They sure have a lot of fun MAKING the mess, don’t they? But getting your kids to help around the house is like pulling teeth, we know. We’re not here to offer tips on how to motivate your kids to complete their chore list (sorry), we’re just here to make it safer once they do decide to help! Continue reading "Kid Friendly Cleaning Hacks"
It’s that time of year again! All of the creepy crawlies and furry scavengers are ready to come out of hibernation. Just like you, they enjoy the warm spring air. Nothing is more frustrating than walking into your clean kitchen and seeing a counter full of ants or doing your yard work and noticing some sharp toothed vermin has chewed through your porch. For pet owners or the environmentally conscious homeowner, chemicals aren’t an option. Here are four ways to help you prevent these critters from making your home theirs – and none of them involve harsh chemicals! Continue reading "4 Chemical Free Pest Removal Hacks"
We think yes! Okay, having a clean home isn’t the answer to life’s problems… but it can help you feel more in control, relaxed and free of constant responsibility. When you’re stressed or bummed out, the last thing you want to see is a sink full of dirty dishes or toys strewn about the family room. After a long, hard day, coming home to a clean and tidy home can really elevate your mood and help you get into relaxation mode. So what is it about a fresh, clean home that just makes you feel good? How do you keep up on house work to maintain that “tidy home, tidy mind” feeling?
Continue reading "Does Having a Clean House Make You Happier?"
When hiring an individual or team to come perform a service at your home... you may find yourself concerned with a number of unsettling scenarios including:
What if they steal something?
What if they break something?
If they get hurt while working at my house... am I liable?
Unfortunately, not all service providers are taking the proper precautions to ensure your protection in the event any of these scenarios play out. It’s important to educate yourself so you know you’re hiring a company that is certified, trained, insured, bonded and/or background checked.
Continue reading "Choosing a Service Provider You Can Trust"
Love it or hate it, Coca-Cola is one versatile sody-pop! We’re here to share some of the internet’s favorite unorthodox uses for this sweet treat… some may surprise you! We even went ahead and tested a few ourselves to see what really worked. No one was willing to get stung by a jellyfish for the sake of the blog, but we did what we could with the resources at hand. Here we go! Continue reading "10 Allegedly Brilliant Coca-Cola Hacks"
Bird watching is a fun activity for all ages. It is something that can be done whether you are in a house, apartment or even garage. All you need are windows and bird seed right? If you place food, water and shelter near well-prepared windows, birds will feel safe and you will encourage a variety to come. Let’s see what else goes into bird watching and how big a role windows play in this entertaining activity. Continue reading "Windows for the Bird Watcher"
Recently Window Genie sponsored Pink Ribbon Girls' annual event, IGNITE THE FIGHT.
IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
With a number of other community sponsors, local supporters and PRG members, we gathered at the American Sign Museum on the west side of Cincinnati for a night of celebration with the Pink Ribbon Girls
. Pink Ribbon Girls is Window Genie Corporate's favorite local organization to support. Their mission is "to provide personalized support to young women throughout all phases of the breast cancer journey. We accomplish this through education, outreach, awareness, and one-on-one support to women and their families."
Pink Ribbon Girls offers transportation to treatment, house cleaning services, meal delivery services, child care as well as organizing various educational and support group efforts in the community. Window Genie admires their dedication to every single day in the life of a woman and her family as they battle breast cancer. We all know how important research and treatment is, but Pink Ribbon Girls focuses on quality of life, reducing stress and allows women and their families to focus on just getting better. Through their various programs such as "No Age No Stage" and "Simply Fight," PRG was able to provide 10,250 meals, 2,200 house cleanings and 210 rides to treatment in 2013 in Cincinnati and Datyon.
Not only is The American Sign Museum a ridiculously fun venue to hold an event, the food was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Food was provided by PRG's very own chef Matt Hayden who provides nutrient dense meals for women to help their bodies maintain maximum strength and health while undergoing treatment.The bar at the event offered pink beer and pink "tata-tinis" that weren't bad either! Oh and the entrance to The American Sign Museum has a GIANT GENIE!
