Professional Cleaning Services in Paramus
One of the steadiest service businesses going is also one of the most invisible. If you work in a Paramus office or store you’re probably used to coming in every morning and seeing clean carpets, empty ashtrays and freshly mopped woodwork. In fact, most Paramus stores and offices would be pretty dreary places to work if you didn’t see them sparkling clean every day.
The equipment you need to start this business is minimal: a good vacuum cleaner, mops, brooms, cleaning cloths, sponges, buckets and a few different types of detergents and grease-cutting fluids. If this list sounds familiar, it should. These are the same cleaning tools found in almost every household, and there’s no reason you can’t use what you already probably own – at least for starters.
There are several ways to acquire customers: small ads in your local Paramus newspaper, a listing in the Yellow Pages (under “Janitor Service” and/or “House Cleaning”), printed circulars. But the most effective way to get customers is through personal solicitation. Always remember that you are offering a service, and that means servicing your Paramus clients as well as their places of business.
One of the attractive features about starting this kind of cleaning business in Paramus is that the work is done at night. You could do the whole thing yourself, without any employees, during the trial period, and still keep your day job. When you are ready to hire people in Paramus, you have a rich source of employees from college students who want part-time work after classes, as well as men and women who want to supplement their incomes but can only work at night.
Paramus Janitorial Services
It goes without saying that the majority of offices in London, or anywhere in the world for that matter, become cluttered and dirty during simple day to day operation. Whether hundreds of workers walk through the buildings carrying dust and other debris on their feet, or if only a small army of workers do the same; it doesn't take much for an office to need some professional cleaning.
Office cleaning in London can be executed in a variety of manners. Some offices house their own staff of workers whose sole purpose is to carry out the daily cleaning and upkeep of the office. This could include such daily tasks as emptying waste bins, maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in the washrooms, and keeping door windows smudge and fingerprint free.
Other tasks that in house cleaners carry out include both sweeping and mopping of floors, cleaning walls, ceilings, and windows. Some in house cleaners will carry out the cleaning of desks. However, many companies frown upon having their in house cleaners even touching their employees desks.
Some businesses choose to go this route and only have the cleaning service come three times week, while others will choose to have the service carried out nightly.
Office cleaning in London is very important. The appearance of an office is the first impression that many customers have of a business they are about to deal with. If a customer enters a dingy office covered in clutter with floors stained and covered in dirt, they may allow this image to reflect on the quality of work that the office will produce.
This could result in the customer turning away and seeking help elsewhere. It is also a proven fact that employees work faster and more efficiently in an office that is clutter free. This makes keeping your office clean a necessity, if you desire to get a top-notch work performance from your employees.
Office Cleaning in London
In the commercial cleaning business and residential cleaning business, certain rules of thumb should be used to determine a price for cleaning. This rule of thumb is the foundation for remaining profitable and you can base your price on it with confidence.
Every cleaning service owner calculates his or her bid in a different way; therefore, when a potential customer gets an estimate for a house or office cleaning job, each estimate is different. When you are just getting started in the cleaning business, you don't need to know what other service business owners are charging. What does matter is your understanding of how to price the job correctly.
While there are differences in house and office cleaning, once you learn more about each one you will know how long it should take to do each job. This will help you determine the time involved and your labor costs.
For example, the routine cleaning performed in 2200 square feet of office space can be done by 2 people in 30 minutes or by 1 person in one hour.
Figure at least twice as long for a house cleaning job. Knowing this time factor by itself will always keep your price competitive, profitable and in the right ballpark.
Office Cleaners in Paramus
Probably one of the greatest mysteries for the new self-employed window cleaner is knowing what to charge for your window cleaning services. First you must remember that you are becoming a business and as such, your earnings go towards the cost of running a business as well as putting food on your kitchen table and a roof over your head. Now I've made mention on the home page about window cleaners earning $50/hr and up but you may be wondering how one prices actual jobs so that you can earn this kind of money from them.
Target Earning Goal
I usually tell beginners to set an earning goal of around 50$/hr for their first few months (up to a year) in the biz. If a new window cleaner can achieve this consistently, then they are well on their way to earning $60-$70/hr by their second year. Here's why. Even after you've calculated what to charge per window/job in order for you to achieve the return of $50/hr, you will be earning this as an unskilled window cleaner. That's right, until you've been cleaning windows for a while; technically you're still unskilled. But after you've acquired the skills to clean windows more professionally and quickly, your hourly return rate will increase.
I tell a story on my window cleaning tutorial DVD of when I first started out window cleaning and priced out a job where I ended up only making around $35/hr. The following year I returned to do a repeat clean at the same bid price but because of the improvements in my technique, my earnings on that job increased to $70/hr. Simply because I was now cleaning more windows per hour.
Is Your Pricing Too Low/High?
A window cleaner who had been in the business for many years once told me that you should aim for landing around 70% of your bids. If you consistently win more bids than that then your prices are probably too low. Likewise, if you consistently land fewer bids than 70% then your prices may be too high. I would say this is very true when it comes to residential jobs and larger commercial jobs. The only time one should ignore this rule is when bidding storefront. Storefront is the most competitive area in window cleaning and many small businesses are price shoppers so be prepared to hear a lot of "no's" while canvassing for clients. Homeowners can be price shoppers too but don't feel bad if you lower your price to land some jobs in the early stages of your business. You gotta eat right? Plus, you can chalk everything up to experience in the long run.
Don't be afraid to network with other local window cleaning companies. The good ones won't be afraid to share information with you and will encourage a healthy marketplace for everyone. But stay clear of those competitors that offer rock bottom prices. They may appear to be constantly busy but what's the point if they're not profitable, right?