Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Are You Ready for Leaf Clean Up?



Fall is right around the corner and living in lovely San Antonio, you probably have some kind of massive tree in your yard or your neighbor’s yard getting ready to drop all its leaves for the season. Do you have a game plan ready? Don’t worry if you don’t, we can definitely help!


Consider how many times this season you want to gather all your leaves for disposal. Don’t wait until there’s too much to handle and it’s overwhelming but don’t do it too early that you’ll have leaves quickly flying around too soon after your first disposal.  


Choose your leaf gathering weapon, I mean tool. What is your preference? Leaf blower (easiest), rake (old fashioned labor) or bulldozer (dramatic joke)? You’ll also want to take the time to think about how you’re going to pile the leaves and in what kind of disposal mode. There’s the classic leaf heavy duty trash bag, the dumpster bags from one of your local tool stores or, our favorite, a small roll of dumpster. We recommend the disposal type to be considered on how big of a job you have going.


In San Antonio, if you have too many bags for your organic bin, you can always call 311 to schedule up to two leaf pickups outside of your collection days at no charge each fiscal year and only $20 per collection after the two free pickups. If you use this service, leaves must be placed in boxes or paper bags (no more than 50 of each) and left at the curb. Absolutely no plastic bags.


With so many resources provided, we hope your leaf cleanup goes smooth this Fall season and don’t forget our last recommendation of Bin There Dump That San Antonio. They are always only a phone call away, 210-441-2121.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Are You Ready for Your Franchise?




Owning a franchise has its perks and it’s stress factors. Overcoming the stresses and startup woes, really does have great reward. A franchise is an already established business model that is part of a chain. Each franchise uses the same name, trademark, product and services built off the same model. A franchise owner is one who buys a franchise from the chain to start business growth in a new area to promote growth of the business. Sounds pretty simple to get an already established business running in a new area, but that’s not always the case.


Considering how much a franchise costs before how much the franchise will make is one of the first takeaways for a new business owner. Knowing the total investment needed just to open the franchise doors is vital and should include purchase costs, opening inventory, basic bills ( rent, utilities) and amount of working capitol needed before breaking even. Understanding how much you need to spend before you can make money is crucial so you don’t run out of money before you get started.


Knowing who you are and what you’re good at or passionate about is something to take into consideration before choosing a franchise to work with. You don’t want to buy a franchise that you don’t agree with or doesn’t agree with you in the sense that you and the business model are not compatible. Having a successful franchise depends on how well you work on the business, not just in the business. 


Time management is important to consider when starting as a new franchisee. Becoming your own business owner probably came about because you are tired of your 8a-5p in office job. That’s okay. Just understand that you will now be working 8a-9p in office for your business but because it’s yours and you’re passionate about it, doesn’t mean you will dislike it. Again, how well do you plan working on your business.


Do your research on the franchisor. Just because a franchisor is new, won’t mean it’s not a great opportunity, but the more you know about them, the easier your choice will be as to which franchise to choose.


Speak with other franchisees, the successful and the average making locations. Ask them questions on their business adventures and what they feel helped or hurt them so you too can hear what did and did not work in their favor. Apply those to your own model.


One of the best parts of starting a new franchise is that you should have a lot of support from the other franchisees and the franchisor before you. Check out that support. Use it. Make sure it’s the right support for you and how much support was offered to the other new franchisees when the going got tough.


Understanding the why, whom and what you’re getting into a franchise business with is important to determine your probability of success and the best potential for you.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Water Safety Post Disaster

 


    Not all water is the same, especially after a disaster such as flooding, freezing or any other kind of natural disaster. Water can become contaminated after a natural disaster and the CDC has laid out some specific guidelines on how to avoid drinking or using any bacteria filled or other contaminated water.
     If water in your area has been considered contaminated or unsafe in anyway, the quickest resolution would be to use any bottled water, if possible. Avoid using unsafe water for drinking, washing dishes or clothes, bathing, brushing teeth or preparing food, ice or even baby formula. Always check your local emergency channels for any updates on your water and how to boil your water to make it safe.
    Boiling water is the best way to ensure the water is safe from bacteria and germs. You can even filter the cloudy water post boiling by pouring it through a paper towel or coffee filter. There are times when boiling water will not disinfect it and that is usually if the water contains any toxins or fuels, this is usually the only time that bottled water is the only solution. 
    If you're ever in an area that has been declared a disaster, always remember to check your local emergency channels or with officials as to the status of your water.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Water Holding Tank

