Once you start collecting cleaning accounts you’ll need to think about having an organized way to order supplies.
I know that when you first get started, many will just hit the supermarket. While that may be convenient, it’s not ideal or economical.
When you lack a system you tend to create a patchwork of vendors that has you running around from place to place in an attempt to get all the supplies you need. This tends to waste time and create a mess of keeping track of what you spent.
I’m a believer in picking one just one or two companies to order your supplies from. The companies you choose don’t have to be etched in stone, as you want to reevaluate your suppliers from time to time, but the greater good is achieved by making a decision and sticking to it.
My opinion is that you want to spend as much time marketing your business as possible, as you are the chief cheerleader for drumming up business. The more time you waste performing other tasks, the less effective you will be.
Over the years I’ve experimented with many different companies. One of my favorites is a company called Jon-Don. I can’t speak highly enough about them as they are one well-run company. They are a national supplier of not only janitorial supplies but also carpet cleaning and VCT floor care supplies.
To go along with them I have a local company that I deal with that’s right around the corner. I have a great relationship with one of their salesmen, which comes in handy when I need to ask a question about what product or piece of equipment is best. All I need to do is call his cell phone and he gets back to me right away.
I set it up this way by design. I don’t like having all my eggs in one basket to begin with plus it simply doesn’t hurt to get a different opinion from time to time. I would suggest you do the same for your business.
It may take some time to find some suppliers you are comfortable with, but the payoff is more time to work on your business not to mention keeping track of expenses is a bit easier. Feel free to get the conversation started by sharing your favorite suppliers in the comments below!
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