Ok, I’m just going to say it. The end of 2011 stunk. There’s no other word for it; at least not one I can post and keep this blog somewhat clean. As amazing as the first half of 2011 was for this little company, the second half was that spectacularly bad. We started off the year by hiring our second employee. Then a friend in the business decided to scale back her operations and, in an amazing act of Kindness, she referred some of her clients to us. We hired a third employee, and then a second third employee (one important lesson learned in 2011; never hire friends. Either yours or your employees. It never, ever, ever ends well).
So, that puts us in early October. And this is where it all goes south. I could go into the gruesome details of ruined counter tops and hurt feelings and a flight of clients not seen since the Book of Exodus, but that’s all details. Suffice to say that 2011’s departure was greatly welcomed here at Freedom Cleaning HQ. “Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?”
The first time I sat down to write this, I was interrupted by a phone call from one of our employees who we had just sent off to start their day. “We’ve been hit!” Thank God they were both fine. But I couldn’t help but think, as I loaded the bumper of our van into the bed of our pickup, “Really?? 2011 followed us!” But something else happened. Both Brianna and Melanie, our two employees that are like daughters to us decided they wanted to keep working. I would have never insisted that they do. Accidents can shake you up, physically and mentally. But, the van was still drive-able and they wanted to do the cleanings that day.
Instead of being cursed, we are blessed. Blessed that we still have clients. Blessed to have employees who actually want to work and do a good job. Blessed to be able to do something that we love to do. Blessed that we can still keep cleaning for cancer patients through the Cleaning for a Reason program. 2012 is going to be an amazing year for Freedom Cleaning Services.