 


    Holding tanks are life savers or wastesavers when it comes to your road trip in your RV or for an office trailer on a commercial job site. Companies like 2 Pees in a Pot have the equipment and experience to help hook up a rented holding tank to your recreational vehicle or equipment and can haul the waste for disposal. 
    Holding tanks are large containers made of plastic or fiberglass that are used to hold freshwater and collect water waste and solids to be pumped out and disposed of properly. They serve as the transfer point of your portable plumbing to the water recycling plants.
    If you're in need of a holding tank, give 2 Pees in a Pot a call today 210-951-5151!

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Firework Safety and Fourth of July

 




    It's time to celebrate our independence in the best way America knows how, fireworks, picnics, community parties, fireworks, BBQs, fireworks, and more fireworks. 

    Although beautiful and the perfect way to show our true patriot love, in the city limits of San Antonio, it is illegal to pop fireworks unless it is an authorized and controlled event brought to production by the city of San Antonio. Most personal shows take place in the hill country of areas on properties. This year, hill country towns are having to cancel and postpone the fireworks celebrations due to the dry weather causing safety issues due to potential fire hazards.

    The city of Boerne has cancelled it's fireworks display because of the lack of rain causing too dry of conditions to safely ignite the sky with a beautiful display. With the burn ban in effect, they do not want to put the city or surrounding areas at risk of fire.

    The city of Fredericksburg has chose a postponed route. The city will reschedule the fireworks display within the next 6 months when it is not so dry and there is more fire, EMS and safety staff to help control the area.

    For more information on firework safety and where to safely watch fireworks, visit your cities website that will provide the best information.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Bexar County Recycling

Have you been receiving yellow warning notices on your recycling containers or noticed the trash bin inspector rolling through your neighborhood checking your bins? Yes, Bexar County is cracking down on recycling and trash. To know in more detail what can and cannot be disposed of in your weekly waste bins, visit the sanantonio.gov website for waste management rules.


What can be recycled? Recycled materials include paper, plastic, metal and glass. These items are limited and have to be thrown in the BLUE recycle bin loose. They cannot be in the blue plastic recycling bags. The recycling bags can be recycled in the bin but cannot contain recycled items. 


What cannot be recycled? Non recycling items include the following and must be disposed of in the black waste bin or the green waste bin: diapers, styrofoam, hard plastics, toys, shredded paper, garden hoses, aluminum foil, clothes hangers, wood or yard waste, etc. for a full list, visit the sanantonio.gov website. 




Wednesday, June 8, 2022

World Ocean Day





Our Ocean is important to Keep up with as mentioned in previous posts. World ocean day was created to bring awareness by organizations with activities surrounded by encouragement to help educate ways to protect our planet. This global movement is to try to

Safeguard at least 30% of the world’s land, waters and oceans by 2030. (Weforum.org) 


Every year there is a theme this year’s theme is “ Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean” and is the first hybrid event hosted at the UN headquarters and broadcasted live. The event brings up laws, contributions and other important factors and ways to protect the ocean. They also suggest action on how to revitalize and protect the sea life that is responsible for our food and medicines. Without the actions of the UN today, we may continue to see a faster decline in our ocean life.


Continue to do your part to help as much as you can because a little work can go along way for this mission on our ocean. Recycling appropriately, don’t leave trash around the areas, make the switch to more biodegradable household items and reusable containers and straws. We can do this!

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Summer Cleaning Can Happen So Fast


  Summer is here and school is out, look no further than your own home to keep the kids busy and your home running in great condition. There are at least ten easy maintenances that can be done around your home and are perfect for the kids to earn money or have a reason to get up on schedule this summer without hearing their cries of boredom.

    Teaching the kids how to clean and replace the air conditioner filter should be one of the most important items they can keep up with. Whether using the every 3 month filters or a monthly filter, changing it out can help prolong the life of your AC unit by avoiding any dust or dirt clogging.