We had a blast, we ate, we danced and most importantly got to hear stories from survivors and families who've lost a mother, daughter, wife, sister or friend. More than ever we're motivated to support Pink Ribbon Girls and all they do to enhance quality of life during an immensely difficult time for women and their families in Cincinnati and Dayton.
Window Genie's Give Back Program, Windows 4 Wishes
is known to "Clean Windows and a Whole Lot More!" The whole lot more includes window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and giving back to the community.
Window Genie's culture is defined by our effort to constantly improve and lead in these 5 aspects of our business:
1. Market Share
3. Customer Satisfaction
5. Community Citizenship
To uphold our fifth pillar of Community Citizenship Window Genie has continually found ways to give back to the communities we live and work in. The creation of our program Windows 4 Wishes in late 2011 has encouraged franchisees across the country to get creative and give back to show who they are as small business owners.They're urged to give back to the organization, charity, school, church etc in their community in any of these following 4 ways:
Service: To offer free Window Genie services such as window cleaning, window tinting or pressure washing to the charity/organization of choice.
Donate: To donate goods or money to the charity or organization of choice.
Promote: To publicly endorse and campaign for the name and mission of the charity/organization of choice.
Volunteer: The franchise partner may choose to give time by himself or with employees on behalf of WG, towards assisting and improving to the betterment of the charity/organization of choice
Who you are, not just what you do
Through Windows 4 Wishes, our owners are able to express to their customers and community who they are, not just what they do. Window Genie owners are making a real effort to give back and stay active in their local communities and give to those people and causes they and their family really care about. Since this program has been in place, Window Genie has been able to affect over 30 different organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House Charities and oh so many more. Ask your local Genie what he or she is doing to make a difference in your local community!
Welcome to the Window Genie Blog!
We've developed this page to initiate a variety of interesting discussions to educate, entice and entertain you. To help you get to know us a little better, here's a quick lesson on who Window Genie is; where we came from and where we are today:
Does Window Genie sell windows? Fix them? Install them? Are we real Genies who can grant you three wishes? Close, but not exactly. Window Genie's tagline reads, "We Clean Windows and a Whole Lot More!" Very informative, I know. We do much more than clean windows but what kind of tagline would it be if we rambled on about our services, right?
I'll take you back to where it all started. Window Genie was founded in Cincinnati in 1994. Tired of the corporate grind and willing to do what it took to be his own boss, Window Genie Founder and CEO, Rik Nonelle, took it upon himself to start over and be in control of his own success. Here's a quick timeline of Window Genie from 1994 to now:
Rik Nonelle gets degree from The Ohio State university in Marketing & Finance. Worked corporate jobs until starting Window Genie in 1994
Original business started as a residential window cleaning company
Operation grew to 8 crews and the addition of pressure washing services
Franchise operations began in 1998 with the tagline, "Cleaning America's Windows, Decks and Driveways."
2000: Window Film
2005: Gutter Protection
2006: Tile & Grout cleaning
2009: GENIEMOBILE wrapped vehicles
2010: Master Franchise Program
2011: Creation of Windows 4 Wishes give back program
2011-2012: Added 4 new members to the corporate team to support the system's tremendous growth
2012: Revamped windowgenie.com and added this blog!
Window Genie has grown a great deal over the years. Today, there are over 100 units in operation. A few bragging rights we've earned recently are:
We were recently ranked #190 on Entrepreneur Magazine's 2013 Franchise 500 List. We jumped 217 spots from the 2012 list that had us ranked #407
We were featured in the 2012 Franchise Business Review Veterans & Franchising Special Report as one of the best franchises for Veterans
We were named the 41st fastest growing franchise in America for 2012 by Entrepreneur Magazine
Listed two years in a row for system-wide franchisee satisfaction by Franchise Business Review
5 Window Genie franchisees were awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award
Now that we're well acquainted, report back every week for news, updates, fun facts and to keep up with what's going on in the Window Genie world! Don't forget to browse our new website, find your local Genie and call for a free estimate today! Prepare for spring cleaning, recruit some help and let the power of the Genie work for you!