Your Cleaning Business… as MUSIC?!

Whether you’re just starting a cleaning business or simply want to learn new and better ways to keep your existing janitorial or residential cleaning company profitable, in these videos Dan covers topics from the latest trends in janitorial software to proven marketing strategies to help you grow. So, let’s get started…

It’s not just about hitting the notes when you hear music – someone play piano or sing, is it? Nope, it’s something more. And, that something more is what today’s video is all about. The thing is – rather than being a small issue – it may be one that can totally change how your potential customers see your janitorial or residential cleaning business from now on.

Check out today’s fast paced video where Dan explains how these two seemingly different things – your business and music – may not be very different at all, in very important ways. Then, he tells how this strategy affects the actual work/mission he and Tony in developing CleanGuru software.

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Thanks for watching our video, Your Cleaning Business – as MUSIC?!, but don’t stop there, be sure to check out our video, STOP the INSANITY, where Dan explains why it’s important to ‘keep what’s working – and, change or get rid of what’s not.’ Then, he gives a practical example where one of the biggest food chains decided to tackle one of the parts of their business they think is – not working – at least not to working to their expectations.

Plus, we hope you continue to check out Dan’s weekly videos in the future to hear his latest ideas, tips and strategies ‘concerning things you’re concerned about’, such as how to bid cleaning jobs profitably. You’ll quickly discover practical keys about what it really takes to flip a cleaning company from painful to profitable. Want to flip yours?


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Hi Phil,
Thanks for your question - it's an important topic.

To start, in the Janitorial Module, we do not approach the process of pricing regular, recurring projects, such as the 2-3 times per week office cleaning job you described, from a perspective of what the 'going rate' is for a given city, but rather - from the standpoint of daily average cleaning time (hours/time).

From there, we calculate expense and profit considerations, and only then - recommend a monthly price.

By the way, we have proprietary sliding scales built into the Janitorial Module,that adjust automatically to the size of the job being bid on. For example, in general, overhead and profit percentages lower as the account gets bigger - and rise as the size (# of hrs. required) of the job drops. This is what the CleanBid Janitorial Module is pre-programmed to do automatically for you.

So, rather than a straight price per square foot method, the CleanBid Janitorial Module is based on a 'workloading' approach to bidding which is the process of calculating cleaning times for buildings by using measurement and floor type information along with a series of pre-programmed cleaning tasks and associated production rates.

Then, on the Price tab, we use cleaning time (Hours) as the starting point for estimating monthly price.

In this sense, the CleanBid Janitorial Module works from the 'ground up' - by first calculating a cleaning time, and only then, determining a monthly price. We prefer to rely on this approach rather than simply a price per square foot calculation.
Sorry for the long reply, but I wanted to give you as complete an answer as possible. Hope it helps.

Best regards,
CleanGuru Support
888-531-4878 M-F 9AM - 5 PM EST


What is the Hourly rate normally charged for an office clean. I realize it depends on the area but there has to be a norm.