being stuck in their careers. A friend’s company just implemented yet another work furlough (i.e. unpaid vacation) and this time it is for two weeks and must be taken this month! He didn’t even get to weave the time off into a Christmas or Thanksgiving break. His bigger challenge is the company he works for hired him a year ago after he had been laid off from a similar company (high tech) and was unemployed for nearly a year. His perception is that he is stuck and basically a victim of this company’s economic journey.

Perception is everything! I just chatted with another friend who’s husband is halfway through his MBA and basically hates his job. His belief is that his MBA will broaden his opportunities and he’ll be able to escape his pain. But, he is now starting to wonder if this will prove true given all of the other MBA folks he knows who are underemployed and guess what . . . feel stuck.

It has become more common for people to approach me and ask about business ownership. For many, this concept seemed far fetched and non traditional from their previous mind sets. But let’s face it, for those in their “mid life” — career opportunities seem to be offering more underemployment and less certainty than ever before. Which brings me back to Perception is everything.

When I left my career the economy wasn’t bad. In fact it was still very good. Had I maintained my belief that I could keep my presidents job for as long as I wanted, I might still be there. Or, I might have been laid off or even demoted. But for a variety of reasons, my perception about the security changed so drastically that I came to believe that owning my own business was just as risky as working for someone else. Once I embraced this belief, it was not too difficult to jump ship so I could play in my own sandbox under my own rules.

If you’re stuck or otherwise dissatisfied with what is happening in your career, drop me a reply to this post. I would be happy to ask you three questions that might just cause you to realize in the words of Forest Gump . . . “Stuck is as Stuck does.”

Challenge your perceptions and your beliefs may change you for the better. It’s the most powerful choice I ever made.

Everyone Wants Subway!

If you ask any franchise broker which franchise they are asked about the most, the odds are the answer will be Subway.
The reasons may be obvious (well known brand, seem to be lots of customers in them), but most people should pause before going down this path to soon.

Many people explore franchises because they want to earn more money, have more control over their lives and not have to be under the thumb of some stressed out boss. Their expectation is that having more control will make work life more pleasant and of course being their own boss will allow them to earn a greater income.

But what many wanna be franchise owners don’t evaluate is how well a concept (like Subway) is aligned with their skill set, life style preferences and even income needs. For example, perhaps you know how to make a great sandwich, but have never managed a teenage workforce (with Subway, a minimum wage likelihood). Or, you may be great at managing operations, but don’t like to get out and about and do external marketing. Often the expectation is that you simply put a Subway sign up, hire staff, organized the sandwich bar and the customers will simply walk in the door! Business ownership should be so easy!! Having known more than one Subway owner, I assure you it is a bit more complicated than this.

When exploring franchise ownership the most important steps you should take are to sit down and write down what you want your life to look like as a business owner. Do you want to go out and get your customers or have them come to you? Do you want to lead a team or work solo? Should you lease a retail location or would you prefer to work from home or a small office? What type of customers do you want? If you open a sports bar, you’ll likely have predominantly males who are consuming alcohol as your clientele. What income must you earn to make it worth the risk? Will your family or friends be involved? Will you commute? Will you spend the majority of your time doing something you enjoy or will you simply be chasing profits doing whatever it takes.

As you scan the franchise universe, be careful about being sold by any franchisor on their concept without giving considerable thought to these and other relevant questions. Find a franchise consultant (their services are typically free as they are paid by franchisors to recruit you), and the lessons they will teach you about finding a great franchise fit, may save you YEARS of business heartache and pain.