How to Make Doing Dishes Easier

Let’s face it, doing dishes is a mundane task done so many times, you feel like you would rather do just about anything else but wash another dish or scrub another crusty, gross pot, pan or cooking utensil. Doing dishes is not a fun task. I have been scrubbing dishes for so many years. I have earned the title, “dishpan hands champ”.

My youngest child even hates doing dishes despite having a new dishwasher. It’s a chore. It’s a bore.

There are ways to make doing dishes easier, faster and more fun:

Wash those scummy dishes right away! Do what my mother in law does; she scrubs the dishes as soon as a meal is done. Literally! As she tells people to “take your time,” she whisks the still warm plates and bowls off the table into a warm sudsy bath awaiting her ultra clean dishes. She never has to scrub three day old putrefied stains and scum off her dishes.

Purchase paper plates,and paper bowls. Utilizing paper plates makes doing the dishes easier. You will have less dishes to wash every day, thus enabling your daily dish washing tasks to lighten up. Yes, you will have more garbage to throw away, and there will be more waste in the world, but you are helping the economy grow, and supplying jobs for people. Country dwellers can use paper plates to start a nightly outside fire to gaze at the stars.

Wash those dirty dishes after every meal. For people who lead super busy lives, with getting kids to activities, do the dishes at least once a day. Make doing dishes every day a major priority. Delegate doing dishes every day. Alternate family members by having one person do dishes on certain days of the week. Team family members up with oldest child and youngest child washing dishes together.

Make doing dishes easier by turning up the tunes to your favorite music, enjoying listening to whatever you enjoy while performing the most mundane task in the house, besides scrubbing toilets. Listen to classical music, jazz, eighties tunes or dance to the blues while scrubbing your troubles away.

Multitask! Do the dishes while doing something else. Help the kids with their homework. Place a load of laundry into the clothes washer and run back to the kitchen to wash the dishes.

Buy a dishwasher that does most of the work for you, or go out to eat every night. You can also perform the bachelor method of eating; stand at the sink and stuff your face. But you can’t serve a Thanksgiving meal that way, and the kids will only argue on who gets to eat over the sink tonight.

Satellite TV for Business Use in Rural Areas

With the kind of statistic that shows the majority (a staggering 99%) of American households owning at least one television in the home, if you think the percentage of those subscribed to a television service provider would be high as well you would be right. Over 90% of American households with a television set either subscribe to a cable or satellite TV service. In almost two decades, the number of subscriptions to a TV service has rapidly increased thanks in part to the rise of popular satellite television services and the near complete saturation of HDTVs in the market as the industry movies toward bigger and better television technology. Now, more than ever, the use of satellite TV for business is a viable option for many businesses out of reach for cable.

While an estimated 60% of households have cable television installations, one of the main issues of cable service is their reach. The majority of cable subscribers are located in metropolitan areas where any home or business can choose cable or satellite service. What cable lacks is the ability to go beyond the suburbs and into small rural areas, or smaller markets, where access to both television and internet services are severely limited. Some of these rural towns would be fortunate to have a single cable provider available to them; however, many are relegated to dial-up internet and public broadcasts for news and entertainment.

An estimated 25% of households in America have satellite dish installations as their television service of choice, but the number has grown over the last few years as not only more residential homes are choosing satellite over cable, but commercial businesses have taken to satellite for their public and private viewing programming. This is especially the case for businesses in rural areas across the country that cable services do not reach. With a basic affordable commercial programming package, a bar or restaurant far from the suburbs can still be able to enhance their business for their patrons.

The lack of cable in rural America also means the lack of high-definition quality programming. HD televisions have been popular in the mainstream market for years and over 50% of American households have at least one HDTV. Cable and satellite TV service providers are the only sure ways to receive a variety of HD programming but with the limited infrastructure of cable away from the suburbs, the only viable option for people in these rural areas is to opt for satellite service. But that is certainly not to say it is the lesser of two options. In fact, several popular satellite TV services have emerged over cable as the two leading TV subscription services in the industry.

