Until recently I had no idea what a travel agent did and I was certain I could not afford one. I was trying to plan a vacation on a budget and adding one more thing would just push us over the top. As I was pricing things out for the 5th hour going back and forth from each site to be sure I got the best deal I decided to google the cost of an agent. What I found was surprising and disappointing that I wasted all that time for all these years doing it myself.
I talk about all that I do but never share the first love that allows me to do all these other fun things. I love to clean, really I do. When I found myself unemployed due to the company closing I was stunned and a little freaked out. What in the world could I do that did not take me away from my family and would allow my husband to continue working retail hours with a job he enjoyed and provided security at Lowe’s. I always cooked or large groups, personal chef and just plain good food. I thought I could cook and clean for families. A real Home Concierge the first of its kind. Come home to a clean house and a good meal that you could heat and eat. Well after a little trial and error I realized that I could do the cleaning but cooking would have to be left to someone else.
In late 2008 we officially came up with a name (my husband loves music and he gets full credit for our name as he sang Band on the Run?) Maids on the Run since we run errands and we are a maid service.
I started by giving Jacksonville homes free bathroom cleanings since we had no budget to market. Heck, I lost my job, my car, our house so no money to spare. Now I was not put out on the street just had to downsize a lot to keep us all happy and safe. I cleaned more than 100 toilets for free here in Jacksonville before we became any type of cleaning service let alone a company.
I got some jobs and had family help and it was fun, crazy, exciting…just like a new baby. This was a part of me, my name, my family and all I wanted was to help other families spend more quality time together and worry less about the house work. Tag line “We take care of your home so you can take care of your family!” It took 2 years to create a logo I liked that wasn’t just about cleaning house and still gave maids an image of respect. WE are personal assistants to families not just a maid with a mop. We love our families, love to help others and many of us come from professional backgrounds just wanting to make a change. We created a 65 point check list to be sure all areas are cleaned, follow up after every service no matter how long we have cared for your home and work hard to never disappoint but if we do our policy is to send another crew person out right away to fix it. We don
In 2009 I got breast cancer just as I started all of this and was blessed to have the opportunity to help families for free. We started Cleaning with a Meaning and created a network to help families nationally. WE do not take any funds so all cleanings are donated by Maids on the Run locally as well as donated by cleaning companies in other areas. We donate the cleanings to families that have children diagnosed with a serious illness or injury. Car accidents to cancer if it is life threatening and we get doctor referral we try to help. God gave us this day to make a difference so we try our best to do so.
Maids on the Run has grown to be a professional house cleaning company that’s primary mission is to provide families with a much needed helping hand around the house. We are available via phone, text, email to be sure that any concern a client may have can be resolved quickly. Customer service is key and in a business where house keepers are a dime a dozen we hope that our pricing and structure as well as the desire to please will offer singles, families and empty nesters a level of comfort as they let us in their home.
After 4.5 years cleaning toilets we are so excited to be able to offer our experience of starting a successful cleaning company to men and women wanting to own their own business but maintain family friendly hours. We are now offering franchise opportunities in 35 states and hope to be able to expand Cleaning with a Meaning across the United States.
Maids on the Run has simple to see Franchise Fees just as we have simple pricing.
If your local and looking for a reliable, insured and eager to please house cleaning and maid company that serves Jacksonville area from St. Mary’s to Orange Park then Maids on the Run is the company for you. If you are in other areas but think Maids on the Run would be a good fit in your city and want to learn more about becoming a one of kine Home Concierge then give us a call.
If you have questions give us a call, if you need help we can’t wait to give you a helping hand.
I’ve told this story a thousand times but only over the last 3.5 years. Can you imagine that just 4 years ago I was going through each day making a living but forgot that I should be making a life. I did what any person does that has never been reminded they may not be here tomorrow. Go to work, make a meal, drive the kids here and there, clean the house, pay the bills, do the laundry, sleep and then do it all over again.
Once in a while you’re blessed with a wake up call that takes you on an unplanned journey but is one of the best trips you will ever travel. When the doctor said “You Have Breast Cancer” my first thought was WTH are you talking about. I’m not even 40 and I have to much crap to do to deal with all this. What kind of people will my kids turn out to be without me as their mother? Why did God do this to me? How can we pay all these bills that will start piling in. All the common fears of anyone told they have Cancer.
After it all settled in and we had a plan of attack… literally, I realized that I had so many things I wanted to do but never found the time. I shoulda, coulda, woulda done so much if I realized that time was short. Maybe by the grace of God I would pull through this and use this gift of time for something good. Perfect Plan! I also knew that I needed to make memories with my kids each day and not wait until tomorrow, next month, next year, when they drive, when they finish school, get married, have kids yada, yada, yada.
While enjoying the effects of surgery without reconstruction, chemo, radiation, IV herceptin, trials and all the other things that remind you everyday that you may die I created a BASKET LIST. This list had all the things I wanted to do with my family, how I could help others, what I had always wanted to do and what ideas could I actually accomplish. I wanted to create as many memories as our our little brains could store.
In the last 3.5 years with support of my family we have done so much and have tons to be grateful for. All are were on my Basket List just not exactly what I thought. Things I’ve done since cancer include finishing chemo (yeah), growing a House Cleaning and Errand Service company called Maids on the Run, traveled far and near, participated in two cancer clinical trials, started a network of cleaning companies that provide free cleanings to families that have kids diagnosed with a life threatening illness called Cleaning with a Meaning, invented a kitchen storage container that holds open gallon size storage bags to store leftovers and mix and freeze meals with ease called The Bag Holder, wrote two children’s books about an elf named Merryam. Santa’s Secret Elf inspired when my then 5 year old told Santa he wanted to me to be better and the second Merryam’s Elfun Adventures that shares the spirit of Christmas all year long. I think of what a wonderful world this would be if we were kind and generous everyday not just one month. All of these things would still be an idea if God had not blessed me with cancer.
This stupid disease opened my eyes to be a better person, mom and community member. I crave to help others like never before. I see things differently and hope to have compassion for those around me and in need. I know my kids have learned that no matter the age or the problem you can get through it with God by your side and when the struggle fades you will see that your journey is better than you imagined it could be. Now let me be clear, I would prefer not to be blessed with cancer again but in the event that I am I do know there are so many things that I will learn.
There are many things not completed on my Basket List and I pray that I have time to get it all done. Teach my children that if they think it, they can do it, get reconstruction on my non existent boobs, grow a maids franchise that will serve families all over the country and support my family. Pay off the wonderful hospitals that took care of me, continue to help families that have been diagnosed with a crummy life threatening illness, write many more books with Merryam and hope that she becomes a positive character for children that reminds them we are to Love Thy Neighbor everyday. I want Merryam to become the first Faith filled lead female character for Christmas and all celebrations. Her message is about being kind and generous to everyone each day and that is the best gift of all. Finally, I want to remember that whatever God has planned I did the best I could to be a faithful servant.
All this was done since 2009 and I just wonder what else I could have done or become if I had a wake up call a lot earlier. What a grateful mom I am and can’t wait to see what else comes my way. Lemon, Limes or cake make each day great! We have gotten media attention for all of the things I’ve done and can you belive I dropped out of college because I could not pass speech class. Too afraid of what others would say or think and the staring at me was terrifying. If I knew then what I know now is the saying that describes my life the most. I forgot that God had my back and I could do anything with Him, never will I forget again.
What’s on your BASKET LIST?