Sleuthing at the Stove -Dogs and Turds

March 30, 2016 at 11:23 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

292183_212336108868978_100002777705705_269924_1884003815_n[1]  I find it interesting that my blog was totally ignored while I was working on my book and that a year passed away without anyone noticing.  So obviously my blog audience has not been craving my wit!  This I find a shame as if you know me you will find that I am quite accurate in my summations of human behavior.  As I get older though I find myself less tolerant of whiners, excusers, self-identified victims, and entitled folks.  These moods often find me in the kitchen – pounding the crap out of some dough.  (flour not financial).  I was thinking about how Rockford files so accurately portrayed the reluctance and/or deliberate refusal to pay an investigator for services provided.  Do you remember Jim Rockford?  I never understood his desire to live in that tacky trailer by the ocean.  Great location to live; terrible decorating.  So here I am making dog cookies in the shape of humans.  Why? Because some humans deserve to be devoured and pooped out in the shape of the turds they really are.  Recently I worked on a file for a distraught couple who were upset that their granddaughter was involved with unsavory men.  A difficult file given the expectations of the grandmother and the fact that she would pass on all information  provided to her to her granddaughter and subsequently the man she was involved with.  This is after multiple cautions to the client to not do this!   The information that the client wanted was provided.  At the end of it all she owed money.  Why? Because a bad business decision was made to let her approve the continuation of the file verbally and pay upon completion.  Yes we have a contract. Yes we take retainers from private clients.  Yes we sometimes trust the clients.  SO HERE IS THE BUSINESS LESSON OF THE YEAR.  Do not do any extra work for anyone without funds in hand.  No matter who they are – no matter how they represent themselves – no matter the background they claim to have.  No money – no work.  I am not new at this business but I still make this mistake because at home, in my heart, I still trust people.  Some people would call this a good quality but every time i do trust someone like this I am stiffed on the bill.  So yes, Jim Rockford, I relate to you.  Often nice gals finish last.

So if you are interested in my personal recipe for dog cookies (they go through them like crazy) here it is.

Easy, yummy Dog Cookies – you can eat them too!
As you know i believe in easy easy… If i have to read four pages of a recipe you have lost me. so enjoy making these.
Ingredients – Dry
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats (can use quick oats as well)
1/2 cup dry milk
1/2 t. salt
Add some herbs – parsley is great for dog breath; basil for flavor… 1 tablespoon.
Stir the dry ingredients.
Ingredients – Wet
2 eggs
1 cup peanut butter – any kind
1/2 cup cold water (may need a bit more – use your judgement to make the dough cohesive.
Do:
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Roll the dough into balls.
Put on cookie sheet.
Flatten the balls using the bottom of a wine bottle or glass – depends what you are drinking at that moment!
Bake for 10 to 20 minutes depending on the type of oven you have. i dont have a clue so check on your cookies so that they are not burned.
I made about three trays of cookies – about 48.
MY DOGS WOULD EAT THESE NON STOP IF THEY COULD!

Check out my facebook page TheFarmersWife for more great recipes.

 THE FARMERS WIFE·FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016

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TEN TIPS TO A SUCCESSFUL SECURITY BUSINESS

March 2, 2016 at 9:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

292183_212336108868978_100002777705705_269924_1884003815_n[1]  Today I am summarizing some tips from my new book – Start and Run a Security Business (details at the end of the blog on where to purchase the book).    No comparison to food this time but I have thrown in a great vegan recipe for you to enjoy if you make it through the article.  Enjoy both!

TEN TIPS FOR STARTING A SECURITY BUSINESS

Achieving your dreams through self-employment requires a lot of sober reflection. Here are ten tips to review prior to starting a security business.

  1. Why the security business?

Make sure you have a passion for security. Do you have the background to tackle client concerns? Do you have a working knowledge of physical security, manpower requirements, locksmithing, alarms, and investigations? Knowledge of the industry and its services is critical to success. Are you prepared to go into an industry that operates on a 24/7 timeclock?

  1. Do you have the finances in place to start your business?

I believe you need to be financially prepared to support your business for a period of three months. While some recommend working fulltime and starting a business after hours this rarely works well in the security industry. Have your finances in place and then put your heart and soul into the new business. One of the first obstacles you will face is that banks view the security industry as service with no assets to lien against.  Often you will be required to have equal funds to the line of credit you are seeking.

  1. Do you want a company or a job?

Some people go into business for themselves so they have a fulltime job – in other words you are not looking to build a business you just want one or two contracts to yourself that you can work and invoice. If you are looking to have a larger structure, decide how to go about it – a corporation? A partnership? A proprietorship? How is your support system? Will your family support you through the trials and tribulations of business start-up? Does your business partner offset your skills? Be clear on what your goals are – both short- and long-term. Plan for success.

  1. Start your sales and marketing.

If you know the industry then you already know who your target group is. Many security guards start their own companies after working on sites and seeing the client dissatisfaction. If you have heard via the grapevine that a client is unhappy, approach them with your plan highlighting why you are a better bet for security.  Sales is simply talking to the client – there is no magic. Always work the networks prior to the official starting date to ensure viability of the business and a cash flow.

  1. Line up your professional support!

This is standard business information – organize your professional support. Choose your corporate lawyer, accountant, banker. The most helpful to your success will be a client mentor in the security industry who will hire you and work with you to build success. For investigators that may be an insurer, for guards a large corporate client, for locksmiths a contractor of substance.

  1. Organization

This is often forgotten and results in hours of unnecessary work and troubleshooting.  On top of standard business administrative tasks, you need to factor in industry-specific requirements: licensing, bonding, firearms certificates. Prepare all forms, contacts, contingency plans, think of disability insurance, life insurance, and key man insurance. Have you organized your governmental licensing, workers compensation, tax registration? All of this should be in place before you open the doors.

  1. Personal Care

Security is a particularly stressful industry therefore setting a personal care plan is especially crucial. You will need energy to work the long hours that come with starting this business. The expectations are high, staff turnover is high, results are often preventative and therefore not quantitative. Burnout is a major issue. Whether you walk, run, meditate or just breathe deeply – build it into your schedule!

  1. Networking

Have you decided where to network? Choose one industry- and one or two community networking groups which target your field and will bring business your way. Is there a property management or a loss prevention group you can join? These are your potential clients.

  1. What makes you the company to hire?

So what makes you better than the competition that has been around for a while? There is little left that is new in this industry but you might be the person to come up with that idea.  Are you offering  technological advances in scheduling, monitoring, access control ?  Remember in business you don’t just bid on new work you also bid on existing work.

  1. Prepare your business plan.

You should have all your answers written down so you can develop your plan in writing Make sure to show all your alliances that will build and support the security company.  They should include companies that supplement yours, professionals who will recommend you, and suppliers whom you can reach out to as needed. Now with these questions answered you are ready to start your Business Plan.

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