    Going back to dust, showing the kids how to clean the ceiling fans and to reverse the fan to counterclockwise will help keep those pesky allergies at rest and keep the house cool.
    The summer usually calls for some early bright sun and wonderful daily natural light. Why not add window washing to the list of chores? It will also give the kids something fun to do with water and keep cool while they do it!
    Bacteria grows faster in hotter climates, even in the refrigerator, so it's not a bad idea to get the fridge cleaned out. Using an antibacterial soap and water is great for the surfaces, as well as getting all the expired or moldy foods out of the fridge to avoid any salmonella like bacteria from infesting the good food.
    After the fridge, might as well get them to get in the freezer also and it will keep them cool in the process. If there is any ice buildup along the freezer walls, it's a good idea to chip it away with a little hot water and something to scrape it with. Look for any freezer burned items to throw out and clean any ice cube trays.
    In Summer months, food tends to spoil faster and the smells tend to be stronger longer, so moving onto the garbage disposal or drain wouldn't be bad idea. There are good cleaners at the store or use some vinegar and baking soda and let it sit for about 5 minutes and then rinse with boiling hot water. Doing so every two weeks can help keep the disposal and drain clean longer.
    Add sweeping and counter cleaning daily to the list as this will help keep any food searching bugs from posting camp in your house. Cleaning the counters every night and then sweeping the crumbs up right after will be a new found habit that will help keep your home clean and bug free! Mopping once a week can also help keep your floors clean, dust or mud from building up and any bacteria or germs from the outside out.
    If you use a water hose or outdoor faucet during the Summer months, it's the perfect time to have the kids check for leaks. Make it fun with an outdoor splash day and if leaks are discovered, they can be temporarily and easily fixed with water-proof gardening tape.
    Summer doesn't have to be boring for the kids and can give them a chance to earn a little extra money! Teaching them some basic house maintenance can be good for them and you in the long run to keep the house running smoothly and less time and money on costly home repairs.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Good Contract with a Good Contractor

 




Contractors in any field are easy to find via Google or word of mouth but how do you get a reliable one out of all those around? You research and check your sources  before the final hire is the simplest answer.


Review reviews! The great thing about the internet is that we can go to a contractor’s website, social media pages and Google page for reviews or comments about their services. A good suggestion by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is to search the name of a company with the words “scam” or “complaint” in the search to see what pops up. Asking neighbors, family, or friends about any projects they have done and if they are able to recommend who they’ve enjoyed using.


Understand the what your project is as an entirety. Knowing what it is that you want completed, how you want it completed, the idea cost of materials and what you’re hoping vs expecting to pay is helpful in trusting the estimates you get. Getting more than one estimate also gives you a range of how far your pocket book can expand and also helps in seeing which company will provide the best customer service on top of the services you’re expecting. The least expensive option isn’t always the best option but neither is the most expensive. Really get a feel of who you want to work with.


While researching your prospective contractors, look for red flags such as those without a license (if required), bonded or with no insurance, and finally those who don’t have or won’t give a reference. Will the company have a portfolio or allow you to see any of their work? Ask the company about their past experiences in projects like yours and how they felt about the ending result. All of these questions keep the contractor honest and show the pride they take in their own work.


When deciding on your contractor, check to see if they require deposits and never pay the contractor in full before the job is completed. Make sure to read over any estimate paperwork, the contract, ask about the logistics of the project, will there need to be any permits pulled and who is responsible for pulling the permits? Make sure you have great communication with the contractor that is hired. Being able to talk often is important to keep the project on time or to know if there are any mishaps that need to be taken care of.


Doing the research you need to do is important in finding the contractor you can trust with your project no matter how big or small the repairs or renovations are. Being diligent before the project starts will only save you time and money with a great experience at the end of your project.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Earth Saving

Protecting our seems like it can be too big a job, but all the little things that everybody could do and pitch in can add up to make a difference for our Earth. Some small steps to begin with are recycle more and use more reusable cups and straws, don’t throw harsh chemicals into the water system, use long lasting light bulbs, try to drive less, try to conserve water and volunteer at cleanup events.

Recycling can seem to be a tedious chore but when you’re really careful about it and know what items can be recycled to make into new items to be used again or in another form, it can be a second nature. The less trash we throw away into our landfills creating mountains of debris buried in our soil helps from causing hazardous waste where we grow a lot of our food. Ways to recycle include using reusable cups and reusable straws. You see it all the time with ads on saving the turtles by using reusable straws or no straws at all, as most of the straws we use end up in the ocean and affecting not just turtles but all sea creatures. This can be dangerous for people too since the sea contains a lot of our food for survival. And not only our survival but survival for land animals that also use our seas and waters for food.


Long lasting light bulbs are beneficial in the sense that we’re not throwing away constantly burned out bulbs in the trash but also helps to conserve the energy used. Conserving energy helps to efficiently run not only our homes but other important businesses such as hospitals, jails, schools, super markets and factories. The power grid can be a very sensitive operation and taking care of it the best we can with the use of solar panels or longer lasting light bulbs can help conserve the energy we need.


Driving less can prove to be a heartache responsibility but also proves to be an efficient way to save our air quality. A lot of state inspections do include emissions tests but a lot of states don’t and bad omissions going in the air and gas usage all causes stress and pollution to our earth's atmosphere. At some point it’s going to be very hard to breathe our air and sustain our plant life.


One of the easiest ways to help with our earth's pollution crisis is to join a volunteer cleanup group with your friends, family or local community users and do the little things like pick up trash, plant some trees, clean up the beaches and even teach others about the importance of recycling.


The earth is our responsibility and there are so many ways we can continue to protect it from the harm of everyday living. It’s a tough job but if we were able to all work together we could definitely keep our earth the cleanest place that we want to live.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

National Small Business Week

 



The world of small businesses is very large and wide. It continues to grow with more than 32.5 million small businesses around the world. These Businesses can range from brick-and-mortar to in-home e-commerce based. A lot of these business courageously started with an idea to be able to control their own time, their own work ethic, their own goals and to break free from the traditional politics of a full-time job working for a big corporation.


The Small Business Administration defines a small business as one that has fewer than 500 employees. This category also includes start up companies, most of which have less than 50 employees. To give a better idea of the number of small businesses in America there are about 38 million businesses to have fewer than 100 employees, and 23 million show to have fewer than 20 employees. That’s a lot of small businesses in America alone


So why are small businesses so important? Small businesses generate about 1.5 million jobs in America. And whether or not small businesses become large corporations, they generate a lot of unique products, continuously generate jobs and have always shown to be part of the US economic growth. Another factor of small to medium size businesses, also known as SME, is they bring knowledge to how to better network, digitalization, global marketing, and global economic growth. Needless to say larger establish corporations tend to learn a lot from these millions of small businesses, not only in America but around the world.


One of the many reasons that people start their own business is the dissatisfaction of working in corporations. That is one thing that larger corporations have yet to learn to inhabit from smaller businesses is employee satisfaction. But how do you give people their own freedom, ability to work wherever, whenever, however and still trust them to do their own jobs accurately and efficiently? You can’t, so you let them start their own business.


You would think with all the small businesses out there, more people would be able to do it, however the biggest fear in starting a new business is the risk of failure. About 20% of small businesses fail the first year and about 50% of startups fail in the first five years. These are understandable statistics for why more people don’t leave corporate America. Those that have survived and continue to create new businesses, also create new jobs and opportunities and have brought great economic pride and growth to our system. 


The number one reason most small businesses fail is the lack of cash. Before starting a small business you should take into consideration of what you’re offering as what customers mean. Without the need of a product, there’s no reason for a customer to spend money on it which then has the lack of demand to continue generating or selling supply. The other reason behind an unsuccessful business is not having a team to Work with, being out competed against others in the industry, And cost related issues. 


Starting a small business definitely takes a lot of courage and risks but if an entrepreneur can find the right demand and provide an even amount of supply working with a great team, the business can strive and teach a thing or two to  larger corporations!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Communicating with Technology


    Running a business on and off the road can be trying and the importance of communication is a high priority. We believe in safety for our drivers and thankfully technology has been on our side to help our drivers utilize phone calls through bluetooth and handsfree or when they come to a parked stop, they can use their tablets or phones to utilize the driver log to access messages left from our dispatchers. 

    Our dispatchers know that our drivers are busy enough and the importance of detailed messages to keep them moving post each delivery or removal is essential and the less time they have to be on their devices or stopped, the happier our customers are and the more efficiently they are taken care of! 

    Our training process for both dispatchers and drivers includes communication skills. Trying to keep our employees updated on the highest levels of how to communicate is key for a smooth running delivery business!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Thankful Givings


    The holidays are among us and we are definitely ready to give thanks for all of our givings. Our employees and our customers are two groups of people we couldn't survive without. Our families and their support are the next to receive our gratitude. It takes a village to raise a new company from the ground up and we appreciate our village with all of our hearts! Thank you for being the best part of our dirty, friendly porta potty career!