Whether in the home or a place of business, satellite TV service has proven to be a sure way for anyone to have access to quality programming and in high-definition without the limitations due to location. For businesses in smaller towns that rely on returning customers, having diverse TV programming, especially a sports package in HD, can help improve their status as a likable hotspot among the community and keep their customers coming back.

From bars and restaurants to beauty salons and banks, commercial programming packages for both public and private viewing options are available for all types of businesses. Offices and certain commercial buildings often keep their clients in the lobby or waiting area occupied with a well-placed television. With plenty more programming to choose from, the right satellite TV package can define a business and keeps it vital.

Dish Network – Business Strategy Principles for your Home Business

Dish Network boasts an impressive clientele of more than 5 million monthly subscribers. Significantly, though they are only the second largest distributor of satellite television service, they have been voted #1 in customer service by J.D. Power and Associates. While every business has, by necessity, a different business plan, a careful look at some of the things Dish Network has done to be successful will yield a few principles that will help your small business to succeed.

Echo-Star owns Dish Network, and they are currently in negotiation with one of their channel providers because the provider is demanding a higher per-package, per-user fee each month. The demand, though an increase of only a few pennies per user, represents millions of dollars in the short and long term for Dish. I present the conflict here to demonstrate Dish’s commitment to minimizing costs. Rather than just rolling over and accepting the fee increase, Dish Network is demonstrating to their customers their commitment to providing their services at the lowest cost possible. For any business to be successful, and I assume that is the goal for your home business, it must bring in more revenue than it shells out. Being diligent in fighting to minimize your own costs will go a long way towards that end.

Perhaps the reason you started your own business was because you craved the autonomy that came inherently with “being your own boss.” No more corporate ladders to climb or be pushed off. No more answering to someone that knows less than you do about just about everything. Perhaps it did not take long to notice that absolute freedom is hard to come by. Unless you produce the raw materials, refine them, create a marketable good, and sell it completely on your own, your business decisions are limited somewhat by others. The webhost sets the monthly hosting fee. The bank sets your monthly car payment. Even the office supplies you use are priced by someone else. Dish Network’s taking issue with the fee increase represents their dedication to retaining some of that autonomy we all desire for our businesses. Even if you can’t set the prices, you certainly can negotiate them. Unless you are absolutely sure you are getting the best deal possible on the materials you purchase, make a phone call and talk to someone about it. In the end, the producer’s relationship with you, the consumer, affects their bottom line.

One of the biggest concerns Dish Network faced in the new millennium was how to continue to provide their award-winning customer service cost-effectively. Hundreds of thousands of new subscribers were adding themselves to the millions of current subscribers, and they all eventually needed help. Customer service was performed completely over the telephone at a cost of $5 to $15 each call. Dish looked to technology to provide additional venues where customer service interactions could play themselves out. This led to solutions that would be available through the customer’s satellite receiver at home and online solutions, where the customer could view and make changes to their account without requiring the services of an employee, thus providing the same customer service while cutting down on costs. The lesson that should be learned from this example is that technology, when implemented correctly, can save costs and increase the efficiency with which we are able to provide services to our customers. What tasks do you find yourself doing by hand over and over again? With a little bit of time and money invested could you automate the process, or allow customers to do the task themselves by putting on your website?

The magnitude of work required to produce and integrate Dish Network’s new customer service solutions is baffling. Now consider that they planned for and implemented the technological changes to their customer service process in less than five months. The home business principle to learn from this is speed is a necessity, not a luxury. To compete with your competitors, you need to provide the same product at a higher quality, faster speed, or lower price. What changes do you need to make in order to streamline your business? Is there something that you are doing now that you could do without? By all means, weigh your options carefully and make a decision you feel comfortable with. But once the decision is made, move on it. Your customers will appreciate your decisiveness and innovation.

Dish Network is a thriving, multimillion dollar business, due in large part to the way they analyze and execute their business strategy. Using equal discretion, innovation, and decisiveness could boost your business as well.