Sparkle Cleaning Is the Tinkerbell of the Office Cleaning World

Office cleaning is a daily necessity, but there are times when you want your offices to stand for who your company is, and to be the face that impresses visitors, guests and employees alike. Do you remember that first day back to school after the cleaners had been alone in the halls for the whole summer? The sparkle of the staircase, the glimmer of the entrance hall – it inspired, didn’t it?

Maybe you’re appealing for investors, or maybe you’re celebrating your first decade as a successful business – give your office a sparkle clean to let it know how much it means to you, and give your public something impressive to look at. Just like our homes, which we clean daily or weekly, there are few of us who can resist a spring clean or a good pre-Christmas deep clean; the same applies to offices.

After your daily office cleaning team has been in, you arrive at work and everything is back in its place, the carpets are cleaner, your keyboard has been given the once over and your bin is empty… you’re in an effective workplace, motivated and ready to do your job.

But after time, despite rigorous daily office cleaning, offices start to feel the wear and tear of daily life, so, like the rest of us, they need a little pick me up. Enter the sparkle clean. A sparkle clean goes deep; it leaves no surface untouched, and each of those surfaces is given the detailing of its life: floors and skirting boards are gone at with a small brush to remove any grimy build-up from a mop slopping water at it every day. Computers get a behind-and-under cleaning, getting rid of the dust build-up in the fan covers and the bunnies that linger at the back of the computer units. Cables are cleaned and reorganised, monitors are wiped thoroughly to remove fingerprints – as are stainless steel surfaces, and glass walls and windows. Dirt that has worked its way deep into carpets is removed, restoring your carpets to their former glory.

The aim of the sparkle clean is to inject newness and luxury back into your workspace – to motivate your employees and astound your visiting clients. Every surface is left with a clean sparkle that reminds you of the first day you moved your company into the offices. Or if your office has grown from a tiny, one-man business it may never have had such an amazing clean because your focus has always been on the work and not on the environment. You owe it to yourself to throw some magic back into your office.

Everyone benefits from a sparkle clean.

4 Ways to Make Your Business Proposal’s Introduction Sparkle

What’s the difference between Business writing and Academic writing? Business Proposal writing is concrete – it sticks to the facts. Academic writing is more abstract – it discusses ideas and concepts. You need to be aware of this difference especially when writing the introduction section to your Business Proposals.

Another skill is getting the right balance, so your bid appeals to the evaluators head (logic) and also their heart (emotions). The first place you must do this is in the Introduction chapter. If this section falls flat, do you think the reader will continue looking at the rest? Here’s how to get around this and give your Business Proposal a little sparkle.

Before you start writing, ask yourself what is the purpose of the Introduction?

Think of the introduction as a ‘credibility statement’. Use this section to describe your professional and organizational qualifications and then establish the significance of your core concepts. The introduction also sets the tone of your proposal. For novice writers, the orientation is often “Me Me Me”, while more successful Proposal Writers take a “You You You” perspective. Look back at some recent Proposals you’ve submitted. It is all about you or about your client and their needs?

4 Ways to Make the Introduction Sparkle

Once you start to write the Introduction, answer these four questions. Does your introduction:

  1. Establish who you are? The client knows your name as it’s on the cover sheet but you need to take this further; share something the reader cannot forget and makes you stand out. You want them to remember you, right?
  2. Describe your goals? We also know that your end goal is to get funding, that’s a given. But what beliefs and core values underpin your business? Is there some specific set of goals that drive your business? Use these to paint a picture for the readers so they understand why you’re in business and how they will benefit from working with you.
  3. Establish your credibility? You can do this in several ways. One is by using social proof such as sharing endorsements, recommendations and other ways you are respected in the business community. These all help to position you as a trusted source. The assumption is that if you’ve worked with Big Client, and others respect this firm, then the client should be safe if they make the same decision.
  4. Discuss the Problem Statement? What this means is that you’ve read the Request For Proposal, spoken to others in the business community, and determined what is the ‘real’ underlying problem. For different reasons, the Request For Proposal writers may not be able to say in black and white terms why they need this solution or service. If you’ve being working with this client for a while, you should have some inside knowledge on what are the real pain points. Now, does your Business Proposal really address these issues and get to the heart of the matter?