When you own a cleaning business the goal for you is to be AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE. This may seem obvious but many newcomers to the game miss the mark on this one.
This is because you are basically doing the EXACT same things as your competitors. You will, clean the bathrooms, kitchen areas, vacuum the carpet, mop the floors and remove the trash.
So if you are all doing the same tasks, how do you bid the jobs and find a way to make money? It’s called becoming efficient. You need to find ways to trim time off the job by PLAYING IT SMART.
There are many little tricks of the trade that will help you do just that but today I’ll stick to the cleaning carts. Where they come in handy is that they allow you to bring a bunch of supplies with you as you clean. You can collect the trash, bring a few c-fold/hand towels, toilet paper, extra liners among other items from area to area.
This keeps you from running around all over the place wasting valuable time in the process. Now keep in mind you won’t need to use a cleaning cart on the smaller jobs you have. These carts are best used only on the larger accounts that have bathrooms scattered about and large areas where trash is collected.
You also need to remember that these carts are not for moving around from account to account. These stay on the job-site, normally in the janitor’s closet where all your supplies are kept. Some of you may be thinking that these carts get expensive over time, as you buy more and more.
I would agree that it adds up, but I would argue that thinking the cost is too expensive is simply incorrect. Though you will have to put some money out to buy them once you get the account they help you and or your staff get done FASTER which saves you money over the long haul.
I would MUCH RATHER spend a little to SAVE A LOT forever and ever. The way I view it the profit (or part of it) from the first full month that I clean just goes to investing in equipment that will make me money month after month for as long as I have that cleaning account.
Another thing to keep in mind is when you invest in a cleaning cart you’ll want factor in that quality construction matters. There is no use buying one that will fall apart in a year, so make sure you purchase one that lasts a lifetime.
Rubbermaid is probably one of the biggest names out there. They do cost more most of the time, but they are very durable. This doesn’t mean you alway need to get the most expensive model, but generally speaking buying the cheapest COSTS YOU MORE over the long haul many times over.
What I normally do is match the cost of the cleaning cart to the size of the job in question. If the cleaning job is a real profit maker, I tend to get a real nice unit, but if it’s a smaller account that needs one but doesn’t have a huge profit margin I get a more economical one.
You do as you see fit, as that’s just how I see it. If you don’t know where to start check out the models below. I included some low-cost and higher end models depending on what you are looking for.
I’ll wrap this up by reminding you to always look for ways to get your job done faster. Saving time reduces not only your time on the job if you are doing the cleaning but it saves you on payroll if you have employees doing the work for you.
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