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Some small business owners say it’s too soon to reopen

That decision comes with a price, however. Seyedian, who argues that cleaning companies shouldn’t be classified as essential, concedes that staying closed while his competitors reopen hurts his business. He likened his situation to the dilemma many workers now face as their employers reopen. […] Seyedian said the future of his business depends on how long […]

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Small business confidence crashes, revealing more Main Street carnage may lie ahead

Seyedian, who voluntarily closed his business, even though cleaning services are deemed essential, to protect his own employees — and was paying their health care premiums from his own savings before his PPP loan came through — said competitors in his local market remained open and are “gobbling up” market share now.  “This job is not safe […]

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A Pandemic is No Time for Precarious Work

Another digital economy is possible. Well Paid Maids provides full employment benefits to all its cleaners. […] We need more of these alternatives, and they need all of us as clients. [Read more…] Book your cleaning today!  

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To save capitalism from the COVID-19 crisis, we need to act more like socialists

“I absolutely think a shared-sacrifice, community-minded approach to weathering this storm is essential,” [Seyedian] told me later. Seyedian described the decision as the beginning of a virtuous cycle, in which customers who know about the efforts to help their staff are more willing to pitch in, donating thousands of dollars to their GoFundMe to help […]

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Will Congress kill your small business? Coronavirus stimulus bill deciding factor

“I keep hearing politicians talk about how there’s sort of two problems – a public health problem and the economic problem,” said Aaron Seyedian, owner of Well Paid Maids in the Washington, D.C. area, whose business with 15 employees shut down March 13. “I ask folks in Congress to remember that the public health problem needs […]

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Opinion: Paid family leave won’t hurt our business communities

[…] In my testimony before the Virginia Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee last week, I shared how my business has provided paid leave to all employees since I started it more than two years ago. I adopted this policy because it’s good for my workers and my company.[…] When you set ideology aside, the facts — […]

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Lawmakers considering statewide paid family leave

Aaron Seyedian, owner of Well-Paid Maids, came to the Capitol on Tuesday to advocate for the statewide plan. He said it would be cheaper than the private market plan he currently pays into for his 17 employees. Seyedian thinks a statewide plan would also improve employee retention. “If you feel your employer respects you and […]

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A living wage made a world of difference to him

Nishad Sayem, who now earns $18 an hour, was able to stop working two jobs and invest more time in taking care of his disabled father. CNN’s Vanessa Yurkevich reports on the debate over raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. [Read more…] Book your cleaning today!

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1 in 3 new GoFundMe campaigns in U.S. are tied to the coronavirus

Well-Paid Maids, a Washington, D.C.-based housecleaning com Struggling workers, businesses and nonprofit groups across the globe have recently generated an “unprecedented” level of activity on GoFundMe, said Tim Cadogan, CEO of the crowdfunding platform. Collectively, these campaigns have raised more than $40 million over the past few weeks. The rate of campaign creation is accelerating […]

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A housecleaning business with an additional mission in mind

“I had this idea kicking around,” said Seyedian, who like me is a Washington-area transplant from Upstate New York. “It is important to recognize in some way that there is a policy failure, which is that people don’t make enough money to live on. Business was a way to barge in and try to correct […]

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