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My father and I ran an independently owned Janitorial service for five years He presumed as the primary owner of J R Enterprise and I was gratefully awarded the position as the primary manager My job Intel led overseeing the day-to-day operations from open to close Thos duties consisted of the hiring to the firing tracking and restocking inventory and the final checkout at the end of every shift These responsibilities were gratefully accepted and willingly executed on a day-to-day basis for five years Throughout the many life experiences that I was exposed to by the job I was able to grasp many of the important concepts of running a businessThe first step of planning any business venture is recognizing your operating capital and then learns how to operate within those means Since the business wasnt soley my own the majority of those budgeting decisions were made in poor judgment Ultimately not in our best interest One area I could control as the primary manager was hours of labor number of employees Everyday was a new experience because I never knew how many employees were going to show up for work The janitorial business is much like the fast food business they both have a high employee turnover ratio Understanding and respecting this concept showed the first signs of manager maturity Now with that being understood my man-hours calculation had to allow for spur of the moment adjustments on a daily basis which it did Many nights I acted as the third fourth and sometimes even the fifth employee reacting in a gallant effort to uphold my man-hours equation True managers who recognize this entity as a priority by successfully controlling labor costs for their administration are generally rewarded with raises and other types of positive reinforcements Controlling the labor cost was easier said than done Trying to keep up with five to seven employees in a twenty-story building proved to be